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Technology, Engineering & SciencesLibrary & Information Studies

Master of Information Studies

Distance Learning | Charles Sturt University, Australia
Awarded by
Charles Sturt University, Australia
Course Code
LB008A
Application Code
1455-LB008A
Study mode
Part-time
Start Date
14 Nov 2016 (Mon)
Next intakes
02-2017
Duration
16 months to 36 months
Language
English
Course Fee
For Master of Information Studies:
HK$13,000* per 8 credit points subject

For Graduate Diploma of Information Studies:
HK$13,000* per 8 credit points subject / HK$6,500 per 4 credit points subject

* Subject to review at the time of enrolment (Proposed revised tuition fee since November 2016 is HK$13,500/each 8-credit-point-subject)

The tuition fee is paid by subjects per session (3 sessions in a year).
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Deadline on 30 Sep 2016 (Fri)
Enquiries
3762 0831
2571 7322

Master of Information Studies provides students with an in-depth understanding of the creation, evaluation, collection, organisation, utilisation and dissemination of information in the contemporary information environment.

As we approach the second decade of the 21st century, our society places an ever-growing demand on professionals to operate in a digital and information management environment and to possess advanced subject knowledge in different industries. The changing nature of society has brought a growing demand for knowledge and information at work, in education and in daily life. Librarians, information managers, archivists, knowledge managers and many other information professionals are meeting that demand by providing effective access to information resources and services.

This programme is offered in collaboration with Charles Sturt University, Australia (CSU) and is delivered in distance learning mode supplemented by local tutorials. It provides students with in-depth understanding of the creation, evaluation, collection, organisation, utilisation, dissemination and preservation of information as wellas information literacy.

The qualification obtained in Hong Kong through CSU and HKU SPACE has full recognition by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). It is also internationally recognized by other library associations such as the American Library Association (ALA) as an appropriate professional degree for librarians.

Graduate Diploma of Information Studies is considered Intermediate Exit Award of Master of Information Studies. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive the CSU Graduate Diploma of Information Studies, and the Diploma in Librarianship jointly awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE and Hong Kong Library Association (HKLA). Students having bachelor's degree in non-library discipline choosing to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Information Studies are required to complete seven core subjects and two practical subjects.

Credit exemption would be given to students with relevant academic qualifications and / or working experience. Graduates of Bachelor of Information Studies and Diploma in Teacher Librarianship will receive special credit exemption.

Application Deadline: September 2016 / December 2016 / May 2017
Programme Commencement Date: November 2016 / Feb 2017 / July 2017

Master of Information Studies

Students need to complete (96 credits in total):

  • 64 credits of core modules (refer to the Graduate Diploma of Information Studies session below); and
  • 32 credits of elective subjects

Bachelor of Information Studies graduates only need to complete the following:

  • Two 8-credit core modules
  • Four 8-credit elective modules

# Graduate Diploma of Information Studies graduates only need to complete the following:

  • Four 8-credit elective modules

Diploma in Teacher Librarianship graduates will be exempted the following four 8-credit subjects (or their equivalent):

  • Information Sources and Services
  • Teacher Librarianship
  • Application of Bibliographic Standards
  • Information Literacy

(CSU has the final decision on the number of credits needed for each student)

 

Elective subjects (8 credits per subject)
*Subject to change

  • Library Services for Children and Youth
  • Application of Bibliographic Standards
  • Information Retrieval Systems and Practice
  • Literature and Other Resources for Children and Youth
  • Human Resource Management in Information Agencies
  • Strategic Management
  • Principles of Knowledge Management
  • Information Architecture for the Web
  • IT Infrastructure Management
  • Digital Preservation
  • Research Methods in Information Studies
  • Readings in Information Studies
  • Social Networking for Information Professionals
  • Preservation of Information Resources
  • Records and Archives Practice
  • Online Reference Services
  • Project Management in Information Agencies
  • Records and Archives Practice
  • Information Literacy
  • Principles of Knowledge Management
  • Fundamentals of Web Publishing
  • Community Outreach

Students can speed up their study if they take more subjects in a session, or make use of the third session.

 


Graduate Diploma of Information Studies

Students need to complete (64 credits in total):

  • 7 core subjects; and
  • 2 practical subjects

Core subjects (8 credits per subject)

  • Foundations for Information
  • Information Sources and Services
  • Management of Information Agencies
  • Describing & Analysing Information Resources
  • The Information Society
  • Collections
  • Research in Practice

Practical Subjects (4 credits per subject)

  • Professional Study Visit
  • Professional Placement
  • Exemption may be granted to students of relevant academic qualifications and / or working experience.
  • Students can speed up their study if they take more subjects in a session, or make use of the third session.

Assessments are mainly based on assignments such as forum contribution, project work, essays, reports, quizzes and written examination (most subjects may not have a written examination).

If students fail a subject, they have to re-take the subject in a session when the subject is being offered.  A retake fee of HK$13,000 per subject (subject to change) will apply for both Master of Information Studies & Graduate Diploma of Information Studies.

Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

These are exempted courses under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which these courses may lead.

Duration
  • 36 months for non-Library and Information Studies bachelor degree holders

    24 months for Library and Information Studies bachelor degree holders

    16 months for Graduate Diploma of Information Studies graduates

- Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized university, or equivalent.

- Applicants with other equivalent qualifications and relevant work experience will be considered on individual merit by Charles Sturt University, with evidence of English proficiency such as:

  • a pass in Use of English in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination; or
  • an overall score of 6.0 in the IELTS; or
  • a score of 550 in the paper-based TOEFL or a score of 213 in the computer-based TOEFL
Application Fee

HK$150 HKD $150 is non-refundable

Course Fee
  • For Master of Information Studies:
    HK$13,000* per 8 credit points subject

    For Graduate Diploma of Information Studies:
    HK$13,000* per 8 credit points subject / HK$6,500 per 4 credit points subject

    * Subject to review at the time of enrolment (Proposed revised tuition fee since November 2016 is HK$13,500/each 8-credit-point-subject)

    The tuition fee is paid by subjects per session (3 sessions in a year).
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100

CEF SectorBusiness Services

CEF Courses
INF441 Principles of Knowledge Management (Module from Master of Information Studies)
COURSE CODE 21Z03655-6 FEES $13,000 ENQUIRY 3762 0831
INF415 Managment of Information Agencies (Module from Diploma in Librarianship/Graduate Diploma of Information Studies)
COURSE CODE 21Z03656-4 FEES HK$11,000 (Admitted into the Diploma in Librarianship/Graduate Diploma of Information Studies programmes before Sept 2014) or HK$13,000 (Admitted into the Diploma in Librarianship/Graduate Diploma of Information Studies programmes after Sept 2014) ENQUIRY 3762-0831
INF425 Describing & Analysing Information Resources (Module from Diploma in Librarianship/Graduate Diploma of Information Studies)
COURSE CODE 21Z03657-2 FEES HK$11,000 (Admitted into the Diploma in Librarianship/Graduate Diploma of Information Studies programmes before Sept 2014) or HK$13,000 (Admitted into the Diploma in Librarianship/Graduate Diploma of Information Studies programmes after Sept 2014) ENQUIRY 3762-0831
Continuing Education Fund reimbursable programme Continuing Education Fund reimbursable programme (selected modules only)
Some modules of this programme have been included in the list of CEF reimbursable programmes. Application for CEF has to be made before commencement of the modules.

Graduates of Master and Diploma of Information Studies may be admitted to Associate (professional) Membership of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) without further examination whilst the Master of Information Studies is also recognised internationally by other library associations, such as the American Library Association (ALA), as an professional degree for librarians.

Application FormApplication for Enrolment Form (SF 26)
Application Form

Enrolment Method
  • For graduates of Bachelor of Information Studies / Bachelor of Applied Science OR graduates of Graduate Diploma of Information Studies / Graduate Diploma of Applied Science, you should apply either of the following intakes of Master of Information Studies:
    1455-LB008A (Old code: IT 18-807-00(63), November 2016 intake)
    - 1470-LB008A (Old code: IT 18-807-00(71), February 2017 intake)
    - 1535-LB008A (Old code: IT 18-807-00(72),  July 2017 intake)
  • For bachelor's degree holder in non-library science, you should apply Graduate Diploma of Information Studies, which is the prerequisite of Master of Information Studies. You still need to apply under either of the following intakes of Master of Information Studies:
    1455-LB008A (Old code: IT 18-807-00(63), 
    November 2016 intake)
    - 1470-LB008A (Old code: IT 18-807-00(71), February 2017 intake)
    - 1535-LB008A (Old code: IT 18-807-00(72),  July 2017 intake)

Please complete both applications forms (HKU SPACE Enrolment Form SF26 & CSU Application Form) and submit to HKU SPACE Learning Centres together with verified academic certificate copies. Applicants should bring along the original copies of certificates and documents to HKU SPACE Enrolment Counters for verification when submitting their applications. For CSU Application Form, please be reminded to complete Questions 3 (English language proficiency) and Question 4 (Citizenship and residency).

Please note that course fee will only be collected from successful applicants after the selection process by HKU SPACE and Charles Sturt University.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Course fees can be paid by cash or EPS at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify theprogramme title(s) for application and applicant’s name. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of acheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at anyHKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-freeinstalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

The course fees of all open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes can be settled by using PPS via the Internet. Applicants may also pay the relevant course fees by VISA or MasterCard online. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.

Notes

  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.

  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder’s credit card account.

  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on approved transfers.
  5. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will only normally be issued at the end of a course.