Information Methods

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Broaden your skills and learn how to develop, utilise and communicate information with this online Information Methods unit.

The unit is delivered through Open Universities Australia in partnership with Swinburne University, and provides training that is highly complementary to an IT skillset.

By developing your information skills, you’ll be able to independently create new tools for information retrieval, understand how to best present information for users and gain a deeper understanding of how information is exchanged and used in today’s modern context.

The skills gained from this unit are a great springboard for critical thinking, making the program an absolute must for IT professionals looking to advance their career prospects.

Eligibility

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed the following unit because it is considered an academic equivalent:

  • Information Methods

Areas of study

In this IT unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to information methods
  • Research methods and techniques
  • Information communication
  • Information fundamentals
  • Creative and critical thinking
  • Writing for communication
  • Information quality/timeliness
  • Global and cultural implications

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

Student support

Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time. The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit provides complementary skills to those working in IT, and trains you in the processes of information retrieval, analysis and use. You’ll walk away from this unit with the ability to:

  • Understand the the fundamental principles that underpin the use and production of information
  • Use IT skills and apply them to the development of information tools
  • Correctly use referencing styles in report writing
  • Confidentially use library and data research skills for information collection
  • Apply critical and creative thinking to the use of information
  • Understand the semiotic attributes of information and how they can influence meaning
  • Appreciate what determines quality and timely information and understand how to achieve this

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Information Methods from Swinburne University of Technology.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Want more information about the career benefits of this unit? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.

Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

Get more information

Want more information about financial and student support? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

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