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Conservation and Preservation

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

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  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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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.

What you'll learn

About this unit

The Conservation and Preservation unit is provided by Open Universities Australia and Curtin University. Studied online over a 13-week period, students will explore the problem of deteriorating materials in the workplace and learn the appropriate strategies and techniques to deal with this problem. These will range from practical low-cost solutions that may be implemented in every kind of working environment, to strategies that can only be administered at a national, sometimes even international, level. You will learn to evaluate the varying needs of different workplaces and identify any problems with their information-bearing media. Students will also learn how to correctly preserve and manage digital information. Assessment will be made based on exercises (30%), a presentation (30%) and a report (40%).



This unit assumes substantial prior knowledge, including completion of relevant level 1 and 2 units.

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management), Curtin University

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.

Areas of study

In this Conservation and Preservation unit, the topics you will study will be provided in your unit outline.

For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
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.

Career outcomes

By studying this unit, students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the conservation and preservation of information in the workplace. By identifying any problems that are present, you will then be able to utilise your knowledge of current practices and techniques to counteract such deterioration.

Become competent in evaluating the preservation needs of an information centre and developing a program tailored to those needs. Furthermore, you will be able to identify whether the problems need to be rectified by implementing low-cost actions that can be used in all kinds of working environments, or whether you need to use strategies at a national or international level.

Upon completing this unit as part of a broader program of study, students will be well placed to pursue a career in a library or other workplace where information-bearing media is utilised.

Payment options & support

Finance options

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

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).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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