An online Undergraduate unit provided by Curtin University and Open Universities Australia, Information Theory and Research explores how information behaviour and retrieval methods inform the development of various systems and services. The unit comprises a coursework element and a practicum placement, which is usually completed by the commencement of the unit.
On completion of this unit, you will have developed the ability to evaluate selected research methods and communicate effectively to an academic audience. You will also be able to locate, evaluate and synthesise a range of research information and critically evaluate your own performance as part of a teamwork exercise.
This unit is delivered through a number of instructional methods, including podcasting and lecture capture, discussion boards, standard media and web links. Assessment takes the form of an analysis task, an essay and an academic report.
This unit assumes substantial prior knowledge through successful completion of level 1 and level 2 units in information studies, or equivalent knowledge.
There is a 3-week full-time practicum placement associated with this unit. Placements are organised by Curtin University.
Areas of study
In this Information Theory & Research unit, the topics you will study will be provided in the unit outline.
This unit is a core requirement 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.
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This Information Theory and Research unit provides practical experience in professional practice and scholarship. You will employ evidence-based practice and a range of research methods, techniques and tools. You will also explore ethical considerations in research, and complete reflective coursework based on your experiences.
Information Theory & Research is a core unit of the Bachelor of Arts in Librarianship and Corporate Information Management. This unit provides a foundation for career opportunities in archives, librarianship, records management and information and knowledge management.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Information Theory & Research from Curtin University.
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 may be 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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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.
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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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