Bachelor of Information Studies

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    6 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Apply now for next intake

  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Career Outcomes:

    Librarian | Records Manager | Archivist | Information Manager | Outreach Services Librarian | View All

Course Rundown

This online Bachelor of Information Studies course will equip you with an in-depth understanding of information and knowledge management. Students are provided with comprehensive training in the creation, evaluation, collection, organisation, utilisation and dissemination of information. According to their area of interest or projected career path, students may elect to specialise in one of the following areas: Librarianship: Caters for those seeking employment in areas such as reference services, library management and information access and delivery. Graduates may be admitted to Associate (professional) membership of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Information and knowledge management:Focuses on innovative ways in which to create, share and use information within a range of business and government contexts. Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA). Records and archives management: Explores theory and practice, legislation and ethical issues relating to the management of digital and analogue records. Records and Management Professionals Australasia (RIMPA) has accredited this course.

Residential school component

Students studying by distance are required to attend a compulsory three-day residential school session at the CSU Wagga Wagga campus.

Practical work placement

This course features an extensive workplace program in order to familiarise students with the practical components of information management. This includes a four-day professional study visit subject, a three-week professional placement and a professional activities subject requiring 30 hours of e-portfolio development.

Shorter programs

If you choose not to study the entire Bachelor of Information Studies degree, you may be able to complete an alternative program. This is beneficial for students who need to develop a specialisation or who prefer not to commit to the whole study period. Depending on the units studied, you may exit with a University Certificate in Information Studies (64 points) or Associate Degree in Information Studies (128 points).    

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Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have completed the HSC or equivalent

Other attainments or experience may be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applications for distance education and postgraduate courses are accepted all year round. Provided you are eligible for admission, your application will be held for consideration in the next available intake.

Residential School Requirements
This courses may include a residential school component where you will attend a Charles Sturt University campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

What You’ll Learn

In this Bachelor of Information Studies course, the subjects you will study include: These core subjects:

  • Introduction to the information professions
  • Fundamentals of web publishing
  • The digital environment
  • Information sources and services
  • Bachelor of Information Studies residential school
  • Professional study visit
  • Supervision and management
  • Information literacy
  • Professional placement
  • Describing and analysing information resources
  • Collections
  • The information society
  • Professional activities
  • Introduction to research
  • Community outreach
  • Principles of knowledge management

Students have the option to complete a specialisation in one of the following areas, or to undertake a prescribed number of electives from a range of specialisations in order to graduate with a general degree. Librarianship specialisation (choose eight subjects):

  • Literature and other resources for children and youth
  • Social networking for information professionals
  • Online reference services
  • Marketing of libraries and information agencies
  • Community histories
  • Preservation of information resources
  • Value-added information services
  • Project management in information agencies
  • Application of bibliographic standards
  • Leadership in library services to children and youth
  • Library services for children and youth
  • Information services around the world
  • Human resource management in information agencies
  • Data management
  • Advanced information retrieval
  • Preservation of audiovisual materials
  • Creating and preserving digital content

Plus two free electives. Information and knowledge management specialisation (choose eight subjects):

  • Social networking for information professionals
  • Introduction to information architecture
  • Web usability
  • Web design and publishing
  • Knowledge management systems
  • Value-added information services
  • Project management in information agencies
  • Data management
  • Advanced information retrieval
  • Creating and preserving digital content
  • Systems analysis

Plus two free electives. Records and archives management specialisation (choose eight subjects):

  • Records, archives and society 1
  • Records, archives and society 2
  • Records and archives practice 1
  • Records and archives practice 2
  • Government, organisational and private records

Plus three subjects from the following:

  • Community histories
  • Preservation of information resources
  • Project management in information agencies
  • Data management
  • Audiovisual archiving
  • Preservation of audiovisual materials
  • Creating and preserving digital content

Plus two free electives.

Why study with Charles Sturt University?

One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.

Charles Sturt has 6 campuses in NSW, Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include; Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.

Student Support

CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Information Studies from Charles Sturt University.

Graduates of this Bachelor of Information Studies are highly adept at all levels of information and knowledge management, possess the flexibility to adapt to rapidly changing environments, have a strong client focus and possess the ability to develop innovative solutions to a raft of problems. With this in mind, graduates are well suited to a broad range of employment opportunities within public and academic libraries, research facilities, government and corporate information centres and cultural heritage organisations. Depending on the chosen field of specialisation, graduates may also be qualified for work in records management, archives, information brokerage, knowledge management, information architecture or community information services.

Curious about where a career in librarian could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.