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Charles Sturt University

Bachelor of Information Studies FAQ

Is distance education an option?

The course is offered in online supported Distance Education mode.

Offshore Tutorial mode is offered internationally with cohorts of students enrolled through participating educational partners. For example, students in Hong Kong (Hong Kong University/SPACE) are provided with tutorial support throughout their course from tutors engaged in Hong Kong and introductory lectures are provided by visiting CSU academics.

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How long will it take me to complete the course?

The course usually takes a student studying part-time 6 years (i.e. 12 sessions)

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What kinds of learning resources do I receive?

For each subject you will have access to distance learning materials which are intended as a self-contained unit of basic information required for the subject: a guide to the subject and resources. The learning materials may be in print, CD-ROM or online. Online support is provided for you throughout the course in the form of email contact with lecturers, online forum communication between students in each subject and the lecturer, online chat for student communication, and access to the library resources and services, student services and student administration.

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What do I need to provide?

You will be required to have access to prescribed textbooks, and appropriate computer facilities, including reliable, quality Internet access to take advantage of the resources and support provided for you.

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I have completed the Library Technicians' Diploma and I want to know if I would gain any credits for this?

Yes, for your TAFE Diploma/Associate Diploma in Library and Information Studies (or equivalent) you will receive credit for one-third of the Bachelor of Information Studies degree.

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Am I a suitable applicant for the Bachelor of Information Studies course? e.g.

  • I completed year 12 but didn't matriculate;
  • I left school at the end of year 10;
  • I did the HSC more than 10 years ago and haven't studied since;
  • I have been working in the library now for x years and want to expand my horizons by studying for a career in the library. I didn't complete high school;

You may still be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Information Studies. Check out the Admissions Criteria or email the Course Coordinator Mary Carroll .

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Is it too late to apply for a Distance Education position in February's intake of Bachelor of Information Studies?

Closing date for 'on time' applications is 30 October each year (for overseas applicants, the closing date is 30 November). However, we will continue to take applications until January 7 for consideration if there is space in the course.

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Can I apply to begin the Bachelor of Information Studies in July?

Yes, there is an intake into the course twice each year, beginning in March and in July.

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Can I enrol in your course as an external student and commence with just one subject? As I work full time and money is a problem (HECS) this would be my only option to continue studying?

Yes, although the normal part-time study rate is 2 subjects per session; you may choose to study just one subject per session.

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I'd like an idea of how much it will cost per session per subject, and for part time correspondence. I would also like to know if you pay up front is there a discount and how much will it be?

Check out possible financial arrangements through the Going to Uni web site.

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Is there much work for Librarians and other Information Professionals? Do most of the graduates end up with jobs in the library area?

Yes, recent graduate surveys indicate that between 75% and 85% of our graduates each year are in employment in the library and information field.

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How do I obtain an application form for the course?

Get your application forms.

For further information about how to apply, and an application form, please contact CSU Contact Centre, on 1800 334 733 or use the contact form.

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I would like to know a little bit more about the compulsory residential school at the beginning of the course?

To get you started check out the Residential School web site.

Orientation to study

Once you enrol and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the study materials you might like to brush up and improve your study, writing and online skills in preparation for your course in Information Studies. There is a diverse range of STUDY LINK subjects to meet the majority of early study preparation needs and academic interests.

The STUDY LINK subjects most useful to prospective Information Studies students are:

  • SSS018  Foundation Maths
  • SSS021  Transition to University Study
  • SSS022  Writing at university
  • SSS023  Introduction to learning online

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