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FIT3123

Faculty of Information Technology

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)

Synopsis

This unit introduces students to the major categories of information resources in all media and how they are accessed through a variety of common user interfaces from anywhere in the world. The process of satisfying these needs through the reference interview and the application of skilled search strategies is explored. The ways that information resources are procured by libraries and e-repositories through purchase or licensing, and supplied to users on a cost-effective, efficient basis are examined. Access and authentication, intellectual property law and professional duty of care are described.

Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • implement decisions about applying organisational policies for reference and collection services, justify the principles of collection management strategies, and evaluate them;
  • manage networked access for users in the case of electronic resources;
  • develop information literacy programs; and
  • select the best source of knowledge for a practical information need.

Assessment

Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

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Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 1-hour seminar

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 9 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Prerequisites

Completion of 36 credit points at level 1 or equivalent

Prohibitions

FIT5015, IMS3616, IMS5016, LAR3650, LAR3652

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