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Course content

This course has been developed in direct response to feedback from employers and with close consultation from practitioners and professional bodies.

Our Librarianship and Information Management courses are rated highly within The Complete University Guide subject tables.

The MSc Information Management has been designed to meets the requirements of students who are new to the subject as well as those who are seeking to enhance their existing levels of professional aptitude. The course will develop your abilities with relevant academic knowledge and practical skills, preparing you for career opportunities within the field of Information Management. The course is available to study online by supported distance learning.

Visit the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/information-communication-and-media/study-options/postgraduate-taught-full-time/information-management

Stage 1

•Information Studies
•Managing Information Services
•Knowledge Organisation
•Records Management

Exit Award: PgCert Information Management

Stage 2

•Networking
•Database Construction and Use
•Professional Fieldwork Placement
•Research Methods

Exit Award: PgDip Information Management

In Stage 2, you will present a written research proposal for submission. This will normally form the basis for the Masters level dissertation. You will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake the research and prepare the dissertation.

Stage 3

•Dissertation

Award: MSc Information Management

Format

Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:
•Virtual tutorials
•Live chat
•Discussion forums - student and tutor led
•Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
•User friendly material
•Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.

Placements for Distance Learners

Few distance-learners can consider a normal placement because they are usually in full-time employment and because a placement can only be organised via the School's Placement Office.

Placements are available on this course where the students can commit themselves to twenty working days or equivalent. In these cases, the department will organise (internal or external) virtual placement projects which can be completed remotely. Examples of recent projects have included:

• The Improvement and Promotion of a library website to a Wider Audience Using Web 2.0', an e-learning project where the student acted as an eLearning champion' encouraging peer participation and facilitating the flow of information between staff and students

• The creation of a lesson on study skills on effective search strategies for students beginning A2 level courses and the compilation of a literature review in order to understand the key linkages between organisational learning and organisational change.

However, for distance learners already employed in the sector the approach is more flexible. These students are able to complete the coursework assignment for the module based on their own relevant employment and using their current (or recent) professional experience, but only if it is directly relevant to the subject discipline.

This offers the student the opportunity to examine critically the day-to-day workings of their organisation and identify the different functions in the service relevant to their course of study. It also encourages them to identify and consider any practical problems that may arise in the execution of practical tasks and reflect/assess critically the value of their own contribution to the work of their organisation.

CILIP Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). By completing this Masters degree, students attain a qualification that is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, an accreditation recognised by professional bodies around the world, including the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association and the Australian Library and Information Association.

Careers

Information services, found in every type of organisation in the public and private sectors, continue to be major employers for graduates, and information management remains a buoyant employment sector.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

Visit the MSc Information Management page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

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