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Program Details

Faculty : Faculty of Humanities

Program Name : Bachelor of Arts, Library and Information Studies

BGCSE Points(or similar) : 34


Type : Under Graduate

No. of Semesters : 8

Description : BGCSE/equivalent with a minimum of grade C in English Language. Applicants intending to study Social Sciences or Science subjects must also have a minimum of grade C in Mathematics or Computer Science. Applicants possessing a Diploma in Library and Information Studies from this University or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution may be admitted to Level 300. but may be required to undertake courses at Level 100 and 200 in the second subject. Applicants in possession of a Certificate in School Library Studies plus Diploma in Secondary Education from this University or equivalent recognized qualification will be considered for Level 200. Applicants possessing a Diploma in Secondary Education, with Library as a major or minor subject may enter at Level 200. Entrance Requirements The normal requirements for entrance to the BALIS Combined Major Degree Programme are that applicants shall have the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education or equivalent, with a credit in English. Those applicants who will major in Social Science or Science Subjects must obtain a minimum of credit in Mathematics or Computer Science. Programme Structure The BALIS is a full-time programme extending over eight semesters in the single subject Library and Information Studies and another subject leading to the award of a BALIS Combined Major with another subject. The Programme shall consist of a minimum of 30 credits per year. All core courses must be passed. Progression from Semester to Semester Progression from semester to semester shall appy according to Regulation 00.9 Assessment and Examinations Evaluation of student performance in BALIS shall be based on continuous assessment and formal examination at the end of each semester. The weighting between continuous assessment and formal examination shall be 2:3 Award of BALIS Candidates must obtain a minimum of 120 credits, including all core courses in both subjects. In addition, Regulation 00.85 shall apply.

Courses involved :

Semester 1

Core Courses

  INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Credits : 3
  THE INFORMATION ENVIRONMENT Credits : 3
  INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIZING INFORMATION Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 1.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 1.

Semester 2

Core Courses

  INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION SCIENCE Credits : 3
  COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 2.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 2.

Semester 3

Core Courses

  IT TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS Credits : 3
  INFORMATION AND SOCIETY Credits : 3
  DIGITAL LIBRARIES Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 3.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 3.

Semester 4

Core Courses

  DATABASES AND INFORMATION RETRIEVAL Credits : 3
  ORGANISING INFORMATION Credits : 3
  PRINCIPLES OF DATA COMMUNICATION Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 4.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 4.

Semester 5

Core Courses

  ONLINE INFORMATION RETRIEVAL Credits : 3
  ADVANCED IT APPLICATIONS Credits : 3
  UNDERSTANDING THE USER Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 5.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 5.

Semester 6

Core Courses

  ADVANCED ORGANISATION OF INFORMATION Credits : 3
  PROFESSIONAL ATTACHMENT Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 6.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 6.

Semester 7

Core Courses

  RESEARCH IN INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Credits : 3
  ORGANISING INTERNET RESOURCES Credits : 3
  MARKETING OF INFORMATION SERVICES Credits : 3
  KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 7.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 7.

Semester 8

Core Courses

  DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND DESIGN Credits : 3
  PROJECT WORK Credits : 3
  GLOBAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 8.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 8.
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