National University of Science & Technology

"Think In Other Terms"

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE HONOURS DEGREE IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

 

 

 

1.0INTRODUCTION

 

These regulations should read in conjunction with the General Regulations for Undergraduate studies and the Faculty of Communication and Information Science Regulations.

 

1.1The Degree will be awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the programme and passed the examinations in accordance with regulations set out below.

 

 

2.0ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS

 

2.1Candidates must have the following qualifications (or their equivalent):-

 

2.2Five ‘O’ Level passes including English and Mathematics.

 

2.3At least two ‘A’ Level passes.

 

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

PART I

 

SEMESTER ONE

 

ILI 1101Organisation of Knowledge I

ILI 1103Introduction to InformationTechnology I

ILI1104Collection Development and Management

ILI1105Communication Skills

ILI1106Automation of Library Processes

IJM1111Communication and Media Theories

PLC1101Peace, Leadership and Conflict Transformation

 

SEMESTER TWO

 

ILI1202 Information Sources and Services

ILI 1203Information Retrieval Systems

ILI1204Applications of Information Technology Tools in Libraries andArchives

ILI1205Organisation of Knowledge II

ILI 1206CDS/ISIS ComputerisedDocumentation Systems/Information Systems for Information Services

ILI1207Information and Society

PLC1201Peace, Leadership and Conflict Transformation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART II

 

SEMESTER ONE

ILI2102Online Information Retrieval

ILI2103Legal and Professional Issues

ILI2104Production and Publishing of Information Media I

CBU1108Principles of Management

ILI 2106Indexing and Abstracting

ILI 2107Information Management in the Health Services

 

 

SEMESTER TWO

 

ILI 2201Database Applications in Archives, Libraries and Publishing

ILI2202Production and Publishing ofInformationMedia II

ILI2203Research Methods and Statistics

ILI2204Archival and Library Information Systems Management

ILI2205Design and Realisation of Internet Information in Library and Archives

ILI2206Management of Libraries

 

 

PART III

 

ILI 3000Industrial Attachment

 

 

PART IV

 

SEMESTER ONE

 

ILI 4005Project

ILI 4102Marketing of Information Productsand Services

ILI4106Comparative Librarianship

ILI4107Publishing Management: Advanced Theory and Practice

CBU2103Human Resources Management

CBU4109Entrepreneurship

 

SEMESTER TWO

 

ILI4005Project

ILI4201Academic Libraries

ILI4202Public Libraries

ILI4205Children’s Libraries

ILI4207School Library Media Centres

ILI4209Special Libraries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COURSE SYNOPSES

 

PART I1ST SEMESTER

 

ILI 1101Organisation of Knowledge I

 

Covers theories and practices of the organisation of knowledge and information in monographic, realia and serial formats.Includes the study of the principles and methods of descriptive cataloguing, the structure and application of the Dewey Decimal Classification, the Library of Congress Classification and Standard Subject Authority Lists.

 

ILI 1103Introduction to InformationTechnology

 

Introduces information technology and the use of commercially available computing hardware, software and communications.Includes accessing geographically distributed Internet Information, electronic communication, word processing and document design, data modelling with spreadsheets, database design and maintenance for information storage, retrieval, and presentation.

 

ILI1104Collection Development and Management

 

Covers the establishment of policies and criteria for the selection, evaluation, acquisition, processing and circulation of information media.Provides familiarity with basic bibliographic tools, including reviewing media.

 

ILI1105Communication Skills

 

Covers basic communication theories through to practical skills employed in interpersonal communication within a working environment.Group dynamics and aspects of non-verbal communication models are also examined.

 

ILI 1106Automation of Library Processes

 

Introduces the utilization of automation in library and archives operations and routines.Includes the selection of computer hardware and software for instructional purposes; use of automated systems for management activities such as circulation, acquisition, cataloguing, etc. Also touches on the importance of computer networks to areas such asresource sharing, professional development and fiscal planning.

 

IJM1111Communication and Media Theories

 

The course shall begin by defining communication, categories of communication in society and the various forms of communication.It will entail an examination of the different models of communication, their critique and how signs and codes are an integral aspect of communication.From the examination of communication in general, the course will look at concepts such as mediation, gate keeping and agenda setting.Students would also explore the history and the role of the mass media in society and critique various theories and models of communication in society.

 

PLC 1101Peace Leadership and Conflict Transformation

 

The course will examine concepts of conflict and peace, theories of conflict, and classical social structural theories of conflict. Modern structural theories of conflict, resource, cultural, religious and ethnic and identity based conflicts will be reviewed. Gender and conflict and conflict resolution processes will be discussed and critiqued.

 

 

PART 12nd SEMESTER

 

ILI1202Information Sources and Services

 

Examines theories and practices in information services provision with particular emphasis on reference work and interpersonal skills and information sources required for answering users queries.Includes factorsto consider in setting up user education programmes.

 

ILI1203InformationRetrieval Systems

 

Examines principles of information retrievaland their application to information systems and services.Emphasises models of user information seeking behaviour, human information processing and their relationship to retrieval models in information systems.

 

ILI1204 Application of Information Technology Tools in Libraries and Archives

 

The course focuses on building practical skills on a variety of networked computer applications as used in Library and Archive centers today.The applications are studied within the framework of how they enable Library Professionals, Archivists to structure, store, process, access and present information.The topics will vary from semester to semester but will typically include networking and internet applications, web coding languages such HTML and XML, designing and building web sites for different types of Libraries, and working with CGI.

 

ILI1205Organisation of Knowledge II

 

Deals with the theories of cataloguing and classification.It refers to traditional, professional tasks which result in the creation of a record of a library’s, archives’ and other information centres’ collections of information sources and in the systematic arrangement of these sources to facilitate their retrieval.Principles of the construction of inductive and deductive classification schemes are explored.

 

ILI 1206 CDS/ISIS(Computerised Documentation Systems/Information Systems for Information Services)

 

Examines the utilisation of the CDS/ISIS software in the management of bibliographic information.Covers aspects like database creation, the acquisition cataloguing, circulation and serials management modules.Uploading of documents on to the World Wide Web is also covered.

 

ILI1207 Information and Society

 

Examines the sociology of libraries, archives and other information centres.Aims at enablingstudents to understand and analyse the social functions of these institutions.Includes the study of information needs of different categories of users and the political, economic, social and cultural environment in which they live.

 

PLC 1201Peace, Leadership and Conflict Transformation

 

The course will examine leadership and conflict transformation skills, non-violence and classification of Leaders. The nexus between leadership and conflict and the interplay between leadership, conflict and development will be discussed and critiqued.

 

 

 

 

 

PART II1ST SEMESTER

 

ILI2102Online Information Retrieval

 

Provides a foundation in search techniques for electronic information retrieval, question answering techniques, evaluation techniques, handling large data connections and the use of feedback.An in depth study of major online information retrieval systems is included.

 

ILI2103Legal and Professional Issues

 

The importance of legislation in creating an enabling environment for information professionals is examined.Library, Archives and Records Management Legislation is examined.Also examines a study of constitutional, administrative and organisational changes and how they affect library, records and archive systems.Major contemporary issues within the information profession, such as censorship and the need for a national information policy are examined.

 

ILI2104Production and Publishing of Information Media I

 

The course enables students to identify the physical composition of information media and to understand the different stages in the creation, production and distribution of book and non-book materials, to identify producers and suppliers and to be aware of the functions and use of different types of information media.

 

ILI 2106Indexing and Abstracting

 

The course looks at different indexing and abstracting systems and techniques and their application in the documentation process.Emphasis will be on practical work.

 

ILI2107Information Management in the Health Services

 

The course is a survey of the impact of information and use in the health science disciplines and professions.The organisation of sources, current techniques and tools for its control, including online databases are analysed.

 

CBU1108Principles of Management

 

History and development of management thought, functions of management, organisational structures, decision making, communication, centralisation and decentralisation, delegation, leadership and motivation, controlling, budgeting and non-budgetary controls.

 

PART II2nd SEMESTER

 

ILI2201Database Applications in Archives, Librariesand Publishing

 

Covers advanced study of database systems.Topics include database design, administration, current issues in development and use, object databases and distributed databases.

 

ILI2202Production and Publishing of Information Media II

 

Explores text capture and handling, reprography, desktop and other computer-aided printing and publishing systems.The study and evaluation of Internet information sources and evaluation is also included.

 

 

 

ILI2203Research Methods and Statistics

 

Introduces students to research methods and statistics used in libraries, archives and other information centres.Also covers the writing of a research proposal.

 

ILI2204Archival and Library Information SystemsManagement

 

Introduction to the systems approach to the design and development of information systems.Methods and tools for the analysis and modeling of systems functionality (e.g. object-oriented analysis) are studied.

 

ILI2205Design and Realisation of Internet Information in Libraries and Archives

 

Introduces Internet concepts, applications, design and services.TCP/IP protocol suite, servers for Internet communication, browsing and navigation are introduced.Concludes with the examination of policy, management and implementation issues surrounding the Internet.

 

ILI2206Management of Libraries

 

Introduces management theories and their application in the information services sector.Provides an in-depth analysis of organisational theory and change; and an examination of information sources for managers.

 

PART III1ST SEMESTER

 

ILI 3000Industrial Attachment

 

 

PART III2nd SEMESTER

 

ILI 3000Industrial Attachment

 

 

PART IV1ST SEMESTER

 

ILI4005Project

 

Introduces methods of formulating a research project proposal, information gathering, project design and literature reviewing.Prepares students for an in-depth research project to be completed during the second semester in Part IV.

 

ILI4102Marketing of Information Products and Services

 

Application of marketing theory to libraries and other information settings is examined. Includes consumer behaviour, market research, segmentation, targeting and positioning, public relations, product design and sales promotion.

 

ILI4106Comparative Librarianship

 

A comparative study of selected archives and library systems within the Southern African region and other cultural regions.Study will focus on legislation, budget, staffing, accommodation, training, areas of specialization, future plans and any particular problems.

 

 

ILI4107 Publishing Management: Advanced Theory and Practice

This module puts into context the changing role of the publisher as information intermediary within the context of the Information Era and the New Knowledge Economy. It provides an introduction to the different facets of management in the publishing environment, including: editorial organisation and management; financial management; marketing management; strategic management and international associations in the book sector.

 

CBU2103Human Resources ManagementI

 

A review of human resources management and study of the operative functions of human resources management, practical aspects of human resources management and the current trends in human resources management in Zimbabwe.

 

CBU4109Entrepreneurship I

 

The nature of entrepreneurship; the evolving nature of entrepreneurship, understanding entrepreneurship in individuals, environmental assessment; preparation for a new venture, marketing research for new ventures, financial preparation for entrepreneurship ventures, developing an effective business plan, sources of capital for entrepreneurs.

 

PART IV2nd SEMESTER

 

CORE AREAS

 

ILI 4005Project

 

Students are required to undertake a research project that culminates in the production of a project report.

 

ILI4201Academic Libraries

 

An in-depth study of academic libraries covering their structure and areas of operation.Concludes with the impact of information technology in the operations of academic libraries.

 

ILI4202Public Libraries

 

Studies the structure and operations of public libraries.Concludes with the use of technology in public libraries.

 

ILI4205Children’s Libraries

 

Introduces the development of children’s literature, discussion of specific genre and the reading interests and needs of children and young people.Includes the art of story telling, special displays for children and information technology appropriate for this level of readership.

 

ILI4207School Library Media Centres

 

Surveys the role and function of school library media centres beginning with their history and purpose in school systems.Current educational developments and practices of school library media centres are also examined.

 

ILI4209Special Libraries

 

The course will stress on the information needs of specialised categories of users and to sharpen the professional skills that are necessary for supporting the parent organisation. Parastatal, corporate, non-governmental and government departmental libraries among others will be considered.