Qualification
Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Communication, and Information and Library Studies) (Closed to New Enrolments)


Qualification code OP702062

A Bachelor of Arts (Communication, Information and Library Studies) will give you an understanding of the New Zealand library and information management sector, including skills in interpersonal, intercultural, organisational and global communication, which you can apply to a range of jobs throughout your career. You will also learn about the changing role of libraries and information organisations, how to organise and retrieve information, collection development and management, policy and planning, information services for different user groups and more.

Qualification Update

New Students

OP702062 Bachelor of Arts (Communication, and Information and Library Studies) is closed to new students.  If you are interested in studying a degree in Information and Library studies, please click on the link to find out about our new programme, OP7040 Bachelor of Library and Information Studies.

Current students

If you were already enrolled in OP702062 Bachelor of Arts (Communication, and Information and Library Studies)  prior to 23 October 2017, you can continue to enrol in your next course as normal to complete your qualification.

To be awarded this qualification you will need to have completed all courses that make up the programme by the end of Trimester 1, 2023. 

Please note, from Trimester 3 2018, there are some changes to courses that make up the programme. These changes will see students benefit from the latest courses developed for our new library programmes.

Please be assured that any courses you have already completed will still be counted towards your qualification.

To see the course changes, please see the replacement study plan below.

If you need help with choosing your courses, or have any questions, please contact us.



  • Level 7  
    Credits 400 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $14,600 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

Updated Study Plan for OP702062 Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Information and Library Studies)

The Open Polytechnic is updating our suite of library and information studies courses. New courses are progressively replacing previous courses in this degree.

Please note, you may credit either the original course or the replacement course, but not both, to your degree.

Courses affected and their equivalents are shown in the table below.

Course Order

Course Code

Course Title

Level

Credits

1

72140

Business Communication

5

20

2

72141

Academic Writing

5

20

3

72144

Professional and Technical Writing

5

20

4

72142

Or

LIS502

Accessing Information

Navigating and Using Information

5

20

5

72170

Or

LIS501

The Information Industry

The Information Environment

5

20

6

72171

Or

LIS506

Library Systems and Processes

Collection Management in Libraries

5

20

7

72270

Or

LIS603

Information Sources and Services

Knowledge Organisation Systems

6

20

8

72251

Or

LIS604

Intercultural Communication

Cultural Competencies in the Information Environment

6

20

9

72252

Interpersonal Communication

6

20

10

72253

Organisational Communication

6

20

11

72271

Or

LIS601

User Education and Reference Skills

Empowering People and Communities

6

20

12

73213

Research Methods and Interpretation

6

20

13

72272

Or 

LIS611

Cataloguing and Classification

Cataloguing and Classification

6

20

14

72363

Or

72374

Mass Communication

Social Informatics

7

20

15

72365

Communication Management

7

20

16

72366

Global Communication

7

20

17

72370

Or

LIS701

Information Issues

Critical Perspectives for Library and Information Professionals

7

20

18

72371

Or

LIS702

Policy and Planning for Information Services

Strategy and Planning in Information Organisations

7

20

19

74342

Or

74347

Research Paper

 

Practicum

7

20

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will:

  • be information literate, adept at problem solving, and a confident and practical communicator
  • have a strong strategic focus, and be able to analyse and use information logically and write concisely and clearly
  • be competent at analysing and addressing complex communication issues and problems, to arrive at practical solutions
  • have a wealth of knowledge of the underpinnings of librarianship to draw on and apply to contemporary contexts
  • use information technology to provide and store information
  • have an understanding of the New Zealand context and the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a broad range of careers including public relations, communication management, media relations management, change and knowledge management, corporate documentation management, content management and roles in the field of technical communication. You will also be prepared for management level positions in a wide variety of library and information services as a librarian, an information specialist, school librarian, reference librarian, corporate librarian or cataloguer.

PRINZ Members

Holders of the Public Relations Institute’s APR (Accredited in Public Relations) will be cross-credited for 72180 Introduction to Public RelationsContact us to find out more or visit the PRINZ website.

Professional recognition

This qualification is recognised by the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) for the purposes of professional registration.

Key dates

Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.

See key enrolment dates

Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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