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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MA/MSc Information and Library Management

Academic Year: 2014/15

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MA/MSc/PGDip/PGCert
Programme title Information and Library Management
Programme code ISPT39/40
Length of programme Study may be full-time or part-time. The minimum period of study for the award of MA or MSc is one calendar year full-time. The minimum period of study for the award of PGDip is nine months full-time. The minimum period of study for the award of PGCert is one semester, full-time.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:58:53 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • An awareness of the role and significance of an information based society, including the economics and dynamics of information in society, between nations, governments, organisations, communities and individuals
  • A systematic understanding of the professional, managerial and technical dimensions of librarianship and other information work
  • A critical awareness of current problems and new insights at the forefront of both the discipline and professional practice
  • the core skills required to obtain a first professional post in the sector, building on pre-programme experience
  • comprehensive knowledge of the role and practice of research in the information field
  • the learning and leadership skills needed for further professional development.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

QAA Subject benchmark statement for Librarianship and Information Management 2007)

The Response of The Library Association to the Institute for Learning and Teaching The National Framework for Higher Education Teaching (http://www.la-hq.org.uk/directory/prof_issues/iltnf.html)

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Body of Professional Knowledge

Loughborough University A Strategy for Learning and Teaching in the New Millennium

Department of Information Science Learning and Teaching Strategy

Department of Information Science Self Assessment Document (October

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

  • the principles and practice of information and library management
  • the relationship between managing information, organising and disseminating information
  • the associated legal and professional issues
  • information needs and user behaviour

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:
  • appreciate and understand the principles of applied research in information management
  • utilise skills in strategic thinking, scenario planning and systems thinking in projects relating to information and library management
  • solve problems both in relation to information management systems and a range of professional issues
b. Subject-specific practical skills:
  • Skills in use of metadata
  • Skills in designing & analysing web-based systems
  • Skills in promotion of information literacy and enabling people’s capacity in information literacy
  • Skills in information management, retrieval and dissemination
c. Key transferable skills:
  • information searching and use for specific purposes
  • effective oral communication
  • effective written communication
  • team working
  • leadership, negotiation and advocacy skills.

4. Programme structure

Semester One

Compulsory Modules



Credit Value


Information Law, Policy and Society



Information Needs and Information Literacy



Information Organisation and Retrieval  



Research Management


Optional Modules - Choose One



Credit Value


Information and Knowledge Management in the NHS



Information Services and Libraries



The Child and the Book


Semester Two

Compulsory Modules



Credit Value


Collection Management and Preservation



Web Design and Web Analytics



Management and Marketing of Information Services



Dissertation (full or part-time)  


Optional Modules - Choose One



Credit Value


Digital Curation



Consumer Health Information



Culture and Change Management



Managing Projects: Managing Knowledge





5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

5.2 For Masters students, the award of MA or MSc is decided in consultation with individual students; factors which determine the award are the dissertation topic, the methods of investigation and the balance of optional modules chosen.  

5.3 Part-time students registered before 2007 may take modules as necessary to obtain 120 credits from taught modules.

5.4 Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XXI  for candidates who have the right of re-assessment in any module other than ISP600 or ISP601 to undergo re-assessment in the University’s special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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