BSc Information Library Science

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

Graduates of this programme qualify for employment in a variety of professional positions in schools, public, academic and special libraries or in any other organization engaged in library-related and information management activities. The course content covers areas such as management of libraries and information centres, library organisation, library reference services, technical services in libraries, media management, library standards and practices.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A and mathematics, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).

 

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DURATION
4 Years (FT)
5-6 Years (PT)

CAMPUS
City/ South

SEPTEMBER
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  COURSES IN THE MAJOR     CORE CURRICULUM COURSES  
CODE COURSE TITLE CR. CODE COURSE TITLE CR.
LIBS 135 Introduction to Libraries and Information Services 3 WRIT 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
LIBS 136 Introduction to Information Resources in Libraries 3 COMM 118 Communication in the Workplace 3
LIBS 140 Computer Applications in Libraries 3 LIBS 130 Fundamental Research Skills 3
LIBS 145 Introduction to Technical Services in Libraries 3 MATH 116 Contemporary College Mathematics 3
LIBS 200 User Services I HIST 210 History of Trinidad and Tobago 3
LIBS 248 Introduction to the Organization of Knowledge: Cataloguing 3 Students are required to complete fifteen (15) credits taken from the list below
LIBS 249 Introduction to the Organization of Knowledge: Classification 4 ENVH 102 World Issues in Public Health 1
LIBS 244 Library Internship 2 ENVH 121 Environmental Issues and Sustainability 1
LIBS 267 Integrated Marketing Communications for Libraries 3 RELI 205 Comparative Religion 3
LIBS 274 Introduction to Caribbeana and Its Sources I 3 SCIE 121 Foundations of Natural Sciences 3
LIBS 300 User Services II 3 SCIE 201 Contemporary Issues in Science 1
LIBS 370 Digital Libraries 3 SPAN 100 Introduction to Spanish 3
LIBS 372 Serials Management 3 ARTS 120 Survey of Art History 1
LIBS 375 Caribbeana and its Sources II 3 CLTR 120 Introduction to the Culture of Trinidad and Tobago 1
LIBS 379 Management of Libraries and Information Centres  3 MUSC 120 Introduction to the Study of Music 1
LIBS 477 Collection Development and Management  3 Total Core Curriculum Courses 30
LIBS 433 Current Issues in Libraries  3 SUPPORT COURSE
LIBS 499 Senior Project: Information and Library Science  3 BUSI 120 Business Orientation 1
Total Credits in Major Area of Study 54 ITEC 120 Introduction to Computer Hardware 3
Total Support Course Credits 4
GUIDED ELECTIVE COURSES
Choose any four (4) courses from the list below
EDUC 124 Sign Language I 3 LAWW 115 Legal Aspects of Records Management 3
EDUC 201 Education Foundations for School Librarians 3 LIBS 147 Introduction to Archival Studies 3
ECCE 100 Introduction to the World of the Learner 3 LIBS 260 or Young Adult Sources and Services or 3
ECCE 200 Emergent Literacy Methods 3 LIBS 273 Introduction to Children’s Literature 3
ITEC 115 Information Systems Project Management 3 RCMT 152 Introduction to Records Management 4
ITEC 122 Introduction to Operating Systems 3 RCMT 153 Fundamentals of Electronics Records Management 4
ITEC 133 Introduction to Programming 3 RCMT 154 Introduction to Archival Management 3
ITEC 240 Webpage Design 3
Total Guided Elective Credits 12
Specializations: Students to choose ONE
SPECIALIZATION: ARCHIVAL STUDIES SPECIALIZATION: SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA
ITEC 240 Web Page Design 3 ITEC 240 Webpage Design 3
LIBS 147 Introduction to Archival Studies 3 EDUC  201 Education Foundations for School Librarian 3
LIBS 240 Creating Records: Caribbean Historical Frameworks 3 LIBS 260 or LIBS 273 Young Adult Sources and Services or Introduction to Children’s Literature 3
LIBS 334 Archival Preservation and Access 3 LIBS 352 Instructional Design for Information Literacy 3
LIBS 371 Technology for Archives 3 LIBS 376 School Media Centres 3
RCMT 150 Introduction to Records Management 3 LIBS 472 Educational Technology in the School Curriculum 3
Any one guided elective course 3 LIBS 478 School Media Resources in the Curriculum 3
Total Archival Studies Specialization Credits 21 Total School Library Media Specialization Credits 21
SPECIALIZATION: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIZATION: LEGAL STUDIES
ITEC 115 Information Systems Project Management 3 LAWW 130 Caribbean Legal Systems 3
ITEC 122 Introduction to Operating Systems 3 LAWW 140 Criminal Law 3
ITEC 133 Introduction to Programming 3 LAWW 200 Legal Writing and Research 3
ITEC 240 Webpage Design 3 LAWW 213 Estates Law 3
ITEC 244 Internet Technology 3 LAWW 215 Elements of Contract Law 3
ITEC 250 Computer Networks, Architecture and Protocol 3 LAWW 220 Civil Procedure 3
ITEC 270 Database Design I 3 LAWW 310 Business Law 3
Total Information Technology Specialization Credits 21 Total Legal Studies Specialization Credits 21

The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

The College accepts the following methods of payment:

  • Cash
  • LINX
  • Visa/Master card
  • Certified/Manager’s cheque

Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.

 

The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:  www.moe.gov.tt

Important:
Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.

 

Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

  • tuition fees
  • accommodation
  • airfare and other transportation costs
  • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
  • books and related materials
  • special equipment
  • other related tertiary expenses

For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at: www.moe.gov.tt

 

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details: registrar@costaatt.edu.tt

To be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Information and Library Science, students must successfully complete 121 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

Required courses in the major area of study  54 credits
Guided electives courses in the major  12 credits
Total courses in major area of study 66 credits
Core curriculum courses 30 credits
Support courses   4 credits
Courses in Specialisation (Choose ONE Specialisation) 21 credits
Total Credits Required for Graduation 121 credits

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