Course Title: The Professional Experience

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Professional Experience

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


City Campus


665H Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain


Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Sue Reynolds

Course Coordinator Phone: Not available

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Off campus

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email to make an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge LIBR1085 Information Discovery.

You should have completed at least 4 core courses prior to this course.

Course Description

This course will focus on the information sector (libraries, archives, museums, records and business units etc.) and a range of evolving issues as experienced in the information professions. The course is designed to contribute to your development as a "critical practitioner”: a professional who is both skilled and critically engaged with their profession.

The contexts in which information is provided will be defined and examined and this will include exposure to ‘real life’ practice within the profession through a variety of speakers from industry and engagement with real world activities.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience. You will undertake structured activities in authentic engagement with a partner organisation that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional practice. 

This course also provides you with a capstone experience, which will provide you with the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt in your program.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Analyze and evaluate the contexts in which information is originated, described, stored, organised, retrieved, disseminated, modified and used in the public, corporate or private information management sector.
  2. Research and think creatively to generate innovative solutions to information management issues in an authentic situation.
  3. Discuss the ethical, legal, cultural and policy issues that are relevant to the profession and the distribution of information freely and equitably.
  4. Effectively communicate with information users in the workplace.
  5. Demonstrate critical, reflective, creative thinking and problem-solving skills and apply them in the information profession.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will experience a variety of learning experiences, online or face-to-face, from a range of possible activities including discussion, reading, case studies, lectures and class exercises, as well as external visits. You will be required on occasion to informally present information to the class online or face-to-face. Lectures and tutorial activities are designed to introduce a variety of issues relevant to the work and career of an information professional in a range of contexts e.g. libraries, archives, museums, business and records units.

You will engage with information professionals as guest speakers and through participation in a professional placement as part of your Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5

Assessment Task 3: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online and by individual consultation.