The Information Sciences Study Programme
The Department of Information Sciences offers single-major and double-major undergraduate and graduate study programmes. The Department offers several graduate study programmes: the research track Informatics/Information Sciences graduate study programme is a single-major study programme, while the teacher-training track can be studied only as a double-major study programme. Librarianship can be studied as a single-major or double-major study programme. The double-major study programmes can be combined with any other double-major study programme at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Mostar. Students can enrol full-time (state-funded or self-financing) or part-time.
Undergraduate study programme (6 semesters - 180 ECTS credits)
The single-major and double-major undergraduate Information Sciences study programme provides students with expansive knowledge from this profession. Upon completion of the study programme students will be able to:
- identify, interpret and solve the information needs of the users;
- find, evaluate and apply information and their sources;
- apply theoretical and methodological knowledge of information and communication sources to solve problems;
- obtain and evaluate programs to protect data;
- select and use methods, processing techniques and document organization in physical and digital collections and funds;
- participate in information and communication sciences projects;
- apply, critically evaluate and combine knowledge of complex information systems;
- apply and build databases and systems for information search in information systems;
- design and program network environments;
- identify, describe and connect information services and systems;
- apply knowledge from various fields of computer language processing;
- recognize and apply results of research from information and communication sciences fields;
- select and use computer, information and logic models in information and communication sciences
- interpret problems related to design, development, evaluation and realization of dialogue systems based on natural language processing (NLP);
- present how information institutions operate;
- use data protection, research and communicate in information institutions and outside them;
- identify and compare the leading trends and the development of computer technology and advanced search techniques;
- apply the procedure and principles of multimedia processing;
- apply and integrate knowledge and algorithms in software development;
- demonstrate verbal and written communication skills;
- evaluate and select the most appropriate IT solutions;
- interpret and use professional terminology in English and Croatian.
Upon completion of the undergraduate Information Sciences study programme, the student acquires the academic title Bachelor of Information Sciences.
Bachelors of Information Sciences have various employment opportunities in workplaces that require the knowledge of information experts at the level of undergraduate information competence. The students are capable of performing various tasks in information institutions, in public administrative institutions and authorities that have a need for workers who can mange information in new technological environments. The students can also enrol in the Information Sciences graduate study programme which is available in different tracks: Informatics/Information Sciences research track and teacher-training track, and Librarianship.
Graduate study programme (4 semesters - 120 ECTS credits)
The objective of this study programme, depending on the selected study orientation, are the competences that enable the student to work on complex projects or information management, but it also provides them with valuable knowledge that can help them while working in information institutions. This program allows each student to specialize in a particular field of information sciences whereby the students acquire the professional competences necessary for work in a certain profession.
Upon completion of the single-major graduate study of Information Sciences, Informatics research track study programme, the student will be able to:
- analyze and solve the user’s needs;
- propose various concepts, possibilities and develop databases and search systems;
- apply and propose different methods of database application and use;
- design and program in network environments;
- evaluate programmes, evaluate their organization, search and protection;
- manage complex information systems;
- create concepts and information policies in their own communities;
- synthetize, integrate and propose the information application, but also application of logical models in computer language processing, lexicography and machine-assisted translation;
- participate, analyze, plan and manage work on computer-assisted translation projects, and translation memory projects (TMs);
- manage projects in fields of information and communication sciences;
- critically evaluate knowledge management systems and implementation of such systems;
- plan, prepare, organize and transfer knowledge.
Upon completion of this study programme, the student acquires the academic title Master of Informatics/Information Sciences.
Masters of Informatics/Information Sciences are trained to perform complex tasks in various information institutions, as well as in public administrative institutions, governments and companies that have a need for people who can manage information in new technological environments.
Note: The student of the Information Sciences graduate study programme, research track, does not acquire teaching competences, but due to the nature of the study programme offered by the Department, it provides the student with some competences that can be called teaching competences.
Students can additionally enrol in study programmes that provide them with necessary teaching competences. Upon entering the teacher training track study programme, some courses passed by students during their regular graduate studies will be recognised, and they will only have to pass the courses that were not included in their regular study programmes and that provide them with additional teaching competences.
Upon completion of the double-major graduate Information Sciences study programme, teacher-training track, the student will be able to:
- analyze and solve the IT needs of the users;
- transfer knowledge and apply different methods in order to build, design and programme in network environments;
- evaluate the programs, their organization, online search and protection;
- use, apply and transfer knowledge about information management and information policy in their environment;
- synthetize, integrate and propose the application of information technology and logical models in computer assisted translation, lexicography and computer language processing;
- indicate, explain and apply basic psychological factors of successful learning and teaching;
- explain teaching theories, models and their use in the classroom;
- prepare teaching contents according to fundamental articulation models;
- collect and interpret data, and include them in the curriculum.
Upon completion of the double-major graduate Information Sciences/Informatics study programme the student acquires the academic title Master of Informatics/Information Sciences.
Masters of Informatics/Information Sciences (teacher-training track) can work in schools. They have various employment opportunities in education systems or workplaces that require information knowledge. They can perform complex tasks in various information institutions, as well as in public information systems and in governments, or in companies that have a need for employees who can manage information in new technological environments.
Upon completion of the teaching-oriented study programmes offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and by passing general courses, students will be able to:
- apply their knowledge of human development, socio-cultural and individual differences in order to help students achieve their best;
- recognise educational needs of gifted students, students with developmental or learning difficulties, as well as the needs of students who belong to different vulnerable groups;
- create safe, stimulating and inclusive environment, according to every student’s needs;
- demonstrate their knowledge of regulations, laws and conventions which regulate the protection of children’s rights;
- apply relevant knowledge of methods of efficient teaching of different content, including potential difficulties students may encounter;
- plan the teaching process and learning outcomes in accordance with the students’ developmental level, abilities and needs;
- evaluate their work and plan further development of their professional competencies;
- demonstrate their knowledge of the standards and ethical principles of the teaching profession;
- apply different strategies in order to develop partnership between family, school and community;
- participate in team work in different educational contexts;
- demonstrate their knowledge of the educational system and legal regulations, including the organization and methods of school management;
- create projects and conduct research in order to improve the work of their school;
- independently make decisions about grading and evaluating students and share responsibilities with other individuals relevant for the students’ development;
- independently make assessments, judgements and decisions in educational contexts.
Upon completion of the graduate single-major and double-major Information Sciences study programme – Librarianship track, the student will be able to:
- interpret the relationship between procedures, intermediators and users of information;
- identify and analyze the way in which information is formed, circulated and used;
- use national and international legal and administrative provisions related to the formation, transfer ad use of information;
- interpret the historical development of information and examine further development;
- identify and evaluate information;
- create and manage analogical and digital collections, funds, series, subseries, files, records and documents;
- maintain data-protection programs;
- organize, mark and search information sources;
- use and adapt systems of digital archives and repositories;
- evaluate information needs and plan appropriate services;
- quantitatively and qualitatively value services;
- develop services and programs for customers;
- apply marketing procedures in order to communicate with the public;
- apply bibliometric methods;
- critically evaluate management systems and development of such systems;
- plan and conduct technical projects;
After the completion of the single-major or double-major graduate study programme of Information Sciences - librarianship track, the student acquires the title Master of Library Sciences.
Masters of Library Sciences are trained to perform a variety of tasks in cultural, information and educational institutions. Employment opportunities include public and private libraries, national and university libraries. They can also maintain records and serve the needs of users. They can work in institutions such as primary and secondary schools, educational institutions, colleges and universities.