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Legal Notice 388 of 2011 - Malta Government Gazette No.18,812 - 30 September 2011
Amended by:
Legal Notice 39 of 2013 - Malta Government Gazette No. 19,023 - 29 January 2013

EDUCATION ACT (CAP. 327)

Bye-Laws of 2011 in terms of the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, 2004 for the Degrees of Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies (Honours) - B.LIAS (Hons) - and Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies - B.LIAS ­ under the auspices of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences

IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred upon him by articles 74 (5) and 75 (6) of the Education Act (Cap. 327), the Chancellor of the University of Malta has promulgated the following bye-laws made by the Board of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences in virtue of the powers conferred upon it by article 81 (1) of the said Act and which have been approved by the Senate of the University of Malta as required by article 81 (2) of the said Act:

Citation and Interpretation

1. (1) These bye-laws may be cited as the Bye-Laws of 2011 in terms of the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, 2004 for the degrees of Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies (Honours) - B.LIAS (Hons) - and Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies - B.LIAS - under the auspices of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences.

(2) In these bye-laws, unless the context otherwise requires -

"the Board" means the Board of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences;

"the Course" means the programme of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies (Honours) - B.LIAS (Hons) - or to the degree of Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies - B.LIAS;

"the Degree" means the degree of Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies (Honours) - B.LIAS (Hons) - or the degree of Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies - B.LIAS; and

"the Principal Regulations" means the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, 2004.

Applicability

2. These bye-laws shall be applicable for courses commencing in October 2011 or later.

Areas of Study

3. (1) The degree of Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies (Honours) shall be awarded in terms of thesebye-laws in Library Information and Archive Studies as the honours main area of study together with a subsidiary area of study.

(2) The degree of Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies shall be awarded in terms of these bye-laws in two ordinary main areas of study, one of which must be Library Information and Archive Studies.

(3) The Board shall announce the areas of study that may be taken with Library Information and Archive Studies in the Degree before the commencement of the Course.

Special Course Requirements for Admission

4. To be registered as regular students in the Course, applicants shall satisfy the general requirements for admission as specified in the Admission Regulations.

Course Duration

5. The Course shall extend over a period of three years of full-time study.

Course Programme

6. Applicants shall be required to indicate their choice of areas of study at the time of applying for admission.

7. The Course shall consist of two parts.

8. (1) Part One shall consist of study-units to which 60 credits are assigned.

(2) At the end of Part One of the Course, students who have obtained an average mark of:

(a) 65% or better in the Library Information and Archive Studies area of study, and

(b) 60% or better in all the study units of Part One

shall be eligible to proceed to the degree of Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies (Honours).

9. Part Two shall consist of study-units to which 120 credits are assigned.

10. (1) The Board shall publish the course programmes in Library Information and Archive Studies drawn up in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Principal Regulations and as approved by Senate, before the commencement of each Course. Subject to changes that the Board may make, with the approval of Senate, students shall follow the study-units and obtain the credits as indicated in the course programmes and in the programmes of study of the other areas they are following for the Degree.

(2) The programmes of study for the areas of study that may be taken with Library Information and Archive Studies in the Course shall be those published by the Board of the academic entity responsible for the area of study.

11. (1) Students on the Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies (Honours) B.LIAS (Hons) course shall be required to register and obtain credit for study-units to which a total of 180 credits are assigned, of which not less than 132 credits shall be in Library Information and Archive Studies and not less than 36 credits shall be in the subsidiary area of study.

(2) Students on the Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies course shall be required to register and obtain credit for study-units to which a total of 180 credits are assigned, of which not less than 80 credits shall be obtained in each of the two main areas of study.

Classification of the Awards

12. (1) The Final Weighted Average Mark for the classification of the Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies (Honours) degree shall be based on the results obtained in each of the last two years of the Course, which shall be weighted as follows:

Second Year Average Mark - 40 %
Third Year Average Mark - 60 %

(2) The average score of the third year shall be weighted as 30% attributed to taught study-units and 70% attributed to the dissertation and synoptic study-units.

13. The Final Weighted Average Mark for the classification of the Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies shall be based on the results obtained in each year of the Course, which shall be weighted as follows:

First Year Average Mark - 25 %
Second Year Average Mark - 25 %
Third Year Average Mark (excluding Synoptic Study-Units) - 25 %
Synoptic Study-Units - 25%

Repeal

14. The Bye-Laws of 2005 in terms of the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, 2004 for the Diploma in Archive and Records Management, the Diploma in Library and Information Studies, and the degree of Bachelor of Library Information and Archive Studies ­ B.LIAS - under the auspices of the Centre for Communications Technology, published as Legal Notice 357 of 2005, shall be deemed to cease to be in force as from 1st October 2011, provided that students registered for these courses before 1st October 2011 shall continue to be governed by the bye-laws that were in force at the time of their joining the course.

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