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Knowledge and Organisational Learning (BUS378)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 4
Description The management of information and knowledge and its role in organisations are widely recognised as important elements contributing to international competitiveness in the new economy. This unit examines how the concepts of information and knowledge assist in the understanding of organisational processes, organisational learning and strategy. Topics examined include: the origins and future of knowledge management; knowledge management and concepts; knowledge and organisational strategy; knowledge, IT and organisational systems; knowledge and learning in organisations; knowledge, innovation and value creation.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. explain the concept of knowledge management and how (we) as individuals and
organisations learn and gain expertise through challenging assumptions or theories in
use in different contexts over time
2. apply the principles of knowledge management and organisational learning
3. critically appraise the use of technology in the knowledge management process
4. describe the role of leaders in enabling KM and facilitating organisational learning
5. explain the role of Human Resource Management (HRM) systems and practices in
enabling or inhibiting organisational learning and knowledge management
6. demonstrate understanding of how to build organisational strategies, structures and
systems supportive to knowledge creation, dissemination and innovation
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; workshops: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to enable student to understand knowledge management and organisational learning principles and their applications for problem solving, innovation, and value creation through lectures and group-based tutorial activities.
Assessment Group Presentation and summary document 30%
Individual essay 30%
Exam 40%

Original thought, use of topical research sources, and creativity in your approach to the group project will be a major consideration for determining your marks for Group Presentation. Assessment for individual Essay and Exam will emphasise more conventional academic format and focus on your understanding of relevant theory, concepts, and principles; research and analysis skills; and writing and referencing.
Prerequisites BUS223 Organisational Theory and Behaviour or BUS293 Organisational Theory and Governance.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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