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Knowledge Management (ICT505)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit examines the role of knowledge management in organisations and its principles and practices. It includes a consideration of theories of knowledge and approaches to KM, drawing on a range of perspectives such as management, library science, cognitive science, AI and psychology. Topics include document-centric practices and information management; social approaches including communities of practice; organisational memory and learning organisations; knowledge representation including ontologies; cultural aspects of knowledge, and situating KM practices within an organisational context.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
ULO1 Critically discuss the role and importance of knowledge management in today's organisations
ULO2 Critically evaluate relevant literature in the field of knowledge management
ULO3 Explain how the approach to knowledge management practice is influenced by the predominant source discipline
ULO4 Describe the main features of several different approaches to knowledge management theory and practice
ULO5 Demonstrate practical skills in knowledge elicitation and knowledge representation
ULO6 Critically discuss the issues raised by language and cultural diversity in shared knowledge systems
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/Workshops: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a blend of semi-structured and self-directed learning. The seminar/workshops will explore the material covered in the unit, using short lectures, mini-cases, discussions, student presentations, and hands-on exercises in knowledge elicitation and representation. Some sessions may be held in the computer lab to demonstrate concepts using software. The assessment activities in the unit provide the opportunity to reinforce the material and explore it in more depth.
Assessment Students will be assessed on the basis of workshop participation, including at least one oral presentation, (15%), assignment (15%), report (25%), and a final examination (45%). The oral presentation and assignment provide practice in reading and evaluating literature in the field of knowledge management, and in communicating it effectively. The purpose of the report is for students to demonstrate their ability to think critically about a topic in knowledge management. The examination will assess the students' attainment of all learning objectives.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level IT course or permission of the Academic Chair.
Exclusions Students who have completed ICT556 Knowledge Management Techniques may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Diploma in Data Science (GradDipDataSci)
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management (GradDipITMan)
Graduate Diploma in Internetworking and Security (GradDipIntwkSecur)
Master of Information Technology (MIT)
Master of Science in Information Technology (MScIT) [New in 2020]
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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Dr Val Hobbs
Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2817
e: V.Hobbs@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.009 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Val Hobbs
Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2817
e: V.Hobbs@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.009 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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