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FIT5088, IMS3012, IMS3611, IMS5330, IMS5033


FIT2001 or equivalent

Chief Examiner

Frada Burstein

Campus Lecturer


Frada Burstein

Contact hours: each week after lecture or by appointment



Ligia Ionescu

Contact hours: make time via email: Ligia Ionescu@monash.edu

Hamid Pousti

Contact hours: make time via email: Hamid.Pousti@monash.edu

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will:

  • understand organisational contexts of technological infrastructures and emerging technological frameworks for electronic information and knowledge management systems, including intranet and Internet environments;
  • appreciate the capabilities and limitations of many products on the information and knowledge management systems market and how to use implementation strategies to maximise their strengths and minimise their weaknesses;
  • identify and select from appropriate strategic options for designing and implementing an information and knowledge management system;
  • participate in electronic document lifespan management, involving document creation within systems and the use of documents for workgroup, organisational and social purposes, appreciating how these aspects interrelate and influence each other;
  • conduct requirements identification, design and deployment of information and knowledge management systems.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

    Assessment Summary

    Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    IKM Systems evaluation and presentation. 25% Week 9, Monday, May 2, 5pm
    Active participation in tutorials and discussion forum 5% From Week 2 till Week 12
    On-line quiz 10% Week 12, Friday, May 27, 2011, 6pm
    Examination 1 60% To be advised

    Teaching Approach

    Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
    The unit will be conducted as one two-hour lecture and one one-hour tutorial per week.

    This unit will offer access to all the material through Moodle system [http://moodle.monash.edu].

    Lectures for this unit are recorded and are accessible from:


    Lectures will provide students with the knowledge of theories and concepts related to IKM Systems and their use for managing knowledge by individuals, groups and organisations.

    The tutorials will give students an opportunity to discuss the application of the concepts through problem

    solving exercises and case studies.

    The on-line discussion forum will be used extensively as a channel for efective communication between teaching staff and off campus, as well as on campus students.


    Our feedback to You

    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
    • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
    • Graded assignments with comments
    • Quiz results
    • Other: on-line forum contribution comments

    Your feedback to Us

    Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

    For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:

    Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

    If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to

    Required Resources

    We will use some IKM systems provided through the sponsorship of Monash KM Lab (http://km-svr.sims.monash.edu.au/)

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11 Induction week: please make sure you are registered for the tutorials and all other requirements of the FIT3122 unit. No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 Introduction: information and knowledge management in a "document world" Semester starts, no tutorial
    2 07/03/11 Principles and methods for organising information for improving knowledge management Assignment specifications provided
    3 14/03/11 KMS in practice: Guest lecture  
    4 21/03/11 Meeting the digital challenge: tools and techniques for information enterprise  
    5 28/03/11 Dealing with information and knowledge from the beginning to the end: where does the knowledge come from?  
    6 04/04/11 Capturing data for effective information and knowledge access: data services  
    7 11/04/11 Tools for dynamic information access: search and organisation of information and knowledge  
    8 18/04/11 IKM for collaboration and knowledge sharing: Web 2.0 and publishing  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Meeting information needs and expectations: user-sensitive and personalised IKMS 2 May, Assignment 1 due Monday that week
    10 09/05/11 Organisational strategic planning for information and knowledge management  
    11 16/05/11 IKM system development and deployment: change management planning and policy development 20 May, Revision Quiz becomes available
    12 23/05/11 How to deliver the right knowledge to the right people in the right time: Summary and review 27 May, Quiz submissions close on Friday, 6pm
      30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

    *Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

    Assessment Policy

    To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

    • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
    • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
    • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

    If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

    Assessment Tasks


    On campus students are expected to attend and participate in lectures and tutorials.

    Both on campus and off campus students are expected to use an online discussion forum to follow on the issues raised in the class and for the discussion of the tutorial material.

    The class participation will be assessed based on your contribution to the forum and in class. As the hurdle requirement you need to attempt at least 50% of the tutorial questions overall.

    • Assessment task 1
      IKM Systems evaluation and presentation.
      This is a group assignment. A detailed description of the assignment will be available by week 2.
      Criteria for assessment:

      This assignment will assess your ability to study and analyse systems, which are capable of supporting knowledge and information management tasks.

      The criteria for assessment of the submission include:

      1. Evidence of clear understanding of the purpose of the system and its fitness for purpose;

      2. Ability of Critical Analysis and Synthesis notjust description of the system functionality;

      3. Evidence of understanding of KM system concept and ability to express it in written and oral presentation.

      Individuals will be assessed according to their contribution to the group task.

      The Marking Guide for the Assignment will be provided together with the detailed description.

      Due date:
      Week 9, Monday, May 2, 5pm
      In exceptional circumstances this assignment can be completed individually.

      Seek permission from the Tutor and approval from the Unit Leader in this case.
    • Assessment task 2
      Active participation in tutorials and discussion forum
      To pass this assessment, the students are expected to attend and attempt at least 50% of tutorial material either in class or on-line through the discussion forum.
      Criteria for assessment:

      The weekly contribution to the discussion of the tutorial material is assessed based on the quality and the depth of understanding, not the quantity of talking and/or writing.

      Due date:
      From Week 2 till Week 12
    • Assessment task 3
      On-line quiz
      A set of multiple choice questions will become available as a mechanism for review of the unit material for examination and assessed via Moodle system.
      Criteria for assessment:

      This is an individual assignment based on multiple choice questions.

      Due date:
      Week 12, Friday, May 27, 2011, 6pm


    • Examination 1
      3 hours
      Type (open/closed book):
      Closed book
      Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

    Assignment submission

    Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
    You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

    Extensions and penalties

    Returning assignments

    Resubmission of assignments

    The students can make two attempts to the Quiz questions before submitting them.

    Referencing requirements

    It is expected that the written report will use appropriate references to acknowledge the resources used in preparation. Please use FIT referencing style for formatting the reference list.


    Monash has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University's academic standards, and to provide advice on how they might uphold them. You can find Monash's Education Policies at:

    Key educational policies include:

    Student services

    The University provides many different kinds of support services for you. Contact your tutor if you need advice and see the range of services available at www.monash.edu.au/students The Monash University Library provides a range of services and resources that enable you to save time and be more effective in your learning and research. Go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.au or the library tab in my.monash portal for more information. Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis

    Recommended Reading

    There is no text book recommended for the unit, however, there is a range of books, which contain useful resources on the topics covered in the lectures. References to the relevant material from these books will be supplied on a weekly bases.

    1. Becerra-Fernandez, Gonzalez and Sabherwal (2004) Knowledge Management: Challenges, Solutions and Technologies, Prentice Hall.
    2. Tiwana, A. (2002) The Knowledge Management Toolkit: Practical techniques for building knowledge management systems, 2nd ed.; Prentice-Hall International. 
    3. Hawryszkiewycz (2009) Knowledge Management: Organizing Knowledge Based Enterprises, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN: 978-0-230-23027-9.
    4. Rao, M. (2005) Knowledge Management Tools and Techniques Practitioners and Experts Evaluate KM Solutions, Elsevier (available through Science Direct)

    These books are available from Monash Library in reserve collection and from the Caulfield Book shop.

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