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FIT1037 Information management - Semester 2, 2014

This unit introduces fundamental concepts in information, and examines their implications for the use of IT-based systems that manage information. The management of information is a major area of concern for any organisation as it seeks to meet its objectives. The unit examines a variety of approaches to the creation, representation, storage, access, retrieval, and use of information, and the practical contribution of information management (IM) as a discipline to the achievement of such tasks. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the consequences for these practices of information-seeking behaviour by users, as well as the application of a range of popular IM tools and techniques commonly used when addressing the information needs of users.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour studio

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

FIT1021, FIT2054, IMS1603, IMS2603

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Dora Constantinidis

Henry Linger

Your feedback to Us

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Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

Previous feedback has highlighted the following strengths in this unit: interactive tutorials and lectures, practical assignments.

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  • describe the fundamental concepts of information and its use;
  • explain the impact of organisational and other contexts upon information needs and uses;
  • explain the basic IM tools (eg classification and metadata) that have been developed to manage information and meet user needs;
  • evaluate information and its sources critically;
  • apply basic IM tools to create, represent, store, access, retrieve and use information;
  • demonstrate the teamwork skills necessary to identify particular information needs, prepare relevant resources for a target audience, and present their findings.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Make sure you have allocated yourself to a studio No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction to information management/Forms of information  
2 Finding and making sense of information I  
3 Finding and making sense of information II  
4 IM in context I  
5 Organising information I Assignment 1 - Information Sources due
6 Organising information II  
7 Organising information III  
8 Information storage and retrieval  
9 Presenting information I  
10 Presenting information II  
11 IM in context II Assignment 2 - Resource Kit due
12 The future of information management / the exam Assignment 3 - Presentation during studio
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 - Information Sources 15% Week 5
Assignment 2 - Resource Kit 25% Week 11
Assignment 3 - Presentation 10% During studio in Week 12
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Assignment 1 - Information Sources
    Description:
    This assignment requires you to examine critically the information provided in a document, as well as the evidence advanced in a number of associated information sources.
    Weighting:
    15%
    Criteria for assessment:

    The criteria used to assess submissions are:

    1. Correctness and understanding - there may be more than one "right" answer in many cases. We will look for answers that reflect understanding of the underlying principles and theories.
    2. Completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question. Presentation - that you have presented your answers in a suitably formatted report style.
    3. Use of evidence and argument - you are able to explain your position by using logical argument drawing on the theory presented in the unit.

    Specific tasks and marking criteria will be distributed at the appropriate time during the semester.

    Due date:
    Week 5
    Remarks:
    An assignment without an extension will accrue a penalty of 5% deducted from its final mark for each day that it is late.
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Assignment 2 - Resource Kit
    Description:
    Coordinating their efforts within small teams allocated by tutors, students are required to compile, then individually submit a list of relevant resources for individual assessment, as part of a resource kit relating to a particular topic area of general interest and relevance to other undergraduates.
    Weighting:
    25%
    Criteria for assessment:

    The criteria used to assess submissions are:

    1. Correctness and understanding - there may be more than one "right" answer in many cases. We will look for answers that reflect understanding of the underlying principles and theories.
    2. Completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question. Presentation - that you have presented your answers in a suitably formatted report style.
    3. Use of evidence and argument - you are able to explain your position by using logical argument drawing on the theory presented in the unit.

    Specific tasks and marking criteria will be distributed at the appropriate time during the semester.

    Due date:
    Week 11
    Remarks:
    The topic area in question will be selected by students in consultation with their tutor. An assignment without an extension will accrue a penalty of 5% deducted from its final mark for each day that it is late.
  • Assessment task 3
    Title:
    Assignment 3 - Presentation
    Description:
     Working in small groups allocated by tutors, students are required to introduce a particular topic area of general interest and relevance to other undergraduate students. The topic area in question will be the same at that selected for Assignment 2.

    This assignment will be marked in a manner that recognises differential contributions of group members (details to be provided in the assignment specification on Moodle).
    Weighting:
    10%
    Criteria for assessment:

    The criteria used to assess submissions are:

    1. Correctness and understanding - there may be more than one "right" answer in many cases. We will look for answers that reflect understanding of the underlying principles and theories.
    2. Completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question. Presentation - that you have presented your answers in a suitably formatted report style.
    3. Use of evidence and argument - you are able to explain your position by using logical argument drawing on the theory presented in the unit.

    Specific tasks and marking criteria will be distributed at the appropriate time during the semester.

    Due date:
    During studio in Week 12
    Remarks:
    The topic area in question will be selected by students in consultation with their tutor. An assignment without an extension will accrue a penalty of 5% deducted from its final mark for each day that it is late.

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    50%
    Length:
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    None

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback after official results have been published. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Referencing requirements

You are required to follow the APA style guide explained at:

http://www.lib.monash.edu.au/tutorials/citing/infotech.html

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

There is no textbook for this unit.

Recommended Resources

There is no specific software requirement beyond access to word-processing and web browsing facilities.  These are freely available in Labs.

Other Information

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Key educational policies include:

Faculty resources and policies

Important student resources including Faculty policies are located at http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/

Graduate Attributes Policy

Student Charter

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

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.

Other

An assignment without an extension will accrue a penalty of 5% deducted from its final mark for each day that it is late.