Course Title: Knowledge Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Knowledge Management

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Vanessa Cooper

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99255786

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.09.49

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Knowledge management as a course is multidisciplinary in nature and embodies inputs from a range of management disciplines, and from information science and technology management.
Knowledge management emerged from the convergence of globalisation and the nexus of organisational and technological change, developments which have resulted in fundamental changes both to economies and to organisations. Central to such changes is recognition of knowledge as the most valuable resource available to organisations and as the most likely source of competitive advantage.
The management of knowledge in itself is an ambitious undertaking, not least owing to its inherently intangible nature, and its location within individual and collective experiences. However, management disciplines can be applied to those conditions enabling the creation of knowledge, to systems and technologies, to processes and capabilities and in proper circumstances to people. The course deals with the nature and properties of knowledge, in the context of resource-based theory and what this implies for organisational structures, strategies and systems, staff competencies and management styles.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Analyse and explain the developments in the ‘new economy’ and in particular the place and nature of knowledge in such developments.
  2. Demonstrate a broad, critical and practical understanding of knowledge management theories and practices in the real world.
  3. Investigate the linkages between management and knowledge management and in particular of those between knowledge management and strategic and human resources management
  4. Examine the various human, organisational and technological components that together combine to produce knowledge management
  5. Explore the role and place of information and communications technologies in the practice of knowledge management
  6. Develop a knowledge management strategy for an organisation


Overview of Learning Activities

Lecturer inputs: A range of learning experiences are planned for you including lectures, tutorials, group problem solving exercises and group debates. The lectures will present the necessary theory and background to the current state-of-the-art of knowledge management, nationally and internationally. In the tutorial sessions, students will contribute to discussions aimed at reinforcing the material presented in lectures. The course is designed to be interactive in nature with students learning from each other as well as from lectures and readings. This will involve learning in additional areas such as teamwork, in problem solving and the presentation and critiquing of ideas.
Your inputs as learners: Your active and constructive participation in group discussions is expected in addition to weekly reading, group and individual exercises and careful planning and completion of assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT Studies\Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.
Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.
Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Assessment Task 2 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Examination: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.