Course Title: Information and Knowledge Environments 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Information and Knowledge Environments 2

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Macauley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5583

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

BUSM2389 Information and Knowledge Environments 1

Course Description

This course extends the concepts, contexts, terminology and current research for the study of information and knowledge management, using problem solving, case study and group work approaches. It focuses on the business context and the professional responsibilities of the information and knowledge professions in social and business environments. Using case studies and real world situations it builds on previous learning to enhance the ability to add value to the organisation and introduces the concepts professionalism, and identifies professional responsibilities within an ethical framework. This course explores the professional issues facing those working within the information industry in relation to wider society. Students will gain greater clarity about the role and responsibilities of information and knowledge professionals in disseminating information through society.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onward your class will be held in a device-equipped teaching space. Each student group will have access to a laptop. It is however recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus both in and outside class times.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course, the student should have developed the ability to:
• Identify and address personal knowledge needs;
• Identify cultural imperatives related to information and knowledge in an organisation
• Identify and fulfill organisational knowledge needs;
• Engage with professional peers to learn about alternatives and test their applicability;
• Engage issues of global sustainability, cultural diversity, privacy, intellectual property, freedom of information and censorship at the local, national and international levels;
• Apply professional, legal, ethical and global sustainability values and engage appropriate legal, professional and ethical standards.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will attend a one hour lecture and two hour tutorial each week on a topic related to the economic, social, cultural and political place of information and information technology in our society. They will contribute to discussions in tutorials and do related readings on each topic. The tutorials will be largely student lead through preparation of material for presentation and discussion.

Overview of Learning Resources

Readings will be distributed in lectures, or be available through the website at RMIT Online.

Overview of Assessment

There are 3 assessment elements.
To pass a candidate must successfully pass all tasks.