Course Title: The Digital Information Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Digital Information Environment

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Huan Vo -Tran

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1699

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces the technologies used to manage information in today’s digital environment and provides you with the practical skills required to work effectively as information professional. You will use a range of tools and technologies to create, describe, record, store and exchange information, and to communicate effectively with other people. You will learn about the systems and processes underpinning information management, including current and future developments in digitisation of documents, information architecture and storage, networking, and the World Wide Web.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Discuss the relationships between information technology and architecture and the structure, design and flows of information.
  2. Analyse, reflect and evaluate the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to manage personal and organisational information needs.
  3. Evaluate, select and use appropriate web tools for creating, organising, storing, sharing and working with information.
  4. Apply suitable metadata standards such as Dublin Core and AGLS to improve the visibility and accessibility of information over the Internet.
  5. Use initiative, creativity and persistence to solve web-based information problems using information and communications technologies.

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and skills and their application will be explained and illustrated in lectures, seminars and online notes with opportunities to discuss their use in case studies during tutorials and group discussions (including online forums). Practical activities in class and online will allow you to develop your technical skills and deepen your understanding of the concepts.
There will be opportunities to hear guest speakers and audio/video recordings of lectures and presentations will be available where feasible.
Online students will have access to comprehensive course materials through RMIT’s online learning systems.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A reference list will be available at the beginning of the semester and prescribed readings will be provided to you via our online systems, myRMIT.
You will be expected to utilise library and electronic sources to find appropriate material for assignments and to engage in professional reading of relevant material to support your learning.
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.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Task 1: 50% Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5

Assessment Task 2: 50% Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4

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.