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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kerry Tanner


This unit develops understanding of information technology and information and knowledge management governance frameworks and strategy perspectives, with particular emphasis on the regulatory environment, legislative and organisational controls, audits, standards, professional certifications, and issues associated with measuring performance, demonstrating value and minimising risk. The unit builds on intellectual capital theory, augmented by insights from social capital and emotional capital. It draws on case studies to differentiate strategies focused primarily on people, business processes, and content, and considers the supporting technologies that can facilitate each approach.


At the completion of this unit students will understand:

  • the characteristics and limitations of different IT and IKM governance frameworks and strategy perspectives, and how competing perspectives can be reconciled in practice;
  • the concepts underpinning the dominant intellectual capital perspective on IT and IKM strategy, the strengths and limitations of this approach, and how social capital and emotional capital insights can augment this view of strategy;
  • the distinct features, the functional/disciplinary origins, and the key drivers of IT and IKM strategies focused primarily on
    1. people,
    2. business processes, and
    3. content and technology, and the supporting technologies that can facilitate each approach;
  • links between strategy, performance and measurement, and the issues associated with demonstrating the value and benefits of IT and IKM;
  • the nature of the IT and IKM regulatory environment and approaches to controlling risk;
  • the importance of marketing, leading and championing IT and IKM within the organisation, and of reflective practice.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kerry Tanner

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs tutorial/wk


FIT9006 or completion of 24 points of graduate units from FIT

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