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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)


Students are introduced to the practical environment where theory of information management and systems is applied and helps prepare students for entry into the professional workplace. Through a fieldwork placement, students gain in-depth understanding of information agencies and the organisational environment in which they operate. It encourages analysis of links between theoretical concepts of information management, knowledge management and systems, to professional practice in the workplace. The unit evaluates issues in information management and information systems currently identified by practitioners, managers, researchers, organisations, and academics as being of professional concern.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  • evaluate professional literature and knowledge in relation to practice;
  • analyse current issues relating to the information industry;
  • apply theories and practice of their selected specialisation to the workplace;
  • demonstrate practical skills at a professional level in an information agency or information-related functional area, as well as an ability to interact effectively with work colleagues and clients;
  • assess career opportunities within the information industry and develop a personal career plan;
  • evaluate the role in professional practice of ethical codes, professional literature, professional networks and professional associations.


Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%; Supervised professional placement and host supervisors report (PGO grade)

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Sue McKemmish

Contact hours

3 hrs lecture/wk


Only available to students in the Graduate Diploma of Information and Knowledge Management or students in the Library, Archival and Recordkeeping Systems specialisation or the Corporate Information and Knowledge Management specialisation in the MBIS or MBIS Professional. Entry to this unit is subject to approval. The unit should be undertaken after other core units of the specialisation have been completed.



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