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Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Information Technology

Managing facultyInformation Technology
Abbreviated titleGradDipIKM
CRICOS code058487D
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Off-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students have a maximum of four years to complete this course.


This course prepares students who have a first qualification in another discipline area for professional careers in information and knowledge management. The course provides students with understanding of foundation information technology concepts and fundamental information and knowledge management principles, and develops further knowledge and understanding of one or more specialist areas within information and knowledge management (e.g. librarianship, records management, archival science, information architecture, knowledge management).


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will:

  • have knowledge and understanding of the major theoretical and professional issues in information and knowledge management
  • be able to critically review, analyse, consolidate, and synthetise information in order to respond to information and knowledge management issues
  • have the knowledge and skills to be able to analyse problems in business, social or community settings, design IKM solutions and assess their effectiveness
  • have an understanding of information and knowledge management systems to a level of depth and sophistication consistent with entry level professional practice
  • have developed professional social, ethical and communication skills in industry and community setting
  • be able to communicate findings and rationale of design solutions to a full range of stakeholders
  • have knowledge, understanding, and experiences that are technology independent and are robust over time so that they are well placed to deal with ongoing, rapid changes in the information and knowledge management field
  • have specific knowledge, understanding and skills to meet the requirements for professional recognition by Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), Records and Information Management (RIM) Professionals Australasia and Australian Society of Archivists (ASA).

Credit for prior studies

Students who have completed a graduate qualification with a recognised specialisation in information management may be granted credit. Students who have been granted credit must still meet the specialisation unit requirements in order to complete the course.

Professional recognition

Students who successfully complete the GradDipIKM in accordance with the structure and requirements outlined below will be eligible for professional membershipprofessional membership ( of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIM Professionals Australasia), and the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA).


This course consists of eight graduate-level units. Specific units must be studied as outlined below if students wish to gain professional accreditation.

Areas of study


Students must complete:

(a.) at least one foundation unit from the list below

(b.) units selected from the specialisations listed under 'Areas of study', excepting that students wishing to gain professional recognition by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) as librarians and related information professionals, or by the Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIM Professionals Australasia) or the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) as records managers and archivists, must select eight prescribed units, as listed below.

Foundation (core) units

  • FIT9003 Database systems design
  • FIT9004 Computer programming for business or FIT9017 Foundations of programming
  • FIT9005 Computer architecture and networks
  • FIT9006 Information technology management

Prescribed units for professional recognition

Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

Students must complete:

  • FIT5086 Organisational informatics
  • FIT5088 Information and knowledge management systems
  • FIT5090 Social informatics
  • FIT5102 IT strategy and governance
  • FIT5104 Professional practice*
  • FIT5105 Information access and use
  • FIT5106 Information organisation
  • FIT9003 Database systems design

Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIM Professionals Australasia) and the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA)

Students must complete:

* Special entry requirements apply; course director approval is required.


Graduate Diploma in Information and Knowledge Management