Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please 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 or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedNot offered in 2015


This unit provides students with an understanding of the tasks and the main issues associated with the management of data and electronic records in modern organisations. The management of business records has always been an important function in any large organisation, but the use of digital technologies has added greatly to the scope and complexity of the task, and to the number and diversity of issues which must be addressed. The unit will examine some of the key areas in which these changes have affected the data management function in organisations. This will be used as a basis for explaining the nature of specialist work in this field and the professional roles and responsibilities associated with it.


On the completion of this unit, students will:

  • understand the purpose of the data management function and recognise its importance for organisations;
  • know and understand some of the key organisational data management tasks and the issues associated with them;
  • understand the impacts of technological change on the data management function and the role of data management professionals;
  • recognise and be able to analyse the risks and liabilities which must be addressed by organisational data management strategies;
  • understand the importance of a structured and systematic approach to the development and implementation of data management strategies and procedures
  • be able to critically evaluate a proposed data management solution for a given organisational situation;
  • be able to apply appropriate techniques and standards in the development of strategies and procedures to address a typical organisational data management need.


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

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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