Faculty of Information Technology

Postgraduate - 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 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2015 (Online)


This unit present a coherent understanding of informational practices within organisations. It explores the structural and functional aspects that constitute organisational informatics and how these aspects combine to support diverse activities undertaken by organisations. The emphasis is to explore how information, and the ability to exploit it, contributes to corporate memory, enterprise knowledge and innovation in products, services and processes. Particular attention is given to diverse organisational setting to address private and public enterprises as well as third sector organisations.


On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • critically evaluate the concept of organisational informatics;
  • develop socio-technical approaches to organisational informatics practices;
  • analyse informational practices within organisations;
  • critique a range of theoretical and disciplinary influences on organisational informatics;
  • assess the extent to which technology can support informational practices.


In-semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • One 2-hour seminar
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

  • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

(c.) 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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