Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University

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 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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


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 should be able to:

  • 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;
  • apply information and knowledge management concepts and principles in a practical context and interact effectively with professional 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;
  • describe and apply effective interpersonal and intercultural communication and collaboration strategies and skills.


Presentation on Professional Placement: 25%; Participation in Seminar and Discussion Forum: 25%; Professional Practice Research Project: 50%; Supervised professional placement and host supervisor's report (PGO grade)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • One 3-hour lecture

(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 3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Only available to
+ students in the Graduate Diploma of Information and Knowledge Management
+ students in the Archives and recordkeeping or the Library and information science areas of study in the MBIS or MBIS Professional.
+ students in the Library, archival and recordkeeping systems specialisation or the Corporate information and knowledge management specialisation in the MBIS or MBIS Professional.

The unit is to be undertaken after 24 credit points from the GDIKM or the relevant MBIS professional tracks or areas of study have been completed.



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