FIT5146 - Data curation and management - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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


Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Michael Niemann (Semester 2)
Associate Professor Henry Linger (Teaching period 1 - Monash Online)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (Online)

Monash Online

  • Teaching Period 1 2019 (Online)


Monash Online offerings are only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Data ScienceGraduate Diploma in Data Science ( via Monash Online.


This unit provides students with an understanding of the tasks and the main issues associated with the management of data in modern organisations and communities for business and societal purposes. The unit will examine some of the key issues that affect the data management function, incorporating recordkeeping, information accessibility, knowledge management and the governance and accountability for the data repositories. This will be used as a basis for explaining the nature of specialist work in this field and associated professional roles and responsibilities. Topics cover digital repository infrastructures, digital continuity planning; data archiving; data migration; the development of systems to support data discovery and reuse; mediated access to digital information; negotiation of data rights (ownership, copyright, access, privacy etc); utilisation of cloud computing platforms, and the data curation continuum.


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

  1. devise and propose a data curation strategy;
  2. evaluate and critique existing data architectures and processes;
  3. analyse and compare different approaches to delivering data services;
  4. describe and explain ethical, legal, social and organisational issues that impact the creation and use of digital repositories;
  5. recognise and describe specialist professional roles and responsibilities associated with digital repositories.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

For Monash Online: In-semester assessment: 100%

On-campus: Examination (2 hours and 10 minutes): 40%; In-semester assessment: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two hours/week lectures
    • Two hours/week tutorials
  2. Contact hours for online (Caulfield) students:
    • Online students generally do not attend lecture, tutorial and laboratory sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through resources and participating in discussions.
  3. Contact hours for Monash Online students:
    • Two hours/week online group sessions
    • Monash online students do not attend lecture, tutorial and laboratory sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through resources and participating in discussions.
  4. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours per week of personal study (22 hours per week for Monash Online students) for completing lab/tutorial activities, assignments, private study and revision, and for online students, participating in discussions.

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