Knowledge Management Systems

Subject 615-656 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available

Students who are enrolled in the two year 200 point Master of Information Systems must have completed 50 points of study to enrol in this subject.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Wally Smith


Dr Wally Smith
Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on how a range of information technologies and analysis techniques are used by organizations to support knowledge management initiatives. Topics likely to be examined are: collaborative technologies and computer-supported cooperative work; corporate knowledge directories; process documentation; data warehouses and other repositories of organizational memory; business intelligence, including data-mining; process automation; workflow; and, document management. The emphasis of the subject is on the high-level design and rationale of these technology-based initiatives and their impact on organizational knowledge and its use.


On successful completion of this subject, students should:

* understand how different types of information technology can play a part in knowledge management at various stages in the knowledge life-cycle

* understand the strengths and weaknesses of different technological approaches to knowledge management

* understand the issues and experience of implementing knowledge management systems through case studies

* understand the functionality of selected specific technologies, as a basis to reflect on the general principles of their design and use

* be able to identify requirements for knowledge-initatives through analysis of a real world work situation


One written report of 2000 words (20%) supported by an oral presentation (10%) both due mid semester, and a second report of 4000 words (60%) supported by a second oral presentation (10%) due towards the end of semester.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

This subject will enhance the following:

* Analytical and interpretative skills, through the conceptualization of classes of technology

* Interpretation skills, through reflection on case-studies

* Qualitative research skills, through a field work project

* Report-writing and presentation skills

Related Course(s): Master of Business Administration/Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems (Coursework)
Master of Information Systems/Postgraduate Diploma in Management
Master of Information Technology
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: R05 RI Master of Science - Information Systems

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