Faculty of Information Technology

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)


This unit introduces fundamental concepts in information, and examines their implications for the use of IT-based systems that manage information. The management of information is a major area of concern for any organisation as it seeks to meet its objectives. The unit examines a variety of approaches to the creation, representation, storage, access, retrieval, and use of information, and the practical contribution of information management (IM) as a discipline to the achievement of such tasks. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the consequences for these practices of information-seeking behaviour by users, as well as the application of a range of popular IM tools and techniques commonly used when addressing the information needs of users.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • understand the fundamental concepts of information and its use;
  • understand the relationship between data, information and knowledge;
  • understand the impact of organisational and other contexts upon information needs and uses;
  • understand the basic IM tools (eg classification and metadata) that have been developed to manage information and meet user needs;
  • evaluate information and its sources critically;
  • identify particular information needs;
  • evaluate technology-based IM tools in terms of meeting user needs;
  • use basic IM tools to create, represent, store, access, retrieve and use information.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Steven Wright

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hr studio/tutorial/wk


FIT1021, FIT2054, IMS1603, IMS2603

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