Faculty of Information Technology
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This unit introduces students to the field of Community Informatics and provides them with the theoretical and practical foundations required to understand, assess and implement digital and information technologies, IKM, recordkeeping and archival systems, and social media in community settings. Students will learn how to assist communities to develop information and IT policy and strategy frameworks, to build community IT and IKM capacity, and to engage with processes that determine policy development and service delivery. The unit will focus on how community informatics expertise can support communities to achieve better and more sustainable health, education and environmental outcomes, make more effective use of community and government services, and overcome physical, mental, cultural, or social disadvantage. Topics include: theoretical frameworks; community knowledge production and sharing; information access; and the use of information technologies and IKM systems in community settings; community archiving; participatory methods and working with communities; underlying values of projects, ethical approaches and ethical dilemmas; and project design and development.
On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
In-semester assessment: 100%
Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:
Winter semester delivery in block mode at Monash Prato Centre (3 weeks):
Delivery at Caulfield on campus:
Study schedule for off-campus students:
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