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COIT12205 Knowledge Management Principles
Knowledge Management Principles
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General Information

Overview

Knowledge management focuses on creating, sharing and applying knowledge. This unit provides an introduction to knowledge management, incorporating technical and social aspects of knowledge management, as well as practical examples, traditional approaches and emerging topics. You will learn the fundamental principles of knowledge management and a wide range of strategies, techniques and technologies to improve the effectiveness and competitiveness of organisations. Topics include capturing, mapping, and structuring knowledge; creating and sustaining a knowledge-sharing culture; supporting and enhancing collaboration; leveraging advances in knowledge management systems; management and measurement of intellectual capital; designing effective knowledge management systems; and enhancing organisational communication and social innovation. You will also learn report writing skills and idea formulation.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: COIT11226 Note:- Students who are currently enrolled in or who have previously completed COIT13233 Knowledge Management Foundations cannot enrol in this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2019

Brisbane
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Examination
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student evaluation (have your say)

Feedback

Students commended the current layout of the Moodle unit website and the resources provided e.g. recorded video lectures, weekly Zoom sessions and support.

Recommendation

Continue to run the unit with current style and format.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Distinguish between data, information and knowledge
  2. Illustrate the main components of knowledge management solutions
  3. Demonstrate the functions of different knowledge management infrastructure, mechanisms and technologies
  4. Analyse the ethical, professional and social innovation issues affecting knowledge management in 21st century society
  5. Explain the impacts of knowledge management on organisational effectiveness and competitiveness.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA codes are included:

  • Research (RSCH)
  • Emerging Technology Monitoring (EMRG)
  • Relationship Management (RLMT)
  • Change Management (CHMG)
  • Problem Management (PBMG).

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Knowledge Management: Systems and Processes Second Edition (2015)

Authors: Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Rajiv Sabherwal
Routledge - Taylor & Francis
New York New York , New York , United States of America
ISBN: 978-0-7656-3915-8 (Hardback), 978-1-315-71511-7 (eBook)
Binding: Hardcover

Additional Textbook Information

Students can purchase the eBook via this link: https://www.routledge.com/Knowledge-Management-Systems-and-Processes-2nd-Edition/Becerra-Fernandez-Sabherwal/p/book/9780765639158

However, if you prefer a paper text, copies will still be available at the CQUni Bookshop here. (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Office software (e.g. Microsoft Office, Open Office, etc)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Rahat Hossain Unit Coordinator
m.hossain@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 11 Mar 2019

Module/Topic

Introducing Knowledge Management 

Chapter

1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 18 Mar 2019

Module/Topic

The Nature of Knowledge 

Chapter

2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 25 Mar 2019

Module/Topic

Knowledge Management Foundations: Infrastructure, Mechanisms, and Technologies

Chapter

3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 01 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

Knowledge Management Solutions: Processes and Systems

Chapter

4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 08 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

Organisational Impacts of Knowledge Management

Chapter

5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 15 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 22 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

Knowledge Application Systems: Systems that Utilise Knowledge

Knowledge Capture Systems: Systems that Preserve and Formalise Knowledge

Chapter

6, 7


Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Knowledge Management Fundamentals Due: Week 6 Thursday (25 Apr 2019) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 29 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

Knowledge Sharing Systems: Systems that Organise and Distribute Knowledge

Chapter

8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 May 2019

Module/Topic

Knowledge Discovery Systems: Systems that Create Knowledge

Chapter

9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 May 2019

Module/Topic

Factors Influencing Knowledge Management

Chapter

11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 May 2019

Module/Topic

Leadership and Assessment of Knowledge Management

Chapter

12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 - Written Assessment Due: Week 10 Thursday (23 May 2019) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 27 May 2019

Module/Topic

Emergent Knowledge Management Practices

The Future of Knowledge Management

Chapter

10, 13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 03 Jun 2019

Module/Topic

Unit Review

Chapter

No New Topics

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 10 Jun 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 17 Jun 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

  Unit Coordinator: Md Rahat Hossain

  Building 30/1.12, Rockhampton Campus

  Email: m.hossain@cqu.edu.au (Best contact)

  Telephone: +617 4923 2068

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 1 - Knowledge Management Fundamentals

Task Description

A key understanding within Knowledge Management (KM) is to be able to define and differentiate between data, information and knowledge. This assessment will help you to understand the differences among data, information, and knowledge; KM technologies; different types of knowledge and KM capture process; and direct organisational impacts of KM.

As part of this assessment, you are to answer the following four questions. The questions are based on the contents of Chapter 2 (The Nature of Knowledge), Chapter 3 (Knowledge Management Foundations: Infrastructure, Mechanisms, and Technologies), Chapter 4 (Knowledge Management Solutions: Processes and Systems), and Chapter 5 (Organisational Impacts of Knowledge Management) respectively of the prescribed textbook.

Question 1

You are considering buying a new Holden Commodore. Gather tacit knowledge and explicit knowledge on buying Holden Commodore cars from various resources: e.g., the Holden Web site (https://www.holden.com.au), your friends etc. List your findings and explain what source of knowledge (tacit or explicit) is important for your choice.

Question 2

Define a “Community of Practice (CoP)”. Determine ways in which a local hospital would benefit from a CoP.

Note: For more information about CoP, see Chapter 2 and page 46 of Chapter 3 of the textbook.

Question 3

Suggest reasons why a knowledge sharing system could be established between rival organisations (e.g., Mastercard and Visa, Toyota and Honda) for their mutual benefit.

Question 4

Critique the following analysis: Our investment on knowledge management seems to be unsuccessful. The return on investment (ROI) decreased from 10 percent to 5 percent at the year of system implementation. Since direct measure of organisational performance decreased, we need to uninstall the knowledge management system right away.

Hints: Is the analysis correct or incorrect? In your critique, you may explain the problem, identify the strengths and weaknesses and consider any possible corrective measures.

This assignment will be submitted online through the Moodle unit website.

The full specification for this assessment and the marking criteria are available on the Moodle unit website.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Thursday (25 Apr 2019) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Thursday (9 May 2019)

Within 2 weeks of the due date or within 2 weeks of submission (whichever is the later)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria includes aspects such as the quality of your answers to the questions, document format, document content, and referencing mechanics. A detailed marking template will be available along with the assignment details on the unit website.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit by clicking appropriate assessment submission link on Moodle unit website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Distinguish between data, information and knowledge
  • Demonstrate the functions of different knowledge management infrastructure, mechanisms and technologies
  • Analyse the ethical, professional and social innovation issues affecting knowledge management in 21st century society


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 2 - Written Assessment

Task Description

Assessment task 2 comprises two parts, part A (10%) and part B (20%).

Assessment 2 - Part A - Discussion and Contribution

On-campus students: You must attend the lectures and tutorials and participate by contributing in the in-class discussion. Marks will be based on your attendance and participation. The topics to be discussed each week are outlined in the weekly tutorial questions file available in the Moodle unit site.

Distance students: You must participate and contribute to the discussion on the ‘Assignment 2 – Part A Discussion Forum’ located in the ‘Unit Discussion Forums’ accessible via the Moodle unit website. The topics to be discussed each week are outlined in the discussion forum as individual threads submitted by the unit coordinator.

Assessment 2 - Part B - Case Study (1500 words, +/-10%)

As part of this assessment, you are to answer the following questions from the case study 'KM the Bouygues Telecom Way' in a report format. The case study will be made available through the Moodle website.

Case Study Questions:

1. Analyse the situation and identify what problem Bouygues Telecom faced.

2. What strategy was adopted by Bouygues Telecom to cope with the situation?

3. How Bouygues Telecom incorporated IT tools to implement the Knowledge Management system?

4. Which initial step Bouygues Telecom took to share tacit knowledge?

5. How did Bouygues Telecom convert its technical tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge?

This assignment will be submitted online through the Moodle unit website.

The full specification for this assessment and the marking criteria are available on the Moodle unit website.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Thursday (23 May 2019) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Thursday (6 June 2019)

Within 2 weeks of the due date or within 2 weeks of submission (whichever is the later)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria includes aspects such as the quality of your answers to the Case Study questions, report formatting, and referencing mechanics. A detailed marking template will be available along with the assignment details on the unit website.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit by clicking appropriate assessment submission link on Moodle unit website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Illustrate the main components of knowledge management solutions
  • Demonstrate the functions of different knowledge management infrastructure, mechanisms and technologies
  • Analyse the ethical, professional and social innovation issues affecting knowledge management in 21st century society
  • Explain the impacts of knowledge management on organisational effectiveness and competitiveness.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice
  • Social Innovation

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
180 minutes

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No calculators permitted
Closed Book
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