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FIT5086 Organisational informatics - Semester 1, 2015

This unit present a coherent understanding of informational practices within organisations. It explores the structural and functional aspects that constitute organisational informatics and how these aspects combine to support diverse activities undertaken by organisations. The emphasis is to explore how information, and the ability to exploit it, contributes to corporate memory, enterprise knowledge and innovation in products, services and processes. Particular attention is given to diverse organisational setting to address private and public enterprises as well as third sector organisations.

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Day)
  • Caulfield (Online)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • One 2-hour seminar
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

  • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

See also Unit timetable information

Additional workload requirements

The workload commitments for 8 hours of independent study per week during the semester, comprising:

  • 4 hours of reading and individual study time
  • 4 hours of assignments

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Henry Linger

Consultation hours: By appointment

Tutors

Caulfield

To be announced

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Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

Based on student feeback:

  • Tutorials have been extended to 2 hours
  • Assignment due dates have been adjusted to spread the workload more evenly through the semester
  • iSETU will again be conducted mid semester to get formal feedback on the progress of the unit
  • Lecture schedule has been changed so that the framework for Organisational Informatics is introduced in week 1

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to
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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
  • critically evaluate the concept of organisational informatics;
  • develop socio-technical approaches to organisational informatics practices;
  • analyse informational practices within organisations;
  • critique a range of theoretical and disciplinary influences on organisational informatics;
  • assess the extent to which technology can support informational practices.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction and Frameworks for Organisational Informatics  
2 Context: Organisational design  
3 Context: Information infrastructure Assignment 1: Journal paper approval
4 Context: Technology Assignment 3: Case study approval
5 Reflective practice: Sense-making  
6 Reflective practice: Remembering Assignment 3: Part 1 due
7 Reflective practice: Learning Assignment 1: Critical Review due
8 Organisational informatics case study Assignment 3: Part 2 due
9 Implementing organisational informatics  
10 Constructing a viable organisation Assignment 3: Part 3 due
11 The value proposition of Organisational Informatics Assignment 2: Evaluation Essay due
12 Reflection on Organisational Informatics Assignment 3: Case Study Report due
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC.
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
Teaching of the unit will comprise of lecture or seminar presentations, tutorial discussions and practical assignments.

These sessions will raise significant issues related to weekly topics and provide students with the knowledge of fundamental theories and concepts. The issues will be critically examined through presentations and discussions based on reading materials and published case studies. Citation for reading materials will be posted on the unit website in advance of the scheduled discussion. It is expected that students will have prepared for the session by reading the set material.

Students are also encouraged to contribute material that they consider relevant to the topics/issues as well as presenting their personal experiences. Practitioners will be invited to lead specific seminars.

Assessment Summary

In-semester assessment: 100%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1: Critical Review 30% Week 7
Assignment 2: Evaluation Essay 20% Week 11
Assignment 3: Case Study Assignment 50% Part 1 due week 6; Part 2 due week 8; Part 3 due week 10; Final case study report is due in week 12.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Assignment 1: Critical Review
    Description:
    An academic essay of 3000 words that will critically review a published journal paper.
    Weighting:
    30%
    Criteria for assessment:
    • Originality and clarity of argument
    • Ability to critically evaluate issues in Organisational Informatics
    • Understanding of Organisational Informatics theory and concepts
    • Use of current literature

    Detailed specifications will be provided on the Assignment sheet.

    A Marking Guide for this assignment will be made available on the unit Moodle website.

    Due date:
    Week 7
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Assignment 2: Evaluation Essay
    Description:
    An academic essay of 2000 words. You will comment on aspects of Organisational Informatics and will need to support your comments with reference to theories and concepts covered in the unit as well as current literature.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:
    • Originality and clarity of argument
    • Ability to critically evaluate issues in Organisational Informatics
    • Understanding of Organisational Informatics theory and concepts
    • Use of current literature

    Detailed specifications will be provided on the Assignment sheet.

    A Marking Guide for this assignment will be made available on the unit Moodle website.

    Due date:
    Week 11
  • Assessment task 3
    Title:
    Assignment 3: Case Study Assignment
    Description:
    This assignment will involve the analysis of an organisation or a workplace, drawing on Organisational Informatics principles and concepts, to understand how information and knowledge are utilised in that setting.
    Weighting:
    50%
    Criteria for assessment:
    • Understanding of case study context from an Organisational Informatics perspective
    • Depth of analysis of how Organisational Informatics is implemented in the case study
    • Understanding and application of appropriate Organisational Informatics theoryand concepts

    Detailed specifications will be provided on the Assignment sheet.

    A Marking Guide for this assignment will be made available on the unit Moodle website.

    Due date:
    Part 1 due week 6; Part 2 due week 8; Part 3 due week 10; Final case study report is due in week 12.
    Remarks:
    Students will submit specified sections of their case study for assessment at specified times during the semester.

Learning resources

Reading list

Lectures and seminars will be supported with relevant articles, papers and other materials that will be detailed on the unit Moodle website.

The following books provide a good overview of the current thinking (despite their publication dates) on the topic but approach Organisational Informatics from a knowledge perspective:

  • Davenport, T. H. (2005). Thinking for a living: How to get better performance and results from knowledge workers. Boston, MA. Harvard Business School Press.
  • Nonaka, I. & Takeuchi, H. (1995). The knowledge-creating company: How Japanese companies create the dynamics of innovation. New York : Oxford University Press.

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Referencing requirements

Please refer to the Library Guides for Citing and Referencing at http://guides.lib.monash.edu/content.php?pid=88267&sid=656564

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an electronic submission). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

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