Information, Organisations and Society - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Individual (20-40%) , Assignment 2 - Individual (25-30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,050.00
Domestic continuing 2,512.00
International 3,300.00
International continuing 2,762.00

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In daily life we take data and information for granted, but they are fundamental to the continued existence and success of every system.

This unit will introduce fundamental concepts as they relate to data and information. Drawing on the student’s own experience and knowledge, they will develop an in-depth understanding of why data and information is needed; how they can be collected and created; how they can be stored, distributed and effectively presented; as well as societal implications of information use and storage.

Students will also learn how to make effective judgements about the quality and usefulness of information, and will explore how organisational and social relationships are changed, maintained and manipulated by the use and misuse of data and information.

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

  1. Critically analyse the relationships between data, information, knowledge, wisdom and experience.
  2. Identify the requirements that contribute to effective data and information security.
  3. Apply research skills to the collection and recording of data and information in the context of specific problems and applications.
  4. Apply understanding of the uses of data and information to the interpretation and use of symbol-based information.
  5. Apply critical and creative thinking skills to the effective use and presentation of data and information in the context of specific problems and applications.
  6. Critically appraise how uses of information influence relationships, dynamics and sustainability of a social or organisational culture.
  • Assignment 1 — Individual (20-40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Individual (25-30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Individual (30-40%)
  • Online Discussion — Individual (5-10%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MTB510 — Information, Organisations and Society

Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed MTB110.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Data, information, knowledge and wisdom - definitions and basic relationships
2Data and information flow through systems, information processing systems
3Data and information collection, processing, storage and distribution.
4The quality of data and information
5Information privacy and security
6Information and meaning in symbols, semiotics
7Statistics, forecasting and 'Black Swan events'
8Effectively presenting data and information
9The role of data and information in decision-making.
10Data, information and social systems
11Social capital
12Information sharing and hoarding, individual and corporate
13The corporate value of effective knowledge management
14Information processing and learning, individual and corporate

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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