IFN615 Information Management

Unit synopsis

The field of information management (IM) has emerged from a number of disciplines. However in a business context, the strategic management of information enables organisations to leverage value from information resources, supports the creation and sharing of knowledge; and it encourages good governance.

Science and Engineering Faculty
Information Science
Study area
Information technology
Credit points

Dates and locations

Teaching period Locations
Semester 2, 2018
23 July 2018 - 16 November 2018
  • Gardens Point
  • Gardens Point (External)


Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
2018: $1,148
Domestic fee-paying student fee
2018: $2,532
International student fee
2018: $3,576

Guide to fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as a cross-institutional student who has a Commonwealth supported place at their home university.
Domestic fee-paying student fee
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens, who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are not eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as part of a QUT course during Summer Semester
  • as a cross-institutional student who does not have a Commonwealth supported place at their home university
  • as a single-unit study student.
International student fee
For international students who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course
  • as part of our study abroad or exchange programs
  • as a cross-institutional student.

Previous study requirements

INN330, ITN266

Guide to previous study requirements

To enrol in this unit, you must have completed these prerequisite units (or have credit, advanced standing or exemption for them), or be able to demonstrate that you have equivalent background knowledge.
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these anti-requisite units.
To enrol in this unit, you must have already completed these co-requisite units, or you must enrol in them at the same time.
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these equivalent units.
Assumed knowledge
We assume that you have a minimum level of knowledge in certain areas before you start this unit.

Unit outlines


Information is something we all interact with on a day-to-day basis. As individuals we manage information in a multitude of ways: anything from piles of paper in folders through to using social networking tools for bookmarking websites or tagging photos. However within the context of an organisation, managing information is not as simple as applying a categorisation scheme to the information you work with.
While this unit introduces you to the concept of Information Management (IM) as a field of study its main focus is to introduce you to IM as a profession in which this field of study is put into practice. Managing information at an organisational level can, like other organisational functions, be broken in to strategic and operational activities. This subject introduces you to the idea of information as an organisational resource that must not only be managed in a consistent way for everyday use, but may also be strategically exploited to add value to the organisation.


The aim of this unit is to provide you with an awareness of the activities in which information management (IM) professionals are engaged, within various organisational contexts. You will learn how IM as a discipline can be applied to real world situations. You will gain skills in how to manage information as a strategic resource through analytical and strategic management processes such as information auditing and information mapping.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit you should be able to:
1. Critically discuss the key issues, elements and trends within the field of information management.
2. Undertake key IM activities such as information auditing, information mapping, evaluation of information resources and information policy formation.
3. Work productively independently and within a team environment.
4. Exercise critical, creative and analytical thinking and effective problem solving.
5. Demonstrate a reasonable level of professional written and oral communication skills.


In this unit you will work with case studies that highlight different aspects of enterprise information management. You will focus on business information needs and the identification and evaluation of the information resources used to address these needs. You will also focus on planning and management activities and organizational factors that form an enabling infrastructure for information management.

Approaches to teaching and learning

Multi mode delivery

This unit is offered in a blended delivery mode. It can be undertaken internally, externally, or a combination of both. You are encouraged to move between the different modes of delivery, as you need throughout the semester.

The unit incorporates a range of learning activities designed to provide a quality learning experience regardless of the learning mode.

Timetabled classes take place on campus and/or online. You may have the opportunity to attend on campus classes virtually. All classes are recorded and recordings are made available on the unit site.

Teaching and learning strategies
The unit's teaching and learning strategies are designed to encourage you to develop both theoretical understanding and practical skills. Lectures, workshops, online learning resources and readings introduce concepts and stimulate your thinking concerning principles, philosophy and theory.

Guest lecturers provide context by exploring practical applications and implications. Activities and assessment are designed to foster critical engagement with unit content and opportunities to explore the practical applications of theory.

The unit design is based on the concept of a community of learners. Emphasis is placed on group discussion so you can explore and share key ideas. You are expected to participate in the learning experience by attending, interacting and reflecting on all classes, or by watching recordings of classes and engaging with your peers online.

You are also expected to undertake a wide variety of reading, both recommended readings and independent reading.
The unit site is the hub for learning and the primary tool for information. Social media - including Facebook, G+ and Twitter - may also be used as supplementary communication channels.

In this unit, you will develop skills and knowledge with regard to developing and delivering oral presentations.

Assessment items

Name #1: Presentation (Oral)
DescriptionInformation Management Lightning Talk You are required to identify and define an information management issue and discuss its possible implications for an organisation.
Due dateMid-Semester
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomesAll
Name #2: Project (applied)
DescriptionInformation Management Strategy You will critically explore Information Management and develop an information strategy within a specific enterprise.
Due dateEnd of Semester
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomesAll
Name #3: Reflective Journal
DescriptionInformation Management Reflection You are asked to reflect throughout the semester on information management as a discipline versus information management in an applied context.
Due dateEnd of Semester
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomesAll

Academic integrity

QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.

A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.

Resource materials

You will need access to a reliable internet connection. You will also need a headset.
There are no extraordinary charges or costs are associated with the requirements for this unit.
There is no prescribed textbook and most tasks are set around freely available university modules and resources and will be made available through the unit's Blackboard site.

Risk assessment statement

There are no unusual health or safety risks associated with this unit. You will be made aware of evacuation procedures and assembly areas in the first few lectures. In the event of a fire alarm sounding, or on a lecturer's instruction, you should leave the room and assemble in the designated area which will be indicated to you. You should be conscious of your health and safety at all times whilst on campus or in the field.


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