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2011/2012  BA-2IIC  Information in Context

English Title
Information in Context

Course Information

Language English
Point 10 ECTS (300 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course Period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course Coordinator
  • Dorte Madsen - Department of Informatics
Main Category of the Course
  • Management of Information and Knowledge Management
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
At the 5th quarter exam students should:
  • Be able to explain the key concepts of the theoretical fields covered by the curriculum of the courses "Information in Context" and "Computer-mediated communication and collaboration" and relate such concepts and theories to empirical information
  • Be able to outline the basic principles of organizing information
  • Be able to identify users' information needs, discuss its implications for organization of information and suggest an information architecture design
  • Be able to discuss social aspects of information and the role that computer-media play for culture, communication and collaboration
  • Apply the discussion in the analysis of various forms of computer-mediated communication and computer supported collaboration
Computer-mediated communication and collaboration and Information in Context:
Assessment Written Exam
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period October
Aids Open Book, Written and Electronic Aid is permitted
Duration 4 Hours

This exam (the 5th quarter exam) covers the two courses "Computer-mediated communication and collaboration" and "Information in Context".

The students write an essay, drawing on the curriculum of the two courses examined.

The essay is assessed by three internal examiners.

The retake exam for students who did not pass the ordinary exam as well as students who were ill during the exam take place according to the same rules as for the ordinary examination.



Course Content

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the theoretical framework of information management and to develop their skills in analyzing and organizing information.
The course introduces a range of theoretical understandings of information and information organization within the fields of Information Management, Information Science and Information Architecture. Students will learn how to use this theoretical foundation for relating such concepts and theories to empirical information and practical approaches to information organization.
The overall challenge of information management is how information can be managed to create value and contribute to organisational goals. This course focuses on the the theoretical foundation for working with information, on general principles of organization of information, on analyzing information needs in different user groups, and on different types of information.
Students should develop an ability to discuss information processes, users’ information needs, discuss the relationship between the context of the user, the design of contents and organization of information.

The course includes but is not limited to the following topics

· The conceptual framework and challenges of

o Information Management

o Information Science,

o Information Architecture

· The concept of information

· Users, mental models, user needs and behaviours

· Organization of information and the structural design of shared information environments

o classification, metadata, tagging

o controlled vocabularies

o corporate taxonomies

Teaching Methods
Thematic lectures that develop the key concepts and key models of the fields of Information Management, Information Science, Information Architecture and information organization. In the workshops, the themes will be further developed in group discussions, group presentations and group writings. Furthermore, students will practise writing reviews of the course literature.


Morville, P. & Rosenfeld, L. (2006). Information architecture for the world wide web (3rd ed.). USA: O'Reilly Media, Inc.

The other prescribed readings are collected in a compendium which will be available in the CBS bookstore.