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2014/2015  BA-BINMU1010U  Information in Context

English Title
Information in Context

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course coordinator
  • Dorte Madsen - MSC
Main academic disciplines
  • Management of Information and Knowledge Management
Last updated on 16-07-2014
Learning objectives
At the 5th quarter exam students should:
  • Describe the concepts of the theoretical fields covered by the curriculum of the courses "Information in Context" and "Computer-mediated communication and collaboration"
  • Explain the basic principles of organizing information
  • Describe users' information needs, assess their implications for organization of information and recommend an information architecture design
  • Apply concepts and theories from the course reading to explain social aspects of information and the role that computer-media play for culture, communication and collaboration
  • Apply concepts and theories from the course reading to analyze and explain various forms of computer-mediated communication and computer supported collaboration and give recommendations for empirical cases
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Course content and structure

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 describe and discuss information processes, users’ information needs, explain 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.
Expected literature

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

Last updated on 16-07-2014