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2017/2018  BA-BINMO1024U  Information in Context

English Title
Information in Context

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course coordinator
  • Ather Nawaz - DIGI
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Communication
Last updated on 14-06-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • 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
  • Explaining the fundmental of UX design of information and relating it with information architecture
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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 and their user experience (UX).

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 Architecture and Information management

· 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 UX design of information

Teaching methods
The teaching method involves thematic lectures, role plays with case examples, which will help to develop the key concepts and key models of the fields of Information Architecture, information organization and User experience.
In the workshops, the themes will be further developed in group writing, group discussions, group presentations. Furthermore, students will practise writing reviews of the course literature.
Feedback during the teaching period
Class feedback sessions after exams
Peer feedback
Student workload
Lectures 24 hours
Workshops 6 hours
Preparing Classes 90 hours
Project Work 62 hours
Preparing and doing the Exam 24 hours
Total 206 hours
Expected literature

The literature can be changed before the semester starts. Students are advised to find the literature on LEARN before they buy the books.



Main Text Book: Morville, P. &  Rosenfeld, L. (2015). Information architecture for the web and beyond (4th ed.). USA: O'Reilly Media, Inc.


Levy, J. (2015). UX Strategy: How to Devise Innovative Digital Products that People Want. " O'Reilly Media, Inc.".


Selected Readings:

Feldman, S. (2004). The high cost of not finding information. KM World, 13(3), 8-10.


Crowston, K., & Kwasnik, B. H. (2004). A framework for creating a facetted classification for genres: Addressing issues of multidimensionality. HICSS '04: Proceedings of the Proceedings of the 37th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'04) - Track 4, 40100.1.


Nawaz, A., Clemmensen, T., and Hertzum, M. (2011). Information Classification on University Websites: A Two-Country Card Sort Study. In J. Molka-Danielsen and K. K. Kimppa (eds.), Selected Papers of the Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia 2011, pp. 109-122. Tapir Academic Press, Trondheim, NO  ( link





Last updated on 14-06-2017