F29KM Knowledge Management

Jenny Coady

Course co-ordinator(s): Jenny Coady (Edinburgh).


  • To provide students with an overview of information and knowledge management in organisations
  • To critically evaluate a range of methods used to develop strategies for information and knowledge management
  • To examine the role that knowledge and users play in the learning organisation
  • To critically evaluate the value of knowledge and IT for competitive advantage

Detailed Information

Course Description: Link to Official Course Descriptor.

Pre-requisites: none.

Location: ALP, Dubai, Edinburgh.

Semester: 1.


  • Information and Knowledge Management in Organisations
  • Principles of Knowledge Management: information mapping and information audits
  • Knowledge elicitation and representation
  • Information strategy development
  • Knowledge and IT for competitive advantage and as a corporate resource
  • The learning organisation
  • Planning for Knowledge Management within an organisation and the ethical issues which arise

Learning Outcomes: Subject Mastery

Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Skills Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)

  • Differentiating between Data, Information and Knowledge
  • Understand and evaluate theories and practices of knowledge management in organisations
  • Critically evaluate the value of knowledge and IT for competitive advantage
  • Compare and contrast methods to develop strategies and planning for knowledge management within organisations
  • Examine the rise of the concept of the Learning organisation and how it can aid in competitive advantage

Learning Outcomes: Personal Abilities

Industrial, Commercial & Professional Practice Autonomy, Accountability & Working with Others Communication, Numeracy & ICT

  • Evaluating policies and strategies
  • Planning for large scale organisations
  • Ability to manage directed reading with self-research (PDP)
  • Report writing and demonstrating argument development (PDP)
  • Use of technology as a means of learning, contributing and discussing (PDP)

Assessment Methods: Due to covid, assessment methods for Academic Year 2021/22 may vary from those noted on the official course descriptor. Please see:
- Maths (F1) Course Weightings 2021/22
- Computer Science (F2) Course Weightings 2021/22
- AMS (F7) Course Weightings 2021/22

SCQF Level: 9.

Credits: 15.