Information, Organisations and Society

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology
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About this unit

Information, Organisation and Society is an online unit provided by Swinburne University of Technology and Open Universities Australia. It explores the concepts of data and information, and their role in today’s society.

In it, you will cover how data can be collected, created, stored, distributed and effectively presented, consistently drawing on your own experience and knowledge. In addition, you will consider the societal implications of the use and storage of information, and appraise the ethical issues involved.

Finally, you will learn to make critical judgements about the quality and utility of information, and explore how organisational and social relationships are influenced, maintained or manipulated by the use or misuse of data.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Master of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University of Technology

You should also ensure that you have not completed any units of academic equivalency.

Areas of study

In the Information, Organisations and Society unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Data, information, knowledge and wisdom - definitions and basic relationships
  • Data and information flow through systems, information processing systems
  • Data and information collection, processing, storage and distribution
  • The quality of data and information
  • Information privacy and security
  • Information and meaning in symbols, semiotics
  • Statistics, forecasting and 'Black Swan events'
  • Effectively presenting data and information
  • The role of data and information in decision-making
  • Data, information and social systems
  • Social capital
  • Information sharing and hoarding, individual and corporate
  • The corporate value of effective knowledge management
  • Information processing and learning, individual and corporate

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Master of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University of Technology

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Information, Organisations and Society is an essential unit for pursuing a career in technology. Data and information are omnipresent in today’s increasingly digital world, and learning how to deal with them in the most effective and ethical ways will be vital for future careers. In addition, you will build an awareness of the role and utility of data in a range of contexts, and will develop technical skills in collecting and processing information.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Information, Organisations and Society from Swinburne University of Technology.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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