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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 30/05/2022 15:43:58

Title of Module: Knowledge Management Principles

Code: BUSN09054 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Allan  Burns

Summary of Module

Organisations are becoming increasingly aware of the latent potential of their workforces that, if accessed, could enhance the operations in all functions and at all levels. To tap into this employee knowledge pool, the organisation’s managers must equip themselves with the necessary management techniques and tools.

This module is designed to provide an introduction to such tools and frameworks to assist students to understand knowledge management and its importance within the modern organisation.

Knowledge management is an interdisciplinary subject dealing with the hierarchy of data, information, knowledge and wisdom. It focuses on the transfer of information into knowledge, treating the knowledge component of activities as a core concern reflected in strategy, policy and practice at all levels.

It makes a direct connection between an organisation’s intellectual assets, both explicit (recorded) and tacit (personal know-how) and positive organisational results. Therefore the focus of this module is on Knowledge Development and Identification, taking a humanistic approach, where technology is viewed as a facilitator for sharing knowledge once identified.

  • The module provides a rigorous education in general management skills with a focus on the development, identification, capture and sharing of knowledge. This module begins with an examination of the historical context which leads to the development of Knowledge Management. The substantive issues include; basic philosophy of knowledge management; definitions, developing a knowledge culture, individual learning, co-operation vs collaboration, culture and change, enabling technology, limitations and distortions. In each session the focus will be on those elements which reflect the interests of the students as individual members of a wider society.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Assess the nature and foundations of Knowledge Management

L2. Assess the principles of Knowledge Management in planning and decision making

L3. Critically assess the importance of Knowledge Management to Business and Management

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Understanding of the ways in which Knowledge Management applies to organisations.

Understanding Knowledge Management and its value to the organisation and maintaining the currency of the subject knowledge.

Evaluating the effectiveness and value of Knowledge Management in relation to organisations.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Interpreting and explaining complex Organisational Knowledge Management concepts.

Retrieving, interpreting and manipulating primary and secondary information from a variety of sources including case studies.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Giving reasoned opinions, identifying flaws in arguments and discriminating between the relevant and irrelevant.

Bringing together information from a variety of sources, including academic research publications.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Communicating effectively and appropriately in speech and writing

Interpreting complex primary materials

Making effective use of information retrieval systems and use information technology applications to present documents in an appropriate form

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Working effectively, together with others in groups or teams, taking a leadership role where appropriate.

Systematically identifying and addressing their own learning needs both in current and in new areas, making use of primary research source materials as appropriate.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The approach to teaching and learning rests on use of blended learning where some elements use a traditional manner in parallel with discussion based seminar work, case studies and where the student’s role as independent learner is more pronounced.

Teaching and learning will take place within an environment of structured formal tuition (using traditional and modernist methods) and set independent study. Assessed work, essays and reports are used to enhance learning opportunities. Overall however, there is a deliberate attempt to expose students to the wide range of teaching, learning and assessment methods in order to assist the development of a wide range of skills within the students and to achieve the learning outcomes.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop18
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity0
Personal Development Plan8
Asynchronous Class Activity6
Independent Study68
100 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

As a blended learning module details of resources, including textbooks, journals and online resources will be identified at the beginning of each delivery in the module handbook and made available via Moodle. Students then build on this material through their own research activity.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement, Organisations & People
ModeratorRichard Jefferies
External ExaminerPeri Papadimitriou
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Written assessment based on journal article(s).
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 4 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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