School of Library and Information Studies

LIS 507: Introduction to Knowledge Management

Course Outline
Fall 2016

Instructor: Dinesh Rathi
Phone: 780-492-8797
Office: 3-06A Rutherford South
Office Hours: By appointment
Class times: Mondays: 6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m. in 3-01 Rutherford South

Calendar Description:
An introduction to different concepts and theories related to knowledge management (KM). Includes knowledge and knowledge management theories and models, KM design, KM informatics, tools and technologies for managing knowledge and an overview of issues in KM.


  • To provide students with an understanding of concepts and theories of knowledge management.
  • To introduce students to concept of knowledge audit.
  • To introduce students to the importance of different KM informatics topics and concepts (e.g., information organization) that will help in creating better KM system.
  • To introduce students to different tools and technologies relevant to manage knowledge.
    To provide an overview of issues such as cultural issues in management of knowledge.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of knowledge management concepts and theories by connecting them to experiences through stories and discussion.
  • After examining literature, learning from practical use and discussion, students will be able to analyze the role of technology in management of knowledge appropriate for variety use cases.
  • Drawing from (primary or secondary or reported) research, published information, practical experience, and discussion on knowledge management, student will be able to critically analyze the different aspects of management of knowledge.

This course will be delivered via assigned readings, handouts given in the class, PowerPoint slides, lectures, discussions, in-class exercises, group work, assignments, project work and seminar presentations by guests and/or students.

Course Relationships:
Pre- or co-requisite: LIS 501, LIS 502, LIS 505 or consent of the instructor.

Inclusive Language and Equity
The Faculty of Education is committed to providing an environment of equality and respect for all people within the university community, and to educating faculty, staff and students in developing teaching and learning contexts that are welcoming to all. The Faculty recommends that students and staff use inclusive language to create a classroom atmosphere in which students’ experiences and views are treated with equal respect and value in relation to their gender, racial background, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds. Students who require accommodations in this course due to a disability affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning, or mental or physical health are advised to discuss their needs with Student Accessibility Services.

Academic Integrity:

The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.
Policy about course outlines can be found in Section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.

Grading Policy

Grades reflect professional judgements of student achievement made by instructors. These judgements are based on a combination of absolute achievement and relative performance in class. The instructor should mark in terms of raw scores, rank the assignments in order of merit, and with due attention to the verbal descriptions of the various grades, assign an appropriate final letter grade. Also available on the School's website here.

Recording Lectures

Recording is permitted only with the prior written consent of the instructor or if recording is part of an approved accommodation plan.

Required Texts/Readings

  • There is no required textbook for this class but for reference purpose the following book is recommended: Dalkir, Kimitz (2005) Knowledge Management in Theory and Practice, Burlington, MA, USA: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann.
  • This course requires substantial reading.The readings are drawn primarily from the journal publications and conference proceedings. All the readings will be listed in the weekly schedule.
  • Students are expected to read at least two papers each week. Most of the articles are available online.
  • Please note that there might be specific instructions in a particular week. For example, particular paper(s) is/are marked as “MUST READ” paper(s) in the reading list and that means that students are expected to read that (or those) paper(s).

Assignments Overview

The students will be submitting the following assignments for this course.

  • Assignment #1: Short Story or Anecdote
  • Assignment #2: Technology and Knowledge Management including Presentation
  • Assignment #3: Project Work / Final Paper including Project Presentation
  • Assignment #4: Class Discussion including “Getting to Know Each Other”