School of Library and Information Studies

LIS 598 Information Governance

LIS 598: Information Governance Key Concepts and Issues
Course Outline
Fall 2015: October 23, 24, 25

Instructor: Nicholas Fonseca           
Phone: 780-221-5782

Calendar Description:

This course will introduce students to key concepts of information governance. Students will apply related concepts and tools to analyze information governance issues in an expanding digital world.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to understand and explain key concepts of information governance and apply frameworks to assignments and case study situations including:

  •  Content management
  •  Document management
  •  Records management
  •  Data privacy
  •  IG frameworks
  •  Data governance


  • An overview of information governance
  • Records and information management functions
  • The IG Reference model
  • Information Governance principles
  • IG Classification and metadata
  • Mobile device implications


Lecture, group discussion, group assignments and case study.

Required Texts: Suggested Text: Information Governance – Concepts, Strategies and Best Practices. (Robert F. Smallwood)

Assignments and Weighting:

A written paper analyzing issues in information governance and providing a solution based on a case study or fictional organization’s IG business problem.

Tentative Timetable 

Friday Evening

Introduction; Key Concepts in information governance and common issues facing organizations. Applying concepts and defining information governance: The place of IG in corporate governance and organizations. Information governance frameworks, Part 1


Information Governance Frameworks, Part 2. The need for information governance: controlling and limiting access, data protection, retention and disposition. Analysis of IG problems in organizations.

Sunday Morning:

Case study, discussion and assignment; Wrap-up


School of Library and Information Studies Grading Statement:

Grades reflect professional judgments of student achievement made by instructors. These judgments 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.

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.

Students should also be mindful of the SLIS Copyright Policy.

Inclusive Language and Equity:

The Faculty of Education is committed to providing an environment of 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 background. 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 Specialized Support and Disability Services.

Recording of Lectures:

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

Policy about course outlines can be found in Section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.