KM in Practice – assignment instructions
The course includes both individual assignments and a project done in groups. Course grade is based on the formula below:
5* learning journals (individual work) max 20 points
Case assignment (done in groups) max 20 points
Giving course feedback max 1 point
21-24 points 1
25-28 points 2
29-32 points 3
33-36 points 4
37-41 points 5
Learning journal is a short, written
essay where a student is expected to explicate what he/she has learnt and
review and reflect his/her learning. Scores and assessment of a leaning journal
are based on 1) student’s ability to answer to the given question/topic, 2)
student’s ability to review the question/topic from the perspectives introduced
in the course material (lectures and readings), 3) student’s understanding
based on SOLO-taxonomy. Length of a learning journal is around 600-800 words.
Please, list the used referenced at the end of the learning journal.
Learning journals are scored using SOLO-taxonomy (Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes, http://www.johnbiggs.com.au/academic/solo-taxonomy/ ):
0 point =
Pre-structural - The task is not attacked appropriately; the student hasn't really understood the point and uses too simple a way of going about it.
1 point =
Uni-structural - The student’s response only focus on one relevant aspect.
2 points =
Multi-structural - The student’s response focus on several relevant aspects but they are treated independently and additively. Assessment of this level is primarily quantitative.
3 points =
Relational - The different aspects have become integrated into a coherent whole. This level is what is normally meant by an adequate understanding of some topic.
Extended abstract - The previous integrated whole may be conceptualised at a higher level of abstraction and generalised to a new topic or area.
Case assignment will be completed in a
group of 3-4 students. The student groups are expected to find the case
organization by themselves. Use following criteria for finding and selecting
your case organization and its challenge:
· Select an organization where information/knowledge are the main inputs and outputs of work
· Select an organization that gives you access to e.g. interview few employees (knowledge workers)
· Select an organization that has a need or potential to develop its knowledge utilization (somehow related to the themes of course)
In previous similar courses students have
analyzed and resolved e.g. following challenges: "how to manage knowledge
in a multisite organization”, "how to apply effectively ICT in
intraorganizational knowledge sharing”, "managing knowledge in
interorganizational collaboration”, "how to transform knowledge management
project into knowledge management process”, "how to improve collaboration
between different professions”, "how to improve sharing of tacit
knowledge”. You may discuss with the course personnel about the suitability of
your case organization and its challenge.
The case assignment should focus to a)
analyze how the case organization currently utilizes
information/knowledge/competences, b) find out if there are unutilized
opportunities or specific challenges related to knowledge management or
utilization of information/knowledge/competence resources, and c) provide
solutions that will help improving the performance of the organization. Use scientific
literature, interviews in the case organization, and publicly available
information of the case organization in your case assignment. The outputs need
to be submitted by 14.12.2018. The output includes a written report (should not
exceed 20 pages). The student groups are expected to deliver their results to
their case organization (this is not monitored by the course personnel).
If you wish to leave your case organization anonymous, that is possible too. You can refer to "organization X”. However, provide enough information on the case organization so that a reader can understand something about its operations, organizational design, etc. This can be explained in 1-2 paragraphs. If you wish, see example on pp. 88-95 http://lib.tkk.fi/Diss/2008/isbn9789512291168/isbn9789512291168.pdf
Assessment and scoring of the case assignment are based on:
- Objectives of the assignment (clarity, ambition, relevance, scope, originality) + style, design, layout (max 5 points)
- Reasoning and argumentation with appropriate reference material, comprehensiveness and the scope of the analysis credibility of the case analysis, correct usage of the subject specific terms and models/theories, achievement of the objectives defined by the group, ability to critical thinking (max 10 points)
- Practical relevance of the paper, production and argumentation of own ideas, implementation potential of the development ideas (max 5 points)
case assignment proposal
will get feedback from their peers and from the teacher. For that, students
need to submit a short (e.g. 4 pages) plan of their case assignment implementation.
Due date is Wednesday 24.10.2018
· Insert a title that describes your work
· Include names of the students in cover page
· Insert a table of contents
· Specify the objectives of the work
· Identify and describe the main theories / models that you aim to apply and utilize in your work
· Give a brief description of the case or context of your work
· Describe shortly what empirical data will be utilized (e.g. interviews)
· Insert a list of references
· Length of the proposal should be around 4-pages
feedback sessions on assignment proposals
· 2 student groups at one 60-90 minutes session
· Read other group’s proposal before the session
· Feedback given by other students and course teachers
· Be prepared to discuss following issues:
· Topic of the proposal:
o Interesting? Understandable? Suitable in scope and scale?
· Objectives of the proposal:
o Interesting? Understandable? Suitable in scope and scale?
· Case description:
· Empirical data to be used:
Other things that you consider relevant to discuss and highlight