Bachelor of Information and Knowledge Management

The Bachelor of Information and Knowledge Management is a 4-year full time single major, combined major and major-minor degree extending over a period of eight semesters.  The BIKM programme will lead to the award of the following degrees: BIKM (Knowledge Management), BIKM (Archives and Records Management) and BIKM (Library and Information Studies) for single major and BA (IKM) for the combined major and the major-minor.

Programme Structure

Single Major - BIKM (Knowledge Management; Archives and Records Management and Library and Information Studies)

Entrance Qualifications

 The normal requirements for entrance to the BIKM single major degree shall be:

  • Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education or equivalent. All candidates for admission must have a minimum of credit in English.
  • A pass in the Diploma in Information and Knowledge Management from this university or its equivalent from any other recognized institution
  • Candidates with a Diploma in Library and Information Studies, Archives and Records Management and Knowledge Management from the University of Botswana or its equivalent from any other recognized institution may be admitted directly to Level 300 of the programme.
  • Candidates with a Certificate in Library and Information Studies, Archives and Records Management, Information and Knowledge from the University of Botswana or its equivalent from any other recognized institution may be admitted directly at Level 200 of the programme.

Semester 1

Core Courses

ARM100: Introduction to Records Management (3 credits)
IKM100: Knowledge Management Principles (3 credits)
LIM100: Introduction to Information Science (3

General Education

COM111: Communication and Study Skills I (3 credits)
ICT121: Computing and \Information Skills (2 Credits)

Semester 2

Core Courses

LIM102: Introduction to organising Information (4 credits)
IKM101: Knowledge Management Theory and Practice (3 credits)
ARM101: Introduction to Archives (3 credits)

General Education

COM112: Communication and Study Skills II (3 credits)
ICT122: Computing and Information Skills (3 credits)

Semester 3

Core Courses

LIM200: Digital Libraries (3 credits)
IKM200: Knowledge Management Systems (3 credits)
ISS221: Data and Information Management 1 (3 credits)

Optional Courses

LIM201: Publishing and the Book Trade (3 credits)
ARM201: Preservation of Information Materials (3 credits)

Semester 4

Core Courses

LIM202: Management of Library and Information Systems (3 credits)
ARM200: Archival Arrangement and description (3 credits)
ARM201: Preservation of Information Materials (3 credits)

Optional Courses

LIM203: Social Networking Issues for Information Professionals (3 credits)
LIM204: Information Literacy (3 credits)

Semester 5

Knowledge Management Stream Core Courses

ISS321: Data and Information Management (3 credits)
IKM300: Customer Knowledge Management (3 credits)
IKM301: The Knowledge Economy (3 credits)
LIM300: User needs and services (3 credits)

Optional Courses

ARM 300: Vital records and disaster planning (3 credits)
LIM304: Information and society (3 credits)

 

Library and Information Studies Stream Core Courses

ISS321: Data and information Management (3 credits)
IKM300: Customer Knowledge Management (3 credits)
IKM301: The Knowledge Economy (3 credits)
LIM300: User needs and services (3 credits)

Optional Courses

ARM300: Vital Records and Disaster planning (3 credits)
LIM304: Information and society (3 credits)

 

Archives and Records Management Stream Core Courses

ISS 321: Data and Information Management (3 credits)
ARM 300: Vital Records and Disaster Planning
LIM 300: User Needs and Services

Optional Courses

IKM 300: Customer Knowledge Management (3 credits)
IKM 301: The Knowledge Economy

Semester 6

Knowledge Management Stream Core Courses

IKM302:  Research Methods in IKM (3 credits)
IKM303: Industrial Attachment (4 credits)
ARM301:  Electronic Records Management (3 credits)
LIM301: Business Information Systems (3 credits)

Optional Courses

LIM302: Content Management (3 credits)
LIM303: Health Information Systems (3 credits)
LIM304: Information and Society (3 credits)

 

Library and Information Studies Stream Core Courses

IKM302:  Research Methods in IKM (3 credits)
IKM303: Industrial Attachment (4 credits)
LIM301: Business Information Systems (3 credits)
LIM302: Content Management (3 credits)

Optional Courses

ARM301:  Electronic Records Management (3 credits)
ARM302: Orality and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (3 Credits)
LIM303: Health Information Systems (3 credits)
LIM304: Information and Society (3 credits)

 

Archives and Records Management Stream Core Courses

ARM301: Electronic Records Management (3 credits)
ARM302: Orality and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (3 credits)
IKM302: Research Methods in IKM (3 credits)
IKM303: Industrial Attachment (4 credits)

Optional Courses

LIM301: Business Information Systems (3 credits)
LIM302: Content Management (3 credits)
LIM303: Health Information Systems (3 credits)
LIM304: Information and Society (3 credits)

Semester 7

Knowledge Management Stream Core Courses

IKM400:  Entrepreneurship and Innovation
IKM401: Competitive Intelligence
LIM400: Project Management for Information Professionals  
LIM401: Marketing of Information Services

One elective course

 

Library and Information Studies Stream Core Courses

LIM400: Project Management for Information Professionals (3 credits)
LIM401: Marketing of Information Services (3 credits)

Optional Courses

ARM400: Access and Reference Services (3 credits)
IKM400:  Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3 Credits)
IKM401: Competitive Intelligence (3 credits)

One elective course

 

Archives and Records Management Stream Core Courses

ARM400: Access and Reference Services (3 credits)
LIM400: Project Management for Information Professionals (3 credits)
LIM401: Competitive Intelligence (3 credits)

Optional Courses

IKM400:  Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3 Credits)
IKM401: Competitive Intelligence (3 credits) One elective course

One elective course

Semester 8

Knowledge Management Stream Core Courses

IKM402: Knowledge Management Strategies for Information Agencies (3 credits)
LIM402: Information Ethics, Legal and Policy Issues (3 credits)
LIM403: Project Work in Information and Knowledge Management (4 credits)

Optional Courses

ARM402: Management of Records in Specialised Environment (3 credits)
LIM404: Information Security (3 credits)

 

Library and Information Studies Stream Core Courses

LIM402: Information Ethics, Legal and Policy Issues (3 credits)
LIM403: Project Work in Information and Knowledge Management (4 credits)
LIM404: Information Security (3 credits)

Optional Courses

ARM401: Managing Audio Visual Archives (3 credits)
ARM402: Management of Records in Specialised Environments (3 credits)
IKM402: Knowledge Management Strategies for Information Agencies (3 credits)

 

Archives and Records Management Stream core Courses

ARM401: Managing Audio Visual Archives (3 credits)
LIM402: Information Ethics, Legal and Policy Issues (3 credits)
LIM403: Project Work in Information and Knowledge Management (4 credits)

Optional Courses

ARM402: Management of Records in Specilaised Environments (3 credits)
IKM402: Knowledge Management Strategies for Information Agencies (3 credits)
LIM 404: Information Security (3 credits)

 

Combined Major and Major/Minor

Special Regulations

Subject to the provisions of the General Academic Regulations and Faculty of Humanities, the following Departmental Regulations shall apply.

Entrance Qualifications

The normal requirements for entrance to the BA IKM Combined Major and Major/Minor Degree Programme are that applicants shall have the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education or equivalent, with credit in English. Those applicants who will major in Social Sciences or Science subjects must obtain a minimum credit in mathematics or Computer Science.

Programme Structure

BA (IKM) - COMBINED MAJOR

Semester 1

Core Courses

ARM100:  Introduction to Records Management (3 credits)
IKM100: Introduction to Knowledge management (3 credits)
LIM100: Introduction to Information Science (3 credits)

Semester 2

Core Courses

LIM 102: Introduction to organising Information (4 credits)
IKM 101: KM theory and Practice (3 credits)
ARM101: Introduction to Archives (3 credits)

Semester 3

Core Courses

LIM200: Digital Libraries (3 credits)
ISS221: Data and Information Management 1 (3 credits)

Semester 4

Core Courses

LIM202: Management of Library and Information Systems (3 credits)
ARM200: Archival Arrangement and Description (3 credits)

Semester 5

Core Courses

ISS321: data and Information Management (3 credits)
LIM300: User needs and services (3 credits) Semester 6 Core Courses

Semester 6

Core Courses

IKM302:  Research Methods in IKM (3 credits)
IKM303: Industrial Attachment (4 credits)

Optional Courses

ARM301: Electronic Records Management (3 credits)
ARM302: Orality and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (3 credits)
LIM303: Health Information Systems (3 credits)
LIM304: Information and Society (3 credits)

Semester 7

Core Courses

LIM400: Project Management for Information Professionals (3 credits)
LIM401: Marketing of Information Services (3 credits)

Optional Courses

ARM400: Access and Reference Services (3 credits)
IKM400: Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3 credits)
IKM 401: Competitive Intelligence (3 credits)

Semester 8

Core Courses

LIM402: Information Ethics, Legal and Policy Issues (3 credits)
LIM403: Project Work in Information and Knowledge Management (4 credits)

Optional Courses

ARM401: Managing Audio Visual Archives (3 credits)
RM402: Management of Records in Specialised Environments (3 credits)
IKM402: Knowledge Management Strategies for Information Agencies` (3 credits)

 

BA (IKM) - Major Major/Minor

Semester 1

Core Courses

ARM100: Introduction to records management (3 credits)
IKM100: Introduction to Knowledge Management (3 credits)
LIM100: Introduction to Information Science (3 credits)
LIM101: Collection Development Management (3 credits)

Semester 2

Core Courses

LIM 102: Introduction to organising Information (4 credits)
IKM 101: KM theory and Practice (3 credits)
ARM101: Introduction to Archives (3 credits)

Semester 3

Core Courses

IKM200: Knowledge Management Systems (3 credits)
LIM200: Digital Libraries (3 credits)
ISS221: Data and Information Management 1 (3 credits)

Semester 4

Core Courses

LIM202: Management of Library and Information Systems (3 credits)
ARM200: Archival Arrangement and description (3 credits)
ARM201: Preservation of Information Materials (3 credits)

Semester 5

Core Courses

ARM300: Vital Records and Disaster planning (3 credits)
IKM301: Knowledge Economy (3 credits)
ISS321: data and Information Management (3 credits)
LIM300: User needs and services (3 credits)

Semester 6

Core Courses

IKM302:  Research Methods in IKM (3 credits)
IKM303: Industrial Attachment (4 credits)
ARM301: Electronic Records Management (3 credits)

Optional Courses

ARM302: Orality and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (3 credits)
LIM303: Health Information Systems (3 credits)
LIM304: Information and Society (3 credits)

Semester 7

Core Courses

ARM400: Access and Reference Services (3 credits)
IKM400:  Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3 Credits)
LIM400: Project Management for Information Professionals (3 credits)
LIM401: Marketing of Information Services (3 credits)

Optional Courses

IKM401: Competitive Intelligence (3 credits)

Semester 8

Core Courses

LIM402: Information Ethics, Legal and Policy Issues (3 credits)
LIM403: Project Work in Information and Knowledge Management (4 credits)
LIM404: Information Security (3 credits)

Optional Courses

ARM401: Managing Audio Visual Archives (3 credits)
ARM402: Management of Records in Specialised Environments (3 credits)
IKM402: Knowledge Management Strategies for Information Agencies` (3 credits)

Job Opportunities for BIKM Graduates

BIKM majors have the possibility to work in positions such as: knowledge manager; knowledge project manager; knowledge analyst; data analyst; data manager; internal communications manager; knowledge leader; information manager; records manager; web manager; information specialist; information consultant; information analyst; internet and intranet expert; indexer; information and knowledge manager; business analyst;  end-user support specialist; information systems manager; project manager; systems analyst; company/corporate  archivist and web content manager.