Knowledge Architecture Competency Area

1. Description and Scope

Knowledge Architecture includes the capability to elicit requirements, prepare functional specifications and design solutions to challenges found in knowledge work. It is a very strategic competency area which provides the linkage between the hard (science) and soft (art) aspects of knowledge management. While knowledge architecture provides opportunities to learn about data and information architecture, it also focuses on people, how they work, how they think, how they create and test ideas. It also touches upon the emerging field of enterprise architecture and the capability to apply general architectural principles to knowledge environment and problems. There is a heavy emphasis here on interoperability and integration, and also on an understanding of the business of the organization.


2. Value of Competency to Knowledge Roles

This competency aligns very closely with the role of a Knowledge Architect. Some of the courses offered in this competency, though, will be of interest to Knowledge Analysts and Knowledge Engineers. Knowledge managers should have a general understanding of knowledge architecture, but do not need an in depth knowledge.


3. Proposed Courses for Competency Area

IAKM currently offers no courses in this competency area. One new course is scheduled for development and delivery in Fall, 2010. The courses suggested for this competency are listed below. Like other competencies, a mix of traditional courses (3 credits), masters or short courses (2 credits), and workshops (1 credit) are recommended. The recommended courses are presented in the order they might be offered in the course catalog. Each course also has a potential source or provider, identified in parentheses.

Because this competency area is rapidly evolving and because much of it is “technique” and “hands on” learning, we suggest more short courses and workshops. Concentrating on 2- and 1-credit courses will both ensure that the program is able to offer opportunities to learn the emerging ideas, and give students deeper learning experiences in several areas of practice.

When all courses are available, students would have one 3-credit and three 2-credit courses from which to choose in the Fall Semester. In the Spring Semester, they would have two 3 credit courses from which to choose. And Summer Session would offer two 2-credit courses.

Two of the 3-credit courses are on the schedule for development in Summer, 2010 in order to be offered on the Course Schedule for Spring, 2011. This is predicated on the formal approval of the courses and the syllabi at the CCI level.

When all of the courses are available, students would have two 3-credit courses in the Fall Semester and two 3-credit course in the Spring. The only sequence advised here is that students take the Introduction to Enterprise Architecture before the deep dive into other aspects of enterprise architecture. Both Fall and Spring semesters offer several short courses and workshops to give students an opportunity to build their skill sets.


Course
Type of Course
Semester Offered
Ontological Engineering
3 credit
Fall
Semantic Analysis Methods
3 credit
Fall
Introduction to Enterprise Architecture
2 credit
Fall
Introduction to Information Architecture
2 credit
Fall
Requirements Analysis
2 credit
Fall
Systems Analysis
3 credit
Spring
User Centered Design/User Experience
3 credit
Spring
Introduction to Applications Architecture
2 credit
Spring
Introduction to Knowledge Architecture
2 credit
Spring
Multilingual Architecture
1 credit
Spring
Architecture Compliance Methods
1 credit
Summer

4. Recommended Course Development Strategies and Schedule

This competency area has many potential partners and experts. The two major partners would be the Enterprise Architecture Center of Excellence and the Department of Defense. The recommendation is that we begin to develop courses jointly with these two partners to ensure that courses are of sufficient quality to appeal to engineers and knowledge professionals currently working in these areas. By partnering with these two major sources we also ensure a broad view of the models and methods that are being developed today.

A key partner for this competency area will be the KSU CIO’s office. We propose to launch the development of courses in the competency with an on-site workshop offered by EACOE held at the KSU Stark Campus training facility in Fall, 2010. We believe there are also opportunities to collaborate with Amy Laine in delivering these courses. Another potential internal partner would be the Translations and Linguistics Department.

Mixed delivery models will be important to this competency. Some of the courses will involve modeling and collaborative work. Synchronous delivery with strong online learning tools will be required. Some courses may be packaged for asynchronous delivery, but this is not expected to be the norm.


Course
Year Developed
Introduction to Enterprise Architecture
2010-11
Introduction to Information Architecture
2010-11
Multilingual Architecture
2010-11
Semantic Analysis Methods
2010-11
Systems Analysis
2010-11
Architecture Compliance Methods
2011-12
Introduction to Applications Architecture
2011-12
Introduction to Knowledge Architecture
2011-12
Ontological Engineering
2011-12
Requirements Analysis
2011-12
User Centered Design/User Experience
Exists

The recommendation is to develop and deliver these courses over the next two years. One course is in the pipeline for approval and development at this time. Two courses planned for development in 2010-11 would be collaboratively developed with EACOE. Systems Analysis would preferably be a joint offering through an existing KSU course. In 2011-12, we envision additional collaborative development with EACOE, and with Dept. of Air Force.


New Courses Added
Academic Year 2010-11

New Courses Added
Academic Year 2011-12

New Courses Added
Academic Year 2012-13

Total Courses 2013-2014
3 credits = 1
2 credits = 2
1 credit 1

3 credits =3
2 credits =3
1 credit =1

3 credits =0
2 credits =0
1 credit =

3 credits =4
2 credits =5
1 credit =2



5. Funding Opportunities for Course Development

The expectation is that most of these courses would be offered in synchronous mode, or with a hybrid of synchronous and asynchronous. For this reason, the upfront investment in courses may be less than other competencies. We also expect that these courses would not be delivered until there is a sufficient enrollment to (1) cover the teaching expense, and (2) provide a sufficiently robust learning experience (e.g., minimum number of students to collaborate).

We propose synchronous delivery and development for the following courses:


· Introduction to Information Architecture
· Introduction to Knowledge Architecture
· Systems Analysis
· Introduction to Application Architecture
· Architecture Compliance Methods
· Ontological Engineering
· Requirements Analysis

We propose to use Goodyear Endowment Funds to support the introductory seminar on Enterprise Architecture. Goodyear funding might also be used to support the delivery of the Introduction to Enterprise Architecture course.

CCI Course Development Funds have already been requested for the Semantic Analysis Methods course (Summer 2010-11). CCI funding may be requested for Summer 2011-12 for the Multilingual Architecture course.

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