|Module Name||Computers and Society|
|ECTS Weighting ||5 ECTS|
|Semester Taught||Semester 1|
|Module Coordinator/s||Dr P.J. Wall|
Module Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a deeper awareness of the ways in which information technology and society interact and influence each other;
- Communicate effectively in written form and in presentations;
- Critique their own involvement in a project team.
IT and its “impact” on society; models for assessing technological “impact”; history of IT; ethics; writing, presenting and argumentation; other topics.
Teaching and Learning Methods
Lectures, workshops, presentations and project based learning.
|Assessment Component||Brief Description||Learning Outcomes Addressed||% of Total||Week Set||Week Due|
|Individual Video||Individual (5 minute) video presentation on an assigned topic related to course content.||LO1, LO2||25%||Week 7||Week 11|
|Reflective Essay||Individual 1,500 word reflective essay outlining how your views and opinions have changed on 2 of 5 topics which have been discussed as part of the module.||LO1, LO2, LO3||30%||Week 7||Jan 2022|
|TEDx Presentation||Group (15-20 minute) video presentation on an assigned topic related to course content.||LO1, LO2, LO3||45%||Week 7||Jan 2022|
Supplemental Coursework, 100%.
Assessment will be similar to original assessment.
Contact Hours and Indicative Student Workload
|Contact Hours (scheduled hours per student over full module), broken down by:||33 hours|
|Pre-recorded online lecture and online ‘live’ lectures (2 hours/week total)||20 hours|
|Online project support||13 hours|
|Independent Study (outside scheduled contact hours), broken down by:||72 hours|
|Preparation for classes and review of all material (2 hours/week)||20 hours|
|Preparation for the individual video (12 hours) and individual reflective essay (15 hours)||27 hours|
|Preparation for the group TEDx presentation||25 hours|
|Total Hours||105 hours|
Recommended Reading List
- Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, Harari, Yuval Noah, (2016), HL-387-46.
- Computerization and Controversy – Value Conflicts and Social Choices. (2nd Edition) R. Kling (Editor) Academic Press. ARTS 301.24 N64.
- Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion, Abelson, H., K. Ledeen and H. Lewis, Addison-Wesley Professional. ARTS 658.403 P0.
Prerequisite modules: N/A
Other/alternative non-module prerequisites: N/A