CSU11081 – Computers and Society

Module CodeCSU11081
Module NameComputers and Society
ECTS Weighting [1]5 ECTS
Semester TaughtSemester 1
Module Coordinator/s  Dr P.J. Wall

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a deeper awareness of the ways in which information technology and society interact and influence each other;
  2. Communicate effectively in written form and in presentations;
  3. Critique their own involvement in a project team.

Module Content

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 Details

Assessment ComponentBrief DescriptionLearning Outcomes Addressed% of TotalWeek SetWeek Due
Individual VideoIndividual (5 minute) video presentation on an assigned topic related to course content.LO1, LO225%Week 7Week 11
Reflective EssayIndividual 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 7Jan 2022
TEDx PresentationGroup (15-20 minute) video presentation on an assigned topic related to course content.LO1, LO2, LO345%Week 7Jan 2022

Reassessment Details

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 support13 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 presentation25 hours
Total Hours105 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.

Module Pre-requisites

Prerequisite modules: N/A

Other/alternative non-module prerequisites: N/A

Module Co-requisites


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