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:
LO1. Demonstrate a deeper awareness of the ways in which information
technology and society interact and influence each other
LO2. Communicate effectively in written form and in presentations
LO3. 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 contentLO1, LO225%711
Reflective essayIndividual 1500 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%7Jan 2022
Group (15-20 minute) video presentation on an assigned topic related to course content.LO1, LO2, LO345%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

Harari, Yuval Noah. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016)
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: None.

Other/alternative non-module prerequisites: None.

Module Co-requisites


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