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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeCS7022
Module NameSocial and Organisational Impacts of IS
Module Short Title
Semester TaughtHilary
Contact Hours

3hrs x 11

Module PersonnelDiana Wilson
Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Recognise and analyse predominant theories and philosophies of Information Systems.

Critically evaluate existing implementations of IS

Critically evaluate emerging technologies in IS

Begin to generate research questions, evaluate and organise information and data in accordance with an evidential need and with the protocols of the discipline.

Learning Aims

The objective of this module is to introduce students to Information Systems as an academic discipline, its associated philosophies and theories.  Behind the very concrete manifestations of IS in the workplace and society, is a wealth of important and critical questions that all of us must ask with regard to the purposes and consequences of computers in the world.

This module balances the wider societal impacts of technology considering economic, sociological, psychological and political impacts with  pragmatic exploration of these impacts through case study analysis.

The general approach of this module is seminar-based and will involve group reflection and discussion as we look to the grounding of theory in evolving practice. The perspective adopted and encouraged is avowedly critical; giving students the freedom and time to pursue topics outside mainstream and orthodox IS thinking and application.

Module Content

Specific topics addressed in this module include:

Philosophies of Science and Technology:  Technical Rationalism, Autonomous Technology, Technological Determinism, Anti-technology, Ethics and Technology, Critical Social Theory, History of the Organisation, Sociological, Psychological, Political and Economic Impacts of technological change.

Recommended Reading List

Dusek, Val, (2006), Philosophy of Technology: An Introduction. Blackwell


Selected readings, articles, papers etc will be handed out as appropriate

Module Prerequisites
Assessment Details

Continuous assessment 100%:

1x individual assignment 50%

1 group assignment 50% (to include element of peer review)

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Academic Year of Data2017/18