KC6010 - Organisations in the Information Age

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What will I learn on this module?

This module introduces you to trends in organisations and business in the early twenty-first century. The module maintains currency by keeping abreast of contemporary developments within the industry and subject, tailoring your learning accordingly. Relevant topics are presented for you to study and you will develop an appreciation of how these contemporary topics impact upon and are incorporated into society, business and multinational industry.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn by a series of interactive lectures which employ a range of learning techniques. Technology is a key topic of this module and you will be exposed to Podcasts for some of the lecture material. There are also a number of articles and papers that you are required to study before several of the lecture sessions, the key findings from this research are engaged with by students in small groups and as individuals. There is the opportunity in the first semester for you to deliver ideas about the first assessment and receive verbal feedback from your peers. The first assessment is as a group of five students, you can select a title for your research from a range to titles prepared by academic staff. The second assessment builds upon that of the first, and you will formulate the title of your individual essay and carry out appropriate research, synthesis and analysis of your chosen topic.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

There are opportunities for you to gain feedback from your module teaching team, both in person and electronically throughout the module. Much of this is during ‘drop-in sessions’, these are run at least twice weekly and mean that your tutors can give you immediate verbal feedback on your ideas and thoughts in person. Each semester there is also the opportunity for the academic staff to provide you with two detailed written feedback reports on your work.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 analyse, synthesis and evaluate contemporary technological developments and apply them to a range of business, commerce and society requirements.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO2 investigate and evaluate the implications of current technological trends in the 21st century organisation
MLO3 critically evaluate relevant theories and technologies.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO4 You will develop an understanding of the ethical applications and cultural implications of twenty first century technologies in a multination world.

How will I be assessed?

Weekly formative feedback is available throughout the duration of the module.

The summative assessment in the first semester is by a group academic paper. It carries 50% of the module mark and assesses MLO 1 and MLO2.
The second semester assessment builds upon the group academic paper and allows you to choose the direction and aim of an individual essay. It carries 50% of the module mark and assesses MLO1, MLO2 and MLO3.

Feedback is provided electronically.





Module abstract

Every graduate will be working in an organisation in the Information Age: this module gives you the awareness and understanding of how these organisations integrate current technologies, application and business models. The module teaching team have worked in industry as consultants in this area and are publishing research in the discipline.
Topics covered include Web 2.0, digital convergence, routes the information and the ‘digital native’.
Assessment topics are selected by students and closely supported by small group and one to one tutorials. In semester one students work in small self selecting teams on a relevant topic of their choice to produce and academic style article. This topic can be continued in the second semester with an individual essay that is specific and tailored to the student’s interests.
Teaching is supported by technologies employed by modern organisations, i.e. podcast, social media technologies.

Course info

UCAS Code GN52

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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