KC6010 - Organisations in the Information Age

What will I learn on this module?

This module introduces you to current trends in organisations and business in the twenty-first century. Topics will change as the technologies change and are adapted and applied to business and society, at present subjects considered include: telecommunications; ubiquity; wearable devices; e-learning and organisations; digital divide. You will develop an appreciation of how these 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 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 the weekly seminars, 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. You will have the opportunity to receive written feedback from academic staff in your group academic paper and your individual essay.

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 As a group you will be able to analyse, synthesis and evaluate contemporary technological developments and apply them to a range business, commerce and society requirements.

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

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO3 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. There will be the opportunity to provide peer feedback on each group and individual assessments.

The first assessment is a group academic paper. This assessment assesses MLO 1 and 3.

The second assessment builds upon the group academic paper and allows you to choose the direction and aim of an individual essay. This assessment assesses MLO 2and 3





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

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