Module title: Computing in Contemporary Society

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CSI09101
Module leader: Wegene Demeke
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Creative and Social Informatics

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Wegene Demeke
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Lectures, tutorials and directed study support module delivery in addressing the ethical, social, legal and professional issues presented by contemporary computing systems. Teaching materials include lecture slides, online materials, journal papers and other key readings from textbooks.

Weekly lectures explore and critically evaluate contemporary challenges presented by socio-technical systems, assessing the legal, social, and ethical dimensions of computer systems (LO1). Lectures also address the role of the computing professional with specific reference to standards of practice established by professional bodies (LO2).

Tutorials in Weeks 1-6 focus on academic skills development primarily around the identification, examination and analysis of secondary sources (LO3). In weeks 7-12, guided independent study allows the student to deploy those skills in the production of a literature review addressing a topic relating to LO1. Tutorial support and feedback is focused in Weeks 1-6 with additional support provided where needed in Weeks 7-12.

Formative Assessment:
By week 6, students will produce and receive feedback upon a plan for a literature review, on one ‘contemporary issues’ topic that examines legal, social, and ethical issues arising from computing systems (LO1, LO3).

Summative Assessment:
The module has two forms of summative assessment.

1. Individual coursework: submission of a literature review on one ‘contemporary issues’ topic (40% of the module mark) (LO1,LO3)

2. Final Exam: examining students’ understanding of social, ethical and legal issues as they relate to computing and to the role of the computing professional (60% of the module mark) (LO1, LO2). LO1 is assessed via a selelection of relevant exam questions, LO2 is assessed via a compulsory section in the exam.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1,3 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 60 1,2 13 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module aims to develop a deep understanding of the place of computing systems in contemporary society, and the role of the computing professional within their social and professional context.

The module covers four main inter-related themes, sequentially:

1. Social factors, such as: internet studies of everyday life; information and culture; networked business, industries and economics and technological and regulatory histories and futures.
2. Ethical issues, such as: trust and identity in cyberspace; individual and corporate ethics
3. Legal factors, such as: networked politics and government; data protection; computer misuse; GDPR; intellectual property rights; the law and the internet
4. Professional issues, such as: the computing profession; codes of practice including BCS and IEEE

In addition, the module purposefully embeds academic skills development relevant to a computing professional.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of legal, social and ethical factors, which affect and are affected by computing systems.

LO2: Critically assess factors impacting on computing as a profession, and on individuals joining that profession.

LO3: Undertake a literature search and produce a review, with appropriate synthesis, to a good academic standard.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CSI09101 Computing in Contemporary Society