Core Module Information
Module title: Technoculture & Society

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

Module code: CSI09105
Module leader: Ashley Morton
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Applied Informatics

Foundation level understanding of user experience.

Description of module content:

In this module you will develop a holistic understanding of the impact and influence of technology culture within society. You will undertake a creative journey that connects the past, the present and the future as a means to understand the experiences and perceptions people have towards technology. You will generate design fictions with a focus to the future and emerging technologies, using research through design approaches and design anthropology. The aim of this module will be to broaden critical thinking and to be comfortable with ambiguity as you research, ideate and innovate. Finally, you will develop a professional competence that understands the importance of influence, integrity, and responsibility to the process of design.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion you will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of design research methodologies as a means to get comfortable with ‘in the wild’ research and design ambiguity.

LO2: Document applied understanding and empathy by journaling and reflecting on the impact technology has in society and how it affects people.

LO3: Demonstrate skills and competencies that display knowledge of design responsibility, ethics (emerging tech/robots) and environmental impact.

LO4: Design a speculative concept artefact that reflects an unmet need by a selected demographic

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Ashley Morton
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs This module will be primarily delivered face-to-face, supported by student centred activities and resources on the VLE. Twelve 2 hour lectures including in-lecture activities will be timetabled in classrooms. (LOs 1, 2, 3,4) Twelve 2 hour practical classes which will be split between classrooms and computer labs as required. (LOs 1,2,3,4) The remainder of learning activities will comprise the reading and analysis of research insights/data and conceptual development. A variety of online resources will be made available to match the diversity of learning styles, e.g. reading materials, links to online resources, discussions.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be an integral part of the practical sessions throughout the module Primarily applying sustainable assessment, you will display a capacity to make decisions and be equipped with skills for industry, and professional life. (LOs 01,02,03,04). Drop-in sessions will be offered to provide early feedback on the essay assessment.

Summative Assessment:
There will be two summative assessments. The first will require journalling using an agreed medium (e.g. digital, blogging/vlogging, handwritten) (LO1, LO2, LO3). The second will be the design of a speculative conceptual artefact including associated design report (LO1, LO3, LO4). You will be asked to research and report on topics central to the module, supplementing the course materials with your own findings from relevant literature, and design theory. You will be encouraged to creatively express a project output in the form of a speculative conceptual artefact as a deliverable that displays critical understanding of an unmet need by a selected demographic.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Reflective Log 50 1,2,3 8 HOURS= 50.00
Project - Practical 50 1,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 50.00
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CSI09105 Technoculture & Society