Social Informatics (11490.1)
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| Bruce, Canberra
|Faculty Of Science And Technology
|Academic Program Area - Technology
|Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
This unit is co-taught with unit Social Informatics PG.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Analyse and evaluate the impacts of the design choices made by information professionals and various technologies on people, organisations and society;
2. Deploy theoretical frameworks to analyse the complex relationships among information technology, people, and institutions in any social setting; and
3. Use digital tools to participate in civic engagement.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Incompatible units7196 Social Informatics PG.
Equivalent units8571 Social Informatics
|Teaching start date
|29 July 2024
|Mr Sisira Adikari
There is no required text for this unit. However, the following text should be consulted for social informatics:
Fichman P, Sanfilippo M R. and Rosenbaum H 2015, Social Informatics Evolving, Morgan & Claypool
Yang, S., Zhu, X., & Fichman, P. (Eds.). (2023). The Usage and Impact of ICTs During the Covid-19 Pandemic. Taylor & Francis.
Kling R, Rosenbaum H and Sawyer S 2005, Understanding and communicating social informatics: A framework for studying and teaching the human contexts of Information and communication technologies, Medford, NJ: Information Today.
(This book is available at the library for short-term loan)
Various papers and relevant articles will be made available through the unit website and e-reserve as appropriate.
Other sources for this unit include online resources, journals and proceedings relevant to social aspects of technology (but not limited to):
Communications of the ACM
First Monday Journal
The Information Society
Social Science Computer Review
Journal of the American Society for Information Sciences
Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work
Conference on ACM CHI
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Cyber Psychology and Behaviour
Computers in Human Behaviour
New Media and Society
Information, Communication and Society
European Journal on Information Systems
International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS)
Australasian Conference on information Systems (ACIS)
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
To PASS this unit, students have to obtain a mark of 50% or greater for all the Online Quizzes, Module Presentation and Emerging Technology Assignment (in total), and 50% or greater for all the assessments in total.
In the case of any assignment that places you in jeopardy of a Fail in the whole unit, appropriate moderation procedures will be used.
If there is any doubt with regard to the requirements of any particular assignments or assessment procedure, the onus for clarifying the issue rests with the student who should contact the unit convener about the matter.
All work quoted from any source should be appropriately referenced using the "Harvard" referencing style as described in the link below (note that there are multiple versions of the Harvard referencing style, and you should use the one described here). http://canberra.libguides.com/referencing
Students who are not familiar with referencing academic work should undertake the Academic Integrity Module within Canvas as noted below.
Special assessment requirements
The unit convenor reserves the right to question students on any of their submitted work for moderation and academic integrity purposes, which may result in an adjustment to the marks awarded for a specific task.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
The following is a guide that may help you plan your semester's effort levels:
Weekly Lectures 2hrs= 24hrs
Tutorials and related work (2hrs) = 22hrs
Preparation and Attempting Online Quizzes = 30hrs
Module Presentation and Preparations = 10hrs
Emerging Technology Assignment Preparation & Report =18hrs
Group Futuristic Assignment Presentation, Preparation, Documentation= 38hrs
Group Progress Report = 8hrs
Total = 150 hrs
The lecture slides and other material are published on the website. You are strongly advised to listen to all lectures and to fully participate in discussions. The tutorial discussions are particularly important because there is recurring and ongoing individual and group work throughout the unit. Lecture slides should not be considered a substitute for attending the tutorials.
Announcements made in lectures or published using the website are deemed to have been heard and read by all students in the unit.
Required IT skills
You are expected to be a competent computer user and familiar with word processing, and presentation software. You will also be required to use appropriate IT tools to create an infographic-style summary.
There may be some additional optional costs incurred by students undertaking this unit. For example, students may wish to purchase online single license for infograph production. These costs are expected to be nominal.
Work placement, internships or practicums
When available, industry representatives and government officials are invited to present guest lectures.