Social Informatics (8571.3)
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|0.125||3||Faculty Of Science And Technology|
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|Academic Program Area - Technology||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomes1. To 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
PrerequisitesCompletion of 39 credit points.
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There is no required text for this unit. However the following text should be consulted for social informatics:
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 web site 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
All items of assessment must be satisfactorily completed in order to be eligible for a PASS grade (i.e. achieve a grade equal or greater than 50%). Failure to submit any single piece of assessment will result in failure in the unit. Higher grades will be awarded on the basis of the total mark being ≥ 65% for a credit, ≥ 75% for a distinction and ≥ 85% for a high distinction. Some scaling of marks and academic judgement may be applied to determine students' final grades - in this process no student will be disadvantaged.
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.
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 likely allocation of effort is shown in the table below.
|Actviity||Due date||Effort (hours)|
|Weekly Activities (e.g. online lectures, essential readings, online forum participation, virtual workshops, peer engagement)||(6 hrs. x 12 weeks)||72|
|Emerging technology summary||Week 6||30|
|Major assignment: Futuristic study – using new technology in service delivery||Week 12, 13||48|
|Total hours of effort||=||150|
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.
Students who choose to work online, should form a virtual group and work appropriately with their team to produce good assignments.
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, presentation software. You will also be required to use appropriate IT tools to create an infographic style summary.
Students might choose to work online with their groups.
This unit involves online meetings in real time using the Blackboard Collaborate tool. Blackboard Collaborate provides a virtual classroom or meeting room where you can communicate in real time with your lecturer and other students. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset. For more information and to test your computer, please visit the LearnOnline Student Help and click on the link to Blackboard Collaborate.
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 online guest lectures.