KV3000 - Exploring the Digital Society

What will I learn on this module?

The aim of the module is to provide you with an opportunity to explore the real world application of information technology (IT) and information systems (IS) within industry and society. You will learn broadly how IT and IS are used in a range of industries but will then focus on a particular industry sector to carry out a more in depth investigation.
You will learn how technology and systems impact on four key areas of the organisation: business administration; communication; marketing and business/consumer engagement. As part of this module you will also learn how to work within teams, and will develop research and presentation skills. The module will complement the other modules where you learn the specifics of the technology and systems and within this module you will be able to understand where this fits into the real world.

How will I learn on this module?

The module includes a combination of methods to support learning. Lectures relating to specific industry technologies will be delivered in the first semester with supporting seminars. You will then select one particular industry area from a given choice and will be supported to investigate the use of technology within the industry area. Lectures will also be delivered to support you in your investigation. Each group will be assigned a mentor to work with who will guide you throughout the process. The initial findings from the broad investigation will be included in a Poster and Video Presentation accompanied by Contribution Matrix demonstrating your personal contribution to the research investigation and report. You will also begin to explore the concept of reflective practice as a professional attribute.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module tutor but more specifically by a mentor from the teaching team who will work with you to guide you throughout your investigation.
You will also have access to support through our Electronic Learning Platform (eLP) and the University Library; you will have access to assignment information and learning materials to support your exploration of the subject and your own learning development.

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:
On completion of this module you will be able to:

MLO1 Identify the key technologies and systems used within a particular industry area
MLO2 Explain the benefits these technologies bring to the organisation

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On completion of the module you will be able to
MLO3 Identify the most appropriate sources for research
MLO4 Communicate findings appropriately using written and verbal methods

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On completion of this module you will have developed:
MLO5 A questioning approach to knowledge and awareness of issues regarding research and investigation

How will I be assessed?

Students will be required to conduct an investigation in groups into the use of information technology and information systems within a particular industry area.

Students will be required to produce:
A group report (5,000 words) – 80% (MLO1, MLO2, MLO3, MLO4, MLO5)
Reflective narrative 20%
Formative feedback will be provided throughout group meetings





Module abstract

The module will be focussed on the development of your understanding of a broad range of Information Technology (IT) and Information Systems (IS) issues in industry and society as well as developing your research skills, including learning on techniques and methods used in academic and/or professional research. You will also develop an understanding of the research process, as well as how to design research in an applied context. This will focus on the problems and issues that occur in establishing empirical knowledge in the IT and IS area. A variety of approaches will be used to facilitate learning including the use of e-learning portal, seminars, lectures, workshops and directed learning.

Course info

UCAS Code I200

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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