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FIT5090

Faculty of Information Technology

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Steve Wright

Synopsis

This unit provides students with a critical understanding of the impact of information technology (IT) within contemporary social relations. Using case studies drawn from different social spheres, the unit explores the ways in which the diffusion of IT has reshaped thinking and practice concerning social collaboration, the production of knowledge and community building. Particular attention is paid to the emerging field of community informatics, and the implications that this field holds for the work of information and knowledge management professionals

Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • understand the nature and operation of information communities within contemporary society;
  • have an understanding of community informatics as an emerging discipline and professional practice;
  • be familiar with contemporary debates concerning the social impact of information technology use;
  • gain understanding of the collaborative behaviours and interdependencies which contribute to notions of community;
  • demonstrate the ability to analyse and critique cases from the information industry.

Assessment

Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%;

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Steve Wright

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs tutorial/wk

Prohibitions

IMS5023

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at:

http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/units/fit5090/