Faculty of Information Technology

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)


This unit introduces students to a critical understanding of the impact of information and communications technology (ICT) within contemporary social relations. In particular, the unit explores the ways in which the diffusion of ICT has reshaped thinking and practice within the workplace, communities, and society more broadly. Particular emphasis is placed upon the relationship between human activity and technology, the various ways in which the latter might replace or augment the former, and the consequences that might follow from such changes.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • understand the social impact of information and communications technology (ICT) upon activities in the workplace, communities, and society;
  • demonstrate a familiarity with contemporary debates concerning the changing role of ICT within the workplace, communities, and society;
  • identify social informatics as a problem-oriented discipline;
  • differentiate community informatics as an emerging discipline and professional practice;
  • analyse and critique discussions of the social impact of ICT.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 hr seminar/wk

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Completion of 36 points of study


FIT5090, IMS3010, IMS3810, IMS5023

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