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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

COMM1700 Understanding Digital Media

20 creditsClass Size: 53

Module manager: Tom Tyler
Email: T.Tyler@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Module replaces

COMM1780

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to ...
This module provides students with an overview of key issues in the study of digital media. The module focuses on key concepts that have shaped digital media’s brief history and that have been said to differentiate digital media from older media forms. It develops students’ understanding of the cultural, political, economic and technical contexts from which digital media have emerged. The module forms the foundation for more detailed analyses of digital media in future years.

Learning outcomes
1. a knowledge of contemporary issues in digital media;
2. the ability to carry out analysis of digital media in their social and technological context;
3. the ability to extract information from secondary sources and utilise them in a coherent piece of discursive writing;
4. The ability to use evidence to construct informed arguments about digital media.

Skills outcomes
Analysis of digital media in social and cultural contexts


Syllabus

Indicative topics:
Thinking about digital media
Digitisation and convergence
Interaction, participation, creation
Networks
“Information wants to be free”
Identities online
Trolling, flaming and cyberbullying
Digital natives and digital divides
Privacy, surveillance, counter-surveillance
Conclusion

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture102.0020.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will:
- read set reading and beyond (45 hours)
- undertake research to identify digital media examples which illuminate the topic of the week (30 hours)
- prepare to present their findings in seminars (5 hours)
- research for and write their assessments (90 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored via participation in seminars, including informal presentations, and tutorials.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Literature Review1 x 1,500 - 2,000 words30.00
Essay1 x 3,000 -3,500 words70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

If you are required to resit the essay component please select an alternative essay question from the module handbook. For other components you should submit a new version following the instructions in the resit letter.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 23/09/2019

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