2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
LUBS5995M Digital Technologies for a Sustainable Future
15 creditsClass Size: 250
Module manager: Aleksandra Irnazarow
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
Module replacesLUBS5992M Digital Information and Organisations
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryDigital technologies can play a central role in efforts to create a sustainable and resilient future for humanity, which is one of the biggest societal challenges of our times. Digital technologies contribute to sustainability by revolutionising the way we live, travel and consume (e.g. smart cities, sharing economy), fostering sustainable value propositions and circular business models, and facilitating the provision of social good to increase social wellbeing and community resilience. However, the impact of digitalisation on the environment and society is complex and there are many challenges to consider. This module presents theoretical perspectives and empirical insights on the environmental and social consequences of digital technologies. The module equips students with the knowledge and skills to critically assess and manage the development, adoption, and consequences of new technologies for environmental sustainability and social good.
ObjectivesThis module is designed to introduce the areas of implementing and managing digital innovation and associated technologies to facilitate environmental sustainability and a positive impact on communities/society
Through this module students will develop a critical understanding of opportunities and challenges associated with implementing, using and evaluating new technologies in terms of their impact on the environment and society/communities.
These themes develop students' ability to place new technologies, digital innovations and information systems within the wider societal and global contexts which address issues including sustainability, resilience, inequality, and ethical use.
Students will develop their learning through lectures and seminars, group and individual work, and guest lectures.
Upon completion of the module the students will be able to:
1. Appraise the importance of sustainability for businesses and society
2. Critically assess current developments in digital innovations and their impact on social and environmental challenges, including benefits, disbenefits and risks.
3. Investigate and evaluate how digital technologies can support transformations towards sustainable business models, sustainable ‘smart’ cities, provision of social good and resilient communities
4. Evaluate reasoning and decision making to support the development of business strategy which brings together both the market requirements, operations, technology and sustainability or social value
The module will include topics such as sustainable value propositions/ business models, resilient smart cities, green IT, circular economy, sharing economy, cybersecurity, information governance, ethics of technology, and methods for evaluating new technologies.
Students will spend several sessions on each of these Indicative topics:
Importance of sustainability
Technological innovations and their impact on environmental sustainability and social challenges
How Technology could be an enabler for sustainability and social good
Business models for sustainability and social value, including the Circular Economy business model for sustainability
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private studyA variety of activities such as additional reading, core text, case studies, news articles and podcasts will be shared with students to provide in-depth understanding and preparing for assessments.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents will be provided with the opportunity to submit a draft plan for their report and will receive feedback from their peers (peer facilitated feedback).
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|A 3000 word report
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Resit for the module will be 100% by 3,000 word report.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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