Module Information

Module Identifier
PH19510
Module Title
Communication and Technology
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Pre-Requisite
This Module is highly suitable for non Physics students
Reading List
External Examiners
  • Professor Pete Vukusic (Professor - Exeter University)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Semester Exam  80%
Semester Assessment On-line Test  20%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Supplementary Exam  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Examine how human communication has evolved into today's global networks and the information superhighway.
2. Compare the brain, the mind and consciousness to complex artificial entities and networks.
3. Examine the developments in materials, hardware and information sciences needed to make the above possible in the modern era.
4. Examine the mechanisms required for the transmission of audio and visual information.
5. Compare and contrast the differences between humans and robots.

Brief description

This module reviews the factors responsible for the recent global information explosion, funnelled through the world wide communications network, and includes an introduction to planning and the business environment. Against this backcloth the new science of Chaos is finding applications: from understanding the spread of disease, to modelling the dynamics of the Stock Market and replicating the topology of the snow flake. Communication and Chaos are the twin driving forces of intelligent life where they are finding a new foothold in meeting the challenge of putting consciousness into the arena. Much is known about the electricity in the mind but practically nothing about how this supports awareness and personal identity.

Content

Communication:

History of Telecommunications
Pre-electronic communications
Telegraphy and Telephony
Radio and digital signals
The Internet
Information Storage
Electronic Processing
Secret Communication

Chaos:

Before Chaos
What is Chaos?
Examples of Chaos
Dynamics and Stability
Fractals

Consciousness:

What is consciousness?
Enabling technology for a scientific description of consciousness
Sceintific revolutions affecting human consciousness
Geography of the human brain
Psychology or information transfer?
Artificial intelligence
The future

Transferable skills

Introductory skills for using the Internet and other electronic sources of information.


Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 4