Module Identifier DSM7620  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Rheinallt G Llwyd  
Semester Available all semesters  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment LIS journal review 1,000 words  50%
Semester Assessment Essay 3,000 words  50%

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module you should be able to:

Brief description

Constantly we are being told that ours is an ''information age'' and that we are living in an ''information society'', but what exactly do these terms mean? How has society, at local, national, and international level, changed as a result of the advent of computers and the impact of information and communications technology (ICT)? The aim of this module is to discuss these issues and many others; issues which are relevant to us all, not just as members of the information profession, but also as private citizens.
It must be emphasised from the beginning that this module is designed to be an introduction to a very large subject area. There is no attempt to cover all aspects of the subject with the same degree of thoroughness unfortunately, your time and our space constraint does not permit that. However, it is hoped that you will find the aspects we have concentrated on interesting, stimulating, and relevant.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Feather, John (1998) The Information Society: a Study of Continuity and Change 2nd. London: Library Association Publishing
Haywood, Trevor (1995) Info-rich - Info poor: Access and Exchange in the Global Information Society London: Bowker-Saur
Haywood, Trevor (1999) Only Connect: Shaping Networks and Knowledge for the New Millennium London: Bowker-Saur
Hill, Michael (1999) The Impact of Information on Society : an Examination of its Nature Value and Usage London: Bowker-Saur
Large, Andrew, Lucy A. Tedd and R.J. Hartley (1999) Information Seeking in the Online Age London: Bowker Saur
Martin, William J (1995) The Global Information Society 2nd. Aldershot: Gower

Additional reference to a number of sources is made at each module unit


This module is at CQFW Level 7