Module Identifier PH19510  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr David P Langstaff  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Professor Neville Greaves  
Pre-Requisite None - module is highly suitable for non Physics students  
Co-Requisite None  
Mutually Exclusive None  
Course delivery Lecture   22 lectures  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours  50%
Semester Assessment Test25%
Semester Assessment Assignment25%
Supplementary Exam1.5 Hours  100%

Learning outcomes

After taking this module students should be able to:

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.



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


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


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

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
D. Peterson Audio, Visual and Data Communication McGraw-Hill
D. Ruelle Chance and Chaos Penguin
E. Shroedinger What is Life: Mind and Matter Cambridge
H. Rheingold Virtual Reality Mandarin
J. Bray The Communicatrions Miracle: the telecom poineers from Morse to the Information Superhighway Plenum
J. Gleick Chaos Abacus
P. Teihard de Chardin The Phenomenon of Man Fontana/Collins
R. Penrose The Emperor's Mind Vintage
S. Jay Ever since Darwin Penguin


This module is at CQFW Level 4