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UOSM2008 Living and Working on the Web

Module Overview

Only an option if you have not taken UOSM2033

This module aims to introduce students to the key concepts of digital literacy that will help them to achieve their full potential both academically and in the job market beyond university.  It focuses on how we can best live, learn and work in an increasingly digital society in terms of:

  • effective learning in a world where we are increasingly swamped with data
  • showcasing our knowledge and building our networks to "stand out from the crowd" - enhancing employment prospects or setting up a new business
  • promoting "digital citzenship" - for example by behaving responsibly online or raising awareness of and supporting good causes.

Being proficient in these areas allows students to manage their learning at university efficiently and effectively, and also to build on their profile externally for career development purposes.

The module has received excellent ratings from students and was awarded the Student Union prize for Innovative Teaching in 2013. It features as a case study in JISC's new guide 'Enhancing the Digital Experience' under the heading 'Developing a Relevant Digital Curriculum'.

To find out more:

Main course blog

Presentation on course assessment and feedback

Presentation on students as creators and change agents

Aims and Objectives

Having successfully completed this module students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. a range of web and mobile technologies for personal, academic and professional use
  2. be equipped to reflect upon and critically evaluate information obtained
  3. use appropriate web and mobile technologies effectively to search for, store and curate relevant information
  4. developed appropriate communication skills for peer and tutor interaction within an "always on" enviornment
  5. be familiar with the use of collaboration tools to facilitate networking, group work and project management
  6. engage creatively and productively in relevant online communites
  7. be aware of the challenges inherent to ensuring online privacy and security


This module goes beyond the acquisition of specific computing skills to examine the full range of behaviours and activities that are increasingly essential to successful navigation of today’s digital learning environments and workplaces.

Topics covered will include:

  • using appropriate technology to search for, curate and store high-quality information
  • the development of an appropriate online identity for personal, educational and professional purposes
  • critical reflection on the relative value of diverse sources of information
  • appropriate norms of behaviour within online communities, with particular emphasis upon peer to peer and peer to tutor relationships
  • the effective use of cloud-based collaboration tools to facilitate networking, groupwork and project management
  • the challenges inherent in ensuring online privacy and security
  • engaging and managing the real time backchannel at conferences and other relevant events

The module specifically addresses emerging issues of digital behaviour which are becoming increasingly central to the development of effective personal, educational and professional practices but have yet to be incorporated into standard academic programmes.

Learning and Teaching

Study time allocation

Contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 126
Total study time: 150 hours

Teaching and learning methods

Online tutor-supported peer interaction, supplemented with weekly face to face practical lab-based seminars.

The module will be delivered online through a combination of webinars and peer/tutor interactions. Students will be expected to maintain a reflective diary of their learning through the module, as well as to interact online with their tutor and peers. Tutor feedback on progress will be provided on a week by week basis throughout the module.

Practical lab sessions will run on a weekly basis to enable students to apply the skills acquired through the module in the development of their own online profile. They will compile an evidence base in the form of an online portfolio for assessment purposes.

Resources and reading list

Up to date resources will be provided each time the module runs, via the module blog and


Assessment methods

Summative Assessment Method:

Including the number order of the assessment duration of exams, word count of Coursework and % of contribution to the final module mark. % contribution to final mark Final Assessment (X)
For each of 4 assessed topics students will: post their answer to a set question (400 words), comment on the answers provided by their peers and write a reflective summary of their learning progress (300 words) 50%
Final Portfolio 50%  X

Summative Feedback Method:


For each of 4 assessed topics students will: post their answer to a set question (400 words), comment on the answers provided by their peers and write a reflective summary of their learning progress (300 words) By email within 2 days of submission of each Topics 2 -5
Final Portfolio By email within 2 days of submission

Summative Referral Method / Assessment Method of External Repeat:


Assessment Method % contribution to final mark Final Assessment (X)
One page summary of online tool development 50%  X
Report 1500 words 50%  X


Formative Feedback:

Provided by email within 2 days of submission of Topic 1


Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/recommended text as appropriate

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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