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WEBS6202 Further Web Science

Module Overview

This course builds on the learning outcomes of the Foundations of Web Science module to provide a deeper into an understanding of how a number of disciplinary perspectives can illuminate our understanding of specific Web phenomena. A civil servant goes into work one morning to find out that she has to brief her Minister that afternoon before he faces questions in the House on the new replacement for the Digital Economy 2010 bill. A consultant has 4 hours to prepare a strategic response for BBC Online to the government's latest white paper on license fee funding. The SPARC scholarly publishing lobbying group needs to respond to an Open Access copyright development by producing an immediate press release for higher education leaders. A Web scientist acting as a strategic consultant will be able to respond in the above circumstances, extracting relevant information from policy documents and creating a balanced response based on the best economic, sociological, technical, legal expertise that informs and provides appropriate evidence for strategic action. This module aims to give students both the information necessary to consider a range of issues relevant to the Web, and the experience of deconstructing policy documents and synthesising a comprehensive response in a short time. Pre-requisites: WEBS6201 Foundations of Web Science

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide a deeper understanding of how a number of disciplinary perspectives can illuminate our understanding of specific Web phenomena.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Have an in-depth understanding of the issues relating to specific problems concerning the web
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Synthesise a report from a wide body of evidence
  • Communicate technical knowledge to a professional but non-expert audience
  • Plan and produce a complex piece of work in a realistic professional timescale
  • Collaborate effectively in a group to achieve a goal in a restricted time
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse a web science problem from multiple disciplinary perspectives

Syllabus

Each week is centred around a guest lecture from an external speaker on a variety of topics under the following headings: - E-Health - Cybercrime and cyber security - Open data and open access - Politics and activism

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Tutorial10
Follow-up work5
Revision10
Completion of assessment task3
Wider reading or practice107
Lecture10
Preparation for scheduled sessions5
Total study time150

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The examination must be sat at computers, with full access to the Web and other information services. (Only synchronous communication during the exam is barred.)

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (3 hours) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (3 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites

To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

CodeModule
WEBS6201Foundations of Web Science
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