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UOSM2008 Living and Working on the Web

Module Overview

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 a setting up a new business • promoting “digital citizenship” – 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 their profile externally for career development purposes.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the broad scope of contemporary digital literacies;
  • the challenges and opportunities associated with such activities.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply a critical approach to the study of online behaviour in a professional and a personal capacity;
  • effectively draw upon a range of free digital tools to support your online educational and career development activities.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • showcase your digital skills portfolio effectively to attract the attention of potential employers.


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

Teaching and learning methods

Online tutor-supported peer interaction, supplemented with weekly face to face practical workshops. 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 topic by topic basis throughout the module. Workshops 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.

Practical classes and workshops12
Completion of assessment task48
Wider reading or practice42
Follow-up work24
Preparation for scheduled sessions24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Module blog.





MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Coursework  (1800 words) 60%
Individual reflection  (900 words) 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Coursework  (1500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Coursework  ( words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

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.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading 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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