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Module code:PSYCGI09 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Sociotechnical Systems: IT and the Future of Work
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):R. Malcolm Ballantine
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Module prerequisites:Module is optional for students on MSc in HCI-E. 
Module outline:The technology we use is changing rapidly. New technical possibilities including developments in user interface design, access to networks and remote storage are bringing about changes as great as the introduction of personal computers in the 1980s. This module looks at these changes from the perspective of organizational psychology – in other words in the context of social relationships and organizational structures, processes and culture. Predicting the future is hazardous but we will also look at how the innovations we are experiencing are likely to lead to consequences for the nature of work. The module will be run in two streams, one theoretical and the other practical. The theoretical stream will look at the literature on job design and work organization, placing emphasis on ‘sociotechnical systems’. This is an approach which has been highly regarded over the last fifty years and which is now increasing in importance as researchers and practitioners realise that it addresses the issues which are clearly becoming relevant. The practical stream will look at a particular issue using ‘soft systems methodology’, an approach which explicitly deals with the difficulties raised by studying social and technical systems in their organizational context. The theoretical stream will be delivered through guided readings with presentations from outside contributors. These presentations will present relevant case studies, the role of social media and the important matter of security. The two streams will be assessed independently. 
Module aims:The aims of the module are to give students familiarity with both theoretical and practical aspects of understanding group working and organisational systems that are mediated by technology.  
Module objectives:Students will become familiar with a range of approaches to understanding the design and use of multi-person work systems that incorporate technology. This will cover a range of theoretical approaches and also case studies.
Knowledge and understanding of: theoretical perspectives on group working and actions, particularly as they relate to technology in the workplace.
Intellectual (thinking skills) - able to: apply theories of group working and the design of socio-technical systems to practical case studies, and construct and present well founded arguments relating theory to practice.
Practical skills: design and evaluate groupware systems drawing on relevant theory.
Transferable skills: argumentation and communication of ideas; group working; synthesis of information from multiple sources. 
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Module assessment:Two items of coursework (1,000-1,500 words each) 100.00% 
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