Award: 5 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: January (Semester 2)

IS40030 People, Information & Communication


This module is for students in Semester 2 of the MSc, Graduate Diploma or Certificate in Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) course.

What will I study?

 In this module, students explore theoretical foundations and research regarding how people interact with information, including how they identify, access, create, share and use information. In addition, they consider how theories and research results apply to the design of effective information services and systems in a variety of contexts, including workplace, educational, health care, personal, and leisure settings.

How will I study?

This module includes:

  • Online synchronous seminar discussion (Synchronous sessions take place weekly on Wednesdays from 16:00 - 18:00 (GMT) )
  • Virtual guest speakers from business/industry
  • Online discussion (asynchronous), e.g., this year via closed Facebook group
  • Two field trips, one to conduct observation research in support of assessment in the field, and another trip to visit a local institution to learn more about communication and information flows (Students located overseas can perform field-trips in their local area)

Expected Commitment

Students are not required to attend any lectures at the UCD campus as part of this module, however you are expected to participate actively in weekly synchronous sessions and asynchronous discussion.

Students are expected to spend a total of 125 hours workload during the semester consisting of:

  • 24 hours - Online Seminars & 2 field activities
  • 36 hours - Specified Learning Activities
  • 65 hours - Autonomous Student Learning (A textbook is required for this module)

How will I be assessed?

This module has been designed to build a strong foundation in human interaction research and application. To facilitate continuous learning, weekly readings and active seminar participation are essential. Students will also lead class discussion for a given week.

Assessment for the course is based on:

  • Seminar Participation & Leadership (40%)
  • Information Behaviour Unobtrusive Observation Research Project - students explore the information behaviour of a particular group in a small research venture (60%)

On successful completion of this module I will be able to

  1. Apply models of information and communication behaviour to a variety of contexts;
  2. Identify critical information issues for particular groups and in particular contexts;
  3. Identify and implement best practices for information services in different environments;
  4. Analyse methodological approaches to information behaviour research in various contexts;
  5. Actualize a research exploration into the information and communication behaviour of a particular group.

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline. This module is open to all levels of postgraduates. As this module is offered online, students must ensure they have access to a computer/alternative computerized device with audio set up for effective synchronous online participation. Students may also require access to a webcam.