Digital Media & Information Studies MA

Digital Media and Information Studies 1A INFOST1001

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Digital Media & Information Studies explores the creation, use and impact of digital content and information technology in the arts, humanities and society at large. It brings a human perspective to the issues of the digital age.


Lectures: Monday, Thursday at 2pm over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus; weekly two 1-hour workshops (choice of times) over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

Excluded Courses





Exam (90 minutes) - 50%

Practical or essay-based project (1500 words) - 40%

Participation and contribution in practical sessions and classes (no reassessment possible for this element - Moodle tasks) - 10%

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce students to the value and importance of information within our society

■ explore, use and understand the application of a range of digital media technologies;

■ discover how information becomes digital media;

■ provide key skills for information literacy, transferable computing, critical analysis and problem-solving skills in a wide range of application areas and across the social and cultural heritage sector.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ evaluate critically the impact and use of digital media and information in the wider social, cultural and heritage sector; * identify value and meaning in digital information;

■ design, develop and present information on the web;

■ understand a range of textual analysis applications;

■ understand the fundamentals of processes of image and textual digitisation;

■ relate the relevant factors as applied to resource discovery and authenticity

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.