Digital Media & Information Studies MA

Digital Media and Information Studies 1B INFOST1002

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course continues from Digital Media & Information Studies 1A and 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; understand the fundamentals of analysing and categorising information

■ evaluate online resources with respect to design, functionality and content

■ critically analyse structural approaches to information management

■ evaluate the relevance, credibility and usefulness of information in the digital environment

■ assess the fundamentals of relevant copyright issues within the context of current legislation

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.