Digital Media & Information Studies MA

Digital Media and Information Studies 2A - Online Version INFOST2003

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course continues from the foundations laid in the DMIS level 1 courses, to explore the creation, use and impact of digital content and information technology in the arts, humanities and society at large. It gives students the tools to strategically analyse digital medias and make critically informed choices about information management. By analysing the socio-cultural impact of the web and its technologies, it brings a human perspective to the issues of the digital age. After an initial face- to-face meeting, this course will be taught online.


One face to face meeting at the start of the course; Weekly online group work and discussion; viewing of online lectures and resources.  Lectures will be asynchronous. If possible students may attend an f2f scheduled lab, or a synchronous lab session.

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 - based on weekly tasks as specified in the Moodle) - 10%

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Enable students to engage critically with information theory and structures;

■ Introduce students to tools, methods and applications of information management within professional criteria;

■ Provide students with transferable skills in approaches to technology, critical analysis, problem solving across the arts and cultural heritage sector.

■ Enable students to appraise the web-based technologies organisations use and how these influence user engagement.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Explain the principles of information management with respect to cataloguing, metadata and retrieval;

■ Describe the concepts behind and explain the technologies underlying the evolution of the web;

■ Appraise the criteria for evaluating information delivered online

■ Evaluate the importance of and describe the processes of digital curation & digital preservation;

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.