When we talk about technology and IS (information systems) we tend to focus on computers. Instead, in the course “Understanding Information and Technology Today“, you will examine the ‘big picture’ of technology, in order to gain a better understanding of what computers can do for us and when we should switch off our computers, smartphones, tablets and wearables. You will cover some of the fundamental concepts of technology and IS but the aim is not to provide an in-depth understanding of specific applications, but to help you develop a context for the technologies you encounter and to help you understand the changes in the technology landscape.
Understanding Information and Technology Today Course Content
This course provides a non-technological ‘big picture’ of technology and information systems to help you understand what technology can do for you today. You will be able to learn what to use computers for and when to switch them off and think.
The course includes the following topics:
- A ‘big picture’ understanding of IS/ICT and its use in organizations;
- Evaluating where to put a database and where a knowledge base;
- IS/ICT strategy as an aspect of corporate strategy;
- Basic concepts that you need to communicate with IS/ICT specialists;
- Variants of cloud-computing;
- Experiences of using smart technology;
- The possibilities and consequences of artificial intelligence.
You don’t need any past experience of this topic to take this course. You might find this course particularly useful if your background isn’t in technology but you now find yourself using technology regularly.
Summary of Main Course Features
- Instructor: Viktor Dörfler
- Publisher: University of Strathclyde
- Duration: 5 weeks x 2 hours per week
- Start Date: 22 May 2017