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The Weight of Data (ART202)

Organisational Unit College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
OUA: OUA1-external, OUA3-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit explores what it means for our lives to be 'informed' by data. The unit does this not only through a series of lectures by invited experts and more traditional seminars where students engage with key texts, but also through a series of workshops in which students are required to examine how their own academic discipline and intended field of employment might yet be transformed by the power of information - and what this means for the lives we will live.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, students will be able to:
ULO 01 - Define what is meant by key points that link information science and the humanities
ULO 02 - Assess how information science affects our lives
ULO 03 - Articulate the significance of varying disciplinary approaches to data from across both HASS &
ULO 04 - Display an awareness of future issues facing the incorporation of information by industry
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture 1.5 hours, tutorial 1 hour weekly
Unit Learning Experiences
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Arts (BA) [New in 2019]
Community Development (BA)
English and Creative Writing (BA)
Global Politics and Policy (BA) [New in 2019]
History (BA)
Indonesian (BA)
International Aid and Development (BA) [New in 2019]
Japanese (BA)
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA)
Philosophy (BA)
Sociology (BA)
Sustainable Development (BA)
Theatre and Drama (BA)
Tourism and Events (BA)
Appears in these Minors Innovation and Creativity
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Tim Flanagan
Lecturer - Philosophy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2901
e: T.Flanagan@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.059 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Tim Flanagan
Lecturer - Philosophy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2901
e: T.Flanagan@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.059 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus

OUA: OUA1-External
OUA: OUA3-External
Ms Kersti Niilus
P/T Teaching

e: K.Niilus@murdoch.edu.au
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