ITPD814 – Special Topic in Informatics

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Module code
Module title
Special Topic in Informatics
This module allows for exploration of current developments in any area of Informatics. It is intended to broaden the perspective on one or more of those current developments by investigating the theoretical foundations, the people who are driving the technology, the practical implementations and the organisations involved, the technological and social implications.
  • IT1101
NZQA Level
Level 8
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Based
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this module students will be able to

1.Investigate and pursue a topic of interest using a variety of suitable media
resources, tools and techniques associated with data gathering:

2. Critically analyse and evaluate the information gathered:

3.Critically analyse, evaluate and present research findings to a publishable professional standard :

Data gathering
- area(s) of investigation
- strengths and weaknesses of the information sources
- selection criteria
- future directions
- the relevance of technology in context
Technical information
Popular press
Ethical considerations
Scientific reports
Terminology of technology
Learning and Teaching Resource
Teaching methods will involve theoretical and practical classes, which may include but are not limited to lectures, tutorials, computer laboratory work, group activities and assignments
Teaching and Learning Strategy
An extended reading list will be supplied by the lecturer at commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.