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Module Title
Information Dissemination

Information service, XML, Weblog, Blog, Wiki, RSS, Web 2.0

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedFebruary 2007
ApprovedApril 2007
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to course entry requirements

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To enable the student to evaluate recent technologies for information dissemination. To develop the student's ability to create a practical strategy for information dissemination. To develop the student's skill in the practical implementation of these technologies.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Critically assess a variety of information dissemination technologies
2. Critically evaluate the contribution of a range of information dissemination technologies to provide enhanced visibility and performance for an information service.
3. Apply the principles of information dissemination to the creation of a plan for raising the profile of an information service.
4. Apply recent technologies in the dissemination of information for an information service

Indicative Module Content

Technologies which may be used to disseminate information from and about information services. Recent web technologies, including, but not limited to, XML, RSS, Web services and mashups, blogs and wikis. Practical exercises, using open source software on a web server, will concentrate on the skills and design considerations which will promote the utility and visibility of an information service.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimeDistance Learning
Practical workshops

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

Key concepts are introduced and illustrated through lectures and directed reading. Understanding is tested and further enhanced through laboratory work and tutorials. Programming basics will be introduced as necessary for individual student needs

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4

Component 1 will take the form of writing a report developing an information dissemination strategy for an information service, and conducting
practical project to implement part of such a strategy

Indicative Bibliography

1.COOK, N., 2008., Enterprise 2.0: how social software will change the future of work. Aldershot: Gower.
2.DYKES, L. and TITTEL, E., 2005. XML for dummies.</I> 4th ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
3.GARDNER, S. and BIRLEY, S., 2010. Blogging for dummies. 3rd ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley
4.WHITTAKER, J., 2009. Producing for Web 2.0 : a student guide. 3rd ed. London: Routledge. ebook
5.BAIR, A. and GARDNER, S., 2013. <I>Blogging for dummies</I>. 5th ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley

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