IS10050 Digital Judgement: Truth, Lies, & the Internet

Academic Year 2022/2023

In today’s world, the rapid evolution of digital media, the internet, and social networking brings constant change. Developments in information and communications technologies radically shape and reshape the ways in which we work, socialise, learn, communicate, spend our leisure time, and generally manage our daily lives, although the effects are not the same for all people across the globe. Social, political, educational and economic inequalities, which amplify the "digital divide," mean that the benefits and advantages of digital technologies are not equally shared by all. The changes in our information landscape have also altered our understanding of “literacy”, as information is presented in new and dynamic formats, which require new forms of interpretation. What does it mean to be “literate” in the 21st century? How can we effectively navigate this new digital landscape, and tell if the information we see can be believed and trusted?

An essential skill today is the ability to identify high quality and trustworthy digital information that serves our needs in different situations. Recent worldwide events have clearly demonstrated the importance of distinguishing true from false information. However, the knowledge and skills required to find and evaluate digital information that we consume online through search engines, websites and apps are not innate or automatic – they must be learned. In this module, you will learn to act as savvy digital judges, exploring the world of digital information and social media, to empower you to identify, access, evaluate, use, create and share trustworthy digital information in personal, professional, and academic contexts. We will also consider the ways in which digital and social media are transforming the world, through exploring topical issues such as “fake news,” search personalisation and algorithms, online privacy, personal reputation management and digital footprints, in order to understand the potential consequences of your online activities.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

1. Describe how digital technologies have transformed the ways in which information is created, modified, shared and consumed, and explain the effects of these transformations on people, societies and cultures.

2. Discuss the different conceptions of “literacy” in today’s digital information landscape, such as information, digital and media literacy, and reflect on how you demonstrate different aspects of literacy in your own life.

3. Explain the importance of context when evaluating information in different media formats and know that there are different ways of perceiving “authority” and “value” when judging information quality and relevance.

4. Analyse how your online information behaviours, choices, preferences and interactions on various digital platforms, search engines, websites, wearables and apps work to shape and personalise your individual experience of the Internet and social media and discuss the consequences of this for individuals and societies.

5. Work collaboratively in groups on assigned problems and tasks, using a wide range of in-person and virtual communication channels and resources.

6. Display enhanced digital literacy skills, including information evaluation, analysis, synthesis, creation and sharing in various media formats, and apply these skills to real-world problems and tasks.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
For Autumn 2022, module delivery is as follows

- Live on-campus lectures (every Monday and Friday)
- Eight online e-assignments (e-tutorials and quizzes)
- Various independent learning activities, including reading, viewing videos, reviewing class materials, and completing individual and group assignment work.

Full details, including a weekly schedule of learning activities are available in the module syllabus on Brightspace.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: etutorials and independent online learning activities Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Class Test: Quiz End of trimester MCQ n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group project: Digital Resource Guide Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

For the online quiz and e-tutorial components of the module, students receive feedback/results immediately in Brightspace. For the group project assessment, each group receives a single feedback form with a rubric comprising individually graded components, constructive comments, and an overall letter grade. Feedback forms will be emailed to project groups, and also uploaded to Brightspace.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Fri 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 13:00 - 13:50