IS20030 Contextual Design Inquiry in Organisations

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module examines information systems and the social context of information and communication in organisations. Consideration will be given to information systems requirements and design, information processes and flows in organisations, and the character of formal information systems and informal communication patterns. Particular emphasis will be placed on contextual design principles of contextual inquiry and communication in computer-mediated communication and computer-supported cooperative work.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
• Explain information and communication processes in organisations.
• Identify the limits of information systems in organisations
• Assess information and communication requirements in an organisation
• Provide a socio-technical analysis of information and communication practices in organisations.

Indicative Module Content:

Contextual design, contextual inquiry, and design thinking

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, group work, and student presentations 
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
Essay: Reflection essay Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group Project presentation Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group Project final paper Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Short assignment 2 Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Short assignment 1

Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


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

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive feedback on group project throughout the semester. Students will also received written feedback via Brightspace, post-assessment.

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) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, 32, 33 Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 13:00 - 13:50