IS30320 Current Trends in Social Computing

Academic Year 2016/2017

Social computing tends to imply participation in the networks, programs and services made possible through the internet. Whether through joining, liking, up-voting, posting, editing, following or sharing, individuals can build their own social networks with services such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

In IS30320 Current Trends in Social Computing we will be focusing on the aspect and application of social computing in relation to citizen science.

The use of freely available analytical tools will be explored for practical applications in a number of social media tools and resources.
Students will also maintain a discussion blog to comment and reflect upon the readings and lectures.

In lectures we will also consider the implications for privacy and information security in light of the arrival of cloud computing and Big Data , and discuss other relevant concepts such as metadata, collaborative filtering, crowd-sourcing and the open social web.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Understand a range of current issues relating to social computing in particular in relation to citizen science.
2. Identify and discuss features of social capital in networks.
3. Visualise social network and web traffic data.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Computer Aided Lab


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Description % of Final Grade Timing
Assignment: Final report in digital form


Week 12
Presentation: Pecha Kucha - 3 minute presentation


Week 6
Attendance: Forum participation


Throughout the Trimester


This module is not passable by compensation

Resit Opportunities

In-semester assessment


If you fail this module, you may avail of a resit opportunity. Details of resit arrangements will be provided by the module coordinator and/or on Blackboard, including submission deadlines.

Name Role
Mrs Jane Burns Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Crystal Fulton Lecturer / Co-Lecturer