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Information and Knowledge Society 2017/2018

Objectives

At the end of the curricular unit the student should be able to:
i. Explain the influence of Information Technologies (IT) on society, organizations, communities and at the individual level
ii. Acknowledge the different types of hardware and to know how to select these according to the target needs
iii. Describe the trends and perspectives of IT evolution in the context of the student’s bachelor course
iv. Analyze the advantages of using different IT in the context of the student’s bachelor course
v. To be aware of the applications of IT used to solve problems in several sectors of activity
vi. Understand the social, ethical and legal aspects of the use of IT in different contexts
vii. Use the adequate software tools to support the work to be developed in the context of the student’s bachelor course.

Recommended Prerequisites

Not applicable.

Teaching Metodology

In Seminar (S) classes the exposition-active method is used for the topics of the programme, complemented with the presentation of videos and the analysis and discussion of papers and case studies in the context of collaborative work.
Some Seminar classes will be reserved for companies’ presentations targeting the topics taught and, in particular, of IT solutions and applications used in the market.
In Theoretical-Practical (TP)classes, the teaching-learning tutorial methodology is used, based on two pillars: a) training with practical exercises; b) application to projects.

Body of Work

1. Information Technologies (IT) in the information and knowledge society
1.1. Perspectives on IT impacts
1.2. Changes in organizational structure and habits
1.3. The importance of information
1.4. IT are performing functions previously performed by humans
2. IT Infrastructures
2.1. Hardware infrastructure components
2.2. Sofware platforms
2.3. Mobile platforms
2.4. Internet and computer networks
3. Social,ethical and legal aspects of IT
4. Emerging and disruptive technologies
5. Software tools to support work to be developed in the context of the student’s bachelor course

Recommended Bibliography

For all the Bachelor courses:
Laudon, K. e Laudon, E. (2016) Management Information Systems – Managing the Digital Firm, 14th Edition, Person Edition Education Limited, England.
Williams, B. e Sawyer, S. C. (2015) Using Information Technology, 11/e, McGrawHill Higher Education.

Marques, P., Costa, N. (2013) Word 2013 fundamental,FCA.
Jesus, C. (2011) Exercícios de Word 2010 & 2007, FCA.

Management, Economics and Informatics courses:
Rodrigues , L. S. (2016). Utilização do EXCEL para Economia & Gestão, FCA.
Loureiro, H. (2013) EXCEL 2013 Macros & VBA, FCA.

Tourism course:
Benckendorff, P. J., Sheldon, P.J., Fesenmaier, D.R. (2014), Tourism Information Technology, 2nd Edition, CABI Tourism.

Complementary Bibliography

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Weekly Planning

The weekly planning is available in the Moodle area of the curricular unit of the corresponding bachelor course.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

Obj.(i) is achieved by topic (1). Obj.(ii) is enabled by topic (2), as the student will acknowledge the distinctive features of available types of IT infrastructures. Obj. (vi) is accomplished by topic (3), as the student will be able to identify the ethical and legal implications of the use of IT in different contexts. Topic (4) of the contents will contribute to accomplish objs. (iii) (iv) and (v), since the student will be able, in a first stage, to recognize the trends and perspectives of IT evolution. Students will also understand the benefits of using these technologies in various sectors of activity and will be able to identify applications of these technols. to address problems in several domains. Finally, topic (5) of the contents will contribute to the accomplishment of obj. (vii), creating practical skills through the development of several exercises and a practical project, which will address an organizational problem within the context of the student’s bachelor course.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The exposition-active method will be used to present the main concepts. The use of questions-answers in these presentations and discussion in the classroom will be used for frequent interaction with students in order to promote their critical thinking, the ability to issue insight opinions and internalize the key concepts. The analysis and discussion of papers and case studies will aim to stimulate critical discussion and develop students' ability to recognize applications of concepts in concrete and real situations. The presentation of videos and the presentations from companies will enable students to acquire complementary knowledge in some of the topics taught as well as to be aware of the solutions and applications used in the market.
Practical exercises solving will be used to check students' ability to apply the knowledge acquired in real situations of organizational contexts. The development of the practical project aims the application of the skills and knowledge acquired by students in a concrete organizational context and in a collaborative way.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Adapting to new situationsYesYes
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Commitment to effectivenessYesYes
Commitment to qualityYesYes
CreativityYesYes
Ethical and responsible behaviourYes 
Event organization, planning and management  
Foreign language proficiency  
Information and learning managementYesYes
IT and technology proficiencyYesYes
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYes 
Problem-solvingYesYes
Relating to others  
Research skillsYesYes
TeamworkYesYes
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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