DIM 606: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN DISASTER MANAGEMENT

 

1. ​INTRODUCTION

 

Information technology and information systems play a very important role in today’s world. Without technology as we learn to use it over the last few decades, our whole world will come to a standstill. To manage and protect this very important source is crucial, and knowledge of information technology and information systems is necessary to do that. Knowledge of the possible disasters and risks that pose a threat to information systems is also important for the disaster manager.

 

2. AIM

 

The main aim of this module is to develop knowledge of information and information systems in order to manage information in all phases of the “disaster continuum.”

 

3.​ LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

- On completion of this module, the student should be able to:

- Show an understanding of the theory of information.

- Display knowledge of computer-based information systems and information technology.

- Recognize information systems vulnerabilities and identify possible disasters and risks that pose a threat to information systems.

- Understand the importance of information and information systems as an integral part of Disaster Risk Reduction.

 

4.​ WORKING PROCEDURES

 

Study the supplied material and other applicable information sources on the topic.

 

5.​WORKING PROCEDURES

 

Suggested additional sources that should be available on campus:

- Stair, R.M. & Reynolds, G.W. 2003. Principles of information systems: A managerial approach.

- Bell, A & Wood-Harper, T. 2003. How to set up Information Systems.

- Jashapara, A. 2004. Knowledge Management.

 

 

6.​ ASSIGNMENT

 

Here are two options as assignments; you only have to do ONE:

 

a) Take any section(s) / headings from the information provided in this study guide (INTRODUCTION TO DISASTER INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION), that interests you. Do a literature review / research study on this section and expand it by making it your own, clear, relevant and up to date. This assignment must include in-text referencing as well as a correct and complete bibliography done according to the Harvard Referencing Method.

 

OR

 

b) Take the 2011 Japanese disaster (earthquake and tsunami), and investigate the role of social media in this case study. This assignment must make use of reports in the media and the relevant social media networks. It should also include in-text referencing were applicable, as well as a correct and complete bibliography done according to the Harvard Referencing Method.

 

Submit assignment on or before 21 June 2013 The portfolio should not be less than 10 pages (12 point and 1.5 spacing).

 

7. ASSESSMENT

 

Assignments   1     40%

Examination   1      60%

Total                   100%

 

The assignments will constitute 40% of the final mark. There will be a final examination at the end of the year, which will carry 60% of the total marks.

 

To pass the course a sub-minimum of 40% must be obtained in the examination. To pass the completed course a combined average of at least 50% must be achieved.

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