SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY - 2021/2
Module code: MAN3153
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This module is about social media platforms in the broader context of the digital economy. The module looks at social media as platforms, covering their management and architectural principles. The module provides an analysis of the specific ways social media platforms operate; how they engineer user platform participation to produce social data, how they personalise content and how they produce new data-based services. The module looks at several social media business models and discusses how some of these platforms are gaining influence in the digital economy. The module is research-led and offers a critical and creative perspective on social media platforms and the digital economy, combining theory, case study examples from a variety of contexts (i.e. retailing, music, movies, travel) and a social media platform design challenge.
Surrey Business School
BRABON Benjamin (SBS)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: P304
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Overview of the module
History and development of social media platforms
Social media as digital platforms: management and architecture
The structure of platform participation and the production of data
Principles of data aggregation
Big (social) data and data infrastructures
Social media business models and innovation
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||Report (2500 words)||30|
|Examination||2 Hour Exam||70|
The assessment of the module will take place in two parts; a group project (30% of the final mark) and an individual exam (70% of the final mark).
Formative assessment and feedback
•Students will receive individual feedback during the module from the tutor.
- To prepare students to understand the role of social media in the making of the contemporary digital 'data-based' economy
- To introduce students to the value of user platform participation and the ways social media platforms transform it into a revenue-generating good
- To brief students on the role of technical design and information architecture in the making of social media platforms
- To look at the new types of data-services social media platforms develop for platform users and stakeholders
- To describe the business models pioneered by social media platforms and the ways these models change business practices
- To be aware of the relevance and risks of personalisation for the digital economy
- To brief students with some of the key technical and organisational principles of programmatic -the automated method of buying and selling advertising online
|001||Demonstrate knowledge on the technological, social and economic principles that govern social media platforms||KCT|
|002||Think critically about the role of online user participation for the production of data||CT|
|003||Demonstrate knowledge on the different kinds of data produced, used and exchanged on social media platforms||KPT|
|004||Appreciate the mechanisms, roles and effects of personalisation strategies||KCT|
|005||Recognise and acknowledge the critical role social media platforms play in the big data economy||KCT|
|006||Think critically and creatively about social media management and its actual and alternative course of actions||CPT|
|007||Demonstrate some knowledge of platform design principles, organise and communicate a platform design project||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 117
Lecture Hours: 33
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The teaching and learning strategy is designed to encourage a critical understanding of the role played by social media in the digital economy. The course aims at developing student’s knowledge of the socio-technical aspects of social media. The course is research-led and offers a mix of theoretical insights and case study material. In addition to this, the course is structured to provide students with a variety of teaching and learning methods including; practical platform design workshops, individual and group presentations and group exercises.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/man3153
Programmes this module appears in
|Business Management (Marketing) BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Business Management (Entrepreneurship) BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Business Management BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Business Management (Dual degree with SII-DUFE) BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.