SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY - 2021/2
Module code: MAN3153
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You are familiar with popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. But have you ever considered that social media is more than social networking? Or that it exists in some form across a wide range of digital platforms in almost all industries? In this module we will explore social media platforms as a distinct organizational form that plays an increasingly prominent role in the digital economy because of its orchestration of user participation to produce valuable big data. We will examine how social media platforms have emerged, how they are architected, how they operate to produce and capture value, and their ethical, privacy, and risk implications. The module draws on current research by combining theory with case examples from a variety of contexts (i.e. retailing, music, movies, travel). You will also collaborate with peers on a practical exercise on social media platform design.
Surrey Business School
ADDO Atta-Amakye (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.
- Explore the organizational form of social media, its evolution and architecture, as well as its role in shaping what has become known as the ‘digital economy’
- Establish an understanding of various digital business models pursued by social media platforms and how these transform existing practices and value
- Develop an appreciation and sensitivity to the ethical, privacy, risk, and other critical issues associated with social media platforms in the digital economy
|001||Explain social media as an organizational form and its role in the data production underpinning the digital economy||KC|
|002||Recognize and outline the various technological, social, and economic developments that have shaped the emergence of social media platforms as an organizational form||KC|
|003||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the design and architectural principles underlying social media platforms||KCT|
|004||Design effective user participation strategies to produce big data and effective business models||KCPT|
|005||Critically reflect on the ethical, privacy, risk, and other challenges associated with social media platforms and the potential role of various stakeholders||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.
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Programmes this module appears in
|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|
|Business Management (Business Analytics pathway) BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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