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Archived Version 2012 - 2013

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of the module is to produce a report on State of Knowledge Society in Africa. Each country team will produce a report of Knowledge Society in their country. This module provides participants with opportunities to apply leadership and futures thinking tools to their own country and system contexts. Participants will use the outputs from the core modules on Leadership in the Knowledge Age, Knowledge Society Pillars of Science Technology and Innovation, ICT Infrastructure and Applications and Education in the Knowledge Age to develop a policy coherence roadmap report in Units 1 and 2 of the module. They will produce a report on the theme of Knowledge Society for Africa: Policy Coherence in STI/ICT/Education for their respective countries. The report findings will be presented and further developed in a workshop with a view to informing the development of policy coherence roadmaps for each of the three pillars in each country. Participants will be equipped with practical knowledge and tools to support policy development and implementation for Knowledge Societies.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand how to develop policies for Knowledge Society development in each of the three pillars and the interrelationships between the pillars
2. Critically analyse policies and strategies and their impacts in their own country and region
3. Produce a Policy Coherence Roadmap to the Knowledge Society for their own country
4. Have a complete picture of the state of knowledge societies in Africa and their developmental pathways
5. Exhibit enhanced research and writing skills
6. Produce an article eligible for publication in State of the Knowledge Society in Africa.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture15Tutorials / Seminar / Workshops
Online activity10Discussion
Group work40Assignment
Independent Study85Individual reading/reflection/research including online learning
Integrated training (INTRA)90Application in work place
Assignment Completion10One main individual assignment AND one leadership journal entry
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Knowledge Society analysis in country contexts
• Production of an article on the state of Knowledge Society analysis in participant country contexts

Knowledge Society policies and development objectives
• Understanding of the Knowledge Society policies and their objectives and how they address national development objectives

Future impacts of policies
• Analysis of potential future impacts policies have in participant countries and in the Southern and East Africa

Knowledge Society frameworks needed
• Understanding Knowledge Society frameworks and leadership needed in a Knowledge Society.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
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