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TECHNOLOGY AND FLEXIBILITY (BITE-SIZE) COURSE
 
TECHNOLOGY AND FLEXIBILITY (BITE-SIZE) COURSE
 
£250.00
 

COURSE CODE 299


 

Technology as a means to facilitate the production of goods and services has always been with us. Technology describes systems of production on which all human beings depend, to a greater or lesser extent. These systems range on a continuum from the very primitive basic tools to the very sophisticated micro-electronics.

Our focus in this course is on technology and technological change during the twentieth century within industrialised societies. We look at the dominant production systems and their effects upon people who work with them. In particular, we examine some of the debates concerning the major twentieth century technological development within the workplace. This is the system of mass production, or extreme specialisation, and its implications for workforce and management. We look at the technological developments which may supersede mass production and the controversies concerning these developments.

We start with the problem of definition and then move on to a consideration of Fordism. We look at the concept of alienation in relation to technology and the important contribution of the American researcher, Blauner. We then go on to deal with post-Fordism and flexible specialisation. Finally, we examine new technology and its impact upon manufacturing and the office.

After participating in this course, you should be able to:

  • define technology and identify different types of mechanisation.
  • identify some of reasons for technological change.
  • describe what Durkheim identified as the fundamental differences in technological and social organisation between a pre-industrial and an industrial society.
  • describe the impact of division of labour upon an industrial society.
  • define Fordism and outline its production system.
  • identify the advantages, drawbacks and limitations of Fordism.
  • relate Marx's concept of alienation to work in modern technological settings.
  • describe the work and conclusions of Blauner on alienation, along with some assumptions and limitations of technological determinism.
  • explain the relationship between control, de-skilling and technological change in labour process theory, and identify some of the theory's limitations.
  • identify in a contemporary industrial example the characteristics of post- Fordism.
  • describe how work and technology are developing in the view of flexibility theorists, the reasons they see for this, and the likely effects for employees and organisational management.
  • describe some criticisms of flexibility theory and outline some of the drawbacks and limits to flexibility.
  • describe the characteristic features of new technology.
  • explain how new technology can increase skill requirements and improve the quality of working life.
  • describe convergence theory and its implications in basic terms.

Course syllabus

Introduction


Objectives

 

Section 1: Technology at Work and Technological Change


Technology: definitions and perspectives


Imperatives of technology


Division of labour


Scientific management: contributions of Adam Smith and Charles Babbage


Contribution of F W Taylor


Section 2: Emergence of Fordism


Henry Ford's system

 

Section 3: Alienation and De-skilling


Marx and alienation


Alienation after Marx


Technology and alienation: the Blauner study


De-skilling: technological development as a means of control

 

Section 4: After Fordism


Post-Fordism


Flexible specialisation examined


The flexible firm


Criticisms and evaluation of theories of flexibility


Further evidence on flexible labour approaches


Limits to flexibility


Flexibility: the future - a review of the post-Fordist debate

 

Section 5: New Technology and Work Organisation


Evolution of new work technology


Information technology and its uses


Replacement or compensation


Impact of new technology upon manufacturing


Impact of new technology in the office

 

Summary

 

Tutor-marked Question Paper

 


 

Course requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Study hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 20 hrs.

Additional Information

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support

Qualifications

On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Technology and Flexibility (Byte Size Skills Course) Certificate

Technology and Flexibility (Byte Size Skills Course) Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.



Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


TECHNOLOGY AND FLEXIBILITY (BITE-SIZE) COURSE
 
TECHNOLOGY AND FLEXIBILITY (BITE-SIZE) COURSE
 
 
£250.00
 

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