SOAS University of London

Foundation Years

Digital Skills and Technology

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 1
Taught in:
Term 1

In this module, students develop core skills and competencies relating to digital technology and media, including basic coding, website design, video production and editing, and sound recording and production. An introduction is provided to key contemporary concepts related to our digital age and the impact of digital technology on societies. Students apply the skills and competencies that they have developed in the creation of a digital portfolio. They are encouraged to think about their online self-presentation through social media and other networking tools. The skills and competencies developed during the module are used by students in other Foundation Year modules and during subsequent years of undergraduate study. The digital portfolio that students begin is continued in the term 2 module Cultural Fluency.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of core skills and competencies relating to digital technology and media
  2. Employ those skills and competencies in the creation of a digital portfolio
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts relating to the impact of digital technology on societies
  4. Work independently and collaborate with peers, drawing upon the support of teaching staff as required

Scope and syllabus

  • Key concepts: digital age; network society
  • Basic coding
  • Website design
  • Social media
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Video production and editing
  • Sound recording and production
  • Blogs
  • Digital portfolios
  • Marketing oneself: CVs, online profiles

Method of assessment

  • Short digital assignment (30%)
  • Creation of digital portfolio (70%)


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