Discuss the Impact of Information and Communication Technology (Itc) on Academic Writing at University Level.

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MULUNGUSHI UNIVERSITY
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Institute of Distance Education (I.D.E)
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Name:Godfrey S. Makala
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Student Number:045611063
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Course:BCM 151(Communication and Study Skills)
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Program:Bachelor of Commerce
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ASSIGNMENT NUMBER 3
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Discuss the impact of Information and Communication Technology (ITC) on academic writing at university level. -------------------------------------------------
Length: Five printed pages (Font type: Times New Romans; Font size 12; One and half line spacing). -------------------------------------------------
Referencing: present your references and citation using the Harvard Referencing System -------------------------------------------------
Use at least eight references as follows: four journal articles and four from text book (sources of these references could be the internet or libraries). 40% of this assignment will be awarded for proper referencing and citation. -------------------------------------------------

Lecturer:Mrs Estella Mulanda – Chali M.
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Postal Address:Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock
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Department of Agribusiness & Marketing
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P.O. Box 60427
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Livingstone
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Due Date:14th October, 2011
To discuss the impact of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on academic writing at university level it is imperative for us to firstly look at Information and Communication Technology (ICT) itself.

Generally, Information and Communications Technology covers any product that will store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit or receive information electronically in a digital form. It consists of hardware, software, networks and media for collection, storage, processing, transmission and presentation of information (voice, data, texts and images). Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are generally accepted as a modern instrumental tool that enables the educators to modify the teaching methods they use in order to increase students interest. (I.C. Mbaeze et al -2010)

Secondly, we then look at academic writing which we can say is a kind of writing done by scholars for other scholars. It is writing that is devoted to topics and questions that are of interest to the academic community implying that this kind of writing should present the reader with an informed argument about a topic. Therefore one needs to read intensively and extensively in order to address a specific topic or assignment.

In this regard, we now look at how far rather to what extent has the emergence and use of Information and Communication Technology affected academic writing among the academia. The rapid increased in the use of computers, the Internet, electronic resources, databases and the World Wide Web in all aspects of human activities including the most important education and information processing and retrieval has become a very promising and vital component of the enabling structure for libraries and users at large. Information Communication Technology is basically an electronic based system of information transmission, reception, processing and retrieval, which has drastically changed the way we think, the way we live and the environment in which we live. ICTs are increasingly playing an important role...
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