CS 492/CS 692 W04 Assignment 4

The Changing Nature of Work with Computerization: Mobile Devices


Assignment 4 is due on Tuesday February 17 at 10am. It should be roughly 2000 words in length and is worth 10 marks.

Mobile devices currently exist which enable workers to do their jobs "at a distance". Describe a number of mobile devices first in terms of the technology which makes them possible, focusing on those mobile devices which can be considered the territory of computer science in some way. Make clear what the computer science aspects of the technology are. Go on to elaborate on how these mobile devices are being used in the workplace. Comment on the benefits and drawbacks of using mobile devices for work and conclude with your own comments on how the use of mobile devices for work should evolve in the future and why.


In this assignment, you will have the opportunity to learn how to conduct research on a fairly recent topic, with relatively little initial direction from the course readings. You will also be exposed to issues regarding the social implication of computers which are very much in the forefront of concerns today in the year 2004.

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