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Dr David Alan Chapman

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Computing & Communications
  • david.chapman

Professional biography

David Chapman is a Senior Lecturer in the Computing and Communications Department of the Open University.  He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is co-editor (with Magnus Ramage and Chris Bissell) of Kybernetes: The international journal of cybernetics, systems and management sciences.

Having previously worked as a design engineer on optical fibre communication systems with Plessey Telecommunications, he joined the Open University in 1986 and has contributed material on telecommunications and ICT to a wide range of courses.  He was Director of the ICT Programme Committee from 2003 to 2006, Head of the ICT Department from 2006 to 2007 and Director of Learning and Teaching for the Computing and Communications Department during 2014.

Research interests

David's original field of research - and the topic of his PhD thesis - was optical fibre communication, whereas in recent years he has been developing interests in the nature of information (see his Intropy blog).  He also has a long-standing interest in the role of ICTs in development.

He is a member of DTMD (The Difference That Makes a Difference) the Social and Educational Aspects of Technology (SEAT) research group..

He is co-editor (with Magnus Ramage and Chris Bissell) of Kybernetes: The international journal of cybernetics, systems and management sciences.

Teaching interests

David is currently presentation chair for T325 Technologies for Digital Media and a member of the course team presenting T324 Keeping Ahead in Information and Communication Technologies. He is a writing member of TM353, Building Successful Systems (first presentation 2015) and TM355, Communications Technology (first presentation 2016).

Other courses that he has contributed to in recent years include:
  • TU100 My Digital Life (first presentation 2011)
  • T175 Networked Living: Exploring Information and Communication Technologies (2005.)
  • T823 Multiservice Networks: controls (2004)
  • T822 Multiservice Networks: structures (2003)

Also the discontinued courses T305 Digital Communications, T322 Digital Telecommunications, PT629 Digital Telecommunications: Transmission and T102 Living with technology. David chaired the production of T305 and most of its presentations, and over ten years (1999 - 2008) the course was studied by a total of around 10,000 students. Associated with T305 were seven TV programmes produced by the BBC, including African Renaissance which was later used in T324 and can be viewed on ITunes U, and Attack in the Wires, which was reused for T823 and will be use in TM353. 


Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Society and Information Research Group (SIRG)GroupFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology

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