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The programme is entirely on film, it takes a look at each of the three case studies, that form part of the computing course. Throughout there is an emphasis on the reactions of people involved in ...the schemes. 1. Koch Light Chemical Company. Special attention is paid to how the computer scheme fits into the workings of the firm. Interviews with Managing Director and other key employees. 2. Kingston Upon Hull Vaccination and Immunization computerized appointment scheme. This section deals with some of the problems of getting people involved into the scheme. Interviews with key people in the Department of Health, computer section and the general practitioners. 3. B.O.C. Plan 70. This section features the company's latest plant at Widnes including special rail and road terminals. The whole operation is controlled largely from schedules by a computer. Interviews with the Head of Management Sciences Department and plant operator.
Metadata describing this Open University video programme
Module code and title: PM951, Computing and computers
Item code: PM951; 01
First transmission date: 10-03-1973
Published: 1973
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Duration: 00:24:00
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Producer: John Richmond
Contributors: Philip Koch; F. B.(Frank B.) Lovis; Brian Galloway; John Lord; Arthur McLaren; George Parks
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): B.O.C. Plan 70; Computer scheme; Computing course; Kingston upon Hull vaccination and immunization computerized appointment scheme; Koch Light Chemical Company; Rail and road terminals; Widnes
Footage description: Frank Lovis introduces the programme, which examines the effects of computerisation on jobs in three widely differing organisations. Frank Lovis discusses with Dr. Philip Koch, Managing Director of Koch Light Ltd., the problems experienced by this firm with their first computer system introduced in 1964., which nearly led to bankruptcy. A new system had to be devised, for which consultation and analysis were done by Dr. Koch personally. Frank Lovis discusses Koch-Light's visible record system with Brian Galloway, Chief Buyer and John Lord, troubleshooter. Shots of records being printed by machine, and used in the factory. Shots of chemicals, bottled, in stock. Lovis and Dr. Koch sum up the lessons to be learnt from Koch-Light's experience. Shots of girls using records and packing chemicals. Lovis introduces the second case study: a computerised system for immunisation records and appointments in Kingston-upon-Hull. He talks to officials of the city's Department of Health on reasons for the scheme. Shots of children being vaccinated. Lovis talks to Arthur McLaren, Hull's Data Processing Manager, on overcoming resistance from health visitors and doctors affected and their worries about security. Shots of ICL equipment in use in Hull's computer room. Two doctors discuss why one of them uses the Hull system and the other does not. Frank Lovis sums up the case study. Shots of Hull's publicity poster for the scheme and appointments forms. Lovis introduces the final case study and talks to Roy Noble of British Oxygen about the computer systems in operation at their new plant at Widnes . Evaluation of equipment, design and building of the plant and distribution centre, and control of operations are covered. Shots of BOC train yard, trains, lorries, and general views of the plant. Lovis discusses with George Parks, a shop steward and Roy Noble, the problems of adapting optimum solutions suggested by computer program to practical ones which can be worked by the men and which cope with difficulties in redeployment of labour. Shots of liquid oxygen being piped into train tankers. Lovis sums up the programme, stressing that using computers affects people, and can only be successful if the machine is treated as servant rather than master.
Master spool number: 6HT/70864HA
Production number: 00525_4068
Videofinder number: 656
Available to public: no