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Dr David Chapman

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Professional biography

David Chapman is an Honorary Associate of the Open University, having taken retirement from his post as Senior Lecturer in the Computing and Communications Department in 2019.  He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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.  His administrative roles at the OU included: Director of the ICT Programme Committee from 2003 to 2006; Head of the ICT Department from 2006 to 2007; Director of Learning and Teaching for the Computing and Communications Department during 2014 and Postgraduate Research Tutor from 2017 to 2019.

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 is an associate member of the CIS (Critical Information Studies) research group.

Teaching interests

Modules which David worked on during his Open University career include:

  • TM255 Communication and Information Technologies
  • TM355 Communications Technology 
  • T325 Technologies for Digital Media
  • T324 Keeping Ahead in Information and Communication Technologies
  • TM353, Building Successful Systems 
  • TU100 My Digital Life
  • T175 Networked Living: Exploring Information and Communication Technologies
  • T823 Multiservice Networks: controls
  • T822 Multiservice Networks: structures
  • T305 Digital Communications
  • T102 Living with technology
  • T322 Digital Telecommunications
  • PT629 Digital Telecommunications

David chaired the production of T305 and most of its presentations, and over ten years (1999 - 2008) the module 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 groups

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