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David Chapman

Senior Lecturer

David Chapman is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications 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. 

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.

David's original field of research - and the topic of his PhD thesis - was optical fibre communication, and he retains an interest in communication theory through membership of the Next Generation Multimedia Technologies (XGMT) research group. He also has a long-standing interest in the role of ICTs in development.

In recent years, however, the main focus of his research has been an exploration of the nature of information (see his Intropy blog).  For this, he created and convenes (together with colleague Magnus Ramage) the DTMD (The Difference That Makes a Difference) research group.


David helped write, and is currently a member of the presentation team of, TM355, Communications Technology (first presented 2016).  He is also an author on the production teams of TM111 Introduction to Computing and Information Technology 1 (first presentation in 2017) and TM255 which has the provisional title of Communication and information technologies and is due to have its first presentation in 2018.

Previously he contributed to TM353, Building Successful Systems (first presentation 2015), TU100 My Digital Life (first presented in 2011) and the discontinued modules:
  • T324 Keeping Ahead in Information and Communication Technologies
  • T325 Technologies for Digital Media
  • T175 Networked Living: Exploring Information and Communication Technologies,
  • T823 Multiservice Networks: controls,
  • T822 Multiservice Networks: structures,
  • T305 Digital Communications,
  • T322 Digital Telecommunications,
  • PT629 Digital Telecommunications: Transmission
  • 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 used again in TM353. 

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