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Module Code - Title:

CS4911 - INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Year Last Offered:

2021/2

Hours Per Week:

Lecture

1

Lab

2

Tutorial

0

Other

0

Private

7

Credits

6

Grading Type:

N

Prerequisite Modules:

Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

This module is designed to give 1st and 2nd year students from disciplines other than Computing a historical and theoretical introduction to information technology: concepts, terminology and possible future developments; together with practice in standard productivity software.

Syllabus:

This module is designed to give 1st and 2nd year students from disciplines other than Computing a historical and theoretical introduction to information technology: concepts, terminology and possible future developments; together with practice in standard productivity software. - Concepts of information technology. - Data and information. - Software: general purpose applications, operating systems features, programming development languages, HTML; proprietary software and Open Source Software. - Hardware: types of computers, input/output devices, CPU, memory and secondary storage û disks and solid state memory. - Development of the PC. - Communications and connectivity: modems, communications channels, networks: LAN, WAN. - The Internet and the Web: access, browsers, URLs, search engines, multi-media. - Security issues: virus, firewall, proxy server. - Computers and society: dependence of society on computers, development of WP, e-commerce, the WWW impact on the media and advertising. - Future hardware and software developments. - Word Processing and spreadsheet practice. - Data representation. - HTML exercises.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

1. Describe developments in Word Processing, communications, computer hardware, the telegraph, the Internet and the WWW. 2. Differentiate among different software types û productivity software, process and production control, operating systems, browsers and search engines, proprietary and open source software. 3. Recognise common computer acronyms and terms, and explain their meaning and significance. 4. Describe future developments in information technology. 5. Construct spreadsheets to illustrate formulae, formatting and demonstration graphics. 6. Demonstrate word processing skills using formatting, styles, tables, indexes, footnotes and tables of content, header and footers, and simple graphics.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

N/A

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

N/A

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Timothy J. O'Leary and Linda I O'Leary (2007) Computing Essentials 2008 (introductory edition) , McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Dave Burns (2007) Student Lab Book , University of Limerick

Other Relevant Texts:

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

Semester - Year to be First Offered:

Autumn - 08/09

Module Leader:

Brian.Fitzgerald@ul.ie