INSTG028 Principles of Computing and Information Technology B1

This course provides an introduction to basic concepts in computing and IT both generally and in the context of information work. It intends to develop a thorough understanding of how computer systems work, and the advantages and limitations of computer systems; to recognise the implications of using such systems, and to emphasise that whilst computers can be useful tools, they are not a solution to information-studies/taughtprogrinformation problems in themselves; to give students sufficient confidence to talk to computer specialists and recognize the difference between hype and well-founded knowledge; to emphasise that every automated system must be designed with the needs of its users always in mind; to establish a basic understanding of and competency with the use of mainstream internet-related technologies (including the design of web pages), spreadsheets and database tools.

Learning outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, you will have an understanding of: basic principles of computing and how computer systems work; basic concepts of data representation and structure; database types and basic mechanisms for information retrieval from databases; data capture and digitisation techniques; fundamental considerations of HCI and system design; basic concepts relating to the assessment and evaluation of systems for infomation creation, storage, management and use; basic network technologies and markup languages; spreadsheet and database usage.

Assessment: Assessment by coursework only (7.5 credits, plus 7.5 credits for companion module G029)
Compulsory for: MSc IS (as a foundation module, unless G054 is taken instead: N.B. MA LIS students have an equivalent compulsory module, G027)
Optional for:
none (see instead module G027)
Students registered for this module must also take module G029. Participants are assumed to have keyboarding skills and a basic level of computer experience with a PC environment. If in doubt, you are advised to discuss this with the course lecturer before beginning this module
Taught by:
Andy Dawson
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