Principles of Computing and Information Technology
(Electronic Communication and Publishing, Module P028)
The course aims to introduces students to basic concepts in computing and IT, generally and in the context of information work; to develop a thorough understanding of how computer systems work, and the advantages and limitations of computer systems; to recognize the implications of using such systems, and to emphasize that while computers can be useful tools, they are not a solution to information problems in themselves; to give students sufficient confidence to talk to computer specialists and recognize the difference between hype and well-founded knowledge; to emphasize 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.
By the end of the module students 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 information creation, storage, management and use; basic network technologies and markup languages; spreadsheet and database usage.
Assessment is by coursework only.