Computers and the Internet
This module is designed to equip you with the foundational information you need to understand and work in business and technical fields requiring the use of computers and networking technologies. Computing technology has a diversity of applications, so this module is suitable both for computer science students and for those pursuing other study disciplines. On this module, you will acquire useful knowledge of computer systems, computer networks and information systems analysis and design.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Computers and the Internet|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
Mason, MBy the end of the module, you should be well placed to make use of an extensive range of hardware and software. In addition, you will have gained the knowledge and skills to enable you to analyse existing computer-based information systems and to design and develop web-based applications from informal specifications.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. outline the major components of modern computer architectures, process-based operating systems, and computer networks;
- 2. describe and contrast types of computer hardware architectures and technologies;
- 3. define and differentiate between networked computer architectures;
- 4. explain and qualitatively compare network topologies;
- 5. deliniate the basic operation and uses of network protocols;
- 6. design a web program from an informal specification;
- 7. build a web program using an appropriate range of technologies.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 8. interpret an informal requirement specification;
- 9. systematically analyse information and make appropriate design choices.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 10. express information at various levels of abstraction;
- 11. use an operating system to manage a computer, and a computer network for basic communication and information search;
- 12. write a basic technical report incorporating the design, implementation and testing of computer systems.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||20||Lectures|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||10||Workshops|
|Guided independent study||20||Individual assessed work|
|Guided independent study||100||Guided independent study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Accessing IT resources in the University||10 hours||1,11||Written and oral|
|Linux worksheet||10 hours||1,4, 9, 11||Written and oral|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Coursework (Linux)||15||10 hours||1, 3, 10, 11||Written and oral|
|Coursework (Web programming)||15||10 hours||6, 7, 8, 9, 12||Written and oral|
|Written exam||70||2 hour, closed book||2, 3, 4, 5, 10||Oral, on request|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Exam||Written exam||All||August Ref/Def period|
Referred students will be re-assessed for a maximum of 40%. For students deferred in the exam only, the uncapped exam mark will be combined with marks from coursework according to the stated percentage weightings. For students deferred in the whole module, the uncapped exam mark will be used.
- introduction to operating systems: process management, memory management, virtual memory management, file management, file systems networking, network topologies (LAN, WLAN etc.), network protocols (HTTP, FTP, SSL, TCP/IP, POP etc.);
- networked computer architectures: client-server, three-tier architecture, peer to peer;
- web technologies: HTML / XHTML, CSS, XML;
- regular expressions.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
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