Networks, Data and Information
The vast majority of IT systems within business are involved with the collection, processing and movement of data. Data relating to transactions, customer behaviour and business activities must be stored and processed to deliver useful business information. This module will provide you with the skills required to create and manage efficient networks and databases and to write intelligent queries to deliver useful business information from the collected data.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Networks, Data and Information|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
0Duration (weeks) - term 2:
11Duration (weeks) - term 3:
The aim of the module is to cover theoretical and technical issues underlying current and future information systems including network structures, databases and three-level architectures.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. distinguish between and give examples of the different types of information systems;
- 2. distinguish between the different types of networks and their applications;
- 3. produce a database design and demonstrate how it can be managed;
- 4. use SQL to query the database;
- 5. develop and implement a three-level architecture with the use of PHP.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 6. express designs at different levels of abstraction and mapping between them;
- 7. design a three-level architecture.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 8. use on-line resources to develop advanced computer language skills;
- 9. communicate technical information using a written report.
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||8||Workshops (SQL)|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||2||Surgeries (one for each assignment)|
|Guided independent study||80||Individual assessed work|
|Guided independent study||40||Private study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Workshop problem sheet||1 hour each workshop||All||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|
|Database design document||30||25||3,5||Individual marksheet|
|Database implementation assignment||30||25||3,5,7||Individual marksheet|
|Linking the database assignment||40||30||1,2,4,6,7,||Individual marksheet|
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|
|As above||Coursework||All||Timescale to be determined by examiners board September or December referrals possible|
Since this is assessed entirely by coursework, all referred assessments will be by the assignment of a new piece of coursework.
Deferred assignments will be done by the original piece of coursework combining elements of the module.
- computer network, types, topographies and applications;
- data security within a network;
- types of database;
- information modelling: database design and management, and mapping to SQL;
- three-level architecture.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Web based and Electronic Resources:
Module notes given by lecturer(s).
- Fundamentals of Database Systems,Elmasri and Navathe,5th,Addison-Wesley,2007,001.6442 ELM,032141506X
- Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation and Management,Connolly, Thomas and Begg, Carolyn,4th,Addison Wesley,2004,001.6442 CON,0321210255
- Database Management Systems,Ramakrishnan and Gehrke,5th,McGraw-Hill,2007,001.6442 RAM,007-1151109 (Int)
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