Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Information Technology for University Students
Academic Year
Semester 1
External Examiners
  • Dr John Hunt (Associated Head of Department - University of the West of England)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 3 x 8 Hour Practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 6 assignments worth 20% each  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed/non-submitted coursework components or ones of equivalent value  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Use software in a confident way to solve basic IT tasks, such as:
1. Using a spreadsheet to solve a real world problem
2. Using publishing software such as Publisher.
3. Using Presentation software such as Powerpoint
4. Creating a simple database
5. Using html to create a web page


This module will be taught entirely in a computer lab. Each week students will be introduced to a piece of software and then asked to use it in a small task.

Week 4: publishing using a package. Using Publisher or similar. Images and copyright. Task: produce a 2 page newsletter. Summative 10%.

Week 5: spreadsheets and their uses. Using advanced features of Excel or similar. Task: produce a spreadsheet using advanced features including formulae and graphs. Summative 20%.

Week 6: presentations. Task: Produce a small set of slides to describe an interest. Use at least one advanced feature of Powerpoint. Summative 20%.

Week 7 and 8: databases. What is a database? What is a table? How are databases used? Task: Creating a single table database using Access or similar. Summative 20%.

Week 9: an introduction to the internet and the web. Your online presence - what does it say about you? Task: produce a document that analyses what your current presence says about you. Contrast that with a professional IT consultant. Summative 10%.

Week 10: producing a web page: Use html to produce a web page that describes an interest. Give correct attribution to any images used. Task produce such a web page(s). Summative 20%.

Week 11: what next? What is programming? An introduction to programming - what are the main features of a programming language? Why is what you have done so far not programming?.


The module aims to increase students' speed and fluency at using IT packages.

Brief description

This module continues the gentle introduction to the areas of Computing that are usually considered 'Information Technology', such as producing documents, setting up of spreadsheets, building simple web pages, etc.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Yes in assignments - particularly the spreadsheet
Communication Yes in assignments
Improving own Learning and Performance Yes in assignments
Information Technology Yes in assignments
Personal Development and Career planning Yes in assignments - this module will help students decide whether Computing is a suitable field for them
Problem solving Yes in assignments
Research skills Yes in assignments
Subject Specific Skills See module content
Team work No


This module is at CQFW Level 3