Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 Hours. 10 x 1 hour lectures
Practical 20 Hours. 10 x 2 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Project Work: 1 practical project  30%
Semester Assessment Essay: 1 essay of 3,000 words  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   2hr written exam  1 x 2 hour written exam  40%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this modules students should be able to:

  • List the component parts of a computer system and their functions;
  • Describe how computers store and process data, and the functions of hardware, software and user interface;
  • Outline the main categories of computer software commonly found on microcomputers, and the ways in which computers store and process text, numerical values and graphic images;
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the fundamentals of computer mediated communication and the significance of the Internet as a means of sharing computer data;
  • Illustrate the impact of computerisation on the library and information professions and the growth of the software industry

Brief description

This course will seek to provide you with a basic level of knowledge of information and communication technology, and of the impact of computers in information and library units that will be necessary for the remainder of your studies. The course will also provide a basic pratical introduction to computer applications and the handling of information in electronic format, which will be of use to those who do not continue with Information and Library Studies.


To foster an understanding of the importance of information and communication technology in the information and library world, and to enable students to aquire a competence in using, computer systems and software applications commonly found in information and library units.

Transferable skills

The following practical skills are covered by the course

  • Basic IT skills including the operation of microcomputers, the creation, storage and manipulation of data files.
  • The use of common office microcomputer application including wordprocessors, spreadsheets, graphics software and web authoring tools.
  • The use of tools for computer mediated communication in order to search for and download information and send electronic messages.
  • The design and compilation of illustrated documents, both in printed and electronic formats.


This module is at CQFW Level 4