Module Identifier CS10010  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Mark Ratcliffe  
Semester Semester 1  
Co-Requisite Successful completion of an approved course on simple computer use and local facilities.  
Mutually Exclusive Not available to those registered for single or joint honours in the Computer Science Department.  
Course delivery Lecture   11 lectures  
  Practical   20 x 2 hours.  
Assessment Exam   1.5 Hours Including a seen essay prepared during the semester.   50%  
  Course work   One piece of assessed coursework largely completed in practical sessions.   50%  
  Supplementary examination   Will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy    

Brief description
This module presents a range of concepts and technologies for the preparation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information on computers in the form of on-line and printed documents. This involves a study of a range of computer equipment and software, its availability and capability. Skills, including intermediate level word processing and effective use of internet resources, will be developed which will be of value outside the module and give insight to strengthen a broader understanding.


This module provides an introduction to the use of computers for the preparation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information in the form of on-line and printed documents by:

Consideration of the applicability of the technology to students' main disciplines will be encouraged. This module is not designed to develop an understanding of technical aspects of computing.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Co-requisite Course - 1 Practical

2. Use of IT - 1 Lecture
Part of a wider set of working practices; conscious evaluation of the applicability of IT; when not to use a computer.

3. Word processing - 1 Lecture, 8 Practicals
Document design; structure and content, page design, paragraph design, fonts and their modifications.

4. Brief survey of software - 2 Lectures
Operating systems; user interfaces; files and file systems; applications; software manufacture.

5. Tree Structures - 1 Lecture, 2 Practicals
For storage organisation; file systems, on-line repositories; mounting of local and remote devices, the need to recognise underlying practical realities.

6. Files - 1 Lecture, 1 Practical
Coding systems. File typing; file extensions and their recognition, MIME, Microsoft Windows file associations, Apple Macintosh style internal labelling.

7. Graphics - 1 Lecture, 2 Practicals
Bit-mapped and vector graphics, facilities they each support, their limitations, typographical and technical aspects of including graphics in documents.

8. Networks - 1 Lecture
Bandwidth, addressing, the client/server model, services (including briefly, FTP, HTTP, e-mail).

9. Electronic mail - 1 Lecture, 1 Practical
Sending and receiving, handling attachments, management, storage and searching of messages.

10. The World Wide Web - 1 Lecture, 2 Practicals
HTML as document processing; markup, separation of presentation and content. Directed graph structure; problems of design. Searching, search a dynamic directory.

11. Legal considerations - 1 Lecture
Data protection legislation, Computer Misuse Act, Copyright and IP.

12. Assignments - 2 Practicals
Time is allocated for the work on the assignment