Module Identifier CS10510  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Mark Ratcliffe  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite C grade or better is GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).  
Co-Requisite Successful completion of an approved course on simple computer use and local facilities.  
Mutually Exclusive Not available to students who have taken A-level Computing (or equivalent) or those registered for single/joint honours in the Computer Science Dept.  
Course delivery Lecture   22 lectures  
  Practical   11 x 2 hours.  
Assessment Exam   1.5 Hours   50%  
  Continuous assessment   To pass the module both components must be passed. There will be 3 practical assignments (one on each package). The best 2 of these 3 pieces of work will provide the coursework assessment. The resit assessment will, at the examining board's discretion, consist of an assignment to be carried out during the long vacation and/or a 1.5 hr exam.   50%  
  Supplementary examination   Will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy.    

Brief description
This module is designed primarily for students in the Faculty of Science, but is also suitable for students studying Accounting or Economics.

Throughout, the emphasis is on the use of the computer system as a tool to facilitate the presentation and analyses of data gained, perhaps, by experiment or field-work.

On successful completion of the module students will be able to use a spreadsheet, a simple statistical package, and a graphics package.

This module provides an introduction to three very different packages:

The packages offer contrasting user interfaces.

The philosophy of the course will be to provide students with tools that they can use elsewhere in their studies.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students should:

With their own material, students should be able to:

1. Co-requisite Course - 2 Practicals

2. Spreadsheet - 7 Lectures, 3 Practicals
Overview of spreadsheets; entering and formatting information; formulae and functions; copying cell contents; manipulating a (large) spreadsheet; why spreadsheets?

3. Statistics package - 7 Lectures, 3 Practicals
Overview of the package; some commands; use of the help facility; input of data files; data manipulation and correction; exploratory data analysis.

4.Graphics system - 7 Lectures, 3 Practicals
Introduction to the system; archiving and printing; data organisation and input; data operators graphs and groups; interpolation; types of map; viewpoint.

5. Debriefing - 1 Lecture
Some lecture time each week will be devoted to a debriefing on the previous practical.

Reading Lists
Not appropriate.