Module Identifier DS24220  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr David A Stoker  
Semester Available all semesters  
Other staff Mr Timothy C Gillison  
Course delivery Lecture   2 Hours 1 x 1.5 hour: introductory lecture to be delivered at the study school. The remainder to be taught via distance learning materials  
  Practical   2 Hours 1 x 2 hour: introductory practical session to be conducted at the study school. The remainder to be taught via distance learning materials  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay of 2,500 words - weighted 50%.   
Semester Assessment Construction of a database - weighted 50%.   

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

The module will consider the relationship between data, information and knowledge, and the technologies that have been used or are being used to process and store data, or else to represent, communicate, disseminate, organise and find information. Brief consideration will also be given to the impact of Information & Communication Technologies on Society.


The application of information and communication technologies features in several existing Information Studies modules, but there is a requirement for an introduction to the subject and theoretical framework The proposed module introduces a wide range of technologies for processing data and representing it as different forms of information. The intention is to demonstrate how different technologies are being employed to perform a wide range of information-related tasks, and to show how data/information may represented, stored, communicated or disseminated in many different formats.


Unit 1- Data, information and knowledge, technologies for processing and storing data.
Unit 2 ? Technologies for representing information in the form of text, numerical values, images, sounds. etc.
Unit 3 - Technologies for communicating and disseminating information.
Unit 4 ? Technologies for organising information and the recording of transactions.
Unit 5 ? Technologies for finding retrieving and using information.
Unit 6 ? ICT and society

Reading Lists

** Recommended Consultation
Sawyer Stacey C (2003) Using information technology : a practical introduction to computers & communication 5th. McGraw-Hill/Irwin
Williams Brian K (2001) Using information technology : a practical introduction to computers & communications 4th. McGraw-Hill
De Watteville Alastair (2000) Advanced information and communication technology Oxford : Heinemann Educational
Beynon-Davies Paul (2000) Database systems 2nd. Macmillan
Dixon Diana, Chris Martindale and Valerie J Nurcombe (2003) Evaluating electronic resouces: a guide, CILIP Information Services Group


This module is at CQFW Level 5