Module Catalogue 2024/25

CSC8008 : Information Systems (Inactive)

CSC8008 : Information Systems (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Ezhilchelvan
  • Lecturer: Dr Jan Smeddinck
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



To introduce the idea of user-centred interaction design.
To give an understanding of human issues in interaction design.
To emphasise the importance of evaluation of designs.

To introduce the fundamentals of database system design and use.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will be taught in two parallel themes.

The Interaction Design theme addresses:
Human Factors.
Hardware issues.
Usability, Accessibility and Cognitive Dimensions.
Evaluating Designs.
Evaluating Implementations.

The Data handling theme addresses topics such as:
Relational Model
XML representation of data

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

To be able to recognise the rationale for usability and accessibility principles
To be able to discuss critically the physical, social and legal issues that affect interaction design.
To be able to identify and chose from the variety of tools and techniques available

To have knowledge and understanding of top-down and bottom-up approaches to database design
To have knowledge and understanding of models, processes and techniques used in database design

Intended Skill Outcomes

To be able to apply the principles, tool and techniques of interaction design to real world situations.

To be able to construct and critique entity-relationship and relational models
To be able to apply normalisation techniques
To be able to use SQL for data definition and manipulation
To be able to use standard SQL implementations (mySQL)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion551:0055:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture501:0050:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion620:3031:00Revision for end of Semester exam & exam duration
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical161:0016:00Practicals
Guided Independent StudyProject work111:0011:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study371:0037:00Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.

This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.

Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.

Students should set aside sufficient time to revise for the end of semester exam.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A60Scenario based exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M20Interaction design coursework. 2,000 words max.
Practical/lab report1M20Databases coursework (12 hours)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

In the written examination the questions will assess fundamental knowledge and understanding of theory and
application of material presented in lectures.

The coursework develops practical experience of the techniques discussed in lectures.

Study abroad students considering this module should contact the School to discuss its availability and assessment.

N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 40%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 40%.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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