CSC8008 : Information Systems

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

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.

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%.

Reading Lists