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Module

CSC6001 : Computer Applications

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Ryan Crosby
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module will assist students in learning to use computers effectively during their degree and beyond. It aims to ensure that learners are better informed in selecting appropriate tools for the job in hand, by supporting and developing appropriate skillset(s). It also provides a basic understanding of 'how computers work' and a practical introduction to common tools and technologies available on-campus and beyond.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Background to the use of computers, recent history and future directions.
- Using common applications to produce and manage professional documents, presentations and other media.
- Creating, sharing and collaborating online using web-based tools and publishing technologies.
- Management and integration of mobile and cloud-based computing facilities into your workflow.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00Asynchronous online materials.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion92:0018:00Lecture follow-up
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion220:0040:00Coursework preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical31:304:30Synchronous online sessions.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:304:30Synchronous present in person sessions if available. Else additional synchronous online sessions.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00Background reading
Total100:00
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M1002 pieces of practical coursework
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MExercises to introduce relevant tools, develop understanding of programming concepts, to gain experience of practical applications
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework is worth 100% of the mark – since hands-on experience on computers is essential. This will involve students demonstrating advanced skills in Microsoft applications.                                          
N.B. Students will be expected to show basic competence in coding practices using HTML as a starting language.

Reading Lists

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