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CSC6001 : Computer Applications

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Ryan Crosby
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0012:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:307:30Revision for end of Semester exam and exam duration.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study890:3044:30Background 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 Examination901A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M502 pieces of practical coursework (upto 24 hours)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework is worth 50% of the mark – since hands-on experience on computers is essential. This will involve students demonstrating advanced skills in MS Word and MS Excel. A written examination will be used to assess the more theoretical aspects of the course.                                                            
N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 35%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 35%.

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