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Introduction to Information Technology


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 3
  • Convenor: Jerry Smallwood
  • Assessment: portfolios (40% and 60%)

Module description

In this module you will become familiar with a range of fundamental concepts and issues in the world of IT.

As part of your professional development you will explore codes of conduct and legislation governing the use of computing equipment, and learn how to work safely in IT. The latter part of the module explores different types of IT systems, looking at development, implementation and testing. It concludes with an exploration of future trends in computing.

Indicative syllabus

  • Roles, responsibilities and professional issues in IT
  • Health and safety, social, ethical and legal issues in IT
  • IT security and risk
  • IT systems
  • Systems analysis and design
  • Systems implementation and testing
  • Project management
  • Computer science and computer systems
  • Future trends in computing

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • describe core roles and responsibilities in IT
  • work to professional standards
  • work to legal ethical and social constraints, and extant codes of conduct
  • work without harm to self or others, following health and safety standards and guidelines
  • work in a way that maintains system integrity and security and minimises risk
  • describe IT systems, their uses and component parts
  • describe the processes through which IT solutions are designed and developed, implemented and tested
  • understand the fundamentals of mobile and cloud computing
  • describe future trends in IT.