CH0IJ-Information Systems

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: CH0STJ Statistics
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr David Nutt


Summary module description:
To provide students with an appreciation of how information systems are used in real-life scenarios.

To appreciate how information systems are used in real-life scenarios. To gain an understanding of legal, social and ethical issues relating to the use of information systems.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module students will be able to:
• Demonstrate an understanding of the topics outlined below to a standard equivalent to A-level.
• Be able to answer questions to the same standard on any of the topics outlined below.

Additional outcomes:
Students will also be able to demonstrate a level of competence in the use of computer-based software packages which will enable them to use these effectively during their intended degree.

Outline content:

In Information Systems, students are introduced to the use and application of computer-based systems. Topics covered include the role played by software and applications in a variety of environments (home, business, etc.), and also accessibility, health and safety, system security, data protection and legal issues. Practical experience of a range of standard software packages is provided.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught through a series of integrated lectures and computer-based practical sessions. Practical sessions are held in the computer laboratory where each student has individual access to a personal computer.

This module is taught across 3 terms:
Term 1 Spring term
Term 2 Summer term
Term 3 Summer vacation

It should be noted that the Contact Hours shown in the following table for the Summer term are the total hours for Terms 2 and 3.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 15
Practicals classes and workshops 20 30
Guided independent study 50 75
Total hours by term 80.00 120.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Project output other than dissertation 20
Class test administered by School 20

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
50 hours of computer-based classes for developing practical skills relevant to university study. Optional surgery (drop-in) sessions.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    1 x 1.5 hours.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By examination in August with continuous assessment carried forward if it is to the advantage of the student.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1) Required text books: 'Cambridge IGCSE ICT' by Graham Brown, Brian Sargent & Dave Watson, 2nd Edition (2015), Hodder Education, ISBN 9781471807220 (~£18); 'Information and communication technology for AQA AS level' by Julian Mott, Anne Leeming & Helen Williams, 3rd Edition (2008), Hodder Education, ISBN 9781299982574 (~£37)

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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