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Computer Science 112


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In the CSc112 course, we expose students to the fundamentals of using computers and information technology (IT) to solve problems. The course provides an introduction to critical thinking and fundamental problem solving skills. Some problems are solved using packages like spreadsheets, some are solved without the use of a computer, and some are solved by programming. No previous programming or computer experience is necessary for this course, although basic computer literacy is helpful.

Introduction/IT Ethics
This module brings alive the exciting world of modern computing. The module provides a clear insight into modern desktop environments, networks and servers; explores how data is represented and stored electronically; covers file structures and hierarchy; and investigates modern trends and technologies. Professional ethics for the IT industry are also introduced.

Spreadsheets are an important tool for providing solutions to individuals and organisations. Spreadsheets are a key tool for analysis of data and trends. Their ability to filter, organise and present data via charts provides powerful ways of analysing and presenting information that needs to be extracted from raw data.

Business Problem Solving
This module focuses on higher-level solutions available in an organisation for solving business problems, and enables students to understand theoretical approaches to problems solving; to differentiate between various strategies available, and understand “off-the-shelf” tools; to integrate various personal productivity tools; and to recognise social media tools and their potential value as business solutions.

Information Technology in the Organisation and Business Systems
Students will gain an understanding of the opportunities, risks, and motivation for deploying information systems in the organisation. This course also provides the students  with detailed managerial and working knowledge on the e-Business framework, e-Business models and strategies. The module includes some case studies and lectures which are given by industry partners.t.

Information Technology in the Organisation
This module introduces students to a number of key theories that underpin the study of Information Systems. We will be exploring systems thinking and the systems approach to problem-solving, followed by a discussion of general systems theory and its applicability to Information Systems. The value of information, its taxonomy and the transformation from data to information will also be highlighted. The main objective of this module is to be able to apply the systems approach by understanding how to diagram Information Systems using Case Study Examples.

Prerequisites: None

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