Undergraduate Course: Informatics Literacy (INFR07002)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Informatics
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||Someone who is literate in informatics is comfortable with using appropriate information technologies to collect, store, communicate, analyse and visualise a wide variety of types of information, and can appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of applying technology to manage information in personal and professional life. The informatics literate person is not necessarily an expert in computer technology, but is aware of some fundamental principles of information systems and has enough historical perspective to appreciate how they may change society in years to come. This course aims to develop a basic level of Informatics Literacy.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|1 - Identify strengths ands weaknesses of particular applications of information technology
2 - Describe the historic impact of developments in technologies for the storage, communication, analysis and processing of information on science and society.
3 - Explain the notion of algorithm and give simple examples.
4 - Identify some tasks and algorithms that are recognised as computationally infeasible.
5 - Demonstrate capacity to use appropriate technologies to present information.
6 - Explain and identify some fundamental concepts of encryption and security.
7 - Apply appropriate technologies for the management of information in a variety of personal and professional contexts.
8 - Discuss social and economic factors affecting the development of collaborative and social networking technologies.
|Written Examination - 70%|
Assessed Assignments - 30%
Oral Presentations - 0%
There will be an examination to assess achievement of most outcomes. The remainder, in particular outcomes 5 and 7 above, will be assessed by practical coursework.
If delivered in semester 1, this course will have an option for semester 1 only visiting undergraduate students, providing assessment prior to the end of the calendar year.
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Computer Based Systems, Developing Technologies, Multimedia, Security and Privacy, Web-based Computing
Timetabled Laboratories 5
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 50
Private Study/Other 120
|Course organiser||Dr Ewan Klein
Tel: (0131 6)50 2705
|Course secretary||Ms Kirsten Belk
Tel: (0131 6)50 5194