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Undergraduate Course: Computing for Business (BUST08014)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits0 ECTS Credits0
SummaryThe course is only open to students in the following degree programmes:
Economics and Accounting
Law and Accountancy

Starting from 2017/18 the course is incorporated into Global Challenges for Business (Semester 1) and The Business of Edinburgh (Semester 2). Students who take both these courses are not required to take Computing for Business.

A basic familiarity with computing and IT is important for most careers and, increasingly, for many aspects of everyday life. This is reflected in business management and accounting, where computing resources are widely used as a source of information and a tool for report writing, data analysis, and communication. This course gives background knowledge which will prove essential as students undertake further courses and proceed into the workplace.
Course description The course comprises five assessed tutorial components:

- Data protection and information security training (on-line)
- Presentation software
- Word-processing (2 sessions)
- Spreadsheets (2 sessions)
- Databases

This course gives background knowledge which will prove valuable, if not essential, as students undertake further courses and proceed into the workplace:

- An understanding of good data protection and information security practice is essential to ensuring the security of user account information and data.
- A good knowledge of using a presentation package helps greatly in the speed and quality of presentation production.
- Good word-processing skills are essential for the timely and accurate preparation of essays and reports.
- Good spreadsheet skills are required for the rapid and accurate analysis of business, financial and statistical data.
- A knowledge of database design and use is invaluable for working with any data management system (e.g. personnel records, stock control/ordering systems, accounting/finance systems).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Ignore "Other Study Hours"
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 100 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is assessed in three ways:
i. By attending the workshop session(s) for all in-class components. There are three workshop sessions in each of Semester 1 and Semester 2.
ii. By completing the four in-class assessments (Presentation Software, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and Databases) during the workshop session(s) for the relevant component.
iii. By completing the on-line Data Protection Training and Information Security tutorials and assessments.
Failure to satisfactorily pass the course will prevent progression into Honours.
Feedback Generic feedback on assignments will be given verbally immediately upon their submission. Recording of successful completion of an assignment will be available on the class Learn site within 48 hours after completion. Should a student fail to complete an assignment by the advertised deadline this will be recorded on the course Learn site within 48 hours after the deadline has passed.

The summative marks for the course (i.e. Pass/Fail) will be made available on the class Learn site as soon as possible after the Board of Examiners' meeting (normally early June).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the key concepts relating to the importance of secure information and data, physical security, privacy and identity theft.
  2. Create a simple presentation using a variety of slide types, print slides and speaker and audience notes.
  3. Apply essential techniques of word processing that are consistent with those stated in the University Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study as required for the production of essays and other assessed work.
  4. Apply essential techniques of spreadsheets that are consistent with those required for mathematical and statistical analysis in the 2nd and 3rd year courses in Business Research Methods and financial modelling and analysis as part of Accounting 1, as well as being generally useful for other courses taught by the School.
  5. Create and use queries to filter, sort and present data; create forms using the Form Wizard and use them to enter data; create reports using the Report Wizard and use them to print out data. The skills taught are those required for the 2nd year course in Business Analytics and Information Systems and the 3rd year course in Advanced Financial Accounting (Sage).
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Apply consistent and high quality in producing output from MS Powerpoint, Word, Excel and Access packages.
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Course organiserDr Paul Caban
Tel: (0131 6)50 3832
Course secretaryMr Matthis Hervieux
Tel: (0131 6)50 8336
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