20 credits at SCQF 8
PrerequisitesNone, though a basic familiarity with computer systems and knowledge of some HTML will be helpful.
By the end of the module students will understand:
- The possibilities and also the risks of using online resources, and how to exploit these safely.
- Freeware and open-source software, and how to identify what to avoid and what can be trusted.
- The pros and cons of using cloud-based resources for storing personal media and data.
- The use of digital media; new models of ownership and distribution.
- The basic principles of mobile networking and cloud computing.
- How to identify reliable Web resources for use in academic study.
- The state of the art in networking and future trends.
They will have gained the practical skills to be able to:
Students will be required to demonstrate the ability to apply theory and techniques to unseen problems, to work independently and under a time constraint.Contents
- Understanding and exploiting web resources (14 lectures)
- Email: software, protocols, mime types and spam
- Web design principles and testing
- How to set up a web site, register a domain, get server space, and run an online presence
- Digital media: ownership, storage, licensing
- File formats: Image, audio and video
- Safely finding, downloading and using software on the internet
- eCommerce history, tools and techniques
- Online security - risks and precautions
- Advanced web development (5 lectures, plus practical sessions)
- Review of basic HTML5 and CSS
- Using digital media (images, sound, and video)
- Creating simple animations with the HTML5 canvas
AssessmentOne assignment worth 40%.
Practical checkpoints worth 20%
One exam worth 40%
RequirementsIn order to obtain a pass grade for the unit you must:
- Submit all items of assessed coursework
- Attend the examination.
Non-submission of the assessed coursework will result in the award of an X Grade for the module as a whole. Assessed coursework submitted late will be accepted up to seven calendar days after the submission date (or expiry of any agreed extension) but the grade will be lowered by three marks per day or part thereof. After seven days the piece of work will be deemed a non-submission, and will result in a fail grade for the module as a whole. This rule (regarding coursework) may be relaxed for students who can show good cause for failure to submit. Good cause may include illness (for which a medical certificate or other evidence will be required).
If a student is unable to attend the Main examination, he/she must apply to the Student Programmes Office for a Deferred examination. If a Deferred examination is not granted, then the Examiners may allow a Repeat examination.
Assessment guidelines can be found here
Students may encounter personal difficulties outwith their control that affect their ability to study or complete assessments. In most cases, these situations can be handled by requesting extensions of deadlines or deferred exams. In exceptional cases where these remedies cannot be applied, the student may wish to make a request for consideration of extenuating circumstances. Requests can be made using the Extenuating Circumstances form. Note that the form must be submitted no later than two working days after the final assessment for the module.
AttendanceYou are expected to attend all lectures, tutorials, and practical classes, in order to derive the maximum benefit from your time at University. It is your responsibility to make the most of the opportunities for education offered to you by the University.
Note that lectures are recorded, so you may also be recorded if you speak while the recording is in process. Recordings are published online and are publicly available.