Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Computer Systems and Internet Technologies

Course summary

Course code: COMP1589
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Computing and Information Sys.
Course Coordinator(s): Tuan Vuong / Christopher Brass



Internet technologies are rapidly becoming central to modern computing and information systems that support modern business. The communication and presentation of information in a business-to-customer, business-to-business or intranet mode is essential to the effective operation of modern business organisations. Internet technologies provide the infrastructure for the effective deployment and use of information and knowledge systems to support most business activities and enable the organisation to compete effectively in the market place.

A computing or information systems graduate must be able to appreciate the significance of internet powered information systems in the modern world, and understand how information systems can both support and enhance information needs in society. The internet technologies supporting modern information systems are evolving rapidly, and a computing or information systems graduate must be well versed in the theory, and practical application of these technologies.

This course aims to present the concept of "information" in a practical perspective, giving the student an understanding of its significance as a resource in today's society. Further to this, the course will provide the student with an overview of how information systems support society (and in particular business) in a variety of different ways. The ethos of the course will be to introduce the student to pertinent concepts with the support of relevant, up-to-date case studies and examples.

This course will also introduce the student to the internet technologies supporting modern business information systems, such as basic data communications and networking concepts. In addition to this, it will explore in more practical depth WEB-related and media-related technologies, which are helping to shape the future design of internet enabled computing and information systems.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:
A. Discuss the impact that growing sources of information such as the Internet are having on society.
B. Identify and discuss examples of legal, ethical, security and privacy issues relating to the use of Internet based computer systems.
C. Demonstrate an understanding of modern Internet tools and be able to create simple web sites including JavaScript scripting, forms and the use of Web-enabled Databases.

Indicative content

Historical development of business information systems. Understanding information as a resource including, legal, ethical and privacy issues and security aspects. Categories of information systems and the level of support that they provide. How business transactions take place. The growth of electronic commerce.

An introduction to the importance of the Internet and its various aspects including the Web and email. The architecture of the Web, URL, web servers and HTTP. Practical introduction to HTML - creating Web pages incorporating media. HTML forms and basic use of client side scripting (such as JavaScript) for input validation. Introduction to client side, in terms of a simple Web-enabled Database.

Theoretical overview of the client server environment, to support the practical use of HTML, JavaScript, and Access Databases detailed above.

Teaching and learning activity

Concepts will be introduced in formal lectures and will be reinforced within a tutorial environment. Students will explore other issues using the computer lab, during supported tutorial sessions.

Students time will be:
Lectures - 66%
Laboratory - 17%
Classroom - 17%.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours).

Scheduled contact hours - lectures - 22; seminars n/a; supervised practical sessions - 6; tutorials - 5; formative assessment - n/a; other scheduled time - n/a.

Guided independent study - independent coursework - n/a; independent laboratory work - 18; other non-scheduled time - 99. Total hours - 150.


Exam - 100% weighting; 40% pass mark
Outline Details: A final examination testing all of the learning outcomes
Last item of assessment.