Module Catalogues

Current Trends and Emerging Topics in Computer Science

Module Title Current Trends and Emerging Topics in Computer Science
Module Level Level 0
Module Credits 2.50
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

The aim of this Year 1 module is to prepare students for study on the BSc Information and Computing Science programme. The module introduces students to some of the key concepts of information systems and computer science in relation to current trends and emerging topics. This will prepare students so they are better equipped to understand these concepts and related issues within the wider context of computing in society.

Learning outcomes

A.Identify and discuss the important issues related to significant trends and topics in computer science.
B.Effectively describe and report the concepts of information system development and emerging topics related to a specific area of computer science.
C.Recognize basic programming language syntax and effectively transform commands to solve different types of programming problem.

Method of teaching and learning

Lectures: Students will be expected to attend weekly formal lectures which will introduce them to the concepts and methods covered in the module.
Practicals: Computer lab practicals are held each week for students to work under staff guidance on problems designed to reinforce understanding of the lecture materials.
Private study: In a typical week students will be expected to devote 6 to 7 hours of unsupervised time to private study. Private study time is to be used for background reading and the completion of assessments.
Assessments: A final assessment task will be used to test the extent to which students have achieved the learning outcomes of the module. This will be a formal essay to test knowledge of the course material.
Some seminars may be co-taught by staff from the English Language Centre, who will use activities to further develop the English language skills of students within the context of Information and Computing Science studies. Students may also be provided with online language/study skills support from the English Language Centre (ELC) to help them engage with module content.