This module comes in three parts.
Part 1 - Essential Computer Systems
In term 1 students gain a basic understanding of operating systems concepts together with a working knowledge of the computing systems and associated tools and applications that will subsequently be used within the Department of Computer Science.
Part 2 - Writing and Communication Skills
In term 2 students develop their English skills in the context of writing academic and technical (computer-related) documents. This is supplemented by practice in oral presentation through seminars.
Part 3 - Legal, Social, Ethical and Professional Issues
This part is initially delivered in term 1 and introduces students to the concept of professional ethics and behaviour, the place of computers in society and the legal aspects of computing. The material in this part of the module is used as the subject matter for the documents and presentations in term 2.