CS133 15 CATS (7.5 ECTS) Terms 1 and 2
Core - CS, CSE, CSBS; Option - Discrete Mathematics
- To introduce the key skills required of the computing professional, comprising oral and written communication, operating systems proficiency and awareness of professional aspects of computing practice.
- The three components of the module address respectively:
- Introducing students to the concept of professional ethics and behaviour, the place of computers in society and the legal aspects of computing.
- Developing skills in summarising, quoting, paraphrasing, critical analysis, grammar, referencing, poster construction and oral presentation, and teaching writing as a process approach to composing academic papers.
- Giving students a basic understanding of operating systems concepts together with a working knowledge of computing systems and associated tools and applications that will subsequently be used.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- Understand the relevance for professional computing practice of basic computer law, professional bodies, and the social impact of computer technology.
- Judge and improve their own writing with increased confidence, utilise appropriate methods for referring and citing sources, and be familiar with the idea of writing as a process.
- Practice presentation skills and use information systems available via the network at Warwick.
- Understand basic computing and operating systems concepts, apply them to a networked computer system, and use standard applications and system tools.
The module will cover the following topics:
- Professional aspects of computing
- Professional bodies: Historic factors leading to their creation; evolution of UK professions and the roles of typical major bodies; typical structure, organisation and functions of a professional body; constitutional powers and legal status of bodies; statutory and regulatory functions; professional standards and disciplinary powers.
- Commercial aspects of industry: Structure of Organisations.
- Management: Project planning and management; Health and Safety legislation.
- Legal aspects of software: Overview of UK law, Data Protection Act; Copyright Designs and Patents Act; Computer Misuse Act; Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.
- Social aspects of computing
- Communication skills
- Writing as a process
- Composing effective paragraphs
- Paraphrasing and quoting
- Avoiding plagiarism
- Writing a summary
- Writing a critical analysis
- Decoding topics and titles
- Soliciting feedback on writing
- Writing an abstract or proposal
- Writing an academic paper
- Preparing a poster
- Giving an oral presentation
- Practical operating systems skills
- Files and file organisation: directories and file structures, access control and security, file formats.
- Operating systems: the kernel, shells, window managers, processes
- Networks: communication tools and protocols, security
- Command-line interfaces: processes, tools and utilities
- Comparative operating systems: proprietary and open source alternatives
- Standard applications: spreadsheets, databases, presentation tools and wordprocessors.
- Bott F, Professional Issues in Information Technology (2/e), BCS, 2014.
- Glass G and Ables K, Linux for Programmers and Users, Prentice-Hall, 2006.
- Joy M, Jarvis S, and Luck M, Introducing UNIX and Linux, Palgrave, 2002.
Assessed exercises (65%), class test (20%), oral presentations (15%)
20 one-hour lectures, 15 seminars and 5 practical sessions