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Information and Communication Technologies

This module is designed for students without previous IT experience or studies.

Introduction

The application of Information and Communication Technologies has become so widespread that all business managers must be aware of these technologies' current and future potential if they are to succeed. To apply the technologies intelligently it is crucial to have some technical understanding of what technologies and tools are available, and what facilities they offer. Students will be able to explore the architectures, application integration technologies and gain an appreciation of the security issues.


This module is aimed at students without any IT background and is intended as an introduction to the technologies available. The module will enable participants to converse with IT professionals to help the students make informed decisions about the role of IT for their businesses.

Objectives

Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of the principals of telecommunication technology, and its role within businesses and evaluate how it can contribute to their growth
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of computerised systems. The architecture basics of how the computer functions as the building block for the IT system

  • Conceptually understand the evolution of IT systems from mainframe, client server to highly integrated systems and collaborative tools. To synthesise and justify recommendations for the application these technology options, including EAI and web services, to integrate business systems from multiple organisations

  • To develop a practical understanding of how database technology can be used to store business data and to manage its availability to appropriate users.

  • To clearly communicate and explain to a wider business audience potentially complex technical vulnerabilities (e.g. in OS, applications and networks), their exploitation (viruses, worms, etc) and security technologies such as Firewalls, IDS, Virus detection, encryption, digital certificates and signatures

Syllabus

Computer Networks
• Network Technologies
• Telecommunications
• Network Devices
• Network Practices

Computer Systems
• Server Architecture (On-site, Cloud, Hybrid…)
• Enterprise Architecture Integration
• Web Services

Computer Security
• Firewalls
• Intrusion Detection System (IDS)
• Digital Certificates
• Malware / Virus detection

Databases
• Database Design
• Database Utilisation
• SQL script structure

Assessment

4000 words Post Module Work (70% weighting) and Group Presentation (30% weighting)

Duration

1 week, including 15x1.5hours of lectures and 9x1.5hours of practical classess