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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2011 - 2012

Module Title IT and Web Technology Fundamentals
Module Code C1
School Open Education

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr. Eamon CostelloOffice NumberDG03
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

A module which provides students with an overview of Information Technology, Information Systems and the Internet and introduces students to programming in PHP.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the difference between Information Technology and Information Systems
2. Explain the various technologies, hardware, and software which comprise IT today, giving examples
3. Classify the many techniques, methods, technologies and services which comprise Information Systems
4. Explain the evolution of the Internet and its associated components and services.
5. Describe the underlying technology and techniques of the Internet.
6. Design and develop a web-site using HTML and other tools.
7. Compare how different types of media can be used as part of Internet-based solutions
8. Generate web pages using the PHP programming language
9. Apply the key constructions of programming, namely Sequence, Iteration and Selection in a PHP program
10. Build and modify web interfaces using PHP and HTML forms
11. Apply good programming practice in relation to web security, debugging, quality assurance and documentation

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial16No Description
Online activity16No Description
Independent Study343No Description
Total Workload: 375

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to Information Technology and Information Systems
Computer Hardware Computer Software Data and Transmission of Data The IT-based Organisation Information Technology: Concepts / Management Data and Knowledge Management

Internet Technology Foundations
Networking Fundamentals, History of the Internet, Internet Services Historical Web Services: Telnet, Usenet, IRC The World Wide Web, Anatomy of a Web Transaction HTTP, Web Servers File Transfer Protocol, Peer to Peer, Email Web 2.0: Social Networks, Blogs, Wikis & Wikipedia Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) Elements of Multimedia: Graphics, Video and Animation Scripting Languages Web Design issues and Methods

Introduction to Web Programming with PHP
Why learn PHP? Setting up a PHP development Environment Your First PHP Programme Numbers and Operators Variables Comparing Selection Loops and Iteration Arrays GETting information from the web PHP and HTML forms (POSTing information to the web) Basic Web Security Building a PHP Web Application

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment30% Examination Weight70%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • R. Kelly Rainer, Casey G. Cegielski,: 0, Introduction to Information Systems, 0470473525
  • James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross: 2010, Computer networking, Addison-Wesley, Boston, 0-13-607967-9
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
CISCert in Management of IT/IS
CITCertificate in Information Technology
HDIDHigher Diploma in Interaction Design
HDSDHigher Diploma in Software Development
ISBSc in Management of Info Tech/Info Syst
ISDIPDiploma in Management of IT/IS
ITBSc in Information Technology
ITDIPDiploma in Information Technology
ITSDiploma/BSc in Information Technology