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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will introduce the student teacher to key topics and principles of information and communication technology for the technology subject areas such as computer architecture, data communications and computer networks and the Internet. The student's knowledge of control will also be further developed in the module where the previous Applied Control module will be expanded on to support students in identifying, designing and evaluating control systems to include interconnectivity between devices through the use of a range of different connectivity protocols.

Learning Outcomes

1. Define operational characteristics of computer architecture, data communication and computer networks.
2. Accurately and securely utilise the Internet and third party web based technologies to support communication, collaboration and presentation for multimedia solutions to technological problems.
3. Employ transducer technologies to control electronic circuits remotely to switch devices such as bulbs, motors and solenoids in response to monitored signal conditions.
4. Control a connected device remotely using appropriate communication protocols and interface using a mobile device.
5. Appreciate the relevance and importance of ICT systems and connected devices for the development of meaningful and innovative solutions to technological problems in technology education.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial24Computer Laboratory
Laboratory24Practical in Computer Laboratory
Independent Study77Independent learning
Total Workload: 125

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

Numbering Systems (e.g. binary and hexadecimal codes for digital communication)

ICT System Architecture and Processor Technologies

Memory (RAM & ROM) and Addressing

Basic microcontroller features and development environment

Introduction to real time applications, embedded systems and developing applications for emerging technologies

Interfacing and Input/Output; Connectivity Protocols to include wired and wireless bus systems

Communication protocols

Relevant health, safety and ethical considerations

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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

  • Norman, E.: 2000, Advanced Design and Technology. Longman Publishing Group. ISBN 0582328314 ISBN-13 9780582328310,
  • Brett, K.: 2021, Computer Science for Leaving Certificate. 1st Edition. Golden Key.,
  • Enright, G.: 2013, Technology for Leaving Certificate. ISBN 0955329876 ISBN-13 9780955329876,
Other Resources

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