20 credits at level HE4
To promote a basic understanding of Internet based applications.
To develop literacy in Internet terminology.
To provide exposure to applications of Internet technology.
To provide experience in the skills required to utilise Internet applications.
To enable the student to create Internet based content.
Introduction – Design criteria, history, naming conventions, JANET, URLs.
Technology - Internet as a network, types of connection, client-server paradigm, basic Internet protocols. e.g. IP, HTTP, DNS, FTP, SSH, SMTP, POP3, IMAP4.
Identify the various applications of internet technologies including: E-commerce, marketing, information resources, gaming, community building
Software and services - e.g. browsers, listservers, newsgroups, internet phone, video conferencing, streaming technologies, instant messaging, IRC, e-mail, FTP
Introduction to searching, URL’s
Overview of Search engines and their use. Meta search engines, natural language search engines
Searching techniques, operation of search engines, optimisation of sites for searching, Meta tagging for indexing purposes
Robots, spiders and agents.
Creating a web site...
Overview the main elements of a web site
HTML language including forms, cascading style sheets and frames.
Browser similarities and differences.
Development software, authoring packages, WYSIWYG editors and text editors.
Overview of compression techniques, (eg. JPEG, GIF, MPEG, MP3)
Selecting an appropriate encoding for the material.
Assisting website accessibility
A combination of lectures, Web based notes, demonstrations and computer-based exercises will be used.
Student-led discussion and evaluation of a number of commercial Websites will be augmented by reference material on the Web.
Computer-based exercises and discussion of the results will form the basis for much of the learning and will consolidate learning from student reading and lectures.
Workshop sessions will augment computer based exercises. Tutors will be available to assist students with their problems. Students will also be encouraged to assist each other in these areas and to search for additional tutorial material on the Web.
Two hours of class contact time will be set aside for reviewing progress on the practical assignment and carrying out demonstration/interviews.
Lectures/demonstration 12 hours
In-class feedback/assignment progress review 3 hours
Computer based exercises 30 hours
Guided reading 25 hours
Student centred web search/reading 30 hours
Assignments 100 hours
Total 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Display knowledge and understanding of Internet structure, applications and services.
Identify and describe structural components of the Internet.
Explain the flow of information across the Internet.
Describe and discusses the range of services and facilities available on the Internet.
|2.||Have developed website design and structuring skills.
Design a simple website design.
Create appropriate graphics for inclusion on the student’s website.
|3.||Be able to compare and select from a range of services and options related to the Internet.
Select appropriate software options and search criteria.
Compare rival techniques and products.
|4.||Be able to select and use appropriate software packages to design and produce a simple website.
Use suitable software packages to implement a simple website with appropriate use of formatting, layout techniques and inclusion of non-textual media including images and low level interactive elements.
|5.||Be able to use appropriate tools to perform basic optimisation, conversion and delivery of digital media
Configure and uses popular Internet based and client software including email packages and browsers.
|6.||Be able to use the various Internet based applications and services to conduct advanced searches and support study
Review substantial amounts of written English and extract answers to specific questions .
Use the Internet as a learning and study support resource.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Includes the production of a static website based on HTML/CSS.||Includes the production of an advanced website having dynamic features.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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