Foundation Computing Studies prepares students for university, both practically, by covering software that is useful across all disciplines, and by introducing students to technological issues that may impact on their personal, academic and professional life.
Computing Studies takes a hands-on approach in which software is taught in our computing laboratories. The software covered includes MS Office and students also receive practical experience of Bibliographic software (EndnoteWeb) which is useful for Foundation Studies assessments as well as for further academic life.
The theory component of the subject explores technological concepts and issues which impact both on students as individuals and on society, now and in the future. Students explore topical issues such as problems of inequality of access to technologies and Ubiquitous computing.
Topics: Fundamental software skills and theoretical content (Hardware, Software, Internet, World Wide Web, Web 2 & beyond, Ubiquitous Computing, Communications & Networking and Systems Analysis and Design). The Computing Studies course prepares students for future study and a career in any context.
Assumed knowledge: In addition to attendance at lectures, students are required to have a reasonable level of typing and to complete practical exercises in the computing laboratory. Group work is an integral component of the subject.