Throughout the IFY computing science course there are many different skills that can be picked up. We will be discussing five of these topics. The five topics are:

  • Mathmatical skills
  • Hardware and software skills
  • Networking skills
  • Building of personal and profesional skills

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Personal And Professional Skills This module lasts the duration of the two semesters. The first semester consists of small tasks to help build your proffesonal skills, however the first couple of weeks aims to help the students to meet new people in the course. This creates a good introduction to university life. Throughout the module there will be one group asssignment which lasts seven weeks. This improves group bonding and allows other peoples views to be expressed. The coursework consists of the group of students creating a poster of their choice. The group then will give a powerpoint presentation to the class. There is a series of presentations throughout the year to help train the students for the years to come. This is a key concept of both personal and proffesional skills as the student will be working with a group and then presenting quite a proffesional style presentation using the skills that you have learned.

Software Skills The software technologies module runs for the first semester only. No matter how experienced you are in the field of computers, this module is sure to give you much more insight into how popular software technologies such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Access function. The main piece of coursework involved in this module is to create a website using only HTML coding. By this point in the module, you should have already picked up the skills neccessary to code a website, and furthermore add extra features of your own such as hyperlinks and email links. There will be an exam at the end of the semester which will cover things such as the fundamental features of the most popular pieces of software available including MS Word, Excel, Access and how web pages appear on your browser. At the end of the Software Technologies module, you will have gained enough knowledge and experience to carry you on through to the degree course!

'Hardware Skills This module ran for the second semester. This module gives a great a great insight into different types of hardware which are used on a day to day bases and how they work. During this module you will learn a bit about the insides of a computer and what jobs they do. This is a key skill to learn because if you do have a problem with a computer and you know what the problem is then you can find out what piece of the hardware has the problem. Another thing that you will learn is how things that you use everyday work (e.g. mobile phones, mp3players and UBS drives). You would also learn about binary and how to change it back into normal characters (e.g. numbers and letters. Compression is another thing that you would learn. You would learn how a computer compresses files and how you can work out the percentage of the compression. After this module is over there is an exam that covers some of the things that you have done over the last semester. The sort of things are work out the compression rate of a file after it was compressed change binary into normal characters and explain the differences between a number of pieces of hardware that you use on a daily bases. What you will learn in this module is useful as you can take these skills onto the degree course

Networking Skills The module Information Networks gives the student a chance to learn some key skills related to networking. This module runs through semester 2. Some of these skills learnt include creating twisted pair cable, Internet Protocol, cellular technology and most importantly network components. The main focus of this module is looking at network components, both wired and wireless. Lab classes include setting up a small wireless LAN and having a look at the network within the University of Ulster, Jordanstown campus.


Another part of the course involves making a twisted pair cable and testing it. This is a useful insight in seeing how the cable works and how precise the need to be made to work properly. Internet Protocol also gives an insight to how a network communicate. Finally cellular technology give an outline of a more complex network like a mobile phone network.

An overview of all the modules can be found at: [[1]]

Mathematical Skills

With this module it runs through both semester of the 2007/2008 academic year. It consists of some lectures and classes. In these we learn the basic skills about how mathmatics is used within a computer system and the technologies of it. There is another class which takes place which is called a Tutorial. This is where we look back on what we have learnt in the classes and lectures and we then carry out questions provided by the lecturer. The skills you learn from this module is everyday things. It teaches you about arguements and if they are relevant to the topic or not.

When in a lecture notes are available to be printed so that there is preparation for the lecture. This is a good thing as you can read over what is going to be said and taught. This is a good skill because it teaches you as a student to learn in your own time. By the end of semester 2 you would come out of this class with the skill of knowing how computers use maths and the history of it.

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