Introduction to ICT

Bridging module for students from non-computing backgrounds

10 credits

The overall aim of the module is to provide students with a basic knowledge of the key Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) that are being deployed in the current and emerging information industry. The technologies will be presented at an overview level, but with an attempt to teach the underlying principles so that students understand what lies behind the many acronyms and product titles in this field.


The module will be made up of lectures and computer based sessions. This module has 20 hours of contact time (10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of practicals). Both elements will be assessed.

The topics are as follows:

  • Introduction to Computer Systems and Networks
  • Introduction to Internet and WWW
  • Advanced Networking and Distributed Computing
  • Network Security Management and E-Commerce
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Real-world Business Experience
  • World Wide Web
  • Server side programming
  • Client side programming

Core reading

Stallings, W. (2009) Business Data Communications” (6thedition), Pearson Education.

Elmasri, R. & Navathe, S.B. (2006) Fundamentals of Database Systems” (5th edition) Pearson Education.

Forouzan, B. (2012) Data Communication and Networking” (5th edition), McGraw-Hill Higher  Education.

Note that because of the nature of the subject, the precise details will be subject to change.