BEng/MEng Computer Systems Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Information and Communications Technology

Unit code FOUN10011
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Faculty of Science and Engineering
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course provides students with the opportunity to learn and develop advanced skills relating to technologies for accessing, transmitting and presenting information.


The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to learn and develop skills relating to technologies for accessing, transmitting and presenting information.


Learning outcomes

By the end of this course unit a student will be able to:

  • employ a virtual learning environment to access information and participate in online assessments
  • use ‘office’ software to create documents and transfer information in an appropriate format
  • evaluate online tools for researching and referencing information in the science and engineering field
  • explore project management software and collaborative working tools for use in group work
  • produce graphs of data using appropriate plotting software
  • manipulate data sets using a typical spreadsheet package


  • virtual learning environments (Blackboard)
  • online learning modules and assessments
  • email
  • word processing and creating pdfs
  • academic malpractice
  • referencing tools
  • project management tools
  • graph plotting and spreadsheets.


Teaching and learning methods

Online, problem-based learning. Introductory lecture and weekly drop-in sessions.


Knowledge and understanding



Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Formative feedback will be given during workshops and, on request, throughout the course. Targeted feedback will be given following assessments. Summative feedback will be given following assessments and marking rubrics will be visible to students where applicable.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 1
Practical classes & workshops 12
Independent study hours
Independent study 87

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Simon Raw Unit coordinator

Additional notes



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