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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeST1001
Module Short Title
Semester TaughtSemester 1
Contact Hours

2 hours per week. 

Module PersonnelLecturer - Assistant Professor Mimi Zhang
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:


  • Produce professional reports and documents in Word.
  • Produce professional presentations using PowerPoint.
  • Develop spreadsheet models in Excel.
  • Design and develop web sites.
  • Work independently and also as part of a team to develop software solutions.
  • Source relevant reference material to help in solving software issues.
Learning Aims

The purpose of this module is to provide an introduction to the practical uses of computer applications particularly in the area of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation packages and web page design and development. This module is a computer laboratory based module. Students are given notes that encourage self paced learning. Interaction with the module instructor and peers is encouraged.

Module Content
    • Word Processing using Microsoft Word 2016
    • Spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel 2016
    • Presentation software using Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
    • Designing and Publishing WWW pages using Microsoft Expression, including CSS and JavaScript.
Recommended Reading List
  1.  Microsoft Office 2016 Step by Step, Joan Lambert & Curtis Frye, Microsoft Press.


    2. Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 Step by Step, Joan Lambert, Microsoft Press.

    3. Excel 2016 Bible, John Walkenbach, John Wiley and Sons.

    4. Excel 2016 Formulas and Functions, Paul McFedries, Que

    5. Microsoft Excel 2016 Step by Step, Curtis Frye, Microsoft Press.

    6. Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Expression Web 4 in 24 Hours, Second Edition (2012), Morten Rand-Hendriksen, SAMS.

    7. CSS: The Missing Manual, 4th Edition (2015), David McFarland, O’Reilly Media.

    All these texts are available on the Safari Tech Books Online database. These can be  accessed from the local TCD library page at

Module Prerequisites
Assessment Details

This module is entirely examined by continuous assessment.  Over the semester students hand in approximately 7-8 assignments, based on a mixture of individual and group work.  Students must attend a minimum of 75% of classes and are expected to obtain a passing grade of 40% in the coursework. Failure to achieve this may result in students having to undertake additional project work satisfactorily over the summer in order to pass the year.

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