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2014/15 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

COMP1006 Effective Personal Computing

10 creditsClass Size: 180

Module manager: Dr Kia Ng

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2014/15

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS1045Personal Tutorials for Accounting and Finance
LUBS1150Information Technology and Communication Skills I
LUBS1151Information Technology and Communication Skills I (Part-time

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

- Ever thought there must be an easier way to do it? - Ever worried about losing all of your work? - Want to know how computers can help you avoid plagiarism? In this module you will learn how computers can make studying easier. You will learn lots of short-cuts, tips and tricks for taking the effort out of preparing work to improve your productivity and how to make sure that your work is safe. You will learn about effective collaborative working and how electronic bibliographies can simplify referencing.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- use personal computers and other relevant systems in support of their studies;
- understand and make effective use of a PC operating system;
- make effective and efficient use of the components of a typical "office" suite in support of their studies;
- understand the potential benefits and issues of remote on-line working;
- identify and critically assess on-line resources;
- use a PC to maintain bibliographies;
- understanding how a PC can be used to support collaborative and group working;
- make effective and efficient use of on-line information productivity tools.


- Computers and operating systems; Files, storage, media and backups, development of modern operating systems.
- Current operating systems; Microsoft Windows, alternatives.
- Office productivity tools; current market leaders (Microsoft Office,, Google Docs, etc), functionality, current trends and developments.
- Efficient use of Microsoft Office; ensuring consistent layouts, sharing data between components, cross-referencing, etc. Finding information; on-line sources, advanced use of search engines, evaluating sources, copyright issues, maintaining bibliographies.
- Collaborative working; tracking changes in documents, Wikis, Google Docs.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning103.0030.00
Drop-in Session112.0022.00
Class tests, exams and assessment31.003.00
Private study hours45.00
Total Contact hours55.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Self-directed study: 30 hours
- Assessment activities: 3 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

VLE, attendance lists at drop-in sessions and VLE-based formative coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Reflective logAn individual blog exercise20.00
Group Project.40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2015


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