Module Code: H6CI
Long Title The Computing Industry
Title The Computing Industry
Module Level: LEVEL 6
EQF Level: 5
EHEA Level: Short Cycle
Credits: 5
Module Coordinator: ORLA LAHART
Module Author: Lisa Murphy
Departments: School of Computing
Specifications of the qualifications and experience required of staff  
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Compare and contrast the various sectors in the IT industry.
LO2 Differentiate between key roles in the IT industry.
LO3 Discuss and analyse emergent technologies and trends in the IT industry.
LO4 Summarise the broad ethical and legal issues that are raised by widespread use of technologies.
LO5 Demonstrate the technologies and procedures necessary to ensure systems are reliable and secure.
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Entry requirements  

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
IT Industry
• Understanding the IT Industry. • Distinguish the different sectors. • Differentiate the different roles. • The career planning process and creating of E-Portfolios
Ethical and Social Issues in the Digital Firm
• Understanding ethical and social issues related to IT. • Ethics in an information society. • The moral dimensions of Information Systems.
IT Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies
• IT Infrastructure. • Infrastructure components. • Hardware platform trends and emerging technologies. • Software platform trends and emerging technologies Management issues.
Securing Information Systems
• System vulnerability and abuse. • Business value of security and control. • Establishing a framework for security and control. • Technologies and tools for security.
Assessment Breakdown%


Full Time

Assessment Type: Continuous Assessment (0200) % of total: 100
Assessment Date: n/a Outcome addressed: 1,2,3,4,5
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
Typical practical assignments would include: Applying for an IT job DILO (Day in the life of). Interactive presentation of the IT industry including findings from events and conferences
No End of Module Assessment
No Workplace Assessment
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

NCIRL reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Module Target Workload Hours 0 Hours
Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial No Description 1 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning No Description 7.5 Once per semester 0.63
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning No Description 89 Once per semester 7.42
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Rock. (2013), The graduate career guidebook, 1st. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Laudon*. Management Information Systems, 12th. Pearson, [ISBN: 0-27-375453-X].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Andrew Greasley, editor; Paul Bocij, Dave Chaffey, Simon Hickie. (2006), Business information systems, Financial Times/Prentice Hall, Harlow, England, [ISBN: 0273688146].
  • O Brien, J.A. Marakas. (2006), Management Information Systems, 7th. McGraw-Hill Education Europe.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
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