Short Title:Information Technology
Full Title:Information Technology
Module Code:INFO H2009
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Field of Study:Mechanics and metal work
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Author:GERARD RYDER
Module Description:The course will provide a foundation for the use of computer programming and common software packages such as Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel as engineering tools and enable the student to evaluate, analyse and solve simple engineering problems using a systematic approach. The course uses an integrated approach to solving an engineering problem.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify the major components of a computer system and identify any ethical issues relating to the use of computers in industry and society.
LO2 Apply structured programme planning techniques for algorithm development such as flowcharts and psuedocode.
LO3 Demonstrate and describe standard programming commands such as; loops, decision making structures, comments, variable definitions, input/output statements and mathematical statements to solve an engineering problem.
LO4 Use common software tools, such as spreadsheets, word processors and presentation tools, to develop a solution to an Engineering problem.
LO5 Disseminate the outcome of your project using a variety of channels including a report (written in a word processor and demonstrating the use of styles, indexing and other formatting tools found in Word), presentation and a poster to be shown in Tallaght Library.
LO6 Demonstrate team working skills including project planning and division of effort in the design and development of the programme, report writing and HTML tasks. Conduct a team performance appraisal as part of this process.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Simple Computer System.
The components and operation of the various components of a microprocessor such as; hard drive, main processor, RAM, Bios, CD-ROM, floppy disk drive and zip disk, parallel, serial and USB ports.
Algorithms, Pseudocode and Flowcharts.
What is pseudocode; What is a flowchart. Using both to plan a programme and structure your code.
Structured Programming.
Putting it all together writing computer programmes that work; Decision making statements, loops, arrays, variable assignment, mathematical functions and the user interface forms.
Programme Debugging.
The use of debugging tools to identify and solve problems in a structured computer programme.
Problem Specific Material.
Either Sim-Rollercoaster Sim-Factory or Robot Problem. Combining everything together.
Microsoft Excel.
Formatting and styles, modelling using Excel, Excel as a reporting tool (graphs, tables etc)
Microsoft Powerpoint.
How to plan and develop a PowerPoint presentation in order to get across your message.
Information Literacy
Basic Information Literacy Skills: Planning an essay; structuring an essay; researching an essay; writing an essay and editing an essay.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Individual Project 1 (Simple information searching activity) Introduction to internet searching. Group Working. Report Writing 1,4,5 10.00 Week 3
Project Individual Project 2 (Simple Programme) Planning a programme (flowcharts and psuedocode) Planning, implementing and testing a simple programme. 2,3,5,6 20.00 Week 6
Project Final Report based on the development of the programme for the engineering problem (i.e. SIM-Rollercoaster, LEGO Robots or similar). Report should be written in a word processing package and demonstrate the use of styles, indexes and other important formating tools. 1,2,3,4,5,6 30.00 Sem 1 End
Project Group Project: The final outcome of the project either spreadsheet code or similar. Test and Verify in Lab. 1,2,3,4,5,6 20.00 Sem 1 End
Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice Quizzes to assess knowledge of the programming concepts covered during the class 2,3,4,5,6 20.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Directed Learning In Class activity around the themes being explored each week or work on project with guidance from the tutor. 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning Students must work in their groups to complete the required individual and group projects. 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Tutorial notes and Programming Exercises
Recommended Book Resources
  • Michael McRoberts 2013, Beginning Arduino: Second Edition (Technology in Action), 1st Edition Ed., Technology in Action
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Moodle Site: Gerard RyderOnline worksheets for Labview programme
  • Website: Arduino Learning Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_EAMEC_B B.Eng(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering [Ab Initio] 4 Mandatory
TA_EAMEC_D Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 4 Mandatory
TA_EAUTO_D Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Automation) 4 Mandatory