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    Introduction to Information and Communications Technology
    IT S101
      More information: Course Guide
    Introduction to Information and Communications Technology
    Course Start Date
    Aut 2020
    Course Level
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2021
    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2020
    Foundation 2 terms 10
    Aut 2021

    Course Coordinator: Prof. Vanessa Ng, BSc (Hons), PhD (CityU); CEng; MIET; SMIEEE

    Course Developer: Ir. Clifford Tse, consultant

    IT S101 is one of the compulsory courses for the Bachelor of Computing programmes. It is an optional course in the BSc and BSc (Hons) in Computer Engineering degrees. This course is also universally relevant to all OUHK programmes and is suitable as a free-choice selection.

    This course provides students with a broad understanding of the basics of information and communication technology (ICT) and its applications and impacts on our daily lives. ICT is present in nearly every aspect of society so it is essential for you to know its function and how best it can be employed. This course gives a thorough overview of the disciplines of computing and networking, and of cutting-edge issues brought about by the extensive use of the Internet worldwide. It shows how to create an interactive webpage and write up some simple programs through hands-on practice. The course will explore some unique aspects of programming such as user interface and network security to cover the latest developments in ICT.

    This course aims to:

    • Introduce the basic concepts and principles of computer science to serve as a foundation for understanding the status quo and the development of ICT;

    • Demonstrate basic programming techniques with HTML and JavaScript;

    • Illustrate problem solving using computer programs;

    • Discuss current issues in ICT to bring out the trends and their social impacts.

    The course covers the following topics:

    • Introduction to Computing and Networking

    • Data representation and standards for information exchange

    • HTML and Web pages

    • Dynamic Web pages with JavaScript

    • Modular programming and reusable components

    • Human computer interface

    • Communications and security

    • Software development

    • The Future of ICT

    Learning support
    There will be 12 two-hour tutorials and 16 two-hour surgeries spread throughout the course. Students are also encouraged to make extensive use of the online discussion board in the OLE for questions and answers.

    There will be four assignments and a final examination. Each of the two parts contributes 50% of the final grade. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

    Online requirement
    This course is supported by the Online Learning Environment (OLE). You can find the latest course information from the OLE. Through the OLE, you can communicate electronically with your tutor and Course Coordinator, as well as other students. To access the OLE, students will need to have access to the Internet. The use of the OLE is required for the study of this course.

    Students will need access to a PC-compatible computer suitable for connecting to the Internet.


    • Mozilla Firefox Office, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome browser

    • NotePad++ (can be downloaded from Internet)

    Set book(s)
    There are no set books for this course.

    Students with disabilities or special educational needs
    The audio and visual components of this course may cause difficulties for students with hearing or vision impairment. You are encouraged to seek advice from the Course Coordinator before enrolling on the course.

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