CAPP06035 2016 Information and Communications Technology in Accounting 1 (BA (Hons) Accounting S1)

General Details

Full Title
Information and Communications Technology in Accounting 1 (BA (Hons) Accounting S1)
Transcript Title
ICT in Accounting 1
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Subject Area
CAPP - Computer Applications
BUS - Business
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Helen Grady
Programme Membership
SG_BEMBE_G07 201600 Bachelor of Business Embedded Award BB L7 in Finance and Investment SG_BEMBE_G06 201600 Higher Certificate in Business in Embedded Award BB(Hons) Finance and Investment SG_BACCO_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business in Accounting L8 SG_BFINA_H08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business in Finance and Investment

The aim of this module is to provide the student with basic computer skills and to enable the student to use presentation, spreadsheet and wordprocessing software. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Manage electronic files


Use electronic communication as a business tool


Demonstrate the use of the internet to search for relevant and reliable information


Use presentation software


Apply basic word processing skills


Create basic spreadsheets


Identify the basic hardware and software requirements of a computer system 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture Strategy used to introduce each topic to students. It is used as a means of conveying information on a new topic to students.

Active Learning where students produce written work during the lecture. This aims to improve students' understanding and retention of information and can be very effective in developing higher order cognitive skills such as problem solving and critical thinking.

Discussion Strategies where students are engaged in discussion to deepen their learning and motivation by propelling them to develop their own views and hear their own voices. It provides a good environment for interaction and is the first step in encouraging students to talk.

Module Assessment Strategies

In class exercises, MCQ's and Project

Repeat Assessments

In class exercises, MCQ's and Project

Indicative Syllabus

 1. File Management

  • defining files/folders
  • file naming conventions, types and extensions
  • windows explorer overview
  • storing files/folders (locally, on storage devices, on networks, in the cloud)
  • searching for files/folders
  • creating/renaming/deleting files/folders/ nested folders
  • moving/copying files/folders
  • creating shortcuts to favourite files/folders

 2. Word Processing

  • defining a word processor - uses, features
  • identifying different types – offline, online
  • creating/opening/saving/sharing documents
  • entering/editing/selecting/deleting text
  • copying/moving text
  • finding/replacing text
  • formatting text (font, size, colour, bold/italic/underline, text case/alignment, styles)
  • changing spacing (line, paragraph)
  • modifying page layout (orientation, margins, page size)
  • organising text (lists, indents, tabs, tables, columns, breaks)
  • adding headers/footers/page numbers
  • inserting footnotes/endnotes
  • inserting/formatting/arranging/embedding objects
  • creating a mail merge
  • creating indexes/table of contents/table of figures
  • checking spelling/grammar
  • reviewing documents – word count, tracking changes
  • protecting documents
  • printing documents

 3. Presentation Software

  • software environment
  • slide structure (eg title, layout, etc)
  • formatting (font, size, line spacing, etc)
  • templates, design
  • spellcheck
  • headers/footers
  • footnotes & endnotes
  • charting & inserting images
  • delivery methods - printing, publish to web, slideshow
  • animated text/images, movies, sounds
  • transitions
  • find/replace
  • plagiarism & referencing - books, web sites, etc

4. Electronic Communication

  • different types - MS Outlook, Gmail, Hotmail, etc
  • email etiquette
  • creating, deleting, forwarding, replying to emails
  • proper use of subject line, cc and bcc
  • attachments
  • formatting
  • signature line
  • out of office reply
  • calendar, appointments (using & syncing)
  • contacts - individuals & groups
  • forwarding email to other email software
  • features - accessing productivity software via email (eg Office365)

5. Internet Usage

  • Distinguish between browser, search engine, world wide web and the Internet
  • Different examples of browsers, search engines, meta-search engines
  • Identify GUI components within browser window
  • Types of domain names
  • Webmail Vs. client email
  • Distinguish between domain name, URL and address box
  • How to search web effectively
  • Saving pictures, text, targets, pages, PDF files
  • Social networking environment
  • Plagiarism and referencing
  • Bibliography / Harvard referencing system
  • Online resources – library, databases, etc.
  • Cloud computing

6. Theory

  • Hardware components
    • CPU, primary storage, secondary storage, input/output technologies, communication technologies
  • Software components
    • System software, application software
  • Memory capacity
    • Bits, bytes, KB, MB, GB, terabyte, petabyte, exabyte, zettabyte
  • Types of computer
    • Supercomputer, mainframe computer, minicomputer, microcomputer, wearable devices
  • Buying a computer device (desktop, laptop, notebook, tablet, mobile device)
    • What will the computer be used for?
    • Type of device / budget
    • CPU / RAM / Hard Drive (SSD vs. HDD) /
    • Warranty / upgrades / software / virus-checker
  • Types of computer networks
    • LAN, WAN, VAN
    • LAN components
    • Communication media – Wired / Wireless
  • The Internet
    • History, Internet technologies (Intranet, extranet)
    • The future of the Internet - Internet2, Next Generation Internet (NGI)
    • Types of Internet connections
      • Dial up, fixed broadband, mobile broadband, Internet on your phone, wireless hotspots, etc.,
  • Cloud computing
    • History, cloud components
    • Public cloud, private cloud, community cloud, hybrid cloud
    • Why is cloud service popular?
    • What applications use it?

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Evaluation Word Processing Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 25 % Week 7 1,2,3,5
2 Practical Evaluation Spreadsheets Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 25 % Week 10 1,2,4,6
3 Practical Evaluation Moodle Quiz Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 10 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
4 Written Report Project based on module work Continuous Assessment Written Report 40 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Computer Laboratory Laboratory Practical 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2015-01-01 Discovering Computers, Essentials 2016 Course Technology
ISBN 1305392078 ISBN-13 9781305392076

Learn how to maximize the use of mobile devices, make the most of the latest online tools for collaboration and communications, and fully utilize today's Internet capabilities with DISCOVERING COMPUTERS ESSENTIALS 2016. This book clearly shows you how technology skills can assist you in gaining employment or advancing your career. Discover and practice using the most recent developments in computer tools and technology with this book's wide variety of practice and reinforcement opportunities. Each chapter begins with a self-assessment that enables you to target your study to learn more in less time! DISCOVERING COMPUTERS ESSENTIALS offers the content you need to succeed in a way that ensures your understanding and success.

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Lecturer notes available in Moodle

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