CAPP06036 2016 Introduction to Business Technology

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Business Technology
Transcript Title
Intro to Bus Tech
100 %
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
Aiden Bell, Alan Kelly, David O'Halloran, Siobhain O'Connor, Carmel Sheehan, Fergal Keane, Helen Grady, Diolinda Coyle
Programme Membership
SG_BBUSS_B07 201600 Bachelor of Business in Business L7 SG_BEMBE_G07 201600 Bachelor of Business in Embedded award of BB Ab-initio L8 SG_BEMBE_G06 201600 Higher Certificate in Business in Embedded award of BB Ab-initio L8 SG_BTOUR_C06 201600 Higher Certificate in Business in Tourism SG_BAPPL_C06 201600 Higher Certificate in Business in Applied Sport SG_BAPPL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business SG_BINTE_F06 202000 Level 6 Certificate in International Foundation Studies SG_BACCO_C06 202100 Higher Certificate in Business in Accounting L6 SG_BBUSI_C06 202100 Higher Certificate in Business in Business Studies L6 SG_BBUSI_H08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business L8 (Ab-initio) SG_BBUSS_B07 202100 Bachelor of Business in Business L7 SG_BTOUR_H08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business in Tourism with Event Management SG_BTOUR_B07 202100 Bachelor of Business in Business in Tourism with Event Management

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with the basic computer skills required to work in a business environment

Learning Outcomes

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


manage files/folders


create word processing documents


generate presentation slides


operate email software


search the Web and other online resources


identify computer types, components, specifications and usage

Teaching and Learning Strategies

direct instruction/discussion strategies and active/experiential learning are used to improve student learning

Module Assessment Strategies


Repeat Assessments

Repeat Theory and Practical Examinations

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, sending, receiving, 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 and 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 and HDD) / 
  • warranty / upgrades / software / virus-checker

types of computer networks

  • 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 File Management, Word Processing Assessment Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 40 % Week 12 1,2,6
2 Presentation, Internet, Email Assessment Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 30 % Week 6 3,4,5,6
3 Online/Offline Theory Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % OnGoing 6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Formal Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Laboratory Practical Computer Laboratory Computer Based Class 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self-Study 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Miller, M. (2015) Computer Basics Absolute Beginner's Guide, 8th Edition. Que Publishing.

Wilson, K. (2015) Fundamentals of Office 2016 (Computer Fundamentals). Elluminet Press.


Other Resources

Support material prepared by lecturers and available to students on the college network or via Moodle