Module Overview

Computer Applications and Digital skills

The aim of the module is to familiarise students with common computer applications, multimedia and social media packages relevant to food, beverage, pharmaceutical and environmental health industries. Through practical exercises, students will gain experience in word processing, spreadsheet editing, data manipulation, statistical analysis, presentation skills, generation and embedding of images, and appropriate use of the internet. The module will also cover aspects of professional conduct on social media, email and other social networks. The module will introduce the students to information retrieval methods usingf library databases and academic referencing.

Module Code

INFT 1002

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

The students will be given an induction to the module and creation of e-portfolio’s.
Each week the students will be given a task to complete and must show evidence that they are competent in this area as follows;
1. Preparation of an e-portfolio. Use the e-portfolio as a central repository for evidence of competencies developed during module.
2. Microsoft Office 1: Use of Microsoft Word to prepare a cover letter and CV
3. Microsoft Office 2: Use of Microsoft Word to prepare a lab report following the school template.
4. Microsoft Office 3: Use of Microsoft Excel to prepare a graph for a lab report
5. Microsoft Office 4: Use of Microsoft Excel to for basic statistical analysis of data sets, use of equations, visual representations (pie charts, bar charts, trend lines etc.), standard deviations, error bars.
6. Microsoft Office 5: Use of Microsoft PowerPoint for making an oral presentation with embedded video’s/ images/ tables. Critique presentations, discuss format and style of presentations.
7. Microsoft Office 6: Use of Microsoft PowerPoint : Present to peers an oral presentation with PowerPoint slides. What makes a good presentation?
8. Google Apps – google docs, sheets, forms, drive etc.
9. Awareness of their digital footprint: professional conduct in relation to social media, public networks, e-mails. Creating a LinkedIn profile. Structuring a professional e-mail.
10. YouTube and internet resources for educational purposes; TedTalks, MOOCs, Slideshare etc.

11. Information retrieval skills, library databases, academic referencing.
12. Introduction to Chemical drawing via the package Biovia or ChemSketch.

Computer lab based two hour weekly workshops driven through an individual e-portfolio. Students will have to create an e-portfolio.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100