Submitted by Hugh_Hughes on Sun, 08/18/2019 - 19:37
Module Title
Computational Thinking & Problem-Solving
Module Credits
5
Module Semester
1
Module Status
Mandatory

The aim of this module is equip learners with the fundamentals and the practical applications of computational thinking and practical approaches within the problem-solving process. Computational thinking and problem solving skills ensure good practice in programming and general computations which are consistently required throughout the module and the programme.

Objectives

This module will ensure learners meet the following objectives:

  • Understand the steps in the problem-solving process.
  • Construct Boolean logic circuits from a mathematical perspective and evaluate how Boolean searches are used in the real world.
  • Create algorithms.
  • Build flowcharts.
  • Devise logical arguments in the wider ICT context.

Problem Solving

  • The Problem-Solving Process
  • Defining the Problem
  • Analysing Problems
  • Gathering Information
  • Interpreting Data
  • Finding Solutions

Logic

  • Introduction to computational thinking
  • Set Theory
  • Introduction to Boolean algebra
  • Boolean operators OR, AND NOT
  • Logic gates, Truth tables and Boolean expressions
  • Basic rules of Boolean algebra

Data Representation and Number Systems

  • Binary, octal and hexadecimal notation
  • Conversion from one data representation to another
  • Simple binary and hexadecimal arithmetic

 

Algorithms and Flowcharts

  • Introduction to algorithms
  • Algorithm analysis
  • Data structures
  • Sorting and searching
  • Flowchart symbols and their meaning
  • Drawing flowcharts

Critical thinking and Writing

  • Finding evidence
  • Analysing evidence
  • Inferences
  • Facts and opinions
  • Common errors in reasoning
  • Valid and invalid arguments
  • Using critical thinking to make decisions
  • Analysing arguments in the writing of others
    Module Assessment
    Type
    Continuous Assessment
    Percentage
    100%