Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2018-2019 (archived)


Department: Computer Science


Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Not available in 2018/19 Module Cap
Tied to G5K109


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • The purpose of this module is to introduce the issues surrounding the Internet. These issues range from the technological through to the social and cultural.


  • ownership and administration;
  • technology;
  • servers;
  • information and its structure;
  • security;
  • protocols.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • to understand the basic issues surrounding the Internet;
  • to understand how security impinges upon data in the Internet;
Subject-specific Skills:
  • to have gained experience of handling and structuring data within the context of the Internet.
Key Skills:

    Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

    • Lecturing demonstrates what is required to be learned and the application of the theory to practical examples. Problem classes through practicals provide assessment (both formative and summative) to guide students in the correct development of their knowledge and skills. Tutorials provide active engagement and feedback to the learning process.

    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    Lectures 6 1st 2 weeks 2 hour 12
    Tutorials 4 1 hour 4
    Preparation and Reading 134
    Total 150

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Coursework 100%

    Formative Assessment:

    A formative assignment will be given in the second week of the module.

    Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University