IS41090 Informatics

Academic Year 2021/2022

The process of information creation, storage, and access are core interests in the study of informatics. These processes are inextricably tied to web based applications, the use of which is prevalent in many aspects of daily life and are a core component of modern industries. These systems are typically predicated on the exposure of some underlying structured storage of data in a contextual way to clients in the form of a web interface. These types of applications include online shops (e.g. Ebay,, social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Tumblr), online encyclopedias (e.g. Wikipedia, Scholarpedia) and even content management systems (e.g. Wordpress, Drupal).

This module will discuss some of the technologies underpinning these applications and the underlying principles of how such applications are developed. Attention will be paid to the manner in which data can be stored, and practical means of accessing and delivering information to a frontend. Students can expect to obtain both practical experience and theoretical knowledge relating to the development of such systems.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to
• formulate, explain and compare the fundamental data storage concepts
• understand the purpose and application of markup and data exchange
• design and implement a relational database
• be able to update and output data from a database system using a frontend application
• use a JSON based REST API
• have familiarity with both client and server side scripting

Indicative Module Content:

Relational database model, SQL, server side scripting, web servers, client side technologies

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lecture; in-class discussion; hands-on classroom based activities 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: Application Development Project Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Practical submissions Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Class Test: Written examination Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback and grades will be provided for project component practical work prior to end of semester deliverable. End of semester components will have grades released online through SIS.

Name Role
Ms Michelle Duggan Tutor
Mr Eoin OhAnnagain Tutor
Mr Karl Roe Tutor
Ms Shreya Tadas Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Wed 10:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 6 Wed 10:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 10:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 12:00 - 12:50