An introduction to data and information
An introduction to data and information

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An introduction to data and information

1.2 Aims of the course

This course will:

  • use case studies (real-life examples of interesting aspects of the course which illustrate particular points) that relate the use of computers to finding, storing, processing and disseminating data and information;

  • describe various instances of computer use to see how computers can work with data to produce information;

  • introduce you to what a browswer is, and how to use one;

  • demonstrate how to use a search engine to find information more effectively.


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