2016 Introduction to Information and Communication Technologies for Development

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Graduate major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society
Yamashita Yukihiko  Takada Jun-Ichi  Aoyagi Takahiro 
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Course description and aims

The roles and history of information and communication technologies in environment and social development are explained. Basic protocols for Internet (Ethernet and TCP/IP) and its related protocols (SMPT, FTP, and HTTP) are then explained. The basic technologies of communication that are necessary for rural and Internet communication are explained. Internet services and their basic technologies, and the technologies which support web-based approaches are outlined. Finally, as an example of these technologies applied to development, we focus on e-learning.

Student learning outcomes

To understand the basics of information and communication technologies, as a foundation for learning more advanced information and communication technology.


Internet, TCP/IP, HTML, e-Learning

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

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Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Purpose and abstract of this lecture and roles of information communication To be able to explain the role of information communication.
Class 2 Outline of the Internet To be able to give an outline of the Internet.
Class 3 Protocols for the Internet To be able to explain the protocols for the Internet..
Class 4 Basic technology of communications infrastructure To be able to explain the basic technology of communications technology.
Class 5 Outline of Internet services and their basic technologies (Html, CSS) To be able to write a simple html document.
Class 6 Information technology in Internet services (PHP, Javascript, RDB) To be able to write a very simple PHP program.
Class 7 Application technology of Internet (Theory and technology of e-Learning) To be able to explain theory and technology of e-Learning.
Class 8 Application technology of Internet (Practices and Assesment of e-Learning) To be able to explain assessment of e-Learning.


Teaching materials prepared by lectures, report published by international organizations, etc.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Kevin R. Stevens and W. Richard Fall, "TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series)," Addison-Wesley Professional, 2011.

Assessment criteria and methods

Basic knowledge and degree of understanding with respect to Internet, wireless communication, and e-Learning are evaluated. Weights of evaluation are 40% by homework and 60% by final reports.

Related courses

  • ZUQ.T211 : Basic Theory of Information Processing

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