Teaching



I am currently module coordinator for the following undergraduate and postgraduate courses:

INF205-6050 Database design

Effective data management is key to any organisation, particularly with the increasing availability of large and heterogeneous datasets (e.g. transactional, multimedia and geo-spatial data). A database is an organised collection of data, typically describing the activities of one or more organisations and a core component of modern information systems. A Database Management System (DBMS) is software designed to assist in maintating and utilising large collections of data and becoming a necessity for all organisations. This module provides an introduction to the area of databases and database management, relational database design and a flavour of some advanced topics in current database research that deal with different kinds of data and organisational context. Lectures are structured into three main areas: (1) an introduction to databases, (2) the process of designing relational databases, and (3) advanced topics (e.g. OO and XML databases). The course includes a series of practical sessions aimed at providing you with the skills required to implement a database in Oracle and extract information using the Structured Query Lanaguage (SQL). [Module Outline]


INF208 Digital Multimedia

Digital multimedia plays a key role in many information professions, offering many potential benefits to areas that employ multimedia technologies. Indeed, digital multimedia is already having an impact on activities in the fields of business, entertainment, cultural heritage, education, medicine and journalism. The module provides an introduction to the area of digital multimedia including key concepts and technologies involved in creating/using digital content, and developing multimedia applications. Lectures are structured in two main areas: (1) the creation and use of digital media (e.g. images, videos and sounds), and (2) the production of multimedia applications. Combined with a series of practical lab-based sessions based on Adobe Flash, you are provided with skills enabling you to design and create simple multimedia applications. [Module Outline]


INF6512 Information Systems in Health

An Information System (IS) is an arrangement of information (data), processes, people and information technology that interact to collect, process, store and present information needed to support decision-making and information management within organizations. Computer-based information systems are increasingly important within healthcare organizations and being utilized to support not only traditional data processing activities, but also strategic management objectives. This module addresses key themes in healthcare information systems as they aim to provide the necessary infrastructure needed to manage and produce relevant, timely and accurate information to support the healthcare organisation and its users. Lectures will be used to introduce key concepts to of information systems within national (and international) healthcare services, supplemented with additional self-study material. The lecture course for this module (10 lectures) is divided into three main sections: (1) Overview of Health Information Systems; (2) Developing the Information System; and (3) Supporting the Information System. Areas covered include: information systems theory, the healthcare organisation and its environment (including administrative, acute and primary care settings), planning and strategy, systems development, evaluation, supporting infrastructures and technologies, and data protection and security. [Module Outline]


I also teach on a range of other courses including the following:

INF206-6060 Information Retrieval: Search Engines and Digital Libraries
INF209-6090 Information Storage and Retrieval Research
INF304-6040 Business Intelligence
INF317-6017 Content Management Systems
INF6001 Information Systems Project Management

Contact Details:

Information School
University of Sheffield
Room 226,
Regent Court,
211 Portobello Street,
Sheffield, S1 4DP UK.
  Tel : +44 (0) 114 2222664
Fax : +44 (0) 114 2780300
mailto: p.d.clough@sheffield.ac.uk