Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students will be provided with a general and practical introduction to information technology for students in all disciplines. It covers: fundamental principles of computer operation, the main hardware components of the computer, data storage and retrieval, introduction to system software, introduction to data communications, computer networks, the Internet; operating systems, file management systems, security, introduction to information systems; application software modules: spreadsheets, database packages, the World Wide Web.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSimon Egerton

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjects BUS1MIS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBENDIGO CAMPUS: Discovering computers 2009 (introductory)PrescribedShelly, Cashman & Vermaat.THOMSON, 2009
ReadingsFSTE First Year Survival Guide (second edition)RecommendedFaculty of Science, Technology and EngineeringLA TROBE UNIVERSITY 2012

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and discuss the functions of the main hardware components of a computer.

One lecture on the main hardware components of a computer.

02. Differentiate between the main types of computer networks, explain the purpose of the major network components and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different data communication media.

One lecture on communication between computing devices and an introduction to the types of computer networks.

03. Describe the main types of software, the role of the software and how software is run on the computer.

One lecture on types of software, their features and uses. One associated lab on software and how software is run on a computer.

04. Analyse a simple problem in a given field of study and develop a spreadsheet to model the problem.

One lecture on using a spreadsheet package and guidelines for constructing spreadsheets. Two associated labs developing spreadsheets.

05. Design and construct basic web pages using HTML and style sheets to solve a practical problem.

Four lectures on web page design, and developing web pags using HTML and CSS. Four associated labs on creating and testing web pages.

06. Develop and interpret simple database tables, queries and reports to solve practical problem.

Three lectures onncreating simple database tables and developing related queries and reports. Three associated labs on using simple DBMS to create and modify tables, queries and reports.

07. Solve practical problems in a given field of study using knowledge gained during the lecture

One lecture discusses problem solving of practical problem and integration of IT techniques learned in the previous lectures. One associated lab on system's integration.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSimon Egerton

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"tutorial/laboratory class"

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour examination60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Assignment 1: 750 words15 01, 04
Assignment 2: 750 words15 05, 07
Five tutorial assessments (200-word equivalent each)10 04, 05, 06