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.

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKan Yu

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsBUS1MIS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

BENDIGO CAMPUS: Discovering computers (introductory)

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorShelly, Cashman & Vermaat.





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify and discuss the functions of 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.
03. Describe the main types of software, the role of the software and how software is run on the computer.
04. Analyse a simple problem in a given field of study and develop a spreadsheet to model the problem.
05. Design and construct basic web pages using HTML and style sheets to solve a practical problem.
06. Develop and interpret simple database tables, queries and reports to solve practical problem.
07. Solve practical problems in a given field of study using knowledge gained during the lecture

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSimon Egerton

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
tutorial/laboratory class


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2-hour examination

N/ACentral examIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Assignment 1: 750 words

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO4

Assignment 2: 750 words

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo15 SILO5, SILO7

Five tutorial assessments (200-word equivalent each)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO4, SILO5, SILO6