Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students will be provided with a general and practical introduction to information technology appropriate to all disciplines. The subject covers the hardware components of the computer, data storage and retrieval and introduces system software, computer networks, data communications, the Internet, operating systems, file management systems and security. Students will also be introduced to information systems and application software packages.

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SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRabei Alhadad

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into the Postgraduate Enabling Program (PEP)


Incompatible subjects BUS1MIS, CSE1ITF

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions The subject is designed for LTM to be delivered in Master Bridging course only.


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsComputer Systems: An Integrated Approach to Architecture and Operating SystemsRecommendedRamachandran & Leahy, 2010Person

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and critically discuss the functions of the main hardware components of computers.

One lecture on the main hardware components of a computer.

02. Differentiate between main types of computer networks and explain the purpose of major network components including any 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 and evaluate the main types of software, their roles, needs and functions

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

04. Critically analyse simple problems in their field and develop a spreadsheets to model these problems.

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 practical real-world problems

Four lectures on web page design, and developing web pages 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 problems

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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRabei Alhadad

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 examination50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Assignment 1 (equivalent to 750 words)15 01, 04
Assignment 2 (equivalent to 750 words15 05
Five tutorial submission assessments (equivalent to 1000 words in total)20 04, 05, 06