Introduction to Computer Systems - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

One of the roles of the IT professional is to design and build systems and integrate them into an organisation. You will encounter a variety of platforms in your career. The role of the IT professional is to select, deploy, integrate and administer platforms or components to support the organisation’s IT infrastructure.

This unit covers the skills in the fundamentals of hardware and software and how they integrate to form essential components of IT systems. In addition, it develops skills and concepts that are essential to the administration of operating systems, networks, software, file systems, file servers, web systems, database systems, and system documentation, policies, and procedures. It also develops the skills to gather requirements, source, evaluate and integrate components into a single system, and validate the system.

Upon successful completion of this unit you should be able to:

  1. describe the necessary components and functions of an operating system
  2. define integration in terms of components and interfaces
  3. describe the major considerations for enterprise integration platform selection
  4. describe fundamentals of computer architecture and organisation, operating systems, and system integration and deployment
  5. describe the need for hardware and software integration
  6. compare and contrast hardware implementation options to meet specified requirements such as cost, reliability and capability
  7. classify and describe the various types of servers and services required within organisations
  8. analyse and rank widely available hardware implementation options to meet various organisational/user requirements
  9. critically review and redesign existing computer system specifications for meeting stated performance criteria.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Exercises — Fortnightly Online Quizzes (10%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Or hold equivalent IT knowledge, before starting this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2System Basics
3Data Transfers
4Processors and Memory
5System Expansion
6Peripheral Expansion
7Mass Storage
8Power Considerations
9Equipment Failure
10System Integration
11Systems and Software
12Systems to Solve Problems

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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