Introduction to Computer Systems - 2018

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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2018 Fees
Domestic 1,169.00
HECS 1,169.00
International 1,419.00
One of the roles of the IT professional is to design and build systems and integrate them into an organisation.
You should 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 aims to cover the skills in the fundamentals of hardware and software and how they integrate to form essential components of IT systems. In addition, it aims to develop 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 aims to develop 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 some of the fundamental hardware building blocks of computer systems and some basic algorithms by which they are used
  2. Demonstrate understanding of number systems, such as binary, octal, decimal and hexadecimal.
  3. Use Boolean algebra to model basic algorithms in hardware using logic gates such as binary addition/multiplication, template pattern matching, stream encryption, data multiplexing,
  4. Describe fundamentals of computer architecture and organisation, operating systems, and system integration and deployment
  5. Critically review and (re-)design existing computer system specifications for meeting stated performance criteria.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Final Written Exam (50%)
  • Test — Online Test(s) (10%)
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.

  • Broadband access — Stable broadband connection required to access online learning materials and live chat sessions / recordings. (note: mobile broadband users may have difficulties participating in live chat sessions)

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction / Number Systems
2Digital Logic
3Technological Platforms / Computer Architecture
4Processors / Processing
5Memory / Mass Storage
6System Integration / Use Cases
7Hardware Failure / Error Correction
8Hardware Platforms
9Software Platforms
10Interfacing / Operating Systems

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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