Introduction to Information Technology - 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: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , 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

This course aims to provide you with the foundation knowledge of contemporary Information Technology areas, software, applications and job skills required to enter the IT market. A major component of the course is the practical application of the knowledge gained from the theoretical content. The material covers a broad range of introductory Information Technology concepts.

Note: There is a group work element in both of the assignments for this unit which will require regular and ongoing collaboration amongst group members.

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

  1. describe and apply basic concepts of contemporary technologies
  2. analyse human and social contexts of technological innovations
  3. apply the knowledge of various ICT components to create a prototype of a product/service
  4. explain and integrate the marketing and legal aspects surrounding a product idea
  5. identify principles of collaborative work and explain potential conflict resolution techniques
  6. participate effectively and creatively in a team environment
  7. prepare a professional and comprehensively written IT report within provided parameters
  8. present a summary of an IT project.
  • 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

This unit assumes basic computer literacy skills.

  • 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)
  • Other special requirement — Word Processing Software (eg. Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc)

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction; What is IT?
2Communication and Teamwork
3Social Computing
4Privacy; Professional Ethics
5Legal Issues; Civil Liberty
6Cloud Computing
7Mobile Computing
9Current Trends in IT
10Big Data

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Introduction to Information Systems, 6th Edition

    By:R Kelly Rainer & Brad Prince

    ISBN: 9781119108009


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