Introduction to Information Technology - 2012

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2012: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (15%) , Assignment 2 (15%) - Learn more

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2012 Fees
Domestic 1,039.00
Domestic continuing 949.00
International 1,264.00
International continuing 1,174.00

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This unit aims to provide you with the introductory theory required to understand the components and operations of computer systems, and wider issues surrounding the use of information technology in modern society. A major component of the unit is the practical application of the knowledge gained from the theoretical content. The material covers a broad range of introductory information technology concepts.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply relevant time management and organisational techniques to online learning
  2. demonstrate competence in the use of the World Wide Web as a research tool
  3. demonstrate an understanding of basic computer fundamentals and how they are implemented in modern hardware and software
  4. demonstrate an understanding of storage techniques for image and audio data
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the underlying infrastructure behind the internet
  6. demonstrate an understanding of security threats present on the internet
  7. apply knowledge to take steps in helping to protect desktop computers from internet threats.
  • Assignment 1 (15%)
  • Assignment 2 (15%)
  • Assignment 3 — Report (20%)
  • Exercises (10%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CPT11 — Information Technology 1

This unit assumes basic computer literacy skills.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Online learning
2Independent research
6Computer hardware fundamentals
7Data manipulation
8Operating systems and applications
9The internet
10Internet security and privacy

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.

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