Electronic Communications and Applications - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Individual or Group (30-40%) , Assignment 2 - Individual (30-50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

This unit of study aims to provide students with a multidisciplinary inquiry into the technology, business, economics, and public-policy of computer networks and an appreciation of the value of social media and how it affects collaborative working, social interaction, information dissemination and knowledge exchange in both private and commercial business environments. The unit introduces students to the foundations of computer networks and social media including Internet architecture, network technologies and protocols, emerging network technologies, network security, social media analytics and management of social networking sites.

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the technology and security associated with mobile applications, data communications and networks in organisations
  2. Explain theories of adoption and implementation of mobile systems, internet technologies and social media
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of organisational, social and personal impact of mobility and social media, including implications for work/life balance, ethics and security
  4. Explain the impact mobile and telecommunications can have on the key business processes and activities of an organization
  5. Communicate effectively as a professional and function as an effective leader or member of a diverse team
  • Assignment 1 — Individual or Group (30-40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Individual (30-50%)
  • Test — Individual (20-30%)

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:

  • CIS200 — Electronic Communications and Applications
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to networks and data communications in organisational contexts, building appropriate communication infrastructure for organisations
2Technologies associated with mobile systems, intranets, portals, RFIDs and other smartcard technologies
3Implementation issues associated with social media, portals and other smart technologies
4The concept of critical mass and its application to mobility and telecommunications
5Theories of adoption and behavioural issues associated with social networking and mobile technologies
6Security issues associated with communication technologies - both now and in the future
7Introduction of standards and protocols that is critical in maintaining interconnection and interoperability
8Organisational, social and personal impact of mobility and telecommunications, including implications for work/life balance, privacy and other issues
9Determining the business value associated with investments in social media , internet technologies, communication infrastructure for organisations

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

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.

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