Faculty of Information Technology

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology


Associate Professor Madhu Chetty (Gippsland); Dr Oladayo Bello (South Africa)


South Africa

  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit provides students with an understanding of the management issues surrounding Information Technology (IT), the knowledge of management functions and responsibilities necessary for IT managers, and the knowledge to apply IT management principles in an organisational environment. Main topics include: Information Systems, Management, Managing Essential Technologies, Managing Systems Development, Managing New Technologies, Acquisition of Hardware, Software, Networks, and Services People and Technology.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse simple algorithms to work out an order of magnitude estimate of running time and space;
  2. describe and implement the most common data structures: stacks, queues, lists, priority queues, tables, sets, collections using various common data representations: arrays, linked lists, heaps, trees (including balanced trees), hashing;
  3. evaluate which implementation would be most appropriate for a given data structure and application;
  4. apply the same principles used in implementing the common data structures to implement other data structures and design and implement new data structures;
  5. describe more advanced algorithms in areas such as: graph theory (shortest path etc), pattern searching, data compression (precise selection of advanced algorithms will vary from year to year);
  6. design new algorithms to solve new problems.


Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

  • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)



GCO3816, IMS3002

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