This unit introduces students to fundamentals of computer hardware and software, and networking. The unit provides knowledge of computer structure and operation, including Arithmetic-Logic Unit, computer registers, internal bus, memory; system software, including compilers and operating systems; and computer networking and data communication.
At the completion of this unit students will have:
Developed the ability to:
- understand basic Computer Structure and Operation and demonstrate use of the associated vocabulary;
- demonstrate knowledge of Arithmetic-Logic Unit, computer registers, Internal Bus, Memory, I/O organisations and interfacing standards;
- describe the operation of the CPU and explain how it is used to execute instructions;
- demonstrate an understanding of the basics of operating systems software using examples from File Systems, User Interfaces and Software Development Tools;
- discuss network architecture standards for open systems;
- describe TCP/IP network protocol;
- understand the fundamental functions and architectures of LAN and WAN.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
- adopt a problem solving approach;
- accept the code of professional conduct and practice;
- act in accordance with best practice, industry standards and professional ethics.
Demonstrated the communication and teamwork skills necessary to:
- cooperate effectively within small groups;
- present their work in various forms.
Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%
Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:
(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:
- 2 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 8 hours independent study per week for completing tutorial and project work, private study and revision.
Proficiency in basic mathematics.
FIT1005, FIT1031, FIT9018, FIT9020, BUS4150, BUS5112, CPE4002, CSE4884, CSE9801