Course handbook


Information Technology is designed to develop computing knowledge and skills for university study and beyond. The course covers a range of computer terminologies and concepts including hardware, software, communications and networks. The course also develops practical skills in the use of relevant software packages. A particular emphasis is placed on the role computers play in the management of data and information.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Develop knowledge and skills for efficient computing in a tertiary environment.

2. Provide explanation and promote understanding of a broad range of computer terminologies and concepts.

3. Increase student awareness and skill across a range of relevant software applications for study, communication and business.

4. Build familiarity with database theory and establish basic skills in database design.


  1. University Computing: familiarisation with the University's computing environment; exploration of commonly used tertiary teaching and learning tools.
  2. Database: terminology related to database use and structure; use of a database package, such as Microsoft Access and its facilities; introductory relational database design.
  3. Information Systems: overview; components; ethics.
  4. Hardware: components; functions.
  5. Software: divisions; roles.
  6. Networks and communications: LANs, WANs and International networks; the use of the Internet for commerce; the use of networks for social and business communication.
  7. Current computer issues.
  8. History and development of the computer.


This course is only available to students who are active in the Newstep and Yapug Programs.

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenario 1

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenario 2

In Term Test: Theory Test

Presentation: Presentations

In Term Test: Final Practical Examination

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenario 3

Formal Examination: Final Written Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks