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. Describe the tertiary computing environment and use it proficiently.

2. Recall, describe and explain core computer terminologies and concepts.

3. Utilise course software applications to meet study, communication and business needs.

4. Explain database theory and design basic relational databases.

5. Apply group work skills effectively in an IT context and evaluate group performance.

6. Describe ethical considerations in the information age and apply ethical principles to social and business settings.


  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; introductory SQL.
  3. Information systems: overview; components; ethics.
  4. The digital economy: overview; themes, currencies.
  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

Journal: Online Journal

In Term Test: Computer Test 1

Presentation: Presentations

In Term Test: Computer Test 2

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