Available in 2021
Course code



10 units



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. In addition, there is an emphasis on developing practical skills in associated software packages.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

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.

7. Film, edit and publish short digital videos.


  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; basic use of a database package; introductory relational database design; introductory SQL.
  3. Information systems: overview; components; ethics; big data.
  4. The digital economy: overview; themes, currencies.
  5. Introductory digital video production.
  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

Project: Project

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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.