The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


Provides an introduction to the basic knowledge and techniques needed to use computers effectively in learning environments and subsequent study and employment. Explains information systems and computer hardware and software concepts and introduces various project management techniques. Includes a hands-on approach to helping students become proficient in the use of computers as personal productivity tools. Students will develop competency with common software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets and databases.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand the concepts of computer systems and information systems;

2. Plan and manage their work and university projects using computer-based technologies;

3. Identify their data management needs and effectively manage their data resources;

4. Make effective use of data management and analysis tools for decision-making;

5. Understand the importance of ethics and data privacy in the modern academic and work environments.


This course will cover a selection of topics from the following: word processing, spreadsheets, databases, project management, information systems, understanding data, digital representation of data, ethics and data privacy, and fundamentals of information technology hardware and software. Where appropriate, the course will entail hands-on experience with software tools to enhance personal and professional productivity.

Assumed knowledge

Basic Computing Skills

Assessment items

In Term Test: Class Tests

Quiz: Online Quiz

Formal Examination: Final Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students whose overall mark in the course is 50% or more, but who score less than 40% in the compulsory item and thus fail to demonstrate the required proficiency, will be awarded a Criterion Fail grade, which will show as FF on their formal transcript. However, students in this position who have scored at least 25% in the compulsory assessment item will be allowed to undertake a supplementary 'capped' assessment in which they can score at most 50% of the possible mark for that item.

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 2


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1