The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the theoretical underpinnings of computer operating systems and gives them practical experience in the installation and maintenance of a popular operating system on personal computers. it introduces the theoretical basis of computer networks and provides practical experience in the installation and administration of a small network of personal computers.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Singapore)


  • Semester 1 - 2018


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand the role of operating systems and computer networks in information technology applications within organisations;

2. Understand the appropriate use of networking hardware and software;

3. Install, configure, and maintain an operating system and applications software on a personal computer;

4. Select hardware and software components, build, configure, and maintain a computer network.


  1. Theoretical aspects of computer communications.
  2. The role of computer networks.
  3. Computer network architecture.
  4. Systems software for computer networks.
  5. Applications software and computer networks.
  6. Implementation and maintenance of computer networks.

Assumed knowledge

SENG1050 Web Technologies (previously COMP1050 Internet Communications)

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments

In Term Test: Practical Tests

Formal Examination: Formal 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

Callaghan, Ourimbah and PSB Singapore

Computer Lab

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


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