Entry Requirements and Weighting

Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Credit Points: 15 Credit Points
Level: Year 1, Elective Unit
Workload: Timetabled hours/week: 4 (Lecture= 2 hours, Tute/ lab= 2 hours)
  Personal Study Hours/week: 5

Brief Description

This is an elective unit out of a total of 8 units in the Diploma of IT (DIT). This unit addresses the DIT course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ knowledge and skills in platform technologies. For further course information refer to: http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/diploma-information-technology

This unit provides the concepts and principles of basic operation of platform technologies, including general purpose computers and peripherals, and communication infrastructure such as transmission systems (copper, wireless, optical fibre), networking and networking devices. In addition, this unit introduces digital data representation, including number systems and character encodings.

A practical "hands-on" component will develop essential skills to install, use, and support PC hardware and software by providing the training to ensure the necessary proficiency. This unit also develops skills to be able to identify and diagnose possible problems and troubleshoot personal computer systems.

Unit topics include:

  1. Historic evolution of computers
  2. Basic computer structure and operation: Processors, Memory, BIOS/UEFI
  3. Number systems
  4. Digital information: data and number representation
  5. Floating point representation
  6. Basic operation of operating systems
  7. Digital Logic
  8. Electrical theory
  9. Basics of telecommunication
  10. Future directions

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe basic computer structure and operation
  2. List factors that may affect computer performance, diagnose basic computer problems and perform some hardware troubleshooting.
  3. Report on different integer number systems and convert between them
  4. Explain floating point representations using the IEEE754 standard
  5. Describe basic electrical primitives
  6. Describe drivers of future change in computing
  7. Under supervision, explain and describe the working of a general-use computer system

Graduate Attributes

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are ‘work ready’ and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry. The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving  Cultural and Global Awareness Teamwork Specialist knowledge of a field of study

Level of Attainment:

                                The attribute is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations.
  The attribute is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which students mostly play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, interpreting documents, tests, examinations.
  The attribute is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations.
  The attribute is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by activities such as lectures or tutorials
  The attribute is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this attribute.