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COIT11233 - Information and Communication Technology Foundations

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course provides students with foundational knowledge of computer and network infrastructure that underpins ICT in modern organisations. The course is designed to prepare students for more technically advanced studies in the area of Networking as well as provide a basic conceptual coverage for students intending to follow other streams. Students will study the physical and logical components of ICT including the concepts and terminologies relating to computers and networking. Specifically, students will explore computer architecture components, operating systems, network evolution, network hardware, network protocols and security. Students will gain a basic understanding of the concepts and principles intrinsic to the technologies that are used in a modern networked organisation.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Students and staff
The content of the course should be more focused towards a single topic area rather than the current broad approach. To effect this, the course should have a greater focus on networking & infrastructure.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the technologies used in Information and Communication Technology including computer and network hardware and software components.
  2. Discuss the elements of network security, including threats, attacks, vulnerabilities, policy and protection mechanisms.
  3. Identify solutions to the problems related to the economics, design, and management of computer networks
  4. Compare and contrast the hardware and software standards and protocols within the layered structure of typical network architecture.
  5. Explain the underlying technologies and security mechanisms required for successful wired and wireless communication.
  6. Discuss the operation of TCP/IP protocols with respect to the encapsulation and delivery of data over the Internet
  7. Compare and contrast the operation of typical client-server, P2P and cloud networked application protocols.
  8. Discuss the function, components and services provided by a modern networked operating system.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)