Computer Systems and Networks

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Computer Systems and Networks

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Computer Info Systems, Computer Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course introduces the underlying structures and mechanisms of modern computer systems and networks. All students enrolled in an ICT degree need to have an understanding of the basic architecture and operation of computer systems. This course provides an overview of the hardware, software and network technologies that define modern computer systems. The course aims to provide students with the basic knowledge of how the components that define a computer work together and by extension an appreciation of the capabilities and limitations of computer systems. This knowledge assists students in the application of computing technologies to solve real world problems. This course material builds a foundation for further study in the field of information technology, and is a suitable prerequisite for many ICT courses. This course was previously known as Introduction to Computer Systems and Networks

    Course Introduction
    This course introduces the underlying structures and mechanisms of modern computer systems and networks.

    All students are required to have successfully completed induction for Laboratory Workplace Health and Safety prior to commencement of practical activities.

    Course Aims
    All students enrolled in an ICT degree need to have an understanding of the basic architecture and operation of computer systems. This course provides an overview of the hardware, software and network technologies that define modern computer systems. The course aims to provide students with the basic knowledge of how the components that define a computer work together and by extension an appreciation of the capabilities and limitations of computer systems. This knowledge assists students in the application of computing technologies to solve real world problems. This course material builds a foundation for further study in the field of information technology, and is a suitable prerequisite for many ICT courses.

    The primary cognitive learning outcome is to have each student be able to confidently answer, in some detail from a technical perspective, the question, "How does a computer system work?" A secondary outcome is for the student to understand the range of modern computing architectures that are available and their application to mobile computing problems.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Identify and describe common computer hardware and software elements and explain how they interact with each other
    2 Operate digital data and construct and evaluate digital logic components and processes
    3 Explain the workings of the processor, storage, common hardware components, and basic operating system services
    4 Explain the basic concepts of the OSI and TCP networking models and the workings of the basic underlying networking hardware
    5 Explain the basic concepts relating to cryptography, security mechanisms and security policy

    Assessment Summary
    Learning Activities/Laboratory Exercises-Weighted 20%/20
    Mini Test 1-Weighted 5%/15
    Mini Test 2-Weighted 5%/15
    Assignment-Weighted 20%/20
    Final Exam-Weighted 50%/50

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.