Course Title: Introduction to Information Technology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Information Technology

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COSC1078

City Campus

Undergraduate

140H Computer Science & Information Technology

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

COSC1078

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

COSC2083

RMIT University Vietnam

Undergraduate

140H Computer Science & Information Technology

Face-to-Face

Viet3 2007,
Viet2 2008,
Viet3 2008,
Viet1 2009,
Viet2 2009,
Viet3 2009,
Viet1 2010,
Viet2 2010,
Viet3 2010,
Viet1 2011,
Viet2 2011,
Viet3 2011,
Viet1 2012,
Viet2 2012,
Viet3 2012,
Viet1 2013,
Viet2 2013,
Viet3 2013,
Viet2 2014,
Viet3 2014,
Viet1 2015,
Viet2 2015,
Viet3 2015,
Viet1 2016,
Viet2 2016,
Viet3 2016

COSC2083

RMIT University Vietnam

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Viet1 2017,
Viet2 2017

COSC2230

Taylors College KL

Undergraduate

140H Computer Science & Information Technology

Face-to-Face

Offsh 3 10,
Offsh 1 11,
Offsh 3 11

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor James Harland

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 2045

Course Coordinator Email: james.harland@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 14, level 10, room 1

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Before starting this course, you should complete the Lab Induction program. For more information, go to the following link: www.rmit.edu.au/compsci/orientation

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at Course requisites – 7.29.1.6: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c


Course Description

This course aims to provide you with the foundation knowledge of contemporary Information Technology areas, software, applications and job skills required to enter the IT market.

A major component of the course is the practical application of the knowledge gained from the theoretical content. The material covers a broad range of introductory Information Technology concepts.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

 

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes BP162 Bachelor of Information Technology:

  • Enabling Knowledge: You will gain skills as you apply knowledge effectively in diverse contexts.
  • Critical Analysis: You will learn to accurately and objectively examine and consider computer science and information technology (IT) topics, evidence, or situations, in particular to: analyse and model requirements and constraints for the purpose of designing and implementing software artefacts and IT systems
  • Problem Solving: Your capability to analyse problems and synthesise suitable solutions will be extended as you learn to: design and implement software solutions that accommodate specified requirements and constraints, based on analysis or modelling or requirements specification.
  • Communication: You will learn to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences through a range of modes and media, in particular to: present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of software applications, alternative IT solutions, and decision recommendations to both IT and non-IT personnel via technical reports of professional standard and technical presentations.
  • Team Work: You will learn to work as an effective and productive team member in a range of professional and social situations, in particular to: work effectively in different roles, to form, manage, and successfully produce outcomes from teams, whose members may have diverse cultural backgrounds and life circumstances, and differing levels of technical expertise.


Course Learning Outcomes

 

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  • CLO 1: describe and apply basic concepts of contemporary technologies
  • CLO 2: analyse human and social contexts of technological innovations
  • CLO 3: apply the knowledge of various ICT components to create a prototype of a product/service
  • CLO 4: identify principles of collaborative work and explain potential conflict resolution techniques
  • CLO 5: participate effectively and creatively in a team environment
  • CLO 6: prepare a professional and comprehensively written IT report within provided parameters


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • Lectures: Key concepts will be explained in lectures in which course material will be presented and the subject matter will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  • In tutorials there will be opportunities to elaborate on key concepts and in teams you will analyse IT scenarios and identify suitable problem-solving techniques. These assignment-directed tutorial sessions will prepare you to work on your team projects in an efficient manner. Project work provides opportunities to work effectively in teams, be creative in developing an IT product/service idea, present idea to peers for analysis, problem-solve issues on mechanics and legal issues, identity users and present your IT product/service idea in a marketing sales pitch.
  • Lab sessions alternate between preparation and assessment exercises to engage with, and consolidate meaning of, the course content.
  • Another important learning activity is private study, working on aspects of the project in a self-directed and autonomous manner within a team framework.

 

A total of 120 hours of study is expected during this course, comprising:

Teacher-directed hours (48 hours): lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. Each week there will be 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of tutorial and laboratory work. You are encouraged to participate during lectures through asking questions, commenting on the lecture material based on your own experiences and through presenting solutions to written exercises. The tutorial and laboratory sessions will introduce you to the tools necessary to undertake the assignment work.

Student-directed hours (72 hours): You are expected to be self-directed, studying independently outside class.


Overview of Learning Resources

The course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system which provides specific learning resources. See the RMIT Library Guide at http://rmit.libguides.com/compsci


Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course comprises assignments, completion of laboratory activities, and a written exam at the end of the semester, and requires a mix of independent learning and teamwork.

The assignments involve progressive team reports and presentations on your project work, including various stages of analysis and problem-solving throughout the development of your IT product/serve idea.

 

Note: This course has no hurdle requirements.

 

Assessment tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Written Assignment – part 1

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

 

Assessment Task 2: Written Assignment – part 2

Weighting  20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

 

Assessment 3: End-of-semester Examination

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4.

 

Assessment Task 4: Group participation

Weighting 20%

This assessment supports CLOs 4, 5 and 6