Course Title: Introduction to Computer Systems and Platform Technologies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Computer Systems and Platform Technologies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dalija Beganovic

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4664

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: RMIT Building 51, Level 6, Room 3

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Please be aware that this course forms part of AD006 (Associate Degree in Information Technology) and is not part of the BP162 (Bachelor of Information Technology) study plan. Also, it will follow the Vocational Education calendar dates and not the Higher Ed semester dates which means that classes will start 3 weeks earlier. The timetable is published under the Vocational Education timetable link and is not available on STS. If you enrol in this course as an elective please check with your program coordinator before commencement as this is not a bachelor course.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the hardware, software and network technologies that define modern computer systems. It focuses on computer systems organisation, their hardware architecture, operating systems, and how to integrate new platforms into existing environments.
The course includes study of digital fundamentals, computer system architecture and design of processor-based digital systems, internal operation of the CPU, memory and input/output devices, interactions with system software, virtualization, and system security.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for AD006 Associate Degree in Information Technology:
• Communication
• Responsibility
• Teamwork

 On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of data representation and manipulation in digital computers.
2. Describe the structure of a computer system and explain its principles of operation.
3. Describe, discuss, and compare different operating systems, and the role they play in a computer system.
4. Describe the need for hardware and software integration.
5. Apply security techniques to enhance computer system security.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

• Lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained and the subject will be illustrated with examples.
• Tutorial sessions where you will be given feedback on your progress and understanding.
• On-line quizzes related to the skills and concepts previously learnt.
• Laboratory exercises designed to build on the presented material.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will make extensive use of computer laboratories and relevant software provided by the School. You will be able to access course information and learning materials through MyRMIT and may be provided with copies of additional materials in class or via email. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

The computer science subject guide is located at and can provide useful references to further augment your studies.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

To pass this course you must achieve a total score of at least 50%.

Assessment Task 1 : Lab Exercises
Note: This assessment task consists of two lab exercises.The Lab Exercise 1 is an early assessment task.
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20% (10% + 10%)
This assessment task supports CLO 1, 3, 5

Assessment Task 2: Online Test
Weighting towards final grade (%):20 %
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2

Assessment Task 3: Project
Weighting towards final grade (%):20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4

Assessment Task 4: Final Exam
Weighting towards final grade (%):40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,3,4,5

Lab Exercises Submission Policy
There are two labs to be completed during the semester. Both labs will be completed in class and will relate to the course topics. You will be notified in advance of the lab date. Lab submissions are done individually.

The project topic will be selected by the student with approval from an academic supervisor. The end result of the project will be a written report and a short project presentation.

On-line Test
This test will be conducted in class. The questions are designed to check your understanding of the key concepts from the lectures.

Final Exam
The comprehensive final examination will assess your ability to explain the key concepts discussed in the lectures and laboratory sessions. This examination is a closed book written examination.

Feedback on your performance in the assessments will be given on a regular basis during the semester. Written comments will be posted on the Canvas Grade Center.