Introduction to Computer Systems

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: RMIT University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

In this fully online Introduction to Computer Systems unit you will have access to all the learning resources of RMIT University. You will be introduced to basic modern computer function and design, and learn how each part of a computer system works together to make a working device.

You will find out how different sorts of data are viewed and processed by a computer and how an operating system turns all this into a visible and interactive work space for the end user. Different computer components and different computer systems will be studied, and some basic computer designs will be discussed and examined and you will also learn some basic computer algorithms and maintenance techniques. Some basic digital logic and coding skills will also be taught in this unit.

Eligibility

It is also recommended that students have completed, or have equivalent knowledge of, the following unit:

  • Introduction to Information Technology

Areas of study

In this IT unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Computer fundamentals
  • System internals
  • Processors
  • Digital logic
  • Memory
  • System expansion
  • Peripheral expansion
  • Mass storage
  • Operating systems
  • Power considerations
  • Equipment failure
  • Error correction

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will give you the basic understanding of computer systems operations, from the underlying concepts of computer system design and function to trouble shooting and basic algorithms.

You will learn how to repair failed equipment and basic computer operating system logic. You will be familiar with the different types of processing units, memory and caching systems and how both hardware and software work together to create a fully functioning computer. A number of different assessments and a final exam will make sure that you are sufficiently knowledgeable in this area.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Introduction to Computer Systems from RMIT University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees. Find out more about government study loans here.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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