Networked Systems and Communities

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology
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About this unit

At the successful completion of this online Networked Systems and Communities unit from Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University of Technology, students will understand the role of selected communications applications, as well as their social and business implications.

You will be introduced to data privacy and security risks to individuals, and the ways in which this information is obtained and stored using increasingly prevalent monitoring software in the virtual and real world.

Students will also understand various types of networks, their common features, and be able to recommend appropriate business communication software, or software for network-based businesses.

Key learning outcomes also include the ability to explain key technologies and concepts as they apply to electronic communication systems.

Eligibility

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any unit deemed academically equivalent. Enquire now to find out more. In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems)
  • Master of Technology (Business Systems)

Areas of study

In this Networked Systems and Communities unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Networks in nature and society
  • Computer networking technology
  • Designing, managing and securing a computer network
  • Interrelationship of human networks and technology
  • Ubiquitous networks and information: implications and concerns
  • Privacy and security of data
  • Ethics of data collection, use and ownership
  • Ethics of data distribution and of copyright

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Master of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University of Technology

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?

Understanding the changing role and use of networked systems and how they enable communications will help you recommend and justify appropriate software for business communication systems. You will understand the security and privacy implications associated with business models and network-based businesses, and be able to counter weaknesses in data retention.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Networked Systems and Communities from Swinburne University of Technology.
  • 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.

 

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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).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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