This course will give you advanced skills in computer business operations to help you advance or start your ICT career.
You will gain essential skills in networking and routing, computer systems hardware and software and switching principles. You will study computer architecture, internet technologies and operating systems. You will gain an understanding of business management and industry practices.
You may choose to pursue certifications such as; Cisco (CCNA, CCNP), Microsoft (MCP), Oracle (OCA) and Linux Professional Institute (LPIC).
This course may provide you with employment opportunities such as; computer networking associate, internet or intranet network administrator, network professional or analyst or a junior network design engineer.
You can progress into the Bachelor of Computer Systems (Networking) or similar courses at other higher education organisations.
Direct entry - beginning and mid-year entry
VTAC - to apply for a full time position in this course you must use the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) process. Details of the VTAC application process are at www.vtac.edu.au and in the VTAC Guide, which is available from leading newsagents and libraries from August. If the Institute still has vacancies after the VTAC places have been offered, you will be able to apply directly to the Institute.
To apply for a part time place (or off campus place if applicable) in this course, you will need to contact the Institute directly.
Advanced Standing is approved recognition of prior learning that is displayed as an Exemption (EX) on the student’s academic record. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) takes into account the knowledge and skills you’ve already gained through your previous education and work. This may be through formal or informal training, paid or unpaid work experience, and can earn you credit if relevant to your chosen course.
This subject includes Cisco Academy modules CCNA "Network Fundamentals" and CCNA "Routing Protocols and Concepts". This subject provides students with a solid basis in networking and routing. This involves an examination of networking from the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) 7 layer model and TCP/IP perspectives. Students will learn the function and operation of appropriate equipment from each layer. Finally, given a small to medium network specification, students will perform the task of commissioning a network themselves.
This subject includes the Cisco Academy module "IT Essentials PC Hardware and Software". This subject is an introduction to computer systems hardware and software, emphasising the PC as an example of a modern computer system. It will embody all aspects of hardware construction, fault-finding and commissioning of a system to a basic specification. In addition to hardware issues, an appropriate operating system will be selected for installation and commission. Appropriate hardware devices and associated software will also be selected, installed and commissioned to meet a given set of specifications. Basic Soldering and Desoldering techniques will be applied to build a simple electronic device.
Mathematics is an underlying discipline that provides the theoretical basis for much of computer hardware architectural design, software algorithm design and user data manipulation algorithms. IT professionals need an introductory understanding of the relevant mathematical concepts in order to made sound professional judgements when analysing, designing and implementing software systems.
This subject serves as an introduction to Object Oriented computer programming. The major paradigms of program design will be discussed, along with coding and program design tools. Students will then be exposed to hands-on experience designed to consolidate the concepts learnt in lectures.
Systems Analysis and Design (SAD) are the fundamental investigation and planning activities associated with the development of computer-based information systems. They constitute the major components of professional activities before and during the software development stage of the information system lifecycle. Project Management is closely linked to SAD and is the management of the implementation of this set of activities.
Prerequisites: ICT 115 After successful completion of this subject, students will be able to understand difference between different database architectures, relational database management system and structure query language. Students will be able to design and create database as per the requirements, and write SQL statements for data definition, data creation and data manipulation language.
Prerequisites: ICT112This subject includes Cisco Academy modules CCNA "LAN Switching and Wireless" and CCNA "Accessing the WAN".This subject examines the principles of switching and common routing and wide area network technologies. The students will examine the fundamentals of switched network design especially the use of trunking and VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks), culminating in a network design involving configuration and commissioning the network. Students will then examine principles of scaling IP (Internet Protocol) address and current WAN (Wide Area Network) technologies.
This subject is intended to be an introduction to the principles of computer architecture. Features of computer architecture will be discussed with particular emphasis on performance enhancement techniques. The architectural features and performance of different computer systems will be compared. Finally, parallel architectures will be introduced, which will define the direction of all modern computer architecture designs.
Prerequisites: ICT122This subject includes Cisco Academy module CCNP "Implementing IP Routing". This subject builds on the basic routing principles considered in first year. It is designed to take students to the level of system evaluation and configuration. Students will be expected to exhibit a higher level of autonomy in designing, configuring and commissioning a medium sized network.
Prerequisites: ICT123This subject is targeted towards Linux Professional Institute certification. This subject introduces students to the technical and administrative challenges of centrally controlling a multi-user network. The Unix environment will be introduced, along with such concepts as multitasking, security, print management and data backup. The technical aspects of installation and maintenance will also be discussed.
This subject is an introductory management course for those who have technical abilities as potential IT managers. It is intended to provide a framework of understanding and motivation for participants to pursue further management studies so that they have the capability and insights to manage IT departments or small IT businesses. In this subject two aspects of Business Management will be examined: organisational behaviour and basic accounting concepts. Styles of organisational structure, leadership and the effective management of people will also be explored. Some theoretical concepts will be introduced related to the various categories of management style and the relationships between people in organisations. The course has an emphasis on applied academic understandings with a strong emphasis placed on observing and reporting on real examples in order to demonstrate the value of these concepts. The subject will also investigate principles of sound business accounting practice and introduce various tools for financial planning and analysis, along with the reasons for their value in decision making.
Prerequisites: ICT 122Cisco Wireless Certification. As technology continues to evolve, wireless technologies are finding their way to the forefront of networking solutions to business requirements. This clearly indicates the progression from a fixed wired type of connectivity to a more fluid, mobile workforce that can work when, where, and how they want. This subject deals with the theoretical and practical aspects of wireless technologies. The CCNA Wireless curriculum includes information and practice activities to prepare students for configuring, monitoring and troubleshooting basic tasks of a Cisco WLAN in Small and Medium Business and Enterprise networks. After completing the subject, students should have the associate-level knowledge and skills to configure, implement and support of wireless LANs, specifically those networks using Cisco equipment. They are also able to support a basic wireless network on a Cisco WLAN in a SMB to enterprise network.
Prerequisites: ICT116This subject is designed to introduce students to many of the technical issues arising from the use of the Web. In particular, the issues of accessabulity, usablity, and design guidelinesa will be explored. The technologies supporintg web based sysrtems will be covered.
Prerequisites: ICT122This subject includes Cisco Academy module CCNA "Security". This subject serves as an introduction to the problems posed by data security in networked computer systems. The vulnerability of these systems to malicious activity will firstly be considered. This will follow on to the various technical methodologies and management policies designed to protect systems from such activity. The emphasis will be on higher level activities such as policy decisions and network configuration. Students will be exposed to advanced techniques in network security and will consolidate these with laboratory and assignment work.
Prerequisites: ICT213This subject is targeted towards the Microsoft "Windows Server 2008 Active Directory" certification. This subject examines the structure and function of an Operating System and includes managing accounts and resources, maintaining servers, monitor server performance, and safeguarding data. Students will plan, implement, and troubleshoot a Directory Service infrastructure which centralizes control of network services, stores objects securely in a logical structure and optimizes network traffic. Students will consolidate these concepts with hands on laboratory work.
Prerequisites: ICT213This subject includes VMWare Academy courseware. This subject provides students with knowledge and skills in the different techniques of virtualization and how these can be applied in an enterpise environment involving data centres and cloud systems.