Get comfortable presenting systems ideas in the boardroom or the workshop with our computer systems course. You’ll also improve your prospects of finding work as a computer networking engineer, internet/intranet network administrator, network analyst, virtualisation engineer, data centre administrator and much more with this applied computing course.

Our associate degree includes majors in networking, cloud computing and virtualisation. You’ll expand on fundamental studies in:

  • computer hardware and software
  • networking
  • virtualisation
  • operating systems
  • network security
  • emerging computer technologies
  • programming for web applications
  • business and communication skills
  • entrepreneurship and innovations skills

Box Hill Institute is a Cisco Training Centre for the Asia Pacific region and the course can lead to certifications in Cisco CCNA and other certifications such as Linux LPI, Microsoft (MCTS), VMWare VCP. The networking major will include topics including Cisco Academy CCNP. The cloud computing and virtualisation stream will include desktop, applications and data virtualisation, with course information from EMC and Citrix as well as from VMWare.

In our computer systems course, you will study:

  • computer networking
  • operating systems
  • network security
  • cloud computing
  • virtualisation business management and practices

You’ll also cover internet and emerging technologies, systems fundamentals, ICT sustainability and entrepreneurship and innovation.

This degree will train you in the following vendor certifications: Cisco (CCNA, CCNP), VMWare (VCP), EMC (EMCISA), Citrix (CCA), Microsoft (MCTS) and Linux Professional (LPIC).

Course admission profile

Course Code ADBC3
CRICOS Code 054850M
Study Areas Networking
System Administration
Study Level Associate Degree
Course Type Associate Degree
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
International Fee $18,110.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees No materials fee applies
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

You must have completed:

  • Australian Year 12 or International equivalent with a pass.
  • Year 12 mathematics (or International equivalent) with a pass;

A minimum IELTS overall score of 6.0 (Academic) with band no less than 5.5. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 for paper examination; 213 for computer based and 79 for Internet based.

For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.

February and July

Full time: 2 years. Classes take place on weekdays.

Mode of delivery is face to face.

Box Hill

Year 12 applicants must:

  • have successfully completed VCE, with a study score of at least 20 in Maths (any) and 20 in English (any). Additional consideration will be given for achievement in physics, chemistry, systems and technology, technological design and development and/or mathematics methods.

Direct entry (non-Year 12 applicants) must:

  • meet the Maths and English criteria listed under Year 12 applicants. If you do not meet the Maths and English criteria you must present evidence of current employment or experience in the ICT industry together with evidence of your ability to meet the demands of the program and you must be 21 years or older by 1 January in the year you commence your study.

Interview: All applicants will be interviewed. You will be asked a series of questions relating to your suitability for the course. You are expected to demonstrate a clear understanding of career goals and an aptitude for the course of study, including any relevant industry experience.

You can progress into the Bachelor of Computer Systems or similar courses at other higher education organisations.

Direct entry. See how to apply or contact the international office.

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 6 and Box Hill Institute Graduate Attributes.

Learning outcomes are as follows:

  • a broad background of technical skills and knowledge that will allow you to be employed in paraprofessional roles in the IT environment. The knowledge is based on the Computing Technologist level of the Australian Computer Society Core Body of Knowledge, extended by substantial system administration, networking and virtualisation components
  • identify, analyse and evaluate IT environments and opportunities, as well as apply the skills necessary to plan and implement solutions to ICT problems
  • identify then creatively and effectively problem solve in the ICT discipline, with stronger skills and knowledge in system administration area
  • demonstrate problem solving and communication skills and knowledge needed by ICT paraprofessionals who support computer systems that operate in conventional industries and enterprises
  • apply the communications and relationships skills needed by ICT paraprofessionals in modern businesses, including team working skills.
  • solve routine and some more complex problems in the ICT discipline
  • flexibly apply skills and knowledge of ICT to match operational demands of organisations and a capacity to adapt to diverse and changing environments
  • reflect on own experiences, drawing on rigorous evidence, leading to improved paraprofessional practice
  • work as effective and reliable members of a project team

This course may provide you with employment opportunities such as: 

  • computer networking associate
  • internet or intranet network administrator
  • network professional or analyst
  • a junior network design engineer

There are 16 subjects in total.

We expect to enrol between 6 and 12 students.





This subject is targeted towards the Microsoft
"Windows Server 2012R2" certification. This subject examines the structure and function of a Server based 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.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 4 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1:Research Report 30%
Assessment 2:Practical Skills Based Assessment 30%
Assessment 3: Exam 40%


This 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.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 4 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: ICT122 Switching Principle and WAN Technologies
Assessment: Assessment 1:Research Report 30%
Assessment 2:Skills exam 30%
Assessment 3: Exam 40%


This 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.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 4 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: ICT113 Computer Systems Hardware and Software
Assessment: Assessment 1:In-class assessment 20%
Assessment 2:Practical assignments 40%
Assessment 3: Exam 40%


This 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.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 4 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: ICT122 Switching Principles and WAN Technologies
Assessment: Assessment 1:Reserach Report 30%
Assessment 2:Skills exam 30%
Assessment 3:Exam 40%


This subject includes VMWare Academy courseware. This subject provides students with knowledge and skills in the different techniques of virtualisation and how these can be applied in an enterprise environment involving data centres and cloud systems.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 4 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: ICT213 Multi-user Operating Systems
Assessment: Assessment 1:Reserach Report 30%
Assessment 2:Skills Examination 30%
Assessment 3:Exam 40%


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.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 2 hours practical x 13 weeks


Cisco 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.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 4 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: ICT122 Switching Principles and WAN Technologies
Assessment: Assessment 1:Reserach Report 20%
Assessment 2:Practical exam 50%
Assessment 3:Theory Exam 25%


This subject explores the various concepts of modern information storage and management infrastructure in classic, virtualised and cloud environments. Students will develop relevant knowledge and skills to identify various physical and logical components of storage systems and their behaviour, which is critical for successful design of storage infrastructure. They will also evaluate security and management requirements and solutions for storage infrastructure to achieve business objectives and service levels. It includes courseware form EMC and NetApp.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 4 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1:In-class assessment 20%
Assessment 2:Reserach Report 30%
Assessment 3:Final Exam 50%

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