Improve your prospects of finding work as a computer networking associate, junior internet or intranet network administrator or junior network design engineer with our computer systems course.

Our computer systems diploma forms part of the Bachelor of Computer Systems course. You’ll build on the fundamentals of computer hardware, software, networking, systems analysis and databases. You’ll study electives in topics such as cloud computing, operating systems and programming for web applications.

Box Hill Institute is a Cisco Training Centre for the Asia Pacific region and the course may lead to certifications in Cisco CCNA or other certifications.

Improve your prospects of finding work as a computer networking associate, junior internet or intranet network administrator or junior network design engineer.

Course admission profile




Course Code HECS3
CRICOS Code 075289B
Study Areas System Administration
Networking
Study Level Diploma (Higher Ed)
Course Type Diploma (Higher Ed)
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.

A minimum IELTS overall score of 5.5 (Academic). A minimum TOEFL score of 530 for paper examination; 179 for computer based and 71 for Internet based.

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

February and July

Full time: 12 months (classes take place on weekdays)

Mode of delivery is face to face

Box Hill

Applicants with Higher Education study

Applicants who have completed some of a higher education course, either at non-university higher education providers or university some time ago or recently, are welcome to apply. 

Applicants seeking to transfer to Box Hill Institute from another education provider or applicants changing to a different course at Box Hill Institute can apply for Advanced Credits.  All applications for advanced credits are assessed on an individual basis and are granted for subjects where the content and learning outcomes has been demonstrated through your completion of subjects in your prior course.

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.

 

Applicants with Vocational Education And Training (VET) Study

Applicants who have completed a VET course of study (a VET Certificate IV course as minimum) with ICT field of study focus at a public TAFE or other VET provider either recently or some time ago are welcome to apply. You may receive advanced credits for relevant subjects on the basis of your diploma studies.

Applicants seeking to transfer to Box Hill Institute from another education provider or applicants changing to a different course at Box Hill Institute can apply for Advanced Credits.  All applications for Advanced Credits are assessed on an individual basis and are granted for subjects where the content and learning outcomes has been demonstrated through your completion of subjects in your prior course.

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.

 

Applicants with recent secondary education

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is based primarily on completion of Year 12 undertaken at school, TAFE or other VET or higher education provider (this includes both Australian or overseas equivalent) that was completed (or will be) in the current year or within the previous two years.

You can apply to study with us through direct entry if you 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.

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.

 

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. applicants who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education.  This includes mature age entry, professional experience, community involvement or work experience. 

Applicants are required to present evidence of current employment or experience in the ICT industry together with evidence of your ability to meet the demands of the program.

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.

Successful completion enables you to articulate directly into the second year of our Bachelor of Computer Systems. It also articulates into other higher education or university IT degrees.

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 5 and Box Hill Institute Graduate Attributes.

  • Gain a background of technical skills and knowledge that will allow you to be employed in ICT. The knowledge is based on the Computing Technologist level of the Australian Computer Society Core Body of Knowledge. The elective allows a graduate to have further depth of knowledge in a more specialised area.
  • Analyse information from a variety of sources and be able to synthesise these into a coherent body of knowledge, so that they can act from within this framework.
  • To deal with open-ended problems that require the graduate to be able to plan, design and evaluate alternative technical solutions to an unpredictable variety of problems.
  • Give presentations or reports based on skills in expressing complex technical ideas from different depths and perspectives.
  • Demonstrate skills in being able to transfer knowledge and understanding of specialised topics in ICT to others.
  • Demonstrate deeper knowledge in some areas through elective choice
  • Work in a variety of different technical environments and to apply appropriate skills to those environments.
  • Use knowledge and skills in ICT such that you will be able to perform independent work and exercise judgment in planning and executing ICT projects.
  • Work independently and in teams. You will be able to analyse and design systems at a strategic level as well as possess the necessary technical skills to perform increasingly complex operations.

Improve your prospects of finding work as a computer networking associate, junior internet or intranet network administrator or junior network design engineer.

You will complete 6 core subjects and 2 electives.

We expect to enrol between 11 and 20 students.

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Title

Points

ICT114 MATHEMATICS FOR COMPUTING 6.0

The aim of this subject is to equip students with a set of fundamental mathematical skills, which will allow them to better comprehend the technical concepts encountered throughout the course. Students will firstly be introduced to analytical techniques applicable to hardware applications, such as statistics and queuing theory. This will follow on to numerical methods applicable to software applications, error analysis and topology.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 2 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1: In class assessment 20%
Assessment 2:Problem Solving - Statistics and Probability 20%
Assessment 3:Problem Solving 20%
Assessment 4:Exam 40%

ICT112 NETWORKING AND ROUTING BASICS 6.0

This subject includes the new Cisco Academy modules CCNA “Introduction to Networks” and “Routing and Switching Essentials”

This subject provides students with a solid basis in networking and routing. This involves an examination of networking from the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) seven-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.

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

ICT113 COMPUTER SYSTEMS HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE 6.0

This subject is an introduction to Computer systems hardware, software and architecture. Using the PC as an example of a modern computer system, it will embody all aspects of hardware construction, fault-finding and commissioning. Suitable hardware devices and associated software will be selected, installed and commissioned to meet a given set of specifications. 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 4 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1:In class assessment 20%
Assessment 2: Research Report 30%
Assessment 3:Final Exam 50%

ICT215 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 6.0

In this subject two aspects of Business Management will be examined: organisational leadership and financial planning. Styles of organisational structure, strong leadership and effective management of people will also be explored. Some theoretical concepts will be introduced related to the various categories of management style and positional hierarchies of people in organisations. However, a strong emphasis will also be 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 financial planning and introduce various tools of financial planning and analysis, along with the reasons for their value in decision making.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 2 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1:In-class assessment 10%
Assessment 2:Tutorial presentation 20%
Assessment 3:Tutorial presentation 20%
Assessment 4: Major project 50%

ICT122 SWITCHING PRINCIPLES AND WAN TECHNOLOGIES 6.0

This subject includes the new Cisco Academy modules CCNA “Scaling Networks” and “Connecting Networks”.

This subject examines the principles of switching, common routing and wide area network (WAN) technologies. The students will examine the fundamentals of switched network design, especially the use of trunking and Virtual Local Area Networks (VLAN), culminating in a network design involving configuration and commissioning the network. Students will then examine principles of scaling IP address and current WAN technologies.

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

ICT115 OBJECT-ORIENTED DESIGN AND PROGRAMMING 6.0

This subject provides students with an introduction to computer programming. It is assumed that students have little or no previous programming background. The basic concepts will be covered including data types, selection, iteration, input/output, file handling and arrays.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 2 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1: In class assessment 25%
Assessment 2:Project Presentation 35%
Assessment 3: Final Examination 40%

ICT118 DATABASE AND INFORMATION RETRIEVAL 6.0

The unit intends to introduce students to the concept of the database as a repository of organisational information, and to the technical requirements of database management. The unit will use the relational model of data as it is the model most commonly used in database products. The unit will show students how to design databases from business requirements and how to create and populate database tables, modify table contents and interrogate them in order to report the organisational information held within the database. The syntax of the required SQL language statements will be taught.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 2 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1:Date modelling assignment 20%
Assessment 2: Create a database 20%
Assessment 3: Essay explaining ethical issues 10%
Assessment 4:Exam 50%

ICT218 INTERNET TECHNOLOGIES 6.0

Introduction, history and overview of the internet: organisation and management, intranet, extranet, internet services. WWW publishing: application of HTML, XHTML, dynamic HTML, HTML5 CSS, CSS3 and XML, comparison of different kinds of web page design styles. Graphics and Style for the WWW. Using Integrated Development Environments for Web Development

Introduction to server-side and client-side applications: programming languages and interfaces, practical application of such technologies using OO techniques. Impact of the internet: social, cultural, legal and ethical issues. JavaScript, JQuery, Twitter Bootstrap, PHP OO programming, Java Server-side Development.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 2 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1:In-class assessment 15%
Assessment 2:Assignment 1 25%
Assessment 3:Assignment 2 30%
Assessment 4:Exam 30%

ICT117 SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN 6.0

Systems Analysis and Design (SAD) are the two fundamental investigation and planning activities associated with the development of computer-based information systems. They constitute the major investigative and planning activities that are undertaken by the IT professional before and during the software development stage of the information system development lifecycle. This subject is intended to introduce the student to the activities of Systems Analysis and Design, and to the professional roles involved in the Systems Development Life Cycle, particularly the role of Systems Analyst.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 2 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1: In-class assessment 20%
Assessment 2:Individual - Abstract modelling assignment 30%
Assessment 3: Exam 50%

ICT119 INTRODUCTION TO CLOUD COMPUTING 6.0

This subject covers fundamental cloud computing topics as they pertain to both technology and business considerations. It covers Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud Delivery Models. Public, private, hybrid and community clouds are considered. External issues such as service level agreements, privacy, security and legal requirements are addressed.

The subject includes vendor-independent courseware. It also includes a practical component based on vendor-specific cloud frameworks such as Google or Amazon clouds.

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

ICT318 STRATEGIC PROJECT MANAGEMENT 6.0

This subject is designed to provide the knowledge and understanding needed as a foundation for working on, initiating and managing organisational projects. The PRINCE2™ project management method is used as the framework for introducing project management as a process. The principles and themes of the method are explained. The staged nature of projects, and the processes within stages are explained. Some characteristic techniques that have application in the project management processes are presented such as Cost Benefit Analysis, CPM, Gantt Charts and Risk Analysis.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 2 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1:Business case for project 20%
Assessment 2:Project Initiation Documentation for project 20%
Assessment 3: Project Portfolio 60%


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