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FIT1031 Computers and networks - Semester 2, 2015

This unit introduces students to fundamentals of computer systems and networks. It provides basic knowledge of computer organisation and architecture, operating systems, and networking architecture, technology and operation.

Mode of Delivery

  • Clayton (Day)
  • Malaysia (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

  • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources.

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours of personal study per week for completing tutorial questions, private study and revision.

See also Unit timetable information

Additional workload requirements

Students are expected to participate in group discussions during tutorial sessions.

Unit Relationships



Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Dr Sid Ray


Dr Nik Nailah Abdullah



To Be Advised


Ms Judyanne Sharmini

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
  1. explain the internals of a basic computer structure and its operations;
  2. describe the internal operation of the CPU and explain how it is used to execute instructions;
  3. identify factors that affect computer performance;
  4. explain the basics of operating systems, system software and networking concepts and apply them in simple programs;
  5. describe communication and networking models such as TCP/IP and OSI and develop simple solutions to network problems.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Orientation Week: Follow the Orientation Week program No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction and Basic Concepts of Computing Systems No Tutorial in Week 1
2 Data Representation and Arithmetic  
3 Data Representation and Arithmetic  
4 Boolean algebra and Digital Logic  
5 Computer Architecture (including Instruction Set Architecture) Test 1
6 Memory Components - Organization, Primary Memory, Cache Memory, Virtual Memory  
7 Operating Systems (OS) - Introduction to OS, Types and Activities of OS Test 2
8 Networking Concepts  
9 Models of Communications & Networking Test 3
10 Transport Layer and TCP  
11 Addressing Mechanism & Routing Strategies and LAN Test 4
12 Revision and Discussion on Exam Preparation  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy:

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach helps students to intially encounter information at lectures, discuss and explore the information during tutorials, and practice in a hands-on lab environment.

Students are expected to participate in group discussions during tutorial sessions.

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Test 1: Basic Concepts of Computing Systems 10% Week 5
Test 2: Boolean Algebra, Digital Logic and Computer Architecture 10% Week 7
Test 3: Memory Organization and Operating Systems 10% Week 9
Test 4: Computer Networks - Concepts, Addressing Mechanisms & Routing Strategies and LAN 10% Week 11
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Test 1: Basic Concepts of Computing Systems
    Assessment on the topics of:
    • Introduction to computing Systems and
    • Data representation and Computer Arithmetic
    Learning outcomes: 1, 2
    Criteria for assessment:

    Your problem-solving ability will be tested on the topics listed.

    Due date:
    Week 5
  • Assessment task 2
    Test 2: Boolean Algebra, Digital Logic and Computer Architecture
    Assessment on the topics of:

    • Boolean Algebra,
    • Digital Logic, and 
    • Computer Architecture including Instruction Set Architecture
    Learning outcomes: 2, 3.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Your problem-solving ability will be tested on the topics listed.

    Due date:
    Week 7
  • Assessment task 3
    Test 3: Memory Organization and Operating Systems
    Assessment on the topics of:

    • Memory Organization,
    • Primary Memory, Cache Memory and Virtual Memory,
    • Operating Systems - Introduction, Types and Activities
    Learning outcomes: 2, 3, 4.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Your problem-solving ability will be tested on the topics listed.

    Due date:
    Week 9
  • Assessment task 4
    Test 4: Computer Networks - Concepts, Addressing Mechanisms & Routing Strategies and LAN
    Assessment on the topics of:

    • Networking Concepts,
    • Models of Communications and Networking,
    • Addressing Mechanisms & Routing Strategies, and
    • Local Area Networks
    Learning outcomes: 4, 5.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Your problem-solving ability will be tested on the topics listed.

    Due date:
    Week 11


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Hurdle requirements:
    • In-semester assessment: 40%
    • Exam: 40% : Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Learning resources

Reading list

  • Electronic resources including book chapters, questions and their solutions, and links to other relevant resources will be made available on the unit Moodle site.
  • A list of recommended text books is included under the item "Recommended text(s)". 

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Test results and feedback
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement ( for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an electronic submission). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the portal.

Recommended text(s)

Linda Null and Julia Lobur. (2014). Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture. (4th Edition) Jones and Bartlett Learning (ISBN: 978-1-4496-2063-9).

James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross. (2012). Computer Networkings: A Top-Down Approach. (6th Edition) Pearson (ISBN: 0-13-136548-7).

Jerry Fitzgerald and Alan Dennis. (2009). Business Data Communications and Networking. (10th Edition) John Wiley and Sons (ISBN: 978-0470-05575-5).

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Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies

This unit is a core unit in the Bachelor of Software Engineering accredited by Engineers Australia. Engineers Australia Accreditation Policy of Professional Engineering Programs requires that programs demonstrate how engineering graduates are prepared for entry to the profession and achieve Stage 1 competencies. The following information describes how this unit contributes to the development of these competencies for the Bachelor of Software Engineering. (Note: not all competencies may be emphasised in this unit).

Stage 1 competency How the compency is developed in this unit
 1. Knowledge and Skills base  
 1.1. Comprehension, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. This unit covers basics of computers and network communication, which fall under fundamental knowledge (computing foundations) for the software engineering discipline, as stated in SWEBOK. This element of competency is covered by lectures, practical exercises, tests and exams.
 1.2. Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences, which underpin the engineering discipline. The unit covers computing foundation knowledge, which underpins software engineering.
 1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. Not covered in this unit.
 1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within th engineering discipline. Not covered in this unit.

 1.5. Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

Not covered in this unit.
 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. Not covered in this unit.
 2. Engineering application ability  
 2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. The unit addresses computer and network issues and problems and how to solve these problems. It is covered by exercises and assessments.
 2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. Some techniques are applied to solve computer and network problems.
 2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. Not covered in this unit.
 2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. Not covered in this unit.
 3. Professional and personal attributes  
 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability. Some aspects are covered in this unit, in relation to good programming practice and ethics.
 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. Students are expected to communicate their solutions effectively to the lecturer and tutors
 3.3. Creative, innovative and proactive demeanour. Using problem solving techniques to develop solutions is inherently a creative endeavour.
 3.4. Professional use and management of information. Not covered in this unit.
 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. Students manage and conduct themselves orderly during unit assessments.
 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership. Not covered in this unit.

Relationship between Unit Learning Outcomes and BSE Course Outcomes

No. CO 1 CO 2 CO 3 CO 4 CO 5 CO 6 CO 7 C0 8 CO 9 CO 10 CO 11 CO 12 CO 13
 1  X X      X  X    X  X        
 2  X  X      X  X    X          

Relationship between Unit Learning Outcomes and Assessments

No. Assignments Tests Practical Exercises Exam
1    X  X  X
2    X  X  X
3    X  X  X
4    X  X  X
5    X  X  X