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Computer Skills (FDN011)

Organisational Unit Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Education
Credit Points 3
Description FDN011 Computer Skills is an introductory unit in computing and information technology. This subject has the overall objectives of delivering an accurate snapshot of the state of IT as it exists in our current times, as well as to equip students with a useful set of skills in the use of common productivity software. Students will undertake a significant part of their learning through scheduled practical work and lectures in conjunction with regular self-study before and after class.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
1. Efficiently use word processing, a range of other software and the Internet and World Wide Web required for the professional environment and/or further learning.
2. Explain the use of computer hardware including peripheral devices (input/output) and internal computer components and their inter-related workings.
3. Identify computer communication networks, security, privacy and ethical issues involved in Information
Communication Technology.
4. Explain and use database management systems required for the professional environment and/or
further learning.
5. Communicate ideas effectively using appropriate technology and applications

This unit provides the opportunity for you to achieve the following:
Develop communication numeracy and literacy skills in each semester to be able to present their knowledge and views to different audiences using a variety of different mediums.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture: 2 hours
Laboratory Session: 2 hours
Prerequisites Nil
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Murdoch University Extended Foundation Program [New in 2019]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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