ITPD712 – Information Technology Essentials

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Module code
Module title
Information Technology Essentials
This module enables students to develop an understanding of and critically evaluate computer hardware and data communication technology
  • IT1101
NZQA Level
Level 7
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Based
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Analyse and evaluate computer hardware and data communications principles;
2. Critically evaluate network management architectures, network security techniques and protocols;
3. Devise and implement network operating systems;
4. Critically evaluate current IT/networking technologies.
Computer hardware and data communications concepts

- Computer systems and networks including LANs and WANs
- Open System Interconnection (OSI) seven layer model
- Typical data terminal equipment, interfaces, line signals, transmission media and codes, data link layer functions and protocols

Network management architectures, techniques and protocols
- Network security methods e.g. encryption and authentication
- Network security attacks and risks
- Network security techniques

The network management framework (ISO framework)
- A network management protocol (SNMP)
- Network operating systems (such as Microsoft Active Directory, Novell

Netware or Linux Networking services)
- Embedded operating systems in networking devices
- Current IT/networking technologies (such as open source and commercial network operating systems, optical fibre networks, computer/network virtualisation, Voice over Internet Protocol, wireless networks)
Learning and Teaching Resource
Teaching methods will involve some theoretical and practical classes which may include but are not limited to lectures, tutorials, computer lab work, group activities and assignments. There will be also be some self-directed learning for essay and technical report topics and a presentation given by each student.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
An extended reading list will be supplied by the lecturer at commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.