Information technology units

Single-unit study

You can study individual units for personal or professional development without having to apply for a full QUT course.

If you successfully complete a unit, you may be eligible for credit if you decide to apply for a degree course in the future.

Units anyone can study

These units don’t have any requirements for previous study or background knowledge.

But if your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Electrical engineering & computer science

  • CAB240 Information Security

    Cybersecurity breaches, from database hacking to malware campaigns, are increasing. The interconnectedness of information systems means actions of individuals may impact on others on a global scale. This unit is important in developing an understanding of the challenges involved in protecting information, introducing essential information security concepts. Security goals including confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication and non-repudiation are defined. Threats to information and vulnerabilities that could be exploited are identified. Technical and non-technical measures to provide security for information are discussed in areas including access control, cryptography, and network communications. Security management standards and guidelines on best practice implementation are reviewed. You can take this unit as a stand-alone course to raise your information security awareness, or as a pathway into information security units, including network security and cryptography.

  • ENN523 Advanced Network Engineering

    This is an advanced-level networks unit highlighting the systems approach and top-down method for service-oriented planning and design of large-scale computer networks. It introduces the theory and methodology to assemble various network technologies in a cohesive fashion for network planning and design to address the connectivity, scalability, reliability, security, quality-of-service, cloud data centres, and other recent developments of networks.  Computer networks have become an integrated part of the fundamental infrastructure in modern industries and societies. Building new networks or upgrading existing networks requires a deep understanding of the concepts and principles of advanced network engineering. This advanced network engineering unit helps develop such a deep understanding. The knowledge and skills developed from this unit are relevant to networks, information security and other related majors.

  • IFB102 Introduction to Computer Systems

    This is an introductory computer science unit concerning computer systems, in particular how modern computer systems work, how they are structured, and how they operate. Computer systems are ubiquitous and yet they are unlike any other man-made product or system; they appear magical and are notoriously difficult to work with and manage in projects. This unit’s goal is to demystify computer systems so students can appreciate, understand and utilise computer systems in their subsequent learning, and effectively participate in the IT industry. Students will study computers, networks, operating systems and the Web. Raspberry Pi computers will be used throughout the unit and at the end students will build their own small computer system using a Raspberry Pi.

  • IFB104 Building IT Systems

    This unit provides a hands-on introduction to computer programming for students with no prior coding experience at all. It introduces the basic principles of programming in a typical imperative language, including expressions, assignment, functions, choice and iteration. It then shows how to use Application Programming Interfaces to complete common Information Technology tasks such as querying databases, creating user interfaces, and searching for patterns in large datasets. The emphasis is on developing skills through practice, so the unit includes numerous coding exercises and assignments, using a simple scripting language and code development environment. The unit establishes a foundation for later subjects that teach large-scale software development using industrial-strength programming languages.

  • IFN501 Programming Fundamentals

    This is a fundamental programming unit presenting programming concepts, enforcing good style, logical thinking, and the object-oriented paradigm using the C# language. The unit introduces the language by letting one to create working C# programs using both the simple command line and the Visual Studio environment. It introduces data and how to input, store and output data in C#. The unit will teach decision making, looping and array manipulation. Then it will introduce the object-oriented concepts such as method and classes. It will provide a thorough study of methods, including passing parameters into and out of methods. It then teaches how to create classes, and then to construct objects that are members of those classes. This unit provides the necessary knowledge and core skills needed to continue on or to study more advanced programming, data science and software design units.

  • IFN503 Fundamentals of Computer Systems

    This unit introduces the core concepts of a computer system. It teaches the student to be able to work effectively with the modern computer environments and gain sufficient knowledge to be able to adapt to the evolution of computer systems in the future. The unit describes the different components of a computing environment such as computer architecture, operating system concepts, virtualisation and interactions of networked systems, cloud computing and the inherent security management of these systems. The unit teaches how data is stored and processed in a computer system. The relationship between high-level programming languages and the machine language is introduced. Operating system concepts such as process scheduling, parallel processing, memory management, inter-process communication and threads. The unit provides the necessary knowledge and core skills needed to continue on or to study advanced units in networking, security, data science and software development.

  • IFN505 Analysis of Programs

    There is more to programming than knowing any specific language. Programming has a well-established mathematical basis. Crucial properties such as the correctness and efficiency of a program can be formally defined, and it is possible to reflect about them at the algorithm level, before writing and running the program code. This knowledge is essential when developing 'critical' computer programs, where strong guarantees are required. This unit describes some of these underlying principles and applies them to well-known computational problems, to help give you a deeper understanding of your chosen field. Building on your previous programming experience or fundamental units, you will learn how to analyse algorithms and develop better programs.

  • IFN507 Network Systems

    This is a foundational networks unit addressing the core concepts, layered architecture and detailed protocols of computer networks and the Internet. It introduces network architecture and models, hardware and software, TCP/IP protocol stack, addressing and routing, wireless networks, network security, and network services and applications.  The ability to understand, analyse, design, configure and manage computer networks and network services is a requirement for a range of graduate entry information technology positions. This is an introductory unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to computer science, computer engineering, networks, information security and other related majors. Other advanced-level networks and information security units build on this unit by extending your fundamental understanding of computer networks for more complex needs and various network application requirements.

  • IFN509 Data Manipulation

    This transition unit covers the foundations of data storage, data representation and data analytics methods. Through this, you will also gain an understanding of the big data challenges and acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue Data Science related studies. This unit will introduce you to a wide range of data types and techniques to encode them into mathematical representations. Data is now at the heart of every organization, with volumes and variety of types that keep expanding as the capacity of systems does and as usages of the World Wide Web expand. Modern computer programs have to be able to use the data, manage it, create it, to assist users to access and interpret the knowledge that it contains. This unit provides foundational knowledge and skills for students to transition into advanced units in data mining (IFN645) and information storage and retrieval (IFN647) and artificial intelligence (IFN680).

  • IFN511 Security Management

    Information is an important organisational asset. Information systems store, process and exchange information, and most sectors of the economy are dependent on electronic systems. Appropriate information security management protects information assets from unauthorised access, use or modification and provides frameworks to deal with the impacts associated with unauthorised disclosure, destruction or modification. This unit introduces fundamental information security concepts. It considers aspects of the management of information systems which affect organisational information security; including authentication, access control and risk management, and reviews assurance techniques used to measure the degree of confidence in the security of information systems. This unit equips IT professionals with the knowledge and skills to manage the security of the information systems. The following units IFN642 and IFN643 will build on the knowledge and skills developed in IFN511.

  • IFN645 Data Mining Technology and Applications

    This fundamental data science unit addresses the core concepts, techniques and practices of data mining. It provides you with an understanding of data analytics techniques. This unit aims to provide you with data analytics skills applicable to many real-world applications that are backbone to modern human living. You will learn the different types of data mining operations including prediction, clustering and association mining and the various techniques to perform these operations. You will learn skills and techniques to prepare different kinds of datasets including text data, web data, social network data so the useful knowledge can be extracted from them. You will also learn the techniques to tam the big data that is becoming norms for the data standard. You will also learn how the data mining techniques can be utilised in various applications including recommender systems and social networks. The knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to all IT professionals.

Information systems

  • IAB201 Modelling Techniques for Information Systems

    This is an introductory unit that will provide you with the foundational skills and knowledge required for understanding, designing and analysing information systems. The unit aims to develop an appreciation, and an ability to manage, the complexity of contemporary and future information systems and the domains in which they are used. Further, it will provide you with the skills to design artefacts, fit for purpose and audience, that can be used to solve real-world problems related to information systems. Unit content will play an important role in future units and a wide variety of professional IT activities. This unit expands on knowledge acquired in IFB103 IT Systems Design by introducing conceptual modelling techniques that underpin most modern systems modelling languages. Subsequent units will build on the conceptual modelling skills learned in this unit, for example, by applying it to the techniques covered in IAB203 BPM and IAB204 Business Requirements Analysis.

  • IAB203 Business Process Modelling

    This unit continues after IAB201 and introduces business process management concepts: how organisations improve their business processes in terms of time, cost and quality. It introduces process identification and process discovery. Furthermore, it addresses the fundamentals of process modelling: model quality, correctness issues and modelling in BPMN's collaboration and choreography diagrams. After this unit, IAB320 continues with other business process improvement steps.

  • IAB351 Business in the Cloud

    This unit provides knowledge and skills in designing businesses and systems in Cloud settings. It covers many aspects of the design in business models and IT systems, it introduces skills for developing business models and IT systems architecture, relevant for the Cloud. In addition, you will learn key management practices to develop business cases, manage businesses and IT systems as services, and understand privacy, security and regulatory policy that governs the use of cloud services. Through the unit, you will be exposed to authentic industry cases drawn from key sectors such as banking, retail and government. The knowledge and skills the unit provides are widely used by management consulting firms and IT professional roles such as Enterprise Architects, Business Architects, Solution Architects and Business Analysts. The unit uses knowledge provided in IAB305 Information Systems Lifecycle Management, applied for Business Cloud applications.

  • IFB103 IT Systems Design

    Developing an innovative, practical and cost-effective IT solution that is user-focused is a complex task for IT experts. It requires a systematic process that includes: 1) identifying and clarifying a business problem that an IT system can help to resolve; 2) collecting and interpreting requirements; 3) decomposing the system into its components; and, 4) prototyping techniques to ensure that all the components of the system satisfy the requirements. This unit presents students with authentic industry challenges in which you apply your IT knowledge, fundamental analysis and design techniques. It exposes you to design contexts, theories, processes, principles and methods that IT experts use, either individually or in a group, to analyse and design an IT system. The unit builds your skills towards any career related to operational analysis and design of a specific business scope, including Business Systems Analyst, Solution Architect, and Project Manager.

  • IFB105 Database Management

    This is an introductory unit on database addressing the core concepts, requirements and practices of databases. It introduces conceptual data modeling to address a key area of concern of modeling structured data to build a comprehensive understanding of the data aspect of a problem.  You will learn how to transform such data model into a relational database design as well as how to effectively retrieve data through SQL queries. Normalization, database security/administration, other special topics and ethical aspects related to information systems are also covered. IAB207 Rapid Web App Development, IAB303 Data Analytics for Business Insights and the Capstone units IFB398 Capstone 1 and IFB399 Capstone 2 build on this unit for data storage/retrieval and business insights. IAB206 Modern Data Management extends this unit earning to unstructured data such as graphs and documents which are also gaining popularity in the real world.

  • IFN500 Design Thinking for IT

    Due to their often intangible and complex nature, design problems in IT are addressed by teams with members having different and complementary skill sets. This unit provides you with knowledge of design thinking, related processes and methods and what it means to design within information technology rich contexts. This unit situates you in a challenging domain and asks you to solve a problem leveraging your IT knowledge, applying fundamental design, teamwork and communication skills to successfully overcome the challenge. You will be introduced to design thinking as an approach to understand problems and develop practical, innovative and cost-effective IT solutions, putting the user at the centre. This unit also gives you a high level insight and understanding of what the underlying system should be by helping you critically analyse the overall requirements from a systems perspective without ignoring business objectives or user needs.

  • IFN502 IT Innovation and Disruption

    There is an increasing need for information technology professionals to understand emerging and disruptive technology, evaluate its impact on the firm and its ecosystem, and to appreciate its strategic value within that firm's context. This unit will teach you how to conceptualise, analyse, and create an IT disruptive innovation. You will learn and execute a systematic approach to examining and generating IT disruptive innovations. You will investigate and understand fundamental theories and employ a set of techniques to identify and expand a potential value proposition. Activities include customer intimacy exploration (creating personas, scenarios, and journey maps) and expansion of value (service logic innovation, customer-dominant logic) and implementation (business model canvas).

  • IFN504 Corporate Information Systems

    This unit provides students with fundamental skills to identify technical and socio-economical foundations of information systems and explain the commercial use of information systems in a corporate setting. The unit helps students with non-IT background to develop knowledge and practical skills to evaluate and analyse business strategies, capabilities, and objectives to select, and implement information systems within organizations to achieve their corporate objectives. Students will develop advanced knowledge to analyse existing information systems and develop strategy map to define, develop, and acquire a new system and integrate, transform, implement and maintain information systems within organisation to accomplish organisational objectives. Later units in the curriculum, such as Enterprise Systems and Applications, Advanced Process Modeling, Business Process Automation, Business Process Management, and Enterprise Architectures build upon the content that is taught in this unit.

  • IFN515 Fundamentals of Business Process Management

    This unit provides an in-depth introduction towards the management of Business Processes. It walks you through the fundamental stages of a typical Business process improvement initiative, from process identification, to monitoring, covering along the way process modelling, analysis redesign and automation.

  • IFN662 Enterprise Systems and Applications

    This unit offers an introduction to enterprise systems. It covers core concepts about planning and implementation, main processes and data structures in an enterprise system and the theoretical. You will explore practical guidance on best practices in systems configuration, following SAP Enterprise Systems modules: financials (FI), controlling (CO), materials management (MM), sales and distribution (S&D) and production planning and control (PP). These core modules will also provide an overview of the fundamentals and capabilities of an Enterprise System. This unit is in the development stage of your course and builds on the work you learnt in Corporate Information Systems. It will provide some fundamental knowledge of the business processes that would be useful in Advanced Process Modelling or Business Process Case Studies.

Interaction design

  • DVB101 Visual Communication Design

    This unit introduces the principles and conventions associated with the interpretation and production of meaning through visual representation. Visual Communication is based on the creation of meaning through image and text and this plays a critical role in our contemporary world which is visually and media driven. Visual communicators require a deep understanding of conceptual development, design process, typography and image making, and how image-based communication occurs. You will learn how to think and operate as a visual designer through studio-based learning and a series of industry-focused experiences.

  • DXB205 Interactive Narrative Design

  • DXB304 Interactive Narrative Design

    This unit serves as an introduction to building interactive virtual worlds. It addresses theoretical issues associated with non-linear story structures and interactive narratives through the analysis of game structures, the creation of original game ideas and the application of techniques of information design to the structuring of non-narrative content. It extends this understanding into practice through the application of relevant skills, which will scaffold you into the production of a portfolio work (suitable for interaction designers, game designers, media designers, creative writers). The role of the writer/image-maker/information designer is central to the success of any significant professional project in interactive media and game design. Effective interactive writing demands a grasp of conceptual and information design, the nature of interactivity, and the tensions between interactivity and traditional narrative.

Service science

  • IFB101 Impact of IT

    This unit investigates the transformational relationship between information technology (IT) and individuals, society and organisations.  It focuses on determining and evaluating the impact IT can have from a range of perspectives. By examining contemporary technological advances, students will gain a perspective on their application in social and organisational settings, how they are used to advance social and organisational goals and how IT professionals enable these technologies.   Case studies across a variety of domains will link theory with practice, and build your understanding of the depth and breadth of change, both positive and negative, that is driven by information technology.  This unit will help inform your future career path and unit selection over the course of your degree.

Units you need background knowledge to study

These units have requirements for previous study or background knowledge. Check the unit’s previous study requirements for details. If you have any questions, contact the unit coordinator for the semester you want to study.

If your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Electrical engineering & computer science

  • CAB201 Programming Principles

    This unit builds on the gentle introduction to programming provided in IFB104 or MZB126. In those units students learn how algorithms are constructed by combining the logical structures of Sequence, Selection and Iteration. Students also learn how functions can be used to abstract and reuse sections of code. These concepts are reinforced in this unit and extended with additional applications of abstraction necessary to combat complexity when building larger systems. Object-oriented principles are introduced where the program is structured around classes of objects that are identified from the real-world providing a high-level architecture that is better able to stand the test of time as requirements evolve throughout the lifetime of the system. This unit provides the foundation for the other more advanced and specialized programming units.

  • CAB203 Discrete Structures

    In trying to solve complex problems, a powerful approach is transform the problem into a simpler model by abstracting away some of the less important details. Once in this more abstract form, powerful mathematical techniques (developed over centuries) can be brought to bear. For computing related problems, the most relevant mathematical concepts and techniques come from the field of discrete mathematics, and include arithmetic, logic, set theory, graph theory and functions. This unit demonstrates how these mathematical concepts and techniques can be used to model and solve many real-world problems. The unit also supports subsequent units: CAB301 where algorithms involving graphs are introduced and CAB402 where the mathematical notion of a function provides the basis for alternative programming paradigms.

  • CAB210 People Context and Technology

    This is a human-computer interaction unit focussed on user experience research to inform the implementation of interactive technologies, like mobile applications, web services and games. It introduces user experience methods to study people’s needs in a real-world context, and to evaluate the usability and experience with technologies. This unit is important to inform the design and development of technologies that meet the needs of people who are going to use them and the context within which they will be used. A stronger understanding of people, context and technology will provide students with an edge in the market place for jobs such as interaction designers, usability engineers, game designers, app developers, information architects, and user experience designers. This unit builds on the design thinking skills developed in IFB103, and it provides the foundation for advanced interaction design skills through unit CAB310.

  • CAB230 Web Computing

    The World Wide Web is the most important platform for software systems and an integral part of modern life. Many companies owe their existence to the web, through applications deployed over the Internet using web protocols. All IT professionals require a good understanding of the web and its architecture, especially software developers and those tasked with maintaining and implementing web-based software systems. This unit is a technical introduction to modern web computing. You will design and implement clean and responsive user interfaces, taking account of accessibility and internationalisation. We will provide an introduction to JavaScript and you will use it throughout the semester, gaining practical experience with HTML, CSS and frameworks such as React on the client side, and node.js, Express and the node ecosystem on the server side. You will understand security threats and their mitigation and gain practical experience deploying an internet facing web server using HTTPS.

  • CAB301 Algorithms and Complexity

    Having mastered the basic skills of programming, the next concern facing practicing programmers is how to predicate the time and space efficiency of their programs, and how to choose among a number of alternative algorithms and data structures that may be suitable for solving a given computational problem. This unit will teach you efficient algorithms and popular data structures for solving various kinds of classical computational problems that you can use in your own programming projects. This unit will also teach how the performance of algorithms can be predicted from a theoretical perspective, and how the actual performance of programs can be measured in practice.

  • CAB302 Software Development

    This is an intermediate level unit providing a critical bridge between the introductory programming exercises of first year and the far more challenging, often team-based, development projects later in the degree. It introduces you to the tools and techniques of professional software development and prepares you through practical work to take your place in a technical development team. It builds upon the foundational imperative programming skills introduced in CAB201: Programming Principles to support development at a much larger scale than is possible by an individual developer.

  • CAB303 Networks

    Building on your digital systems knowledge, you will be introduced to practical and theoretical knowledge on a wide range of modern networking topics to be able to design, implement and maintain network-based applications. You will participate in practical networking exercises to provide hands-on experience with network-based computing.

  • CAB310 Interaction and Experience Design

    This is an advanced human-computer interaction unit focussed on the design and evaluation of emerging technologies for human use. Emerging technologies like robots, machine learning, and Internet of Things devices have the potential to disrupt how we work and live. Based on interaction design theories and methods, this unit focusses on how we design, prototype, and study how people experience such emerging technologies. Understanding how to design emerging technologies for human use will give students an edge in the market place for jobs as user experience professionals, IT developers, and interaction designers. The theories and methods introduced in this unit prepare students for a career in human-computer interaction research and development. This unit builds on design thinking skills from unit IFB103 and user experience research skills from unit CAB210 to design experiences with emerging technologies.

  • CAB320 Artificial Intelligence

    This foundational unit introduces  the basics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) ranging from Intelligent Search techniques to Machine Learning. AI strives to build intelligent entities as well as understand them. AI has produced many significant products; from AI chess champions to state of the art schedulers and planners. This unit introduces state representations, techniques and architectures used to build intelligent systems. It covers topics such as heuristic search, machine learning (including deep neural networks) and probabilistic reasoning. The ability to formalise a given problem in the language/framework of relevant AI methods (for examples, a search problem, a planning problem, a classification problem, etc) and understand a fast evolving field is a requirement for a range of graduate entry software engineer positions. This unit lays the foundations for further studies in Games, Robotics, Pattern Recognition, Information Retrieval, Data Mining and Intelligent Web Agents.

  • CAB330 Data and Web Analytics

    Data analytics has become a popular way to support decision-making by turning an organization's large collection of data into useful knowledge about their customers and business processes. Data analytics has direct applications in several fields such as social networks, business processes, search-engines, e-commerce, digital libraries, bioinformatics and web information systems. This unit provide fundamental knowledge and skills of data analytics to help with data-driven decision making. You will learn the different types of data mining techniques to apply classification, clustering and association mining. You will learn how the processing can be applied to text and web usage data. This is an introductory unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to all IT professionals. It builds on CAB220 - Fundamentals of Data Science which introduces the basic concepts of data manipulation.

  • CAB340 Cryptography

    Proliferation of Internet technology allows users to access information and services from everywhere at anytime. Unfortunately, the price users have to pay is an increased risk that their sensitive information is going to be intercepted by an adversary who may use it and violate users' privacy or/and to impersonate them. This unit investigates advanced topics in Cryptography. It exposes students to tools that can be used to provide security in increasingly insecure Internet environment.

  • CAB401 High Performance and Parallel Computing

    Building on your skills in "sequential" programming, this unit teaches you the tools and techniques needed to exploit multi-processor computer systems to achieve dramatic performance improvements for computationally intensive problems.   This unit gives you both an understanding of why future computer hardware will be increasingly parallel, the challenges this poses for software development as well as a set of practical skills in creating high-performance programs using today's best tools and techniques.

  • CAB402 Programming Paradigms

    This advanced unit exposes you to special-purpose programming languages that operate under different paradigms than the conventional "imperative" languages you have used in the course so far.   This unit will expose you to new ways of thinking about and expressing software solutions, exploring advanced programming language constructs, principles for the sound design of new languages and how they evolve. The unit provides both a deep theoretical foundation for programming languages by abstracting them to basic mathematical forms as well as showcasing practical application of those advanced principles for software development in the real world.

  • CAB403 Systems Programming

    This unit uses operating system concepts to teach the foundations of systems programming and advanced concepts for producing software that provides services to computer hardware. Through this study you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the principles and techniques of process management, memory and file management, data protection, and distributed systems. It discusses the concepts, structure and mechanisms of modern operating systems for systems programming, e.g., processes, concurrency, storage management, and so on. It also looks at distributed systems and security issues that are required to support systems programming. It builds upon the low level programming concepts introduced in CAB202: Microprocessors and Digital Systems.

  • CAB420 Machine Learning

    Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. This unit provides you with a broad introduction to machine learning and its statistical foundations. Topics include: definition of machine learning tasks; classification principles; dimensionality reduction/subspace methods; support vector machines, graphical models and deep learning. Application examples are taken from areas such as computer vision, finance, market prediction and information retrieval.

  • CAB430 Data and Information Integration

    With the rapid growth of data and digital repositories, there is an increasing awareness of benefits of data warehousing and mining techniques for Business Intelligence. Data warehousing represents an ideal vision of maintaining a central digital repository of all organizational data that can be smartly used through data mining tools to maximize business profits. Data warehousing is recognized by the IT industry as a dominant technique for applications of databases in the future. This unit discusses the concepts, architectures and methods of data warehousing and mining techniques, e.g., data warehouse architecture and schema, data cubes and OLAP (on-line analytical processing), ETL (Data Extraction, Transformation and Loading) process, data quality, association analysis and classification. It also focuses on the topics and techniques that are most promising for building and analyzing multidimensional data for efficiently organizing data warehouses and mining tools.

  • CAB431 Search Engine Technology

    With the explosion of information resources on the Web, social media and corporate intranets, there is an imminent need for advanced technologies to help people deal with big text data. There are many practical applications of Web search and text analysis (text mining) in the areas such as classification of news stories, academic papers or medical records; spam or junk email filtering, understand customers opinion or behaviors through their feedback or review in online-systems or social media, customer service promotion etc. Therefore, it is urgent for IT developers, Web analysts, information management consultants, or Web development & support officers to understand popular text processing models (such as Web search engine, information retrieval models); advanced text mining techniques (such as supervised methods for information filtering or classification and unsupervised method for topic modelling); and future directions in Web Intelligence.

  • CAB432 Cloud Computing

    Cloud Computing is among the most important developments in the IT industry in recent years, and one which has received enormous attention. Cloud is a natural progression from earlier trends in service and infrastructure outsourcing and virtualisation, but is distinguished by its elasticity and scale: service and infrastructure provisioning may change rapidly in response to variations in demand, allowing clients to cater for unexpected spikes in load without tying up capital in expensive and potentially underutilised assets. Cloud services and technologies are becoming increasingly diverse and sophisticated, moving rapidly from the initial, 'bare metal' offerings of a few years ago, and providing a rich set of options and APIs. This unit provides a technically oriented introduction to Cloud Computing, giving you experience in developing modern cloud applications and deploying them to the public clouds of the major vendors.

  • CAB440 Network and Systems Administration

    Building on your network and systems administration knowledge and skills , you will be introduced to technical knowledge and skills for network administration, including configuring addressing and routing with physical network connectivity devices and installing/maintaining network services on a Unix-like platform.  CAB441 Network Security build on this unit by extending your network administration skills to secure network infrastructure and application services.

  • CAB441 Network Security

    As a system administrator or information security professional you are expected to have an in depth understanding of the vulnerabilities and threats that system services under your protection may be exposed to. As a result it is important that you are familiar with system exploitation techniques and tools that may be used against your system services and applications. This knowledge and skill will allow you to better defend your system services and applications.This advanced unit will discuss security design principles that produce secure networks and applications. This unit will also introduce techniques and tools that demonstrate how to secure systems as well as to exploit system services and applications so that you are aware of the impact of insecure systems.This unit is considered an advanced networking unit with no following units.

  • IFN641 Advanced Network Management

    The aim of this unit is to provide you with a deep understanding of the advanced technical issues pertaining to the management of organisational networks of various sizes. You will use the Unix environment as the learning platform for attaining additional technical skills and for the enhancement of existing problem solving skills necessary to be a successful network administrator or manager.

  • IFN642 Applied Cryptography and Network Security

    This unit introduces cryptographic mechanisms and their applications to provide security services such as confidentiality, integrity assurance and authentication of entities. You will become familiar with the operation of cryptographic algorithms and the mathematics necessary to understand the operation of cryptographic primitives. The security levels and limitations of various algorithms and protocols will be explored in practical activities. Simple cryptanalytic methods to break ciphers will be applied where possible. This unit will also examine the application of these cryptographic protocols as security mechanisms in a variety of application contexts. The main applications of cryptography are in the area of securing digital communications and storage. This unit will examine cryptographic mechanisms used to provide security services, and discuss the expected security levels and limitations of the application of these cryptographic mechanisms in modern network security scenarios.

  • IFN643 Computer System Security

    Computer system security is comprised of policies, processes and methods that apply to operating systems, services, tools and applications on computer systems for the purpose of preventing or limiting the effect of an attack. This unit provides an overall understanding of malware analysis techniques, digital forensics and penetration testing methods which can be used for securing a computer system. It provides you with unique opportunities to build and practise a complex security techniques to detect and mitigate an attack or to perform forensics analysis on a compromised system. It encompasses analysis and problem-solving skills for developing solutions by synthesising a variety of methods using a collaborative approach. This advanced unit is available to network and security majors. It builds on the concepts introduced in IFN511. Together with IFN642, this unit provides the opportunity to build and evaluate security solutions for small to large scale networked computer systems.

  • IFN647 Advanced Information Storage and Retrieval

    This advanced unit provides an understanding of the principles and techniques underlying the development of information storage and retrieval solutions to some of the varied and complex problems that involve heterogeneity of data (structured, unstructured, text, image, etc.), with very large amounts of data. It covers advanced structures for the representation of data for efficient representation, storage and retrieval that are imposed by modern systems, and practical experience of using tools and programming to solve real-world problems. This unit is motivated by the ubiquity of unstructured data in search engines, social networks, messaging, etc., for which it provides to future professionals and researchers in computer science and data science complimentary approaches to traditional systems. This advanced unit builds on a solid understanding of data structures and algorithms (IFN501), as well as an appreciation for mathematical models of data in multi-dimensional spaces (IFN509).

  • IFN660 Programming Language Theory

    This unit introduces the theory underlying computer programming language implementations.  It explains how human-readable computer program code is translated into machine-executable instructions, and thereby helps understand the rationale for the design of various programming language features, the commonality between such languages, and the functions and limitations of program development environments.

  • IFN680 Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence aims to develop computer systems that can effectively and efficiently solve complex problems which traditional approaches often fail to handle. The main advantage of intelligent systems is that they can combine the traditional computer's capacity to remember millions of facts with the human being's cognitive skills, including learning and refining the existing body of knowledge, solving problems with reasoning, helping businesses with strategic planning, diagnosing mechanical faults or human diseases, playing games, and so on. It is important for information technology professionals to understand the concepts and techniques for building intelligent systems. This unit is to provide you with an understanding of the principles and basic techniques to develop computational solutions to complex problems and also some insight on the theoretical foundations of the techniques.

  • IFN690 Advanced User Centred Design

    This unit introduces various theories and frameworks of human-computer interaction and recognises the significance of theory for designing human-computer interaction. Theories and frameworks help us to understand how people use technology and devices and how they interact with other people. In particular, theories that are well grounded in studies of the contexts and cultures of human interaction give us ideas for how to design for those contexts and cultures. You will critically discuss and evaluate human-computer interaction theories. You will establish a reflective practice of observation, questioning, design intervention and evaluation. This practice will support you to use human-computer interaction theories in the workplace to support effective work and to guide effective user-centred design and research. You will learn all this in the context of design exercise that will ask you to conceive a new interactive device with a particular goal and for a particular context.

  • IFN691 Gamification and Persuasive Computing

    The unit builds upon theories of human-computer interaction, game design and psychology in the development of technology designed to change attitudes and behaviours through persuasion and social influence. The unit focuses on gamification (i.e. the application of game elements and game design techniques to non-game problems) as a mechanism for addressing business and social challenges.

Information systems

  • IAB202 Business of Information Technology

    Whether you are launching an internet start-up or advising your company on how to embark on a successful technical direction you need to have an understanding of the basic business building blocks to enable your decision making and interact with the other (non-IT) people involved. This unit will help you to explore these necessary business practices and concepts by engaging you in the development IT business initiatives which are primarily internet-based.  By considering case studies, you will learn a practical approach to developing IT business initiatives.  The concepts include business models, revenue models, digital marketing, and digital strategy.

  • IAB204 Business Requirements Analysis

    This unit introduces you to the role, knowledge, skills and techniques required of a business analyst. The unit focuses on the tools and methods used by a business analyst, as well as the soft skills such as creativity and communication, all of which are critical to successful business requirements analysis.

  • IAB206 Modern Data Management

    Introduce you to the technologies that can be used to address challenges in managing fast incoming, voluminous and varied data that is increasingly being relied on to make decisions in today's business environment. You will develop practical skills in using, modern data management technologies that will prepare you to be a data analyst, business analyst, solution architect, as well as enterprise architect.

  • IAB207 Rapid Web Application Development

    Web applications are widely in use both within enterprises and in consumer applications. Developing Web applications faces significant challenges, including faster delivery of new innovations, robustness for change, and performance scalability. The unit will address these challenges by using Model-View-Controller (MVC) frameworks to support rapid development of web applications. The knowledge and skills developed in this unit are valuable for all IT professional roles – software engineers, business analyst and architects, enabling an understanding of software systems design practices and development practices. This is an introductory unit and students will be exposed to web application development through a guided process of using well known frameworks such as CSS-Bootstrap, Python-Flask and JQuery. It builds on concepts learnt in IFB103 and IFB105 and recommends knowledge of Python programming.

  • IAB230 Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing

    This unit introduces the components of a mobile ubiquitous system, including stand alone and wearable sensors and wireless network protocols. It introduces the Internet of Things context and develops the skills in designing products and applications that use mobile and ubiquitous sensors and smart devices. The ability to critically review real case studies, expand awareness of interconnections between technologies, networks and user contexts and design a solution to a smart IT context problem is a requirement for a range of graduate positions. This is the first unit in the Mobile Application Development minor and builds on the skills that you developed in IFB103 IT Systems Design, and IFB104 Building IT Systems. IAB330 Mobile Application Development builds on this unit in which you design and build a working prototype system that uses mobile and ubiquitous system components.

  • IAB250 Enterprise Systems Configuration

    This unit introduces the fundamentals of enterprise systems configuration. It uses a leading enterprise system to demonstrate how organisations configure these systems to meet organisational and user requirements. Configuring an enterprise system is a substantial undertaking that must take into account technical, business and environmental considerations. This unit commences by introducing core enterprise systems concepts related to organizational structures, process models, and data models. This knowledge then serves as the foundation to configuring financial, sales, procurement, and production related functionalities. With enterprise systems forming the IT backbone of most large organisations, the knowledge and skills learnt in this unit are relevant for any IT professional.

  • IAB260 Social Technologies

    This unit will introduce you to the theoretical and practical requirements to build and understand social technology platforms, social networks, and digital communities.  You will learn concepts of social technology platforms practical manner, investigate the building blocks of successful digital communities and understand the critical design features. Digital communities are becoming a key feature of the future economy with online communities and social networks are increasingly employed as part of the business model. The success of Digital Communities varies wildly with some communities were successful and others were struggling. This unit explores how to develop successful online communities by incorporating both a theoretical perspective and an architectural perspective.

  • IAB303 Data Analytics for Business Insight

    In this unit you will draw on your knowledge and skills learnt in prior IT core units to learn how to problem solve with data for the purposes of extracting business insight. Through the practical lab sessions you will explore the relationship between common business concerns and the data and analytics that can be used to address them, developing the skills to use a range of analytics techniques with a variety of data. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to present analytics in a meaningful way for business use. Through the workshops, you will be able to increase your understanding of different kinds of data, their importance to business, and why certain analytical and visualisation techniques can be used.

  • IAB305 Information Systems Lifecycle Management

    This unit covers the essential activities in information systems lifecycle management. An important role of business analysts and IT managers is to analyse and understand business strategies, capabilities, and objectives to define, select, and implement information systems within organizations to achieve their organizational objectives. This unit provides students with skills and knowledge related to information systems definition, acquisition, development, integration, transformation, implementation, and maintenance within organisations. This unit will expand skills  in analysing and designing an IT system from IFB103 Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design and their information systems modelling knowledge from IAB201 Modelling Techniques for Information Systems by introducing how information systems can be incorporated with business models, processes and strategic business needs. Skills learned in this unit will be utilised and further developed in IAB301 Enterprise Architecture.

  • IAB320 Business Process Improvement

    This unit fosters developing process analysis, improvement, and design skills of students. These skills and capabilities will prepare you to undertake the digital transformation challenges of today’s organisations. You will understand and apply a variety of methods, tools, techniques, and approaches for organisational-wide process improvement initiatives. You will be exposed to a robust selection of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques as well as key process redesign paradigms used in the industry. This will involve developing your knowledge and expertise in different process improvement methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma and Process Reengineering using a hands-on teaching approach with real-life case studies to enable authentic learning outcomes.

  • IAB321 Business Process Technologies

    Whether you will be a business analyst, a process owner, a solution architect or a software engineer, it is essential that you understand the principles and value of business process automation, in order to fully realise the benefits of Business Process Management. This unit introduces the fundamentals of "business process automation”. You will learn how to develop an executable business process based on a business-oriented process model. You will practice how to automate an executable process using a business process management system (BPMS) and how to monitor its progress. The unit further presents various post-execution techniques for analysing the behaviour of automated processes. The hands-on approach allows students to design, control and analyse automated business processes using a variety of well-known business process technologies.

  • IAB330 Mobile Application Development

    Mobile, tablet and wearable devices are the emerging computing platforms, resulting in a high demand for creative developers to build innovative cross platform applications, and given the variety of platforms there is a major skills shortage. This unit aims to provide the theoretical and technical knowledge and skills to design, develop, and publish mobile apps. You will extend your design and development skills by working collaboratively in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams to acquire a solid practical foundation for the design and development of innovative mobile and pervasive systems.

  • IAB352 Enterprise Systems Management

    Organisations invest substantial resources in acquiring enterprise systems from vendors such as SAP and Oracle, presumably expecting positive impacts to the organisation and its functions. Despite the optimistic objectives, failure of enterprise systems to attain benefits is common. This unit provides the knowledge and skills into how to successfully manage enterprise systems projects throughout their entire lifecycle, from acquisition to use to retirement. Drawing on real-life case studies, concepts related to requirements analysis, implementation strategy, training, knowledge management, and change management will be discussed throughout the unit. The knowledge and skills taught in this unit are relevant for anyone pursuing a career involving the management of large IT projects.

  • IAB401 Enterprise Architecture

    This unit covers Enterprise Architecture (EA) theory and practice, concerning the ways in which business and IT systems are planned and designed using modelling techniques. EA focuses on organizational capability maps, which reflect what businesses do, independent of business. The techniques for capturing different artefacts at business and IT levels relevant to systems planning will include business services, processes, information and resources. Students will be taught how to develop a multi-layered EA based on state-of-the-art modelling techniques in TOGAF Archimate and UML. Importantly, this unit extends your knowledge and skills to model, design and problem and pursue careers in EA, modelling, design and solution architecture of individual systems. The unit links to and extends learning from previous units in Data and Information Management and Process Modelling.

  • IAB402 Information Systems Consulting

    In IAB402 Information Systems Consulting, you will gain an appreciation of the management of consulting practices and an understanding of the consulting sector generally. Having developed business requirements analysis skills in IAB305 to identify systems problems or opportunities and specify solution-approaches, Business Analysts and other IT professionals must be able to convincingly communicate these (problems, opportunities, requirements, solution-approach) to managers, colleagues and clients in the form of a proposal. Many roles benefit from such specialised proposal writing and communication capabilities. Organisations are increasingly moving to flatter, project-oriented, team structures, akin to consulting firms. A better appreciation of the consulting process will be beneficial to students working in these modern organisations as IT professionals. The unit will provide information on establishing a consulting practice and techniques to engage clients successfully.

  • IFN600 Understanding Research

    As a professional, regardless of your discipline or context, you will be required to gather the best available evidence to make decisions, solve problems, establish best practice, as well as innovate and develop creative solutions. This unit will equip you with knowledge of the research skills and practices in order to master these capabilities. This unit will develop your understanding and higher-order thinking related to the key concepts, principles, methodologies and skills required in the application of research within academic and professional settings.

  • IFN650 Business Process Analytics

    Business Process Analytics introduces you to a number of state-of-the-art business process intelligence techniques that can be used at various phrases of a business process management life cycle. In particular, the unit focuses on techniques that can be applied as a prelude to process execution as well as techniques that can be used to analyse historical process data. You will be exposed to a set of tools, techniques and methods to analyse different perspectives of business processes. This unit builds upon the foundational knowledge gained from the Fundamentals of BPM unit and showcases advanced techniques in process-oriented data mining and their applications in various domains to improve processes.

  • IFN651 Lean Six Sigma

    This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to Lean Six Sigma, a rigorous and disciplined methodology, widely used in practice, which uses organisational data and statistical analysis to measure and improve the performance of an organisation's business processes. As a specialisation unit related to business process management, it aims to broaden and deepen learners’ knowledge about different process improvement methodologies and develop specific skills in solving real-world business problems. The unit addresses the key concepts, methods and techniques in Lean Six Sigma. In particular, it focuses on introducing a well-adopted Six Sigma approach known as DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control) while incorporating the principles of Lean Management. The unit content is aligned with the Universally Accepted Lean Six Sigma Body of Knowledge for Green Belts, developed by the International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC).

  • IFN661 Mobile and Pervasive Systems

    This decade is requiring innovators who can identify emerging opportunities and design solutions based on the Internet of things and the Internet of everything. Computing devices are found everywhere and are leading to applications such as smart homes, smart transport, and smart health. The spread of these connected devices is pervasive, and innovations are sought that are based on these mobile and pervasive systems. The aim of this unit is to provide you with a working knowledge of the technical and theoretical aspects of mobile and pervasive technologies. You will critically review mobile and pervasive systems and explore how these technologies can be used in solving problems found in business, health, construction, transport, and the environment. You will also appreciate the impacts of mobile and pervasive technologies in broader areas of society and become aware of current and future opportunities in information and communication technologies.

  • IFN663 Advanced Enterprise Architecture

    IFN663 is an advanced unit on Enterprise Architecture (EA). The unit looks into the ways in which business and IT systems are planned using modelling techniques. It introduces how business and IT aligns and supports the scoping of IT solution architectures of individual systems and principles of enterprise architecture. It covers how to develop a multi-layered EA based on state-of-the-art modelling techniques in TOGAF Archimate and UML and provides skills for IT professional and senior roles.  The unit builds upon pre-requisite knowledge from IFN500 Design Thinking for IT. Units such as IFN662 Enterprise Systems and Applications are highly related to this unit.

  • IFN700 Project Management

    This unit will help you develop leadership and project management skills to successfully lead teams in complex and changing environments. The majority of information technology (IT) and organisational change initiatives, such as systems developments and implementations are introduced into organizations through projects, and the success of these projects depends on their effective management. This unit introduces you to a range of traditional and contemporary approaches including Agile and PRINCE2 and develops skills to select which approach is best suited for the particular project and its context. Agile project management will be covered in-depth as an example of a contemporary approach to project management. Agile project management values, principles, and practices that you learn in this unit are transferable to other project management approaches.

Interaction design

  • DVB201 Typographic Design

    This unit provides knowledge and skills of typographic principles, composition and design strategies. It combines theory and practice, history and experimentation, and designing for print and digital media, all within a vibrant studio environment. You will engage with dynamic, creative briefs and use type as the main element of visual expression in your work. Typically typography is at the core for any visual communication work, independent of the media. ‘Good’ typographic design demands well developed technical skills, constant attention to detail, as well as a sharp understanding of the context and content of the message being transmitted. Upon completion of this unit you will be able to understand, apply and manipulate multiple aspects of typography as a powerful visual communication tool and to prepare and publish your work in multiple media contexts, including within emerging technologies and environmental spaces.

  • DVB203 Theories and Methods of Visual Communication

    This unit builds on your understanding of the principles of visual communication and its role in determining the values of our contemporary cultures and societies. Through exploring theoretical perspectives, discussions and class exercises you will critique and analyse images and visual communication designs occurring in multiple contexts. In doing so, you will develop further expertise in the production of contemporary communication design and the ethical, social and professional responsibilities of a designer. This unit directly builds upon the Visual Communication and Image Production units while providing opportunities to engage with critical analysis of images and experiences and evidence this through written expression and report writing.

  • DVB302 Data Visualisation and Information Design

    Information and data is now an essential aspect of everyday life in our technologically-driven and visually rich society. In the contemporary world, the generation of data is much greater than the ability to digest and visualise this as meaningful information. The unit provides advanced knowledge and skills in visual information design and data visualisation allowing you to apply these within a series of practice-based design works. The unit contextualises the growth of this information design specialisation for visual designers, raises issues relating to data collection and integrity, and provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the variety of design approaches that can be engaged within this area. It offers both a practical understanding of established information design models and also the opportunity to develop an innovative and future-forward approached to data visualisation, including utilising interactivity.

  • DXB110 Principles of Interaction Design

    This unit introduces Interaction Design theories, methods, tools and applications essential for the design of digital products, services and experiences for human interaction. It enables you to undertake user experience research in response to real world briefs, critique leading industry case studies and practices, iteratively prototype solutions, and evaluate usability of the outcome with regard to user experience. Amidst global proliferation of digital products and services shaped by trends in augmented and virtual reality, automation, smart homes, and the Internet of Things; there is a greater emphasis on designing digital interactions, interfaces and systems that improve the human experience. In order to effectively achieve that, this unit provides foundational skills and knowledge in human-centred design, including aspects of the interaction design lifecycle, methods, tools and techniques needed to solve real world problems.

  • DXB111 Web Prototyping

    This unit introduces concepts and skills underpinning the user-centred design of web technologies, such as HTML and CSS. As such, it enables you to understand web technologies as a medium to explore design concepts and build responsive, high-fidelity, web-based prototypes. This includes translating conceptual designs into engaging prototypes while taking into account principles of interface and user experience design, layout, style and navigation. The unit enables you to formulate solutions to design problems and to produce high quality technical and aesthetic outcomes.

  • DXB210 Critical Experience Design

    This unit explores the way in which critical design theory and practices can transform established design conventions in new and unexpected ways, leading to innovative design solutions. Design does not operate in isolation. All our decisions as designers affect not only the produced outcome, but the broader society and environments for which it is created. This unit provides you with design skills to create highly engaging interactive products, services and experiences from conception to production, while focusing on their impact and potential of design for change and deep transformation. In this unit you will adopt critical thinking and speculative design methods to analyse, design and present solutions for future scenarios (e.g. living in future cities, design of future hospitals, and future of entertainment) as a way to re-frame present interactions between people, spaces and technologies.

  • DXB211 Creative Coding

    This unit introduces the principles of creative computer programming in the context of design and creative practice. It addresses a range of practices and practitioners who employ, or are informed by, computational processes and techniques. The acquired skills will be applied to the creation of creative visual and interactive design outcomes in a studio setting. Many aspects of design and creative practice involve computers and, as a result, designers and creative practitioners have taken advantage of the medium and now employ computer programming and computational processes within their practices. As such, it is important for you to develop core skills in computer programming, as well as knowledge of the history, uses and processes associated with the use of computational processes in design and creative practice.

  • DXB301 Interface Design

    This unit provides an understanding of how to apply visual theory, visual communication and interaction design principles to the design of visual interfaces. Visual Interface design is an essential part of contemporary communication media. It is required to produce digital media forms for the web, mobile devices, or large touch screens. Through this unit you will learn how to design visual interfaces and advance your understanding of interaction design and its relationship with interface.

  • DXB310 Augmented Interactions

    This unit advances on your understandings of augmented interaction. Studio-driven explorations of emerging and future practices and concerns, and engagement in a chosen problem space, will facilitate such process. The unit provides an opportunity for reflective practices to situate your work in the relevant context as well as extend your own understanding of interaction design. You will create an augmented interactive system that responds to a problem or site you identify and research, as well as evaluate people’s experience of it gaining formative feedback. You will use interactive media technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality software tools and sensors, and develop a visual and experiential language for your concept. Understanding social and physical phenomena evolution and how we interact with the world is crucial, even more so today as wireless networks proliferate and that interaction is increasingly mediated.

  • DXB311 Advanced Interaction Design Project

    In this capstone subject for the Interaction Design specialisation you will further develop your interaction design skills through the production of a signature project in an area of contemporary and emerging practice. This subject’s focus is to provide you with an opportunity to develop your own specialist Interaction Design work, which will serve to  assist you in defining your professional portfolio and future career pathways. The final outcome will also become your major design work to be presented in the final year exhibition.

  • DXB401 Advanced Web Design

    This unit introduces advanced web design methodologies and technologies to help you address web publications as complex systems of people, practices, values and technology in local/global environments. Web design has extended from the concept of information delivery into social networking and other expanded modes of engagement. Designing complex web projects involves interaction design and user experience design to specific project briefs. Core skills in web design and production methodologies are combined with a study of information ecologies, focusing on the social, cultural, technical, and real world contexts. This unit introduces dynamic Web publishing employing contemporary open source content management systems. Theoretical understandings gained in lectures will be complemented by technical skills and applied to the development of authentic projects within design studios.

  • DXB403 Design for Interactive Media

    This unit introduces you to interaction design, user experience design, and design communication, focusing on the specific designs, techniques, and methods of the creative industries. In order to support careers in the field of interactive media design, it is important to underpin this understanding with knowledge of design, mindset and methods; as well as the social, historical, technical, and cultural contexts in which design occurs. Designing for contemporary media requires a sophisticated understanding of how we effectively interact with new technologies, software applications, objects and environments. This unit develops an understanding of the theories, methods, and processes employed in interaction/experience design through a series of teaching activities. These principles are then applied to authentic design briefs within design studios.

  • DXB501 Tangible Media

    This unit builds upon previous interaction design studies and extends these studies into the field of tangible media. The design and production of computational and interactive media forms requires theoretical knowledge and an understanding of the processes that underpin the tangible as well as the embodied ways in which people interact with such systems. This unit provides the context for you to develop an in-depth knowledge of tangible media through the production of an advanced tangible media design project.

  • DXB502 Visual Information Design

    Information and data is now an essential aspect of everyday life in our technologically-driven and visually rich society. In the contemporary world, the generation of data is much greater than the ability to digest and visualise this as meaningful information. Through this unit you will expand your visual design and communication knowledge and skills-base in the specialised and rapidly growing field of visual information design and data visualisation. Increasingly this represents an essential expertise for visual communicators of the future.

Science and engineering faculty

  • IFN665 Advanced Topic 1

    This advanced level unit offers the opportunity to undertake an in-depth examination of an advanced topic to acquire expertise in a discipline area. The skills gained in this unit are developed and refined through activities relevant to the discipline and topic. Such skills are essential to effectively take your place as an emerging expert in your discipline area.