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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.

Unit information

Unit code
IFN503
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School/Discipline
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Study area
Information technology
Credit points
12

Dates and locations

Teaching period Dates Locations
Semester 2, 2019 22 July 2019 - 15 November 2019 Gardens Point
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Fees

Domestic fee-paying student fee
2019: $2,796
International student fee (excluding study abroad students)
2019: $3,936
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Guide to fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as a cross-institutional student who has a Commonwealth supported place at their home university.
Domestic fee-paying student fee
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens, who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are not eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as part of a QUT course during Summer Semester
  • as a cross-institutional student who does not have a Commonwealth supported place at their home university
  • as a single-unit study student.
International student fee
For international students who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course
  • as a cross-institutional student.

Guide to previous study requirements

Prerequisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have completed these prerequisite units (or have credit, advanced standing or exemption for them), or be able to demonstrate that you have equivalent background knowledge.
Anti-requisites
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these anti-requisite units.
Co-requisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have already completed these co-requisite units, or you must enrol in them at the same time.
Equivalents
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these equivalent units.
Assumed knowledge
We assume that you have a minimum level of knowledge in certain areas before you start this unit.

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Study abroad and exchange

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