No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2016

ITE521 Hardware and Software Essentials (8)


The major aim of this subject is to give the students the skills and knowledge required to complete the A+ computing essentials industry certification examination developed by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details prior to contacting their course coordinator: ITE521
Where differences exist between the handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionSY/USSchool of Computing and Mathematics

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in
  • Graduate Certificate in Computing (Career Transition)
  • Master of Networking and Systems Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Networking and Systems Administration

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify types and characteristics of PC components, including motherboard, CPU, memory, and storage, input, and output devices;
  • be able to install and configure peripheral devices;
  • be able to identify types and characteristics of portable computers;
  • be able to install and configure Microsoft Windows;
  • be able to perform basic PC maintenance and troubleshooting;
  • be able to demonstrate fundamental principles of securing IT systems and working safely;
  • be able to install and configure print and imaging devices;
  • be able to describe fundamental principles of implementing LANs and internet access.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Personal Computer Component
  • Laptop and Portable Devices
  • Operating Systems
  • Printers and Scanners
  • Networks
  • Security
  • Safety and Environmental Issues
  • Communication and Professionalism


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.