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 Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics

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
Assumed Knowledge

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.


This 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


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.