Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with a foundation of computer skills, knowledge and understanding, targeting students with a specific interest in Computing though likely to be of interest to other students from various disciplines. The unit provides students with an introduction to computing systems, system software and communications, enabling them to develop a number of central computing skills. The unit embeds skills and knowledge used to plan and design systems and/or software.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) understand the relevance of computer use to society and the environment; (2) describe the components and use of a computing system; (3) understand algorithmic efficiency, computable and intractable problems; (4) understand the use of different number systems (eg binary, hexadecimal), data types and structures; (5) demonstrate how to normalise and query a relational database; (6) demonstrate how to design, develop, test and implement software for a specific function; (7) identify system requirements to carry out a specific function; and (8) describe the characteristics of networks and the Internet and methods for communication between computing devices.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examination (end of unit); (2) assignment (Lab-based); and (3) quizzes/tests (x2). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.