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ISYS201 Information Technology Infrastructure

Teaching organisation

3 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent.

Unit description and aim

IT Infrastructure is the shared and reliable services that provide the foundation for the enterprise IT portfolio in both domestic and global contexts. This foundation level unit is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of architecture components of IT Infrastructure. It covers the Information Technology architectural building blocks which include hardware, software and network facilities that are necessary to deliver seamless and ethically informed Information technology services. This includes ethical considerations such as stewardship responsibilities.

The aim of this unit is to provide students with the fundamental understanding of IT infrastructure capabilities and the knowledge and practical skills they need to plan, design or manage Information technology solutions.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - analyse how IT infrastructure components are organised into infrastructure solutions in different organisational environments (GA4, GA5)

LO2 - explain the role and structure of the Internet as an IT infrastructure component and collaborate with peers to design an infrastructure solution based on the use of the Internet (GA5, GA7)

LO3 - discuss the principles underlying the security, performance and availability of Information Technology Infrastructure demonstrating effective use of diverse sources of information (GA5, GA8)

LO4 - critically analyse the role of IT control and service management frameworks in managing an organisational IT infrastructure solution using the stewardship of information system resources principle (GA2, GA5)

Graduate attributes

GA2 - recognise their responsibility to the common good, the environment and society 

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively 

GA8 - locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 


Topics will include:

  • introduction to IT infrastructure. 
  • analysis of core elements of IT infrastructure
  • computer hardware building block 
  • security, stewardship responsibilities, and performance of information technology infrastructure 
  • service virtualisation 
  • networking and the internet 
  • storage 
  • computer operating systems
  • end user devices 
  • synthesis of principles of information technology infrastructure 
  • information technology infrastructure management
  • information technology service management frameworks. 
  • contemporary trends in IT infrastructure 
  • working collaborative in the IT context

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

This unit will be delivered in multi-mode over a twelve-week semester or equivalent study period. Students will have access to all primary learning materials online through LEO, along with formative and summative assessments, all of which will be available online, to provide a learning experience beyond the classroom. While there are no formal classroom lectures for this unit, students will be required to attend weekly two-hour workshops, which will include a seminar and specific tasks related to achievement of the unit learning outcomes.

Students should anticipate undertaking 150 hours of study for this unit, including class attendance, readings, online forum participation and assessment preparation.

Assessment strategy and rationale

A range of assessment procedures will be used to meet the unit learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes consistent with University assessment requirements. The first assessment provides opportunities for students to understand concepts of IT infrastructure. The second assessment is an opportunity to apply IT infrastructure concepts to a small organisation. The last assessment provides students with an opportunity to consider security concerns in IT infrastructure solutions.

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Assessment Task 1: Reflective Report

This assessment task consists of a 600-700 word reflective report. This task requires students to apply complex concepts through reflection and research. The purpose of this task is to assess students’ critical thinking and reflective analysis of complex IT infrastructure concepts. This assessment tasks involves students’ reflection on their own works. 

Submission Type: Individual

Assessment Method: Report

Artefact: Written paper



GA4, GA5

Assessment Task 2: Project Report on Infrastructure Design 

This assessment task consists of a 1000-word written report. This task requires students to work in groups to apply their theoretical knowledge and understanding of information system Infrastructure analysis and planning for a small organisation. Students are expected to analyse a case study by collaborating with peers, write an analysis report and recommend IT Infrastructure solutions.

Submission Type: Group

Assessment Method: Report

Artefact: Written report


LO2, LO3

GA5,  GA7, GA8

Assessment Task 3: Report 

This assessment task consists of 2000-word report on IS security management. This task requires students to consider security and privacy concerns while providing IT infrastructure solutions. This includes ethical considerations such as stewardship responsibilities. It requires students to demonstrate a number of SFIA skills including ethical responsibilities, critical thinking and effective use of relevant resources. This assessment item uses a well-known AusEd case study and thus ensures high level of authenticity. However, the AT doesn’t involve any real or simulated workplace and therefore, the proximity is very low. 

Submission Type: Individual

Assessment Method: Report

Artefact: Written report


LO3, LO4 

GA2, GA5, GA8

Representative texts and references

Burd S 2016, Systems architecture, 7th edn, Course Technology, Boston, MA.

White, C. 2016, Data communications and computer networks: A business user's approach, 8th edn, Course Technology, Boston, MA.

Kurose JF & Ross KW 2016, Computer Networking A Top-Down Approach,7th edn, Addison Wesley, New Jersey.

Laan S 2017, Infrastructure Architecture - Infrastructure Building Blocks and Concepts, 3rd edn, Lulu Press.

Lee G 2014, Cloud Networking Understanding Cloud-based Data Center Networks. Elsevier Science, Burlington.

Null L & Labor J 2014, The essentials of computer organization and architecture, 4th edn, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, MA.

Pfleeger C & Pfleeger S 2015, Security in Computing, 5th edn, Prentice Hall, New Jersey.

Santana G 2013, Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals: Understanding Techniques and Designs for Highly Efficient Data Centers with Cisco Nexus, UCS, MDS, and Beyond, Cisco Press, Indianapolis.

Stallings W & Case T 2013, Business data communications: Infrastructure, networking and security, 7th edn, Pearson, Boston.

Rountree D & Castrillo I 2013, The Basics of Cloud Computing Understanding the Fundamentals of Cloud Computing in Theory and Practice. Elsevier Science, Burlington.

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