Free University Short Courses

The Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOC) below are for those that are considering enrolling in one of our unique Master degrees to ‘try before you enroll’ by studying part of a subject. The webinar based lecture/tutorials will be presented live and you will be able to chat during the Webinars and also via an online Forum for the duration of the course. The final exam is optional and those that pass the exam will receive a certificate of completion if completed during the official exam sitting.

Current and Upcoming Courses

Digital Marketing

In this short course you will learn how to develop your digital marketing strategy and then how to leverage digital tools to realise your marketing goals.

Starts in August 2015

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Digital Forensics

In this short course you will develop an understanding about the role of digital forensic investigator and learn the forensics process.

Starts in September 2015

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Past Courses

Even though the courses below have finished, you can still access the materials, complete the course of study at your own pace and even sit the final examinations.

Agile Project Management

This short course is for those working in Agile environments who want to expand their knowledge and those who just want to get a grip on the fundamentals of Agile Project Management.

Associated Subject: ITE518
Ran in August 2013.

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Cisco CCNA

This is a short course designed to help you prepare for the new Cisco CCNA certification that has just been announced.

Associated Subject: ITE526
Ran in September 2013.

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Cisco CCNA Security

The CCNA Security certification demonstrates that you have the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats.

Ran in August 2014.

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CISSP Security

Over 85,000 people hold the world’s most in demand IT security certification; the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Here, we offer a free CISSP preparation short course that condenses the 12 weeks of subject ITE514 Professional Systems Security into five.

Associated Subject: ITE514
Ran in July 2013.

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Cloud Models, Architecture and Risk Management

In this free short course you will explore Cloud Technology, Models, Architecture, and Security. By the conclusion you will start to learn how to design a Risk Management Framework to suit a Cloud environment.

Associated Subject: ITC561
Ran in April 2015.

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Cross Platform Mobile App Development

This short course will introduce students to PhoneGap, an open-source framework which allows you to write code once, and deploy across several mobile OSes including Apple iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. PhoneGap leverages existing web technologies HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Associated Subject: ITE528
Ran in November 2014.

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Doctor of IT - Research Methodologies

Studying a Doctorate is a big commitment so we are offering this short course on Research Methodologies so that you can get a feel whether you are ready to take the plunge into one.

Ran in April 2013.

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Hacking Countermeasures

The Hacking Countermeasures course covers sections of our subject ITE516 Hacking Countermeasures, an elective subject in the Information Systems Security Masters Degree at Charles Sturt University.

Associated Subject: ITE516
Ran in May 2014.

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Information Security Incident Handling

This short course covers sections of our subject ITE512 Incident Response which is an elective subject in the Master of Information Systems Security degree at Charles Sturt University. The ITE512 Incident Response subject is based on the GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) industry certification exam.

Associated Subject: ITE512
Ran in September 2014.

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Microsoft Server 2012

Windows Expert-IT Pro MVP Erdal Ozkaya and our most experienced industry lecturer Steve Zobrist ran a short course based on the first exam in the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification.

Ran in June 2013.

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Network Security Administrator

This short course is designed to partially prepare you for certification as an EC-Council Network Security Administrator (ENSA). The ENSA certification program looks at network security from a defensive view. You will gain fundamental skills needed to analyze the internal and external security threats against a network, and to develop security policies that will protect an organization’s information.

Associated Subject: ITI581
Ran in January 2014.

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Photoshop in the Classroom

The Photoshop in the Classroom short course covered the initial weeks of the subject ITI569 Digital Curriculum 2, which is one of the core subjects of the Master of ICT in Education.

Associated Subject: ITI569
Ran in August 2013.

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Professional Communications

The Professional Communications short course covers sections of the subject MGI521: Professional Communications, a core subject in most of our Masters degrees.

Associated Subject: MGI521
Ran in March 2014

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Program Management Professional

The Program Management Professional course covers sections of our subject MGI518 Program Management which is an elective subject in the Master of Project Management and Master of Management (IT) degrees at Charles Sturt University.

Associated Subject: MGI518
Ran in June 2014.

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Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification

Prepare for the world’s most popular Project Management industry certification – the Project Management Professional (PMP®) – with ex PMI Sydney Chapter Professional Development Director Peter O’Driscoll.

Associated Subject: MGI511
Ran in July 2015.

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SCRUM vs LEAN: Agile Methodologies Analysed and Compared

This short course will introduce students to two of the most common methodologies of Agile by comparing their most prominent strengths and weaknesses.

Ran in October 2013.

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Sharepoint 2013 Development

Demand for SharePoint Developers is booming – so SharePoint Server MVP Brian Farnhill ran a short course based on our new ITE510 SharePoint Application Development subject.

Associated Subject: ITE510
Ran in May 2013.

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Virtualisation Jumpstart

This short course will give an introduction to the feature sets provided by the latest releases of Hyper V and VMware, learn how to implement them, and then take a look at the pros and cons of each.

Associated Subject: ITE523
Ran in February 2015.

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Windows Phone 8 Development

To coincide with the release of Microsoft Windows Phone 8, Charles Sturt University and IT Masters have put together a free short course on developing Windows Phone 8 applications.

Ran in December 2012.

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