Enrolments: 379,365

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 8,865

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 370,500

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a taster of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free Short Course: IT Career Fundamentals

Are you ready to future-proof your career and join the world of IT but not sure where to start? Learn from our most experienced mentors about the fundamentals of key areas of IT, covering the basics of technical, management and emerging IT careers. At the end of the course you will be better prepared to kickstart your IT career and know which fields excite you most to direct future study.

We’ve carefully chosen a subject matter expert for each week’s topic, covering:

  • A basic introduction
  • A technical demonstration or case study
  • Fundamental technical information required to prepare for post-grad study on that topic
  • Insight into career opportunities and what the future of that area might look like

We will also provide a BONUS webinar on industry internships and a Q&A panel discussion with our mentors!

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Difficulty
■■■ Beginner
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Entry-level short course, suitable for those with no or little prior knowledge. May provide foundation knowledge for higher, Masters-level short courses, or for CSU Masters subjects
Duration4 Weeks
Enrolled3,314 students
CostFree!

Course Schedule

Module 1: Networking and Wireless Infrastructure

  • Network topologies, types and technologies
  • Devices, applications, protocols and services
  • Routing and switching
  • Addressing schemes
  • Safe access with a remote workforce

Webinar: Wednesday 18 November 7:30 pm AEDT 2020

Module 2: Cloud Computing

  • Trends in cloud migration
  • Architecture of cloud environments
  • Which cloud models to use and when
  • Technical demonstration

Webinar: Wednesday 25 November 7:30 pm AEDT 2020

Module 3: Cyber Security

  • Dimensions of cyber security
  • Cyber security operations
  • Cyber security governance and management
  • Technical demonstration

Webinar: Wednesday 2 December 7:30 pm AEDT 2020

Module 4: IT Service Management

  • Key Concepts of IT Service Management
  • ITIL 4 Four Dimensions of Service Management
  • The ITIL 4 Service Value System
  • ITIL 4 Practices

Webinar: Wednesday 9 December 7:30 pm AEDT 2020

Bonus Webinar: Industry Internships and Panel Discussion

  • Benefits of an industry internship placement
  • How to make the most out of internship work experience
  • Hear from an internship Host Company
  • Panel Discussion and Q&A – the future of IT and industry careers

Webinar: TBC

Assessment:

  • Exam pass mark: 50%
  • Time limit: 1 hour
  • Attempts allowed: one
  • Format: 40 multiple choice questions

Course Information Q&A

Who will present the webinars?

Matt Constable – our senior industry based networking and cyber security lecturer, Matt has over 15 years as a network engineer, cyber security analyst and communications engineer including managing a team of engineers who provided L3 support on a network with 110 remote sites and 7000 users. Matt has a total of 6 academic qualifications including a Master of Computer Security, a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Tim Jones – with over 20 years technical experience in networking, cloud, security and infrastructure, Tim is an IT Masters and CSU alumnus, holding a Masters of Information Systems Security and Ph.D. Computing as well as dozen industry certifications including AWS, Azure & Google Cloud Architecture and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer.

Jeremy Koster – with over 20 years of experience in IT with 15 years specialising in Cyber Security within large enterprises, Jeremy has a range of security qualifications including GIAC Penetration Testing (GPEN), CISM, CISSP, PCIP, GCIH, CEH and CHFI and completed his Masters of Information System Security with Charles Sturt University (CSU) in 2006. He is a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer and has been an industry based, part-time lecturer with CSU since 2011.

Brenton Burchmore – our senior industry based management lecturer and subject designer. During his 20+ years in corporate management, Brenton has overhauled and implemented systems, processes, procedures and software utilising an array of project management techniques and methods. He now brings his practical experience to another free online short course.

What is the aim of this short course?

This short course aims to provide a fundamental understanding of various aspects of IT to prepare for postgraduate study, and assist with decision making for area of study specialisation and subject choice.

This short course will also give you a ‘taster’ of what it is like to do online postgraduate study with Charles Sturt University, in particular the Graduate Certificate in Computing (Career Transition).

What is included?

In addition to the weekly hour-long interactive webinars, you will be provided with audio lectures, suggested reading materials, an active discussion forum and a weekly activity to complete.

Is there a final exam?

Yes — the short course exam will be a timed, open-book exam that you will sit at your computer.

Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?

Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for the exam.

Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Yes — successful completion of three or more of our short courses will qualify you for one credit for an industry elective subject in our postgraduate courses. Click here for further details.

Are there any pre-requisites for the course?

No, you can sit this short course all by itself.

Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No — all essential materials will be supplied.

Will the webinars be recorded?

Yes — all webinars are recorded and you will be able to access them, and all other free course materials, by registering for the course.