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CIS3003 Networks and Distributed Systems

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mathematics, Physics & Computing
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 27 January 2023


Pre-requisite: CIS2005


The current climate of rapid technological change which characterises modern society and the desire for increased efficiency and effective decision making in today's business has brought into focus the need for effective information exchange. This has resulted in enterprise information systems and inter-organisational systems being brought into sharp focus by information systems professionals. Data networks, interoperability and distributed systems philosophies are key components in the delivery of such systems. Therefore it is vital that network communications form an integral part of all contemporary information systems design and not an afterthought at the implementation stage.

The course seeks to broaden students' knowledge of telecommunications and networking fundamentals, as well as to provide an in depth understanding of networking concepts and the importance of network communication in a business environment. This course requires students to analyse and present information in a manner that facilitates the process of decision making in the field of business and telecommunication. The course expands upon knowledge of distributed system models and concepts by examining existing and emerging network communication technologies such as cloud computing, virtualisations, wireless technologies, optical fibre networks. As part of the course participants are expected to combine networking fundamentals and distributed systems covered in the course to provide tailored business solutions.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 27 January 2023