Certificate In Information Technology

Advance your career in the information technology industry. Start an IT business or improve job opportunities.

Course Code: VIT003
Fee Code: CT
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate
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A sound introduction to using computers
 
A broad foundation course for anyone seeking entry into a career with computers. It is also a good course for people looking to complement their existing careers with IT knowledge.
 
No previous IT experience is required to undertake this course.
 
 

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate In Information Technology.
 Computer Operations VIT101
 E Commerce BIT100
 Html (Writing a Website) VIT102
 Computer Servicing I VIT203
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 10 modules.
 Flash CS BIT102
 Visual Basic.Net BIT101
 ASP.NET BIT200
 C# Programming BIT211
 Computer Servicing II VIT204
 Computer Servicing III VIT205
 Information Security BIT203
 Internet Marketing BIT204
 Photoshop CS - Beginner To Medium Level VIT202
 SQL For The Web BIT201
 

Note that each module in the Certificate In Information Technology is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


WHAT ARE LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES FOR I.T. PROFESSIONALS

 

When we think about ethics, we think about having an understanding of what is right and wrong – that is a ‘society’ accepted proper course of action in a given situation. Ethics and ethical standards can be applied to any situation. 

Ethics in business are specifically about developing business or company values. The ethics of any business are a guide to what is appropriate and what is not within the scope of that particular business. Ethics of IT professionals are extremely important for a number of factors, mostly because of the nature of data and information which can be accessed. The next part of this lesson is an outline of ethics which are relevant to IT professionals.

Ethical issues facing IT professionals
There are many ethical issues facing IT professionals nowadays, most of them involve data privacy and data security, but others are ownership, control and accuracy.

Some examples include:

  • Given that network and system administrators in most organisations would generally have access to the e-mails of all the employees, is it okay for them to read some of those emails, just because they can? Would it be okay to read those emails as a security measure, to make sure that employees are not disclosing confidential and private company information to unauthorised people?
  • If the system administrators read emails from the employees working in their company, should they disclose this policy to them or not? If they should, is it better to do it before or after they’ve read their private emails?
  • Are system administrators allowed to monitor and keep a log of the websites visited by the employees?
  • Some network and system administrators might decide to install key logger and screen capture software on all or selected computers on the network to capture and save all what the employees type and view. Is it ethical to do so? Should they notify the users that they are being watched?
  • Is it okay for system administrators to access documents, files and personal photos of other employees when they are stored on their work computers or on the file servers?

Legal issues facing IT professionals

There are multiple threats to information systems. The most important ones are listed below:

  • Collecting and using information in an illegal way,
  • Developing and distributing software which can break information systems,
  • Having information leaks in visual channels, electric channels, radio channels, and other technical channels,
  • Damaging or stealing computer systems or other IT equipment,
  • Intercepting data in computer networks and lines of communication,
  • Accessing database information by unauthorised personnel,
  • Distributing data in such a way as to cause an infringement of the legal restrictions set for information distribution.

The necessity to have adequate information legislation in place is crucial to the successful application of information technology in organisations and businesses. Although current laws are not able to cover all the problems related to information technology, successful information legislation should be developed in order to address and regulate the legal relationship of information collection, processing, saving and usage, therefore it is vital for governments and legal agencies to realise efficient measures which ensure information security maintenance.

There are many components involved in developing complete information security for information systems. The most important component in information security is the protection of information captured, stored and flowing in computer systems and computer networks. As a result, criminal laws and legislative laws should be able to endorse the protection of information on computer systems and networks, and these laws must be subject to constant reviews and improvements. Such reviews and improvements are required because of the ever-changing nature of information systems and information security and the emergence of more sophisticated types of attacks.

Information security is not only limited to taking measures to protect information; it also includes a wide range of actions (technical actions, organisational actions, etc.) such as:

  • establishing and improving the information system,
  • developing, using and improving the means for a better information security,
  • efficiently monitoring information security and reporting any infringements,
  • developing protected and secure telecommunication systems,
  • standardising the means for information security and data protection.
With sufficient financing and adequate legislative actions and laws, it is possible to achieve higher information security. High level security can also be achieved by fulfilling complex actions deemed necessary by stakeholders.
 

 

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How can I start this course?

You can enrol at anytime and start the course when you are ready. Enrolments are accepted all year - students can commence study at any time. All study is self paced and ACS does not set assignment deadlines.

Please note that if a student is being assisted by someone else (e.g. an employer or government subsidy), the body offering the assistance may set deadlines. Students in such situations are advised to check with their sponsor prior to enrolling. The nominal duration of a course is approximately how long a course takes to complete. A course with a nominal duration of 100 hours is expected to take roughly 100 hours of study time to complete. However, this will vary from student to student. Short courses (eg. 100 hrs duration) should be completed within 12 months of enrolment. Certificates, Advanced Certificates and Awards (eg. over 500 hours duration) would normally be completed within 3 -5 years of enrolment. Additional fees may apply if a student requires an extended period to complete.
If a student cannot submit their assignments for 6 months to ACS, they should advise the school to avoid cancellation of their student
registration. Recommencement fees may apply.

Simply click on the ENROL OPTIONS button at the top of this screen and follow the prompts.

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You can pay by Credit Card, PayPal, Afterpay or bank transfer.

Yes! We have payment plans for most courses. Click 'enrolment options' to see the available payment plans.
We also have Afterpay that will allow you to pay for your course or payment plans in four instalments (if you are in Australia).


What do I need to know before I enrol?

There are no entry requirements that you need to meet to enrol in our courses, our courses are for everyone.
If you are under 18, we need written permission from your parent/ guardian for your enrolment to continue, we can arrange that after you have enrolled.

You don’t need to purchase any additional resources to complete our courses.

We aim to teach you the essentials without you having to purchase any specific computer program.
We recommend that you have access to a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs, so that you can easily complete and submit your assignments.

You sure can. We are here to help you learn whatever your abilities.

Yes, if you are enrolling in a Certificate or Advanced Certificate, you might be eligible for credits if you have evidence of your previous studies or relevant experience. More information is here.

We recommend that you are able to browse websites, send emails and conduct online research. You will need to be able to type and submit your assignments.
If you have limited computer skills, we can make special arrangements for you.

This is possible, it depends on the institution. We recommend that if you would like to use our courses that you contact the institution first. Our Course Handbook is a good resource for this.

Our courses are written in English and we only have English speaking academic staff. If you can read and complete your assignments in English, our courses are ideal for you.

Our courses are designed to build knowledge, hands on skills and industry connections to help prepare you to work in the area, running your own business, professional development or as a base for further study.

This course is aimed at providing you with a solid understanding in your selected discipline. It has been designed to take 600 hours, which includes your course reading, assignment work, research, practical tasks, watching videos and more. When you complete the course, will have a good understanding of the area/ industry you want to work in.

It’s up to you. The study hours listed in the course are a rough guide, however if you were to study a short course (100 hours) at 10 hours per week, you could finish the course in 10 weeks (just an example). Our courses are self-paced, so you can work through the courses in your own time. We recommend that you wait for your tutor to mark and return your assignment before your start your next one, so you get the benefits of their feedback.

The course consists of course notes, videos, set tasks for your practical work, online quizzes, an assignment for each lesson (that you receive feedback from your tutor from) and ends in an exam (which is optional, if would like to receive the formal award at the end), using our custom built Learning Management System - Login.Training.

Our courses are designed for adults to gain professional development and skills to further their careers and start businesses.

Our custom online learning portal allows you to conduct your learning online. There may be practical tasks that you can do offline. You have the option of downloading your course notes or print them to read later.

There is also the option to pay an additional fee for printed course notes and or USB (availability limited to location and deliverability).

Yes, if you don’t have access to the internet, you can receive the course as paper notes or on a USB stick for an additional fee. We can also make alternative arrangements for you to send your assignments to us.

We offer printed notes for an additional fee. Also, you can request your course notes on a USB stick for an additional fee.

Yes, your tutor is here to help you. Simply post any questions you have in your login.training portal or contact the office and we can pass on a message to your tutor.

We are more learning focussed, rather than assessment focussed. You have online quizzes to test your learning, written assignments and can complete an exam at the end of the course (if you want to receive your certificate). You will not receive a pass/ fail on your course work. If you need to add more details on your assignment, we will ask you to resubmit and direct you where you need to focus. If you need help, you can ask your tutor for advice in the student room.

Each module (short course) is completed with one exam.

Exams are optional, however you must sit an exam if you would like to receive a formal award. You will need to find someone who can supervise that you are sitting the exams under exams conditions. There is an additional cost of $55 (AUS) $50 (O/S) for each exam.
More information is here

There are practical components built into the course that have been designed to be achieved by anyone, anywhere. If you are unable to complete a task for any reason, you can ask your tutor for an alternative.

When you complete the course work and the exams (6 exams) and you will be able receive your course certificate- a Certificate. Otherwise, you can receive a Letter of Completion.

You can bundle the short courses to create your own customised learning bundle, Certificates or Advanced Certificates. More information is on this page.

Yes, our courses are built to be applicable for people living anywhere in any situation. We provide the fundamentals, and each student can apply their own unique flair for their own interests, region and circumstances with the one-on-one guidance of a tutor. There is also a bit of student directed research involved.

Employers value candidates with industry skills, knowledge, practical skills and formal learning. Our courses arm you with all of these things to help prepare you for a job or start your own business. The longer you study the more you will learn.

ACS has an arrangement with OAMPS (formerly AMP) who can arrange Professional Indemnity from Australian and New Zealand graduates across all disciplines. Ph: 1800 222 012 or email acs@oamps.com.au.


Who are ACS Distance Education?

ACS Distance Education have been educating people for over 40 years.

We are established and safe- we have been in education for over 40 years.
We are focused on developing innovative courses that are relevant to you now and what you will need to know in the future.
We are focused on helping you learn and make the most of your experience.
You can enrol at any time, you can work on your course when it suits you and at your own pace.
We are connected to many industry bodies and our staff participate in continuous improvement and learning activities to ensure that we are ahead of what learning is needed for the future.

Our courses are not accredited by the Australian Government. However many of our courses are recognised and held in high regard by many industry bodies.

Our courses are written by our staff, who all have many years experience and have qualifications in their speciality area. We have lots of academic staff who write and update our courses regularly.


How do I enrol my staff/ sponsored students?

Yes, you can do a request for a bulk enrolment and request an invoice on our Invoice Request Form

We can prepare an invoice, quote or proforma invoice. Simply complete your details on our Invoice Request form

We can arrange bulk discounts for your course enrolment, please get in touch with us to discuss your needs.

Yes, we have many students who are in locked facilities, such as prisons or hospitals. We can cater by also offering paper notes at an additional cost.


What if I have any more questions or need more information?

We can assist you to find the right course for your needs. Get in touch with us via email (admin@acs.edu.au) call on +61 7 5562 1088 or complete our course advice form.


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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Sarah Jury

Over 15 years working in small business, I.T., education and science. Sarah has a PGCE(Post Compulsory Education), BSc(Hons) (Genetics), DipComp(Open), CertWebApps(Open).
She has designed and created several Web sites for different organisations.

Dr. Sherif Sakr

Research Scientist and University Lecturer in Computer Science and Engineering. Sherif has a PhD in Computer Science, MSc, BSc.

Josiane Joubran

CSC consultant with IBM, Software QA Engineer, Course Writer and Tutor. Josiane is an I.T professional with extensive experience with computer hardware and engineering in Lebanon and Australia. Josiane has a B.Eng., Grad.Dip.I.T., Master Info.Tech., MCP,





Tutors

Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Helen Rex

Helen started her career as a chef before travelling extensively in Europe while living in the U.K. She moved from cooking to the financial markets where she started her career in Information Technology.
With over 25 years experience in information technology primarily in the financial markets, local government and animal health sectors. Helen moved from working in IT to the education sector where she has been involved in tutoring, course development and learning management systems.
She is currently living in rural New South Wales with her family and enjoying studying law part time.

Lachlan Allan

Lachlan has experience of the hospitality, banking and utilities sectors in managerial positions in the UK. Following a career change after moving to Australia, he is also experienced in the medical engineering field where he was an engineer responsible for devices at hospital sites and laboratories

Alan Vo

Alan has 14 years experience as an I.T professional in Australia. Extensive experience with software engineering, web development, web marketing, and ecommerce at digital agencies as well as client-sides on various projects and industries.

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