Enrolments: 532,443

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: 523,578

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 Basic Fundamentals

An introductory course to assist students with, no IT background, in meeting pre-requisite requirements for further study in a CSU Graduate course.

This short course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of simple Information Technology, Cyber Security, and Networking principles and theories.

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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
Duration2 Weeks
Enrolled3,254 students

Course Schedule

Module 1: Introduction to IT Concepts

In this topic, students will learn about the fundamental concepts of Information Technology including:

  • What is IT and what is it important?
  • Software & hardware concepts.
  • Common IT devices.
  • Common IT applications.

Module 2: Introduction to Networking & Cybersecurity

In this topic, students will learn about the fundamental concepts involved in data networking and cybersecurity.

Networking Topics

  • The beachhead
  • Lateral movement tools
  • User, system, and service accounts
  • Corporate system vulnerabilities
  • Protection measures

Cybersecurity Topics

  • Fundamental cybersecurity concepts (CIA, Defence in Depth, the need for cybersecurity).
  • Host & network security concepts.
  • Secure network design concepts.
  • Common security attacks.


  • Exam pass mark: 50%
  • Time limit: 1 hour
  • Attempts allowed: One

Course Information Q&A

Who will present the webinars?

Matt Constable is the senior industry-based networking lecturer at IT Masters. He has decades of experience in network and communications engineering, cyber security analysis, and management. Having taught with us for many years, he consistently designs, develops, and delivers postgraduate subjects offered by IT Masters.

He has six academic qualifications, across three diverse areas of study, and is well down the path of earning his seventh, a Doctorate. On top of that, there are many other interesting hats Matt dons, which is impressive in an intimidating sort of way. As well as his IT teacher and expert hat, these include accredited cricket coach, licensed martial arts instructor, martial artist (holding rank in two styles), triathlete (the big ones), trail runner (yes…the long ones), and raconteur.

What is the aim of this short course?

This short course aims to provide students with a fundamental understanding of simple Information Technology, Cyber Security and Networking principles and theories. This will allow students to pursue any of the postgraduate IT courses offered by CSU with confidence that they have some of the skills required to achieve success.

What is included?

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

Is there a final exam?

No — there is no exam for this course.

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

Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for both weekly quizzes. Please note: this certificate can not be used to claim credit in Post Graduate courses. 

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.