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Free Short Course: The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things has been continuously evolving and reaching out into more areas of our society for years. It is forecast to continue growing at over 16% CAGR to over 16.7 billion devices globally connected this year – or more than double the world’s human population.

Join our IoT experts Dr Geoffrey Jenkins and Shane Murphy for four weeks from Wednesday the 27th September at 7PM (Sydney time) for a four week breakdown of the Internet of Things.

We will cover:

  • What is IoT?
  • What is driving the explosive growth in IoT?
  • Iot Devices and Communications
  • IoT outputs and Big Data

This course is for those of you who have wondered what IoT is, or have had some exposure and are thinking about implementing an IoT project, and anyone who just wants to know some more about this fast evolving technology sector.

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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
Enrolled897 students

Course Schedule

Week 1: What is IoT?

Wednesday, 27th September, 7:00pm (Sydney Time)

  • How did we get here? The history of IoT
  • Uses of IoT
  • What goes into an IoT system?
  • Examples of IoT applications

Week 2: What drives uptake of IoT Applications?

Wednesday, 4th October 7:00pm (Sydney Time)

  • Factors driving IoT Demand
  • Building a case for IoT based change
  • Security and Privacy

Week 3: IoT Devices and Communications

Wednesday, 11th October 7:00pm (Sydney Time)

IoT Devices

  • “Traditional” – low cost small brains data collectors – trackers/ meters/
  • More sophisticated – highly programmable/ adaptive -transactional/ event based applications
  • High volume data applications – Video/pictorial/Audio

IoT Communications

  • PAN/LAN – Bluetooth/Zigbee/WiFi/LANs
  • Terrestrial wireless – Cellular/Lorawan/NBIoT
  • Satellite – Orbcomm/Inmarsat/Iridium/ Starlink/Zineies

Week 4: Show me the money – Big Data and IoT Outputs 

Wednesday, 18th October 7:00pm (Sydney Time)

  • Cloud/Databases
  • Big Data
  • Reporting
  • Alerts


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

Course Information Q&A

Who will present the webinars?

Dr Geoffrey Jenkins has been working in IoT for most of the past 30 years, in between embarking on digs in the middle east and translating ancient Syriac and Aramaic papyri.

Currently the Senior Pre Sales Engineer for KORE Wireless, Geoff has created many IoT applications, traced faults in other users’ applications, and got them up and running again more times than we’ve had hot breakfasts.

Shane Murphy has come to IT Masters after 25+ years in IoT and its forbears. He co-founded Australia’s first and largest independent network provider and has seen more pet tracking applications that he ever thought possible.

What is the aim of this short course?

The aim of this course is to introduce thoroughly the Internet of Things to every student: the key components that make up an IoT ecosystem and some insights into what makes an IoT project successful, or not.

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 quiz 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.

Are there any prerequisites for the course?

No, this course is specifically designed to cater to all students, regardless of prior experience.

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.

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.