Distributed Information

Subject SINF30007 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x two hour lecture and 1 x two hour workshop per week, plus up to 6 hours per week of additional study and group work
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours
Prerequisites: One of
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
  • 615-230 Database Concepts (prior to 2009)
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Atif Ahmad, Dr Sean Maynard


Email: seanbm@unimelb.edu.au

Email: atif@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

The aim of this subject is to develop an understanding of how to access and integrate information from geographically distributed sources.

The subject imparts theory on the effective deployment of technologies; the nature of distributed cognitive work; knowledge management; management of virtual teams; and related security aspects.

Other topics may include: communication standards and frameworks; using and integrating distributed information sources; distributed web application platforms; and web collaboration tools and groupware.

Students will develop knowledge of a broad range of collaborative tools and technologies and their application in specific settings.


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • understand the effective use of teams in project work
  • understand the underlying standards and frameworks for simple Internet based distributed systems
  • understand modern technologies that support collaborative teamwork
  • understand and demonstrate an information system that makes use of distributed resources

Individual participation 10% (throughout the semester); group work comprised of written seminar papers (up to 5 pages in length, 10%) and oral presentations (up to 90 minutes long, 10%) throughout the semester; a practical, programming based group assignment (10%) due at end of semester; written examination of two hours (60%) during the examination period.

Satisfactory completion of both project work and the examination is necessary to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • the ability to analyse and solve real-world problems with computers;
  • the ability to synthesise information and communicate results effectively;
  • the ability to work effectively as a member of a project team
  • the capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection
  • the capacity to communicate, both orally and in writing
  • the capacity to plan and manage time
  • the capacity to solve problems, including through the collection and evaluation of information
Notes: This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (new degree).
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Information Systems
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Information Systems
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Science Informatics

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