Years 7–8: Hardware, networks and cyber threats

This scope and sequence unit explores how the performance of computer hardware – such as CPU and RAM – is determined by its specifications, and how digital networks (wired and wireless) can also be compared in terms of requirements. Students are introduced to the concepts of network protocols and cryptography for ensuring data integrity and security, and learn to identify and mitigate cyber security threats like phishing.

Additional details

Year band(s) 7-8
Content type Scope and sequence, Whole School
Format Web page
Core and overarching concepts Digital systems, Privacy and security
Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies code(s)

Explain how hardware specifications affect performance and select appropriate hardware for particular tasks and workloads


Investigate how data is transmitted and secured in wired and wireless networks including the internet


Explain how multi-factor authentication protects an account when the password is compromised and identify phishing and other cyber security threats

Keywords scope and sequence, scope, sequence
Integrated, cross-curriculum, special needs Digital Literacy, Critical and creative thinking



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