Postgraduate coursework

Master of Professional Practice (Information Technology)

The Master of Professional Practice (Information Technology) awards a postgraduate qualification largely based on recognition of professional practice.

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Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

2 - 2.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Cloud Campus

Cloud (online)

Course information

This innovative program awards a masters level qualification largely based on recognition of professional practice and is ideally suited to experienced IT professionals with domain experience seeking career advancement.

The model offers employers and professionals an alternative to traditional higher education that is credible, validated and offers new ways to match capability and opportunity. This setup aims to help the professionals to reach their full potential by accelerating the completion of the program on the basis of prior learning and work experience.

Completion of this degree recognises the discipline-based knowledge and skills developed by professionals in the workplace and credentialed through Deakin. This is coupled with employability skills that are validated and endorsed through a final holistic assessment of the student. Upon the completion of this program, graduates will possess advanced skills and complex knowledge in the discipline areas they have selected to advance their career.

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Course structure

To qualify for the Master of Professional Practice (Information Technology), students must successfully complete 3 units (totalling 4 credit points) of formal study and 10 Professional Practice credentials.  Each Professional Practice credential will assess the performance at a masters (advanced) level in one of the Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes contextualised to information technology. Students are also required to complete a 0-credit-point Academic Integrity compulsory unit.

Core

Each unit below is delivered on FutureLearn and takes approximately 10 weeks to complete in addition to assessment tasks.

These units are broken down into easily-manageable two-week blocks, allowing you the freedom to fit learning around your work, family and lifestyle.

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Research and Development in Information Technology SIT740
  • Introduction to IT Professional Practice SIT752
  • Credentials

    Plus 10 Professional Practice Credentials (completed at the advanced level) as follows. Students are able to commence their credentials at anytime, utilising Deakin’s Start Anytime calendar.

    Learn more about the details of each credential. (PDF, 12.8MB)

    Credential Code

    Professional Practice Credentials

    Minimum level

    CRCOM-A1

    Communication

    Advanced

    CRDIL-A1

    Digital literacy

    Advanced

    CRCRI-A1

    Critical thinking

    Advanced

    CRPSV-A1

    Problem solving

    Advanced

    CRSMA-A1

    Self-management

    Advanced

    CRTWK-A1

    Teamwork

    Advanced

    CRGCZ-A1

    Global citizenship

    Advanced

    CRPRE-A1

    Professional ethics

    Advanced

    Knowledge based credentials:

    CRITP-A1

    Information Technology Professional Expertise 1 (depth)

    Advanced

    CRITP-A2

    Information Technology Professional Expertise 2 (breadth)

    Advanced

    Capstone

    AND

  • Mastery of Information Technology SIT750 (2cp) (capstone unit)
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Professional Practice (Information Technology)
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    S789
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in this fully online degree through Deakin’s Cloud Campus.

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Workload

    Successful students typically spend about 150 hours in learning and assessment for each one credit point unit. The time required to prepare evidence for credential assessment varies based on the student’s existing documentation.

    Try some of this course for free

    Trial this course on FutureLearn

    The coursework units in this course are delivered on FutureLearn, a highly flexible, easy-to-use online learning platform that connects you with Deakin students and practitioners from all corners of the world for a truly global perspective.

    Units delivered on FutureLearn are broken down into easily-manageable two-week blocks, allowing you the flexibility to fit learning around your work and lifestyle.

    The first two-week block of this course is delivered for free, meaning you can get a taste for Deakin’s world-class education before deciding to continue on to complete your course.

    Learn more about FutureLearn

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants should check the Entry and English Language requirements

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree and at least five years relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent) OR
    • attainment of associated Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.  (more details)

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated fee rate

    $13,140 tuition fees plus $4,950 for Professional Practice Credentials
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    The course includes a combination of tuition fees for four credit points of study and ten Professional Practice Credentials.

    Professional Practice degrees are designed for those who wish to be credentialed for outcomes towards which they have already made significant progress through their extensive experience in a relevant professional field.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    The Master of Professional Practice (Information Technology) is designed for experienced professionals seeking to progress their career through a professionally recognised postgraduate qualification.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the IT discipline, including its dynamic environment, with expert knowledge of the technological aspects of IT Design, develop and implement advanced IT systems and software, and associated policies and procedures for optimal use and apply industry standards and best practice.
    Communication Communicate effectively in order to design, evaluate and respond to advances in technology, future trends and industry standards and utilise a range of verbal, graphical and written forms, customised for diverse audiences including specialist and non-specialist clients, colleagues and industry personnel.
    Digital literacy Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, synthesise, evaluate, critique and disseminate both technical and professional information.
    Critical thinking Appraise complex information using critical and analytical thinking and judgement to identify problems, analyse user requirements and propose appropriate and innovative solutions.
    Problem solving Generate IT solutions through the application of specialised theoretical constructs, expert skills and critical analysis to real-world, ill-defined problems to develop appropriate and innovative IT solutions.
    Self-management Take personal, professional and social responsibility within changing national and international professional IT contexts to develop autonomy as researchers and evaluate own performance for continuing professional development.Work autonomously and responsibly to create solutions to new situations and actively apply knowledge of theoretical constructs and methodologies to make informed decisions.
    Teamwork  Work independently and collaboratively towards achieving the outcomes of a group project, thereby demonstrating interpersonal skills including the ability to brainstorm, negotiate, resolve conflicts, manage difficult and awkward conversations, provide constructive feedback, and demonstrate the ability to function effectively in diverse professional, social and cultural contexts.
    Global citizenship Engage in professional and ethical behaviour in the design, development and management of IT systems, in the global context, in collaboration with diverse communities and cultures.

     Approved by Faculty Board 27 July 2017

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    There are currently no pathway or credit arrangements.

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