Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science and Software Development)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science and Software Development)
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code049956K
Deakin course codeS327

Note: Offered to continuing students only.  Please refer to S306 Bachelor of Computer Science (new course commencing in 2015)

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science and Software Development) will provide you with an understanding of the technology on which systems are built, as well as how to develop software systems and applications, and form an environment to acquire skills needed for software development.

 The course supports students who wish to master software development in the industry and reasoning and data environments.

You will learn to develop, implement and maintain information systems, databases and computer networks of considerable size and complexity in commercial, industrial or administrative environments. You will also be well-prepared to pursue research and development with the computer science foundation necessary for the development of new software products such as those found on modern smart phones and smart appliances.

The course is structured so that the intellectual material will remain current for a number of years despite the fact that computer languages and technology change rapidly.

An honours year is available for high-achieving students upon completion of this degree.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science and Software Development) is professionally accredited with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Career opportunities

You may find employment as a software developer, software analyst, software engineer, database administrator, web designer, network and systems manager, component integrator, tester, system analyst, and IT consultant.  You will also be suited to employment in areas of systems programming, software development, data communications, management, maintenance of computer systems and development of information systems.


Equipment requirements

Students must have access to a suitable computer and a network connection. Information about the hardware and software requirements may be obtained from the School of Information Technology's website www.deakin.edu.au/sebe/it, or by telephone 03 9244 6699.

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicableNot applicable$26,000

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 16 core units
  • 8 elective units
  • Completion of SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • level 1 - maximum of 10 credit points
  • levels 2 and 3 - minimum of 14 credit points over both levels
  • level 3 - minimum of 6 credit points of which at least 4 must be SIT Course Grouped units

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SIT101Fundamentals of Information Technology

SIT105Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for IT

SIT010Safety Induction Program *

Plus two elective units

Trimester 2

SIT102Introduction to Programming

SIT103Database and Information Retrieval

SIT104Introduction to Web Development

Plus one elective unit

Level 2

Trimester 1

SIT222Operating Systems Concepts

SIT223Information Technology Professional Skills

SIT232Object-Oriented Development

Plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

MIS201Business Requirements Analysis

SIT202Computer Networks

SIT221Data Structures and Algorithms

Plus one elective unit

Level 3

Trimester 1

SIT374Project Management

SIT321Software Engineering

Plus two elective units

Trimester 2

SIT302Project

AND

Two of:

SIT322Distributed Systems (Tri-1)

SIT323Practical Software Development (Tri-2)

SIT340Research and Development in Information Technology (Tri-1, Tri-3)

Plus one elective unit

*Note: SIT010 is a 0 credit point safety induction unit.