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Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science and Software Development)

Course summary for current students

Award granted Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science and Software Development)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
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.

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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, or by telephone 03 9244 6699.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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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

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Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SIT101 Fundamentals of Information Technology  

SIT105 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for IT  

SIT010 Safety Induction Program  *

Plus two elective units


Trimester 2

SIT102 Introduction to Programming  

SIT103 Database and Information Retrieval  

SIT104 Introduction to Web Development  

Plus one elective unit


Level 2

Trimester 1

SIT222 Operating Systems Concepts  

SIT223 Information Technology Professional Skills  

SIT232 Object-Oriented Development  

Plus one elective unit


Trimester 2

MIS201 Business Requirements Analysis  

SIT202 Computer Networks  

SIT221 Data Structures and Algorithms  

Plus one elective unit


Level 3

Trimester 1

SIT374 Project Management  

SIT321 Software Engineering  

Plus two elective units


Trimester 2

SIT302 Project  


Two of:

SIT322 Distributed Systems  (Tri-1)

SIT323 Practical Software Development  (Tri-2)

SIT340 Research and Development in Information Technology  (Tri-1)

Plus one elective unit


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



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