Graduate Diploma of Information Technology

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Information Technology
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code035508E
Deakin course codeS678

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Throughout the Graduate Diploma of Information Technology you will learn from a combination of leading-edge theory, technical knowledge and practical experience to develop confidence in problem solving through completion of a supervised project that provides you with the advanced skills required to tackle complex, industry-focused problems head on. The course is ideally suited to those who have completed an undergraduate degree in a discipline outside the fields of information systems or computer science.

You will be introduced to the concepts of system design and learn how to design and implement software independently. This includes designing systems with data abstraction, object-oriented analysis and design techniques together with necessary skills in managing an IT project and a team of IT professionals. You will explore the use of capturing, representing, storing, organising and retrieving information, and develop an understanding of the fundamentals of data modelling and database technology. You will also have the opportunity to explore the latest web programming technologies; techniques for creating web content using HTML, XML and JavaScript; and discuss how web servers and browsers provide functionality.

Indicative student workload

You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Career opportunities

A career in IT has almost endless possibilities. In today's IT job market multi-skilling, multi-tasking and cross-skilling are highly valued and Deakin graduates are well placed for a successful career in this industry. Our graduates are well-rounded IT professionals with the ability to meet the future needs of this ever-evolving, fast-moving industry.

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Information Technology (S578)

Equipment requirement

For information regarding hardware and software requirements, please refer to the School of Information Technology's website, www.deakin.edu.au/information-technology/students or telephone 03 9244 6699.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Develop specialised knowledge of software design and engineering, database, and web design concepts and technologies to develop software systems, products and solutions that automates business processes at par with industry standards and based on specifications and user requirements.
  • Demonstrate extended knowledge in one or more areas of networking, IT security, software development and IT services to design advanced IT systems and solutions.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • Communicate IT solutions as appropriate to the context to inform, motivate and effect change utilising a range of verbal, graphical and written methods, recognising the needs of diverse audiences.

 

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • Use digital media to locate, collect and evaluate information from technical channels and apply information to design approaches and solutions that meet user requirements.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • Use the frameworks of logical and analytical thinking to evaluate specialist IT information, technical problems and user requirements, and develop approaches to identify solutions.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

  • Design IT solutions for automating processes by investigating technical and business problems; design and propose alternative solutions that improve services and user experiences.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a professional manner, learn autonomously and responsibly in order to identify and meet development needs.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • Not applicable

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

  • Engage in professional and ethical behaviour in the design of IT systems, in a global context, in collaboration with diverse communities and cultures.

 Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Information Technology, students must attain 8 credit points. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, however part-time equivalent is available.

Students are required to complete 4 IT foundation units and 4 credit points of level 7 SIT course grouped units available within the Master of Information Technology.

Course structure

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

SIT771Object-Oriented Development

SIT773Software Design and Engineering

plus 2 credit points from units listed within the Master of Information Technology

Level 1 - Trimester 2

SIT772Database and Information Retrieval

SIT774Web Technologies and Development

plus 2 credit points from units listed within the Master of Information Technology

Electives

Select from a range of level 7 IT course grouped elective units available within the Master of Information Technology.