Master of Information Technology (Professional)

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Information Technology (Professional)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code051581G
Deakin course codeS779

Course overview

The Master of Information Technology (Professional) is designed to extend the specialised information technology skills obtained in the Master of Information Technology by providing students with the opportunity to undertake a trimester of industry-based learning or a trimester long research project under the supervision of our internationally-recognised research staff.

This course has a strong IT industry focus and empowers students to apply the acquired knowledge and skills towards professional practice and enables them to create innovative IT solutions to solve real-world problems. Students will develop teamwork and leadership skills through close mentorship during industry projects and engagement in researching cutting edge IT solutions, and can choose to specialise in security, networking, analytics or computer science depending on their interests and career aspirations.

Throughout the course, students will develop a broad understanding of the IT discipline including its dynamic environment, expert knowledge of the technological aspects of IT, and in-depth skills in their chosen area of specialisation.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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.

Professional recognition

The Master of Information Technology (Professional) is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course may find employment as a business analyst, network administrator, database administrator, security analyst, solutions architect, software developer, technology consultant, or security systems manager.

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Information Technology (S578)
Graduate Diploma of Information Technology (S678)
Master of Information Technology (S778)

Equipment requirements

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 www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

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 a broad, coherent knowledge of the IT discipline, including its dynamic environment, with expert knowledge of the technological aspects of IT, and in depth knowledge in the chosen area of specialisation.
  • Design, develop and implement advanced IT systems and software, and associated policies and procedures for optimal use and apply industry standards and best practice in one or more specialised areas of IT.
  • Assess the role of IT in the context of modern organisations and society in order to add value.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, synthesise, evaluate, critique and disseminate both technical and professional information.

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

  • Appraise complex information using critical and analytical thinking and judgement to identify problems, analyse user requirements and propose appropriate and innovative solutions.
  • Evaluate the place and role of IT its systems, applications and processes in organisational and societal contexts for reliability, usefulness and the value they add to those contexts.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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, development and management of IT systems, in the global context, in collaboration with diverse communities and cultures.

 Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Master of Information Technology (Professional), students must attain 16 credit points.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 16 credit points, which must include the following:

Specialisations

Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Course structure

Core

SIT790Major Thesis (4 cp), or

SIT791Professional Practice (4 cp)*, or

SIT759Virtual Reality Professional Practice (4 cp)*, or

SIT792Minor Thesis (2 cp), and

2 additional credit points chosen from the list of general units in the Master of Information Technology.

*Only available to students undertaking the Virtual Reality specialisation, and must have successfully completed STP710 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

Electives

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

Work experience

You will have an opportunity to undertake a discipline-specific internship placement as part of your course. deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.

Details of specialisations

Data Analytics

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)


Unit set code

SP-S000055


Overview

The Data Analytics specialism has been designed to provide students the opportunity to undertake study and develop technical skills in key areas of data analytics - data acquisition and modelling, data visualisation, and decision support leading to business intelligence.


Units

SIT717Enterprise Business Intelligence

SIT718Real World Analytics

MIS771Descriptive Analytics and Visualisation

MIS772Predictive Analytics


 

Networking

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne)


Unit set code

SP-S000021


Overview

Plan, install and manage both local area networks and wide area networks with a strong focus on network design, routing protocols and switching concepts. The specialism incorporates the CISCO CCNA curriculum which prepares students for the CCNA industry certification. There is a strong focus on application development for networked systems and supporting user mobility from both application and network perspectives.


Units

SIT701Enterprise Network Construction

SIT702Enterprise Network Management

SIT706Cloud Computing Technologies

SIT735Communications Network Security


 

Software Development

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)


Unit set code

SP-S000023


Overview

Gain theoretical and practical skills in current trends in the analysis, design and implementation of complex and large-scale software systems. Designed with input from industry leaders, there is a strong focus on the development of high quality software using methodologies, tools, techniques and management principles relevant to industry. There is emphasis on the development of web-based and distributed applications and the use and development of open source software.


Units

SIT707Software Quality and Testing

SIT708Mobile Systems Development

SIT725Advanced Software Engineering

SIT780Enterprise Applications Development


 

Cyber Security

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)


Unit set code

SP-S000028


Overview

Develop skills in securing data, communications and infrastructure as well as investigating, analysing and providing solutions to computer crime. Students gain an understanding of problem solving, communication and technical capabilities related to Information Technology Security and the legal, regulatory and ethical contexts in which these skills are used. The security units provide a solid foundation in areas including information security, internet and network security, access controls and firewalls. In conjunction with work experience, the units prepare students towards certification as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional on completion of the CISSP exam administered by The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2.


Units

SIT703Advanced Digital Forensics

SIT704Advanced Topics in Digital Security

SIT735Communications Network Security

SIT763IT Security Management


 

IT Services

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)


Unit set code

SP-S000048


Overview

Designed in partnership with IBM, to develop specialised information technology skills by providing up-to-date knowledge of recent developments in computing technology and practical IT consulting skills. Learn about cutting-edge work in computer science, operation research, business strategy, management sciences, social and cognitive sciences and the legal sciences to develop the skills needed in a services-led economy.


Units

SIT737Service Oriented Architectures and Technologies

SIT775IT Services in Organisations

SIT794Services Management

SIT717Enterprise Business Intelligence


 

IT Strategy and Management

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)


Unit set code

SP-S000056


Overview

The IT Strategy and Management specialism has been designed to provide students with an understanding of the skills required to effectively drive business process improvement, manage IT services, develop IT strategies and manage innovation.


Units

SIT794Services Management

MIS701Business Requirements Analysis

MIS712eBusiness Strategies

MPM712Managing Innovation


 

Virtual Reality

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne)


Unit set code

SP-S000083


Overview

Virtual Reality (VR) is an immersive digital environment that can replicate lifelike physical environments or portray a fictional artificial world, and makes the user feel they are immersed in that environment in real-life. These can be viewed through a head mounted display (e.g. Oculus Rift and HTC Vive), a smartphone based display (e.g. Google Cardboard) or by standing within a cube or dome showing 3D projections on every surface. VR allows users to interact with these environments and can also create additional sensory experiences including virtual touch through haptic technology, smell, taste and sound.There is a strong emphasis on creating content that will assist in shaping the future of education, training and entertainment.


Career Outcomes

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality skills are in high demand across a range of industries and graduates may find employment as Virtual Reality Game Designers, Oculus Developers, Game Producers, 3D Designers and Gameplay Engineers to name a few.


Units

SIT755Interaction and Design for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

SIT756Development for Virtual Reality

SIT757Content Creation for Virtual Reality

SIT758Virtual Reality On Mobile Platforms

 

Work Placement opportunity:

SIT759 Virtual Reality Professional Practice (4 credit points) only available as an elective to students undertaking the Virtual Reality specialisation (students must have successfully completed STP710 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)). Conditions apply.