Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)

Course summary for local students

Award granted Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Faculty contacts
CRICOS course code069122J
Deakin course code S325

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) has been designed for high achieving students with an interest in continuing on to a research degree in IT after completing their undergraduate studies.  Successful completion of the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) will enable you to apply to undertake a PhD in the field.  You will be required to maintain a 70% average to progress to the honours year, otherwise you may exit with a Bachelor of Information Technology degree.

The course offers the option to either choose an honours project that is a continuation of your third year capstone project, or do a research project to prepare for postgraduate research, potentially leading to a career in research.

You will be assigned an academic mentor in IT for the duration of your study to guide, enrich and extend your student experience. The course also provides the opportunity to attend research seminars to broaden your knowledge in IT and experience at first- hand the cutting edge IT research happening at Deakin and in the wider research community.

The advanced coursework and research skills gained during the course are attributes highly valued by organisations seeking to employ graduates in consultancy, management, research and academia.

All Bachelor of Information Technology courses at Deakin open the door to a wide range of career opportunities in IT related fields. Students taking the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) can gain broad expertise in the field or develop specialised skills by undertaking a major sequence in a specified area of IT.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 32 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 8 core IT units
  • minimum of 16 IT Course Grouped Units
  • completion of SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • at least one IT Major Sequence
  • up to 10 electives (which may be used to complete a second major study)
  • 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 a SIT/course-grouped units


  • 8 credit points consisting of Honours (research) units

Students will be required to maintain a 70% average to remain in the course – those who fail to meet this academic hurdle will be transferred to the generic Bachelor of Information Technology degree.

Course structure

Core Units

SIT010Safety Induction Program

SIT101Fundamentals of Information Technology

SIT103Database and Information Retrieval

SIT104Introduction to Web Development

SIT105Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for IT

SIT202Computer Networks

SIT223Information Technology Professional Skills


SIT374Project Management

Honours (Research) Units

SIT420Introduction to Information Technology Research (2cps)

SIT421Honours Information Technology Coursework (2cps)

SIT422Honours Information Technology Thesis A (2cps)

SIT423Honours Information Technology Thesis B (2cps)

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

Students should consult their course advisor to ensure their course plan meets the course rules detailed above.

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 on 03 5227 2536.


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