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Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)

Course summary for local students

Award granted Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2014$8,620* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
LevelUndergraduate
Faculty contacts
CRICOS course code069122J
VTAC Codes1400314651 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514651 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
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 onto a research degree in IT after completing their undergraduate studies.  Successful completion of the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) will enable students to apply to undertake a PhD in the field.

 

It has also been designed as an alternative entry pathway for strong performing students within the generic Bachelor of Information Technology and related courses to transfer into this Honours program after their first year of study.

 

Only students with an ATAR 0f 80.00 and above will be considered, with admission through VTAC based on ATAR and successful completion of the published prerequisites. Students will be required to maintain a 70% average to progress into the honours year, otherwise 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 their third year capstone project, or do a research project to prepare for postgraduate research, potentially leading to a career in research.

All participants in the course will be assigned an academic mentor in information technology for the duration of their study to guide, enrich and extend their student experience. The course also provides the opportunity to attend research seminars to broaden their 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 Information Technology 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 Information Technology.

 

 

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) is professionally accredited with the Australian Computer Society.

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Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2014, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2014 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.


Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

Depending on the chosen major, graduates can gain employment in a wide range of IT related roles:
•    IT consultant                
•    business analyst                
•    project manager    
•    research assistant                
•    scientist in research organisation        
•    academic

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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

PLUS

  • 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.

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Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

 

 

Students must complete at least one major from the following areas:

 

Computer Science

Game Development

Interactive Media Design

Networking

Security

Software Development

Mathematical Modelling

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Course structure

Core Units


SIT010 Safety Induction Program  

SIT101 Fundamentals of Information Technology  

SIT103 Introduction to Database Design  

SIT104 Introduction to Web Development  

SIT105 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving  

SIT202 Computer Networks  

SIT223 Information Technology Professional Skills  

SIT302 Project  

SIT374 Project Management  

 

 

Honours (Research) Units


SIT420 Introduction to Information Technology Research  (2cps)

SIT421 Honours Information Technology Coursework  (2cps)

SIT422 Honours Information Technology Thesis A  (2cps)

SIT423 Honours 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.

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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 www.deakin.edu.au/it, or by telephone on 03 5227 2536.

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Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

 

Only students with an ATAR 0f 80.00 and above will be considered for entry to the course, with admission through VTAC based on ATAR and successful completion of the published prerequisites.

 

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

 

Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.

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Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning Systemwhich outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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Credit for prior learning - specific

The Faculty may grant credit towards a Bachelor of Information Technology for previous tertiary study and other approved forms of post-secondary study or experience.  This previous study need not have led to a complete qualification; for example, a student may be given credit after completing the first year of a course in another faculty or at another institution.  This credit is called credit for prior learning.  All applications for credit for prior learning must be made initially to the Selection Officer who will advise students of the necessary procedures.


All applications are considered on merit and usually no credit will be given for subjects/courses/units completed more than seven years prior to the request.  For the Bachelor of Information Technology, the maximum advanced standing that can be granted is 16 credit points. This may include credit for non-computing studies.

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How to apply

Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) mode study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

 

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

 

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