Bachelor of Information Technology

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Information Technology
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
LevelUndergraduate
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Information Technology
Tel 03 9244 6699
sebe@deakin.edu.au
www.deakin.edu.au/information-technology

Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 55.00
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): N/A
CRICOS course code053993D
VTAC Codes1400314441 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514441 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614441 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code S326

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Information Technology provides you with the contemporary knowledge, skills and experience required for a successful career as an IT professional capable of managing information technology, digital proficiency and technological transformations in all sectors of the community.

In addition to acquiring a core set of IT skills that are relevant in almost every industry, this diverse degree provides you with the opportunity to choose from a wide range of IT specialisations according to your interests and career aspirations. We offer a full range of IT disciplines from the technical (software development and cloud computing), to the creative (interactive media design and games design).

You’ll cover areas such as security, interactive media, computer games, gaming, programming and cloud computing and gain experience constructing IT solutions to real-world problems. You also have the flexibility to diversify your studies and explore other areas of interest through elective units in IT and/or complementary study areas.

This course includes an internship unit that provides professional work experience with an approved host organisation. Students also have the opportunity to gain business skills working on real-world products.

IT is at the heart of innovation and productivity. It shapes the way we live, work, learn, communicate, socialise and entertain ourselves. It’s no surprise then, that IT graduates are in high demand globally, and with high entry-level salaries on offer an IT degree can set you up for a satisfying and rewarding career. Possible roles include network officer or manager, IT security officer or manager, object-oriented or procedural programmer, database or web designer, manager, consultant, or system analyst.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

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

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.

Career opportunities

You may find employment in roles such as network officer or manager, IT security officer or manager, object-oriented and procedural programmer, database and web designer and manager, project manager, consultant or system analyst.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Minimum Standards

 

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 detailed knowledge of project management principles, and in depth knowledge in the area of the chosen major.
  • Design, develop and implement 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.
  • Apply an in-depth knowledge of the roles of IT in the context of modern organisations and society and propose enhancements.
  • Apply an integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in at least one specialised area of IT, and apply well-developed project management principles and tools with autonomy, responsibility and critical judgement.
  • Acquire and translate user requirements into formal specifications of a system or application and implement/model a system and/or application based on a formal specification.
  • Assess a simple organisation or basic software system to propose IT enhancements.

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

  • Communicate in an IT context to inform, motivate and effect change utilising a range of verbal, graphical and written methods, recognising the needs of diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrate well-developed communication skills across a range of methods and technologies to transmit and provide specialist IT advice.

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

  • Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, analyse, evaluate, select, process and disseminate both technical and non-technical information.
  • Apply sound judgement in the selection and use of appropriate methods and tools to facilitate information management and knowledge transfer in an IT context.

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

  • Evaluate specialist IT information using critical and analytical thinking, technical skills and well-developed judgement to identify problems, analyse user requirements and propose solutions.

 

  • Analyse critically to evaluate complex specialist IT information, concepts and theories to support problem solving in professional and/or academic contexts.

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

  • Apply theoretical constructs and skills and critical analysis to real-world and ill-defined problems and develop innovative IT solutions.
  • Identify unpredictable and sometimes complex IT problems, analyse user requirements, provide solutions to meet user needs and utilise initiative and judgement to critically evaluate the effectiveness of the solution.

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

  • Apply knowledge and skills to new situations in professional practice and/or further learning in the field of IT with adaptability, autonomy, responsibility and personal accountability for actions as a practitioner and a learner.
  • Apply understanding of reflective practice and self critique skills within broad parameters to plan for their own future continuing professional development.
  • Demonstrate a basic level of autonomy, professional judgement, adaptability, initiative, responsibility and ethical behaviour as an IT practitioner or learner.
  • Demonstrate the in depth review of prior learning and experience to create a personal/professional learning and/or development plan.

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

  • Apply the principles of effective teamwork as a member of diverse IT teams to demonstrate responsibility for own learning within broad parameters.
  • Demonstrate the support for a constructive team climate by treating all members respectfully and utilise this positive environment to effectively plan and execute an authentic project.
  • Reflect on own performance in achieving team goals and contributing to team cohesiveness within IT.

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

  • Apply professional and ethical standards and accountability for own learning to the development, design, construction and management of localised IT solutions.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the global, cultural and social complexity and diverse needs of communities and cultures when developing IT solutions.

  Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Information Technology, students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 24 credit points, you’ll need to study 24 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 24 credit points include 9 core units (these are compulsory), 9 elective units (you can choose which ones to study) and 6 units from a major study (you will be required to complete at least one major).

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Students must complete at least one major from the following areas:

 

Course structure

Core

SIT010Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

STP010Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)

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

SIT302Project

SIT374Project Management

Plus one unit in:

SIT306IT Internship ^

or

STP301Industry Based Learning

^ offered in trimester 1, trimester 2, trimester 3

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

Electives

Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).


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.

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 Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

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.

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 System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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 credit for prior learning that can be granted is 16 credit points. This may include credit for non-computing studies.

How to apply

Check our Trimester 3 site to see if this course is having a Trimester 3 intake.

Applications for Trimester 3 are 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.

Further study

High performing graduates can continue on to an Honours year of study, which can be completed in two full time trimesters, or equivalent full time study. Graduates who gain high outcomes in the Honours year can then continue on to a higher degree by research, either within the School of Information Technology, or in others Schools within the Faculty or other Universities. Graduates can also progress to postgraduate coursework programs offered.

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.

Work experience

You will have an opportunity to undertake a discipline-specific Industry-Based Learning placement as part of your course. This will provide you with the opportunity to apply and consolidate what you are learning in your course, experience workplace culture and workplace practices, explore career options and develop a professional network before you graduate. Please refer to deakin.edu.au/sebe/students/wil.