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Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science and Software Development)

Course summary for international students

Award granted Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science and Software Development)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length3 years full time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2014$23,260* AUD
CRICOS course code049956K
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Deakin course code S327
VTAC Codes
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science and Software Development) will provide you with an understanding of the technology on which systems are built, as well as how to develop software systems and applications, and form an environment to acquire skills needed for software development.


The course supports students who wish to master software development and will prepare you for both research and development by providing you with a background of software understanding, software design, programming languages, data structures and databases, operating systems, networks, distributed systems and software engineering.


The course is structured so that the intellectual material will remain current for a number of years despite the fact that computer languages and technology change rapidly.


You will learn to develop, implement and maintain information systems, databases and computer networks of considerable size and complexity in commercial, industrial or administrative environments.


Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Professional recognition

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

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A Fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

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.

* 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.

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Career opportunities

You may find employment as a software developer, software analyst, software engineer, database administrator, web designer, network and systems manager, component integrator, tester, system analyst, and IT consultant.  You will also be suited to employment in areas of systems programming, software development, data communications, management, maintenance of computer systems and development of information systems.

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Course rules

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 16 core units
  • 8 elective units
  • Completion of SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 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 SIT Course Grouped units

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Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SIT101 Fundamentals of Information Technology  

SIT105 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving  

SIT010 Safety Induction Program  *

Plus two elective units


Trimester 2

SIT102 Introduction to Programming  

SIT103 Introduction to Database Design  

SIT104 Introduction to Web Development  

Plus one elective unit


Level 2

Trimester 1

SIT222 Operating Systems Concepts  

SIT223 Information Technology Professional Skills  

SIT232 Object-Oriented Development  

Plus one elective unit


Trimester 2

MIS201 Business Requirements Analysis  

SIT202 Computer Networks  

SIT221 Classes, Libraries and Algorithms  

Plus one elective unit


Level 3

Trimester 1

SIT374 Project Management  

SIT321 Software Engineering  

Plus two elective units


Trimester 2

SIT302 Project  


Two of:

SIT322 Distributed Systems  (Tri-1)

SIT323 Practical Software Development  (Tri-2)

SIT340 Research and Development in Information Technology  (Tri-1)

Plus one elective unit


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


Highly recommended elective unit

SIT192 Discrete Mathematics  

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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/sebe/it, or by telephone 03 9244 6699.

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Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

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Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

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How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

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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 Engineering and Information Technology, or in others Schools within the faculty or other Universities. Graduates can also progress to postgraduate coursework programs offered.

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