Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice)

Course summary for local students

Award granted Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice)
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Information Technology
Tel 03 9244 6699

CRICOS course code069123G
Deakin course code S329

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice) is designed to recognise, reward and nurture high achieving students. The course enables you to experience full-time work in the IT industry as part of your degree.

As part of your course you will spend between six months and a year in Deakin’s Industry-Based Learning (IBL) Program. This will be credited as part of your degree.

Depending on the length of the IBL placements undertaken, you can complete the course in a minimum of three years, or for students taking the option to complete a longer industry placement, the course can be completed in four years.

Courses offering work experience in industry are highly sought after by employers and students alike, as they play a critical role in the development of employability skills and job readiness of graduates. IBL gives you the opportunity to experience first-hand the day-to-day work environment as an IT professional, learn about the wide range of career outcomes available to IT graduates and apply what you learn in the classroom to an actual working environment, making you job-ready when you graduate. 

Further opportunities for professional development, in the form of practical seminars and networking events, will be offered to you throughout the course to maximise your career outcomes.

You will be assigned an academic mentor from the School of Information Technology for the duration of the course to enrich and extend the student experience.

You will be required to maintain a 70% average to remain in the course, otherwise may exit with a Bachelor of Information Technology degree. 

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Course rules

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

  • 8 core IT units
  • minimum of 16 SIT Course Grouped Units
  • completion of SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • at least one IT Major Sequence
  • up to 8 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 SIT units


a minimum of 2 credit points (6 months) and a maximum of 3 credit points (12 months) in IBL or Internship Units

  • IBL unit -  STP301 (pre-requisites apply)
  • Internship unit - STP351

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

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 9244 6699.


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