Graduate Diploma of Information Technology

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Information Technology
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$26,280 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

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

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
CRICOS course code035508E
Deakin course code S678

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Throughout the Graduate Diploma of Information Technology you will learn from a combination of leading-edge theory, technical knowledge and practical experience to develop confidence in problem solving through completion of a supervised project that provides you with the advanced skills required to tackle complex, industry-focused problems head on. The course is ideally suited to those who have completed an undergraduate degree in a discipline outside the fields of information systems or computer science.

You will be introduced to the concepts of system design and learn how to design and implement software independently. This includes designing systems with data abstraction, object-oriented analysis and design techniques together with necessary skills in managing an IT project and a team of IT professionals. You will explore the use of capturing, representing, storing, organising and retrieving information, and develop an understanding of the fundamentals of data modelling and database technology. You will also have the opportunity to explore the latest web programming technologies; techniques for creating web content using HTML, XML and JavaScript; and discuss how web servers and browsers provide functionality.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Career opportunities

A career in IT has almost endless possibilities. In today's IT job market multi-skilling, multi-tasking and cross-skilling are highly valued and Deakin graduates are well placed for a successful career in this industry. Our graduates are well-rounded IT professionals with the ability to meet the future needs of this ever-evolving, fast-moving industry.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Develop specialised knowledge of software design and engineering, database, and web design concepts and technologies to develop software systems, products and solutions that automates business processes at par with industry standards and based on specifications and user requirements.
  • Demonstrate extended knowledge in one or more areas of networking, IT security, software development and IT services to design advanced IT systems and solutions.

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

  • Communicate IT solutions as appropriate to the context to inform, motivate and effect change utilising a range of verbal, graphical and written methods, recognising the needs of diverse audiences.


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

  • Use digital media to locate, collect and evaluate information from technical channels and apply information to design approaches and solutions that meet user requirements.

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

  • Use the frameworks of logical and analytical thinking to evaluate specialist IT information, technical problems and user requirements, and develop approaches to identify solutions.

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

  • Design IT solutions for automating processes by investigating technical and business problems; design and propose alternative solutions that improve services and user experiences.

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

  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a professional manner, learn autonomously and responsibly in order to identify and meet development needs.

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

  • Not applicable

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

  • Engage in professional and ethical behaviour in the design of IT systems, in a global context, in collaboration with diverse communities and cultures.

 Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Information Technology, students must attain 8 credit points. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, however part-time equivalent is available.

The 8 credit points will include 4 core units (these are compulsory) and 4 IT course grouped elective units (you can choose which ones to study).

Course structure


Level 1 - Trimester 1

SIT771Object-Oriented Development

SIT773Software Design and Engineering

plus 2 credit points from units listed within the Master of Information Technology

Level 1 - Trimester 2

SIT772Database and Information Retrieval

SIT774Web Technologies and Development

plus 2 credit points from units listed within the Master of Information Technology


Select from a range of level 7 IT course grouped elective units available within the Master of Information Technology.



Equipment requirement

For information regarding hardware and software requirements, please refer to the School of Information Technology's website, or telephone 03 9244 6699.

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate 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

  • Bachelor degree in any discipline


  • 5 years relevant work experience (including information technology or computing).

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 and how to apply for credit.

Credit for prior learning - specific

If you have completed study at other institutions and wish to gain credit at Deakin University you can refer to the Deakin International credit for prior learning web page which lists the countries, universities and courses and the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Credit for prior learning of up to four credit points may be granted to applicants who hold a Graduate Certificate of Information Technology (or its equivalent). Candidates must provide sufficient documentary evidence concerning the units for which credit for prior learning is sought, including official transcripts and unit descriptions. Advanced standing granted as part of admission to the Graduate Diploma of Information Technology is not transferable to the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology.

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

Check our Trimester 3 webpage to see if this course is accepting applications for this study period and to Apply.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Information Technology (S578)

Further study

S778 Master of Information Technology
S779 Master of Information Technology (Professional)



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.