Master of Information Technology (Professional)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Information Technology (Professional)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

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

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

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code051581G
Deakin course code S779

Course overview

The Master of Information Technology (Professional) is designed to extend the specialised information technology skills obtained in the Master of Information Technology by providing students with the opportunity to undertake a trimester of industry-based learning or a trimester long research project under the supervision of our internationally-recognised research staff.

This course has a strong IT industry focus and empowers students to apply the acquired knowledge and skills towards professional practice and enables them to create innovative IT solutions to solve real-world problems. Students will develop teamwork and leadership skills through close mentorship during industry projects and engagement in researching cutting edge IT solutions, and can choose to specialise in security, networking, analytics or computer science depending on their interests and career aspirations.

Throughout the course, students will develop a broad understanding of the IT discipline including its dynamic environment, expert knowledge of the technological aspects of IT, and in-depth skills in their chosen area of specialisation.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

The Master of Information Technology (Professional) is accredited by 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

Graduates of this course may find employment as a business analyst, network administrator, database administrator, security analyst, solutions architect, software developer, technology consultant, or security systems manager.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Minimum Standards (relating to CLOs)

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 expert knowledge of the technological aspects of IT, and in depth knowledge in the chosen area of specialisation.
  • Design, develop and implement advanced 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.
  • Assess the role of IT in the context of modern organisations and society in order to add value.

 

  • Apply an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in planning and executing a major project in one or more disciplines or specialised areas of practice in IT.
  • Acquire and translate user requirements to conduct research into user/system requirements and distil these into a formal design specification; synthesize a system or model based on the formal design specifications; critically evaluate the system or model against the specification.
  • Consistently use appropriate methodologies to assess the realised and/or potential advantages and disadvantages of IT and its role in organisations and the society at large and articulate the outcomes of the assessment process to add value.

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

  • Communicate effectively in order to design, evaluate and respond to advances in technology, future trends and industry standards and utilise a range of verbal, graphical and written forms, customised for diverse audiences including specialist and non- specialist clients, colleagues and industry personnel.
  • Independently utilise expertise to demonstrate well-developed communication skills across a range of methods and technologies to persuasively argue a case to technical and non-technical audience.

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

  • Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, synthesise, evaluate, critique and disseminate both technical and professional information.

 

  • Use judgement and justify the selection and application of appropriate methods and tools to facilitate information management and knowledge transfer, in relation to research and professional practice, in an IT context.

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

  • Appraise complex information using critical and analytical thinking and judgement to identify problems, analyse user requirements and propose appropriate and innovative solutions.
  • Evaluate the place and role of IT its systems, applications and processes in organisational and societal contexts for reliability, usefulness and the value they add to those contexts.

 

  • Analyse the context of the issues under investigation and critically evaluate complex IT systems information, concepts and theories to support problem solving in professional and/or academic contexts.
  • Critically assess IT systems using established theories and best practice through analytical research, formal methods for benchmarking, testing and proof of design correctness for quality assurance.

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

  • Generate IT solutions through the application of specialised theoretical constructs, expert skills and critical analysis to real-world, ill-defined problems to develop appropriate and innovative IT solutions.
  • Formalise the problem definition and, utilising relevant IT constructs, propose, evaluate and select the most appropriate solution(s).

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

  • Take personal, professional and social responsibility within changing national and international professional IT contexts to develop autonomy as researchers and evaluate own performance for continuing professional development.
  • Work autonomously and responsibly to create solutions to new situations and actively apply knowledge of theoretical constructs and methodologies to make informed decisions.
  • Consistently demonstrate an advanced level of autonomy, adaptability, initiative, responsibility and ethical behaviour as an IT practitioner and life long learner.
  • Continually assess own performance and identify and plan appropriate professional development activities.

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

  • Work independently and collaboratively towards achieving the outcomes of a group project, thereby demonstrating interpersonal skills including the ability to brainstorm, negotiate, resolve conflicts, manage difficult and awkward conversations, provide constructive feedback, and demonstrate the ability to function effectively in diverse professional, social and cultural contexts.
  • Consistently complete all assigned tasks within agreed deadlines, proactively assist others, lead, contribute to ideas and work collaboratively with team members to achieve the outcomes of the group project.
  • Reflect on own and team performance in achieving team goals and contributing to team cohesiveness.

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, development and management of IT systems, in the global context, in collaboration with diverse communities and cultures.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the global, cultural and social diversity and complex needs of communities and cultures when developing sustainable IT solutions.

 Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Master of Information Technology (Professional), students must attain 16 credit points.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 16 credit points include all the requirements for the 12 credit point Master of Information Technology plus a further 4 credit points. You will be required to complete at least one specialisation as part of this course.

Specialisations

Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

 

 

Course structure

Core

SIT790Major Thesis (4 cp), or

SIT791Professional Practice (4 cp)*, or

SIT759Virtual Reality Professional Practice (4 cp)*, or

SIT792Minor Thesis (2 cp), and

2 additional credit points chosen from the list of general units in the Master of Information Technology.

*Only available to students undertaking the Virtual Reality specialisation, and must have successfully completed STP710 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

Electives

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


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 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 same discipline (including information technology or computing)

or

  • Graduate Certificate of Information Technology or equivalent.

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

Credit for prior learning may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.

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.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Information Technology (S578)
Graduate Diploma of Information Technology (S678)
Master of Information Technology (S778)

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 internship placement as part of your course. deakin.edu.au/sebe/students/wil.