Bachelor of Information Technology

Undergraduate degree

Choose from a range of creative and technical specialisations to suit your career aspirations and acquire IT skills that are vital to every industry.

Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

The information technology industry is central to the way we work, learn, play, communicate and socialise. Build a strong foundation with core IT skills you can apply to multiple industries and technologies anywhere in the world. Through Deakin’s Bachelor of Information Technology you'll gain the essential skills and experience required to embark on a career in IT, while developing in-depth knowledge in a specialised area of your choosing such as cloud computing, game development or cyber security.

This course will give you the opportunity to explore and experiment in areas like programming, networking, entrepreneurship and user-centred design. You’ll undertake a specialised capstone project and access co-working spaces, that enable you to collaborate with like-minded peers and kickstart your own professional network. An honours year is available for high-achieving students interested in undertaking a focused research project.

Want a diverse career at the forefront of new technology?

Expand your employment opportunities by studying information technology, with IT professionals hired in a range of industries such as health care, education, finance, government, mining and agriculture.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Information Technology offers diverse majors and minors, so you can study in the area that interests you most.

The course offers you a range of industry-based learning opportunities, including an IT placement unit that gives you a minimum of 100 hours of hands-on experience in industry. This practical experience enhances your future employment prospects, adding experience to your resume and developing your professional networks before graduation.

As an IT student, you will undertake two capstone units that allow you to develop solutions to real-world problems from industry and learn agile project management methods widely used across industry.

Our past students have worked on capstone projects such as:
• medical: a mobile app that tracks pupil responses to light
• real estate: a mobile app to track your notes about properties you view
• transport: planning a bus trip with real-time data
• gaming: children’s computer game to build their resilience
• architecture: a virtual reality space to assess architecture student projects
• security: voice activated passwords
• political: developed a secure online voting system
• wellbeing: virtual reality experience focusing on altering moods
• education: online student social network Study Buddy.
• security: threat and assessment toolkit for cyber security

We offer a combination of experiential learning and practical exposure, with access to specialised resources including our $1.2 million Robotics and Internet of Things (RIoT) lab, dedicated cyber security labs, networking labs, and our VR/AR labs.

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Course structure

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

  • 15 core IT units (which includes a compulsory internship unit)
  • completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • completion of SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • completion of STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • And one of:
    • An IT Major (6 credit points) and 3 electives, (3 credit points) or
    • An IT Minor Sequence (4 credit points) and 5 electives, (5 credit points)
    • Two IT Minor Sequence (8 credit points) and 1 elective (1 credit point)
  • level 1 - maximum of 10 credit points
  • level 3 - minimum of 6 credit points

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

15

Core units

9

IT Major or Minor combination (One IT Major (6 credit points) and 3 electives OR One IT Minor Sequence (4 credit points) and 5 electives OR Two IT Minor Sequence (8 credit points) and 1 elective)

24

Total

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).

Core

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Exploring I.T.
  • Data and Information Management
  • Thinking Technology and Design
  • Data Science Concepts
  • Introduction to Responsive Web Apps
  • Real World Practices for Cyber Security
  • Business Requirements Analysis
  • User Centred Design
  • Professional Practice in Information Technology #
  • Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Communicating Information Technology Innovations *
  • Team Project (A) - Project Management and Practices ~
  • Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery
  • Plus one unit in:

  • IT Placement ^#
  • or

  • Industry Based Learning
  • ^ offered in trimester 1, trimester 2

    * offered in 2023

    # Must have completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

    ~ Note: Students are recommended to undertake SIT374 and SIT378 in consecutive trimesters. Students should seek advice from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SIT374 and SIT378 consecutively.

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

    Major sequences

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.


     

    Minor sequences

    Refer to the details of each minor sequence for availability.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Information Technology
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400314443 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    1400514443 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    S326
    CRICOS code?
    053993D
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    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.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    This course includes a compulsory work placement where you will be required to undertake a minimum of 100 hours in industry, providing professional work experience with an approved host organisation. Alternatively, high achieving students may have the opportunity to undertake an extended full-time paid industry-based learning placement between 6 – 12 weeks (conditions apply, please refer to deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.)

    Elective units may also provide additional opportunities for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in any English, any Information Technology or any Mathematics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 10 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning.
    Your Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight 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 international student fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Further study options

    High performing graduates can continue on to an Honours year of study, which can be completed in two full time trimesters, or equivalent part-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.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    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. Information Technology gives you the contemporary knowledge, skills and experience required for a successful and satisfying career as an IT professional.

    Career opportunities include:

    • application, software or game developer
    • technical architect
    • multimedia designer or developer
    • solutions architect
    • augmented reality creator
    • mobile and apps developer
    • network specialist
    • project manager
    • security architect
    • UX designer
    • web designer or developer.

    Alternatively, you can apply your skills in non-traditional fields, such as healthcare, education, government and business.

     

    Professional recognition

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

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    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.

    Communication

    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.

    Digital literacy

    Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, analyse, evaluate, select, process and disseminate both technical and non-technical information.

    Critical thinking

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

    Problem solving

    Apply theoretical constructs and skills and critical analysis to real-world and ill-defined problems and develop innovative IT solutions.

    Self-management

    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.

    Teamwork

    Apply the principles of effective teamwork as a member of diverse IT teams to demonstrate responsibility for own learning within broad parameters.

    Global citizenship

    Apply professional and ethical standards and accountability for own learning to the development, design, construction and management of localised IT solutions.

      Approved by Faculty Board 27 June 2019