Graduate Certificate of Information Technology

Postgraduate coursework

This course provides a postgraduate introduction to IT and is ideally suited to those without a computing background.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

As a postgraduate introduction to IT, this course is ideal for students without a computing background, as well as those who’d like to bolster their industry experience with a recognised academic qualification.

Developed in consultation with industry, this course will teach you how information technologies relate to everyday business operations within organisations. You’ll also gain essential IT skills, from software design and engineering to information retrieval and web development.

This course gives you the essential skills and knowledge for employment across a range of industries and prepares you for further studies in IT.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology, students must attain 4 credit points of study.

The course comprises a total of 4 credit points, which must include the following:

  • four (4) core units
  • STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)

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

Key information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Information Technology
Year

2020 course information

Deakin code
S578FL
Level
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
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 8.

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)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2 - July

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

     

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin’s Cloud Campus.

Additional course information

For further information about hardware and software requirements, please visit the relevant page on Deakin’s current students’ site

Alternatively, you can call the School of Information Technology on +61 3 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.

Participation requirements

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

Try this course for free

Interested in a free taster of this course?

The first two-week block of this course is available free on FutureLearn, an easy-to-use online learning platform. Try it out and discover just how flexible and rewarding online learning with Deakin can be. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor degree in any discipline OR
  • at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent) OR
  • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.  (more details)

Recognition of prior learning

Deakin 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 with Deakin, 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 with Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning Page which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin degree and how to apply for credit.

Recognition of Prior Learning may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Fee rate

$2,465 per credit point in this course studying on the Cloud Campus
Find out more about fees.

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

The cost of this course will vary depending on your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have. The fee rate shown is the cost per credit point studied in 2019. A typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate is four credit points.

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.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

Search or browse through our scholarships

Postgraduate bursary

If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the International postgraduate online study applications page.

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal, or by email. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Apply through Deakin
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

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Need more information on how to apply?

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the International postgraduate online study applications page.
If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


Entry pathways

Further study options:

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology, you could use the credit points you’ve earned to enter into further study, including:

S678 Graduate Diploma of Information Technology

S778 Master of Information Technology

S779 Master of Information Technology (Professional)

S734 Master of Cyber Security

S735 Master of Cyber Security (Professional)

S777 Master of Data Analytics

Frequently asked questions

Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?

Find out more about our key dates

Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

Find our more about scholarships at Deakin

Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

Find out more about RPL

Where can I study with Deakin?

Find out more about campus locations

Why choose Deakin

Career outcomes

In today's IT job market, multi-skilling, multi-tasking and cross-skilling are highly valued by employers and Deakin graduates are best 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'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 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.

Communication

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.

Digital literacy

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

Critical thinking

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

Problem solving

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

Self-management

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

Approved by Faculty Board 7 June 2018

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