Graduate Diploma of Information Technology

Postgraduate coursework

Expand your current understanding of IT and gain advanced skills through specialised study, technical learning and practical experience.

Key facts

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2020 close 23 February 2020

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

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.

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Course structure

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.

Students are required to complete 4 IT foundation units, STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit) and 4 credit points of level 7 SIT-coded units available within the Master of Information Technology.

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

4

Core units

4

Elective units (IT course grouped elective units)

8

Total units

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Object-Oriented Development SIT771
  • Software Requirements Analysis and Modelling SIT773
  • plus 2 credit points from units listed within the Master of Information Technology

    Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Database and Information Retrieval SIT772
  • Web Technologies and Development SIT774
  • plus 2 credit points from units listed within the Master of Information Technology

    Electives

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

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Information Technology
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    S678
    CRICOS code?
    035508E
    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

    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

    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.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    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
    • a Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR
    • at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

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

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of 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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $27,800 for 1 yr full-time* - Full-fee paying place
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    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.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. 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 your course.

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

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    Contact information

    Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
    School of Information Technology
    deakin.edu.au/information-technology

    Prospective student enquiries
    Are you looking to apply for this course or would like further information?
    Call 1800 693 888 or email us at myfuture@deakin.edu.au
    Enquire online

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    Call 03 9244 6699 or email us at sebe-enquire@deakin.edu.au
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    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    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'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.  Demonstrate extended knowledge in one or more areas of networking, IT security, software development and IT services to design advanced IT systems and solutions.

    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 design 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

    Design 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.

    Global citizenship

    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 27 June 2019

    *Mid-year intake is not available for all courses and some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.

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