Master of Information Technology (Professional)

Postgraduate coursework

Extend your knowledge of information technology, application and leadership with specialised skills that are highly sought-after across industry sectors.

Key facts

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2021 close 31 October 2021
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2022 close 20 February 2022

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Course information

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 period of industry-based learning or a research project under the supervision of our internationally-recognised research staff.

You will develop expert knowledge of the technical aspects of information technology as well as in-depth skills in your chosen area of specialisation.

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.

Want to gain in demand IT skills and advance you career across any industry?

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.

Through the Master of Information Technology (Professional), you can choose to undertake an industry placement or internship as part of your degree. Industry placements provide you with an opportunity to develop the practical and job-ready skills employers are looking for and enable you to build professional networks before graduating.

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Course structure

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 course comprises a total of 16 credit points, which must include the following four tiers:

  • Fundamental Information Technology Studies (4 credit points)
  • Mastery Information Technology Studies (4 credit points)
  • Specialist Information Technology Studies (4 credit points)
  • Professional Studies (4 credit points)

The four tiers comprise the following:

  • five (5) credit points of core units
  • three (3) SIT level 7 elective (one credit point)(excluding SIT771, SIT772, SIT773 and SIT774)
  • four (4)-credit point specialisation
  • four (4) credit points of professional units as detailed below
  • completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

 

Core

Mandatory unit for all entry levels

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Fundamental Information Technology Studies

  • Analytics for Security and Privacy
  • Applied Software Engineering
  • Information Technology Innovations and Entrepreneurship
  • Plus one (1) level 7 SIT elective unit (one credit point)#

    Mastery Information Technology Studies

  • Research and Development in Information Technology
  • Enterprise Applications Development
  • Plus two (2) level 7 SIT elective units (two credit points)#+

    Specialist Information Technology Studies

    Four (4) core units from a chosen specialisation (four credit points)

    Professional Studies

  • Team Project (A) - Project Management and Practices ~
  • and

  • Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery ~
  • and

    Two (2) level 7 SIT elective units (two credit points)#+

    OR

  • Professional Practice (4 cp)*
  • OR

  • Research Project A (2 cp)
  • and

  • Research Project B (Thesis) (2 cp)
  • OR

  • Research Project A (2 cp)
  • and 

    Two (2) level 7 SIT elective units (two credit points)#+

    *Students undertaking this unit must have successfully completed STP710 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point unit)

    ~ Students are recommended to undertake SIT764 and SIT782 in consecutive trimesters. Students should seek advice from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SIT764 and SIT782 consecutively.

    # excluding SIT771, SIT772, SIT773 and SIT774

    + Students may combine their electives in these options to gain a second specialisation.

    Specialisations

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Information Technology (Professional)
    Year

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    S779
    CRICOS code?
    051581G Burwood (Melbourne)
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    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 9.

    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

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud campus

    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.

    Students commencing in Trimester 3 will be required to complete units in Trimester 3.

    Work experience

    You will have an opportunity to complete an IT internship of 120 - 160 hours in a course-related organisation.  Please refer to deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    • Bachelor Degree in a related discipline, OR
    • Bachelor Degree in any discipline AND two years relevant work experience, OR
    • Graduate Certificate of Information Technology or equivalent, OR
    • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

    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

    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.

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

    Fees and scholarships

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    Contact information

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

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    Are you looking to apply for this course or would like further information?
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    Careers

    Career outcomes

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

    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 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.

    Communication

    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.

    Digital literacy

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

    Critical thinking

    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.

    Problem solving

    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.

    Self-management

    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.

    Teamwork

    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.

    Global citizenship

    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.

    Approved by Faculty Board 27 June 2019