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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.

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Key facts

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2024 close 23 June 2024

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2024 close 27 October 2024

Current Deakin Students

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

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 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 information

Award granted
Master of Information Technology (Professional)
Year

2024 course information

Deakin code
S779
CRICOS code?
051581G Burwood (Melbourne)
Level
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9

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 is structured in four parts:

  • Part A: Fundamental Information Technology Studies (4 credit points)
  • Part B: Mastery Information Technology Studies (4 credit points)
  • Part C: Specialist Information Technology Studies (4 credit points)
  • Part D: Professional Studies (4 credit points)

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

  • five (5) credit points of core units
  • three (3) SIT level 7 elective units (three credit points) (excluding SIT771, SIT772, SIT773 and SIT774)
  • four (4)-credit point specialisation
  • four (4) credit points of professional units as detailed below
  • completion of DAI001 Academic Integrity Module Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

8

Fundamental & Mastery Information Technology units

4

Specialist Information Technology units

4

Professional units

16

Total

Core

Mandatory unit for all entry levels

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Part A: 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)#

    Part B: Mastery Information Technology Studies

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

    Part C: Specialist Information Technology Studies

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

    Part D: Professional Studies

  • Professional Practice in Information Technology
  • Team Project (A) - Project Management and Practices ~
  • Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery
  • One (1) level 7 SIT elective (1 credit point)

    OR

  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit points)
  • Professional Practice in Information Technology
  • Professional Practice (2 credit points)*
  • One (1) level 7 SIT elective (1 credit point)

    OR

  • Research Techniques and Applications (2 credit points)
  • Research Project (Advanced) (2 credit points)^
  • OR

  • Professional Practice in Information Technology
  • Research Techniques and Applications (2 credit points)
  • One (1) level 7 SIT elective (1 credit point)

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

    ~ Note: Students are expected 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

    ^ Entry to SIT746 is subject to specific unit entry requirements.

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

    Specialisations

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    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. More information available at Disability support services.

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

    Work experience

    You may have an opportunity to undertake a placement as part of your course. For more information, please visit deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in any discipline and at least two years' relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
    • completion of a Graduate Certificate of Information Technology or equivalent

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

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    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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $31,000 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.  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 eight 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.  

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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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.

    Professional recognition

    The Master of Information Technology (Professional) is professionally accredited by 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 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

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