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The Bachelor of Technology (Computing Studies) is designed to give you a foundation in programming and Information Technology fundamentals, while also providing you with the opportunity to study outside the realm of IT and to gain a range of skills in other areas. This innovative degree is taught online to allow you to apply what you are learning immediately.
With this degree you choose most of your program of study and essentially build your own degree. This allows you to build a solid foundation in programming and IT fundamentals, while also offering you the flexibility to engage with topics outside the field of IT.
Research indicates that many employers want graduates with computing skills, but also with knowledge and skills across many other disciplines, such as business, communications and commerce. Employment opportunities are as flexible and broad as the degree itself. By studying a wide range of topics, both in computing and in other fields, graduates can pursue careers in pure IT roles, as well as in other areas that require IT experience, including marketing, advertising, accounting and health administration.
Graduates of this course are exposed to a broad range of topics both in IT and in other fields, including focused study in their chosen application area. This provides the necessary breadth and depth of skills for employment not only in IT fields such as frontline support and system administration, but also in other fields that require IT experience, including marketing, advertising, accounting and health administration.
However, graduates often become IT professionals in fields such as: business analysis, helpdesk and desktop support, network/systems administration, technical writing and desktop publishing, testing, QA and web development.
This degree is accredited to the professional level – the highest possible – with the Australian Computer Society (ACS), which has reciprocal membership agreements worldwide. Graduates can apply for ACS Certified Professional status for global recognition.
To get the most out of this degree, students are recommended to follow these steps:
- Start with CPT110 and CPT120
- Complete Level 1 core units and electives
- Choose a minor sequence from the examples below, or send your preferred sequence to the School for approval
- Complete Level 2 and 3 core units, electives, and your chosen minor
To obtain the Bachelor of Technology (Computing Studies) you must complete 24 units, and meet these requirements:
- Complete 8 core units
- Complete 1 Information Technology Elective and 3 Advanced Information Technology Electives
- Complete an approved minor stream sequence of 4 units from any discipline
- Complete 8 general electives
- At least 8 of the units above must be studied through RMIT
Students complete a total of eight core Computing Studies units and four IT/Advanced IT units.
Students must also complete at a minor stream. The minor stream sequence is a selection of four units of a common discipline area, with at least one level 2 (or higher) unit. You may choose one of the sample minor sequences below; or build your own minor stream sequence, subject to approval by the School. Further IT study is allowed as a minor stream.
The eight general electives may be any unit from the OUA undergraduate catalogue.
Students may be able to receive credit for previous studies completed at other institutions or for work/life experience (RPL). A fee of $50 is applicable to have your credit assessed. Documentation will be required to support your application, such as;
- a certified copy of an Academic Transcript with final grades for Higher Education studies
- a certified copy of a Statement of Attainment for any completed TAFE studies
- course outlines showing content, learning outcomes and assessment requirements
- an explanation of the grading structure used.
Before lodging a credit transfer or RPL request Students are encouraged to contact their OUA Administrator, School of Computer Science and Information Technology email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students entering the degree from an IT background (professional or academic) may be eligible to have the two-unit requirement for registration waived, and submit both degree registration and credit transfer documentation in a single application.
Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.
Who can access it?
- Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
- Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
- Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study
- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and sent them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387