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Want to support and troubleshoot IT systems or design websites, business applications and program networks?
IT specialists select the right hardware and software products for an organisation. They also install, customise and provide ongoing maintenance for these applications.
Combining your knowledge of IT theory and practice with hands-on expertise, you will be able to develop an organisation’s technology infrastructure and support the people who use it.
IT graduates install networks; handle network administration and security; design web pages; develop multimedia resources; install communication equipment; manage email systems; and plan and manage a company’s technology upgrades.
Graduates select and deploy software products for commercial organisations, software development companies, government departments and large computer organisations. They create and manage business applications, websites, systems and environments.
Graduates typically work for commercial organisations, software development companies or diverse industries including retail, health or tourism.
Graduates also find employment in government departments and large computer organisations.
The Bachelor of Information Technology is accredited for on-campus delivery in both Melbourne, Australia and Vietnam. Accreditation is being sought for the OUA version, as of November 2016.
The School of Computer Science and Information Technology has substantial links with the ICT industry both within Australia and internationally. Employers and industry professionals are members of our Industry Advisory Committee and have contributed to the initial development and ongoing improvement of the program. Their involvement ensures that the program remains relevant to your needs as a graduate and the needs of graduate employers. The committee meets quarterly and provides feedback on the currency of the programs, the changing needs of Industry and has input into the design of new programs. It also actively contributes to the School through participation in seminars, marketing events, industry awards and scholarships.
Many of the teaching staff within the program are practising (or have been) industry professionals with extensive industry experience and contact networks. This experience, when integrated into teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment.
Successful completion of this program entitles graduates to apply for professional membership of the Australian Computer Society in Australia: http://www.acs.org.au/
To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:
- An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
- A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
- The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study
To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.
You must also meet ONE of the following requirements:
- Successful completion of 2 Core units from the Bachelor of Information Technology at pass level (CPT110 and CPT120 recommended); OR
- Successful completion of one full time semester (four units) towards an undergraduate degree or higher level of study at an Australian university, and evidence of meeting maths entry requirement equivalent to VCE prerequisite Units 3 and 4: a study score of 20 in Mathematics (any); OR
- Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent, with an ATAR of 68.2. VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a minimum of 20 in Mathematics (any), and a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in English (EAL); OR
- Successful completion of Australian Advanced Diploma, Diploma, or equivalent, and evidence of meeting maths entry requirement equivalent to VCE prerequisite Units 3 and 4: a study score of 20 in Mathematics (any).
Please note: If you are not eligible for CSP you can still enrol and study through OUA as a full fee paying student via FEE-HELP or upfront payments.
A broadband internet connection is mandatory to complete this program. Some units in this program have a requirement to download and install several gigabytes of software, support materials and video content.
Students must have a Windows, Macintosh or Linux computer system in order to complete the program. Some specialist IT elective units have specific hardware and software requirements.
To get the most out of this degree, students are recommended to follow these steps:
- Start with foundation units
- 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, IT electives, and your chosen minor
To obtain the Bachelor of Information Technology you must complete 24 units, and meet these requirements:
- Complete 2 Foundation units
- Complete 12 Core units
- Complete 4 IT Elective units
- Complete 4 Minor Stream units
- Complete 2 Free Elective units
At least 8 of the units above must be studied through RMIT.
The two(2) 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 (academic credit transfer) or for work/life experience (RPL). To have your credit formally assessed you must first register for the RMIT degree. An administrative fee of $165 is applicable to register for an award, including any credit transfer processing. 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 must contact the OUA Administrator, School of Computer Science and Information Technology email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are required to register as soon as you have completed the two foundation units. 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 the degree registration and a credit transfer in a single application.
Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.
There are currently two types of loan:
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After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)
If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.
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When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.
If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).
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- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387