Associate Degree in Information Technology
Fast track your IT career in coding, data, and web
A 100% online IT course. You’ll learn programming, computer hardware, and cloud concepts. You’ll also study cybersecurity and data analytics. Build your professional skills in problem solving and teamwork. Work on industry-relevant projects and systems.
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The University of South Australia (UniSA) is ranked as one of the best young universities in the world, and is the number one university in Australia for graduate employability. UniSA offers over 200 world-class degrees that are informed by industry and delivered with a highly practical approach to teaching and learning, and is a valuable partner with Open Universities Australia.
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What you'll learn
In UniSA Online’s two-year Associate Degree in IT, you’ll gain critical skills to prepare you for a career in system design, programming, data analytics and IT security. You will:
- learn the fundamentals of computer programming and software development to feel at home with any system
- enhance your problem-solving skills using design thinking and digital innovation principles
- discover data analytics and how you can get, process, and visualise data to guide decision-making and help organisations thrive
- gain the skills to design, implement and test software systems in small-medium businesses
- learn basic web development and user experience principles and processes
- evaluate the impact of cybersecurity threats and learn the basics of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography to help protect organisational data.
Study at a university that delivers cutting-edge, world-class research in Information Technology1 and Computing and Information Systems.2
You’ll use simulated workplace environments to put theory into practice and work in our design studio to design a viable product or system and bring it to a client, gaining effective team management, communication, and stakeholder engagement skills along the way.
1Results in Information and Computing Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
2Results in Distributed Computing and Information Systems - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
Every organisation today needs a team of IT and computer experts to keep its systems running. Growth in the ICT workforce is expected to continue, with an additional 300,000 jobs needed by 2026 to fuel future technology-led growth.1
There is no better time to reskill or upskill with UniSA Online. Our Associate Degree in IT will help you gain access to entry level positions in almost every industry sector.
You’ll be prepared for entry level positions as a:
- data analyst
- database administrator
- IT consultant
- web administrator
- system analyst.
Want to keep studying? With an Associate Degree in IT, you’ll be eligible for admission to UniSA’s Bachelor of IT with up to 72 units of credit. This means you could achieve a bachelor degree as well, with just one more year of study.
1 Australia’s Digital Pulse - Australian Computer Society, 2021
Successfully completed equivalent to a minimum of half a year of full-time study over a higher education program at a recognised higher education provider
Completed a secondary education qualification equivalent to SACE, such as an interstate year 12 or international qualification
Complete an award from a registered training organisation at Certificate IV or above
Work and Life
- Passed a UniSA Online literacy and numeracy test and have relevant work experience, or
- Completed a UniSA Foundations Studies program or equivalent, or
- Qualify for Special Entry.
Credit for previous study or work
If you have previous work experience, or have studied before, you could fast-track your studies by reducing the time it takes to complete your degree.
Graduate with the qualification and skills to step into an IT career with confidence by studying with university ranked #3 in Australia for work-ready graduates in IT.1
Our expert academics built the degree specifically for 100% online learning, so you’ll have full control and can plan your study to fit around your life.
UniSA has 30+ years of experience delivering online and distance education and it shows. We use innovative digital technology, state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources, and extensive academic and tech support systems.
You’ll be able to access support seven days a week, view learning resources 24/7, and log into our interactive online environment to learn anywhere, any time and on any device.
1 ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Computing and Information Systems – Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
Note: The program structure is subject to change at any time. (Information correct as at October 2023)
- Information Technology Fundamentals (INFS 1024)
- Design Thinking and Digital Innovation (INFS 1023)
- Problem Solving and Programming (COMP 1043)
- Elective 1
- Data Driven Web Technologies (INFT 1032)
- System Requirements and User Experience (INFS 1029)
- Object Oriented Programming (COMP 1048)
- System Requirements Practice (INFS 1027)
- System Design and Realisation (INFS 2048)
- Business Intelligence (INFS 2038)
- System Design Practice (INFS 2047)
- Network Fundamentals (INFT 1026)
- Enterprise Systems (INFT 3045)
- Elective 2
- Agile Development and Governance (INFS 2046)
- Cloud Platforms (INFT 2066)
Students must complete 16 subjects including 2 electives.