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Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) in Games Design and Development
Combine creativity with coding for a winning career
Make the games you love to play! Build a solid IT foundation and get creative with this game design specialisation. Experience gaming through a different lens, where core IT knowledge sets the platform for your artistic skills including 3D animation.
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At the completion of this degree students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of Information Technology in society.
2. Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and core concepts of Information Technology, including:
b) Systems thinking.
3. Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and core concepts of Games Design and Production, including:
a) Appreciation of the interplay between theory and practice.
b) Awareness of the broad applicability of games.
c) Appreciation of domain‐specific knowledge, including:
- Design and development of games using game engines
- Game Scripting
- Process for integration of game assets
- Game production process
4. Demonstrate mastery of the core multi‐disciplinary domains, technologies, methodologies, tools and environments to create games.
5. Identify, Interpret and analyse stakeholder needs, establish priorities and the goals, constraints and uncertainties of the system, including:
a) Recognition of social, cultural, legislative, environmental and business constraints.
b) Recognition of the ethical implications of professional practice.
6. Design, develop, use and improve systems as well as tools for solving problems employing a systematic approach that involves appropriate analytical and technical methods.
7. Develop proficiency in the use of tools and environments for implementation of solutions to problems.
8. Test, document and maintain software solutions in accordance with agreed standards to meet specified requirements.
9. Develop the ability and commitment to independently acquire new knowledge and skills in order to stay abreast of developments in the rapidly changing domain of Game Design and Production.
10. Develop the ability to use tools and techniques to create games.
11. Apply problem‐solving, design and decision‐making methodologies to develop components, systems, relevant infrastructure and processes to meet specified requirements, including:
a) Innovative approaches to the synthesis of alternative solutions, concepts and procedures.
b) Demonstrated information skills and the application of research methods.
c) Selection of appropriate tools and development environments.
e) Demonstrated a rigorous approach to testing of solutions.
f) Demonstrated a rigorous approach to the documentation at all project stages.
12. Demonstrated capacity to function effectively both as an individual and as a member of diverse teams, using the basic tools and practices of formal project management.
13. Demonstrated experience of working on at least one substantial project as a team requiring an evaluation of potential solutions and resulting in the delivery of an interactive system that meets client requirements.
14. Demonstrated written, oral and interpersonal communication skills that support the efficient and effective communication of developed systems through documentation and technical reports to a broad range of audiences.
15. Demonstrated ability to design and create games.
The major equips students with a range of problem‐solving and professional skills which are essential for working in the games, entertainment and visualisation industries. The outcomes of the major can be aligned with Software & Apps Programmer, Systems Analyst, and Analyst Programmer roles listed in the ACS Common ICT Job Profiles & Indicators of Skills Mobility document.
Eligible for membership of the Australian Computer Society at the Professional Level after degree accreditation approved.
Open enrolment subjects
Students can enrol in ICT159, GAD154, ICT101, MSP100, and MAS162 or any other subject through Open Universities Australia. Students who successfully complete two open enrolment subjects may apply for admission to the CSP only restricted Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) in Games Design and Development.
Higher education via OUA
Successful completion of two open enrolment subjects at pass level.
Recommended Units: ICT159, GAD154, ICT101, MSP100 and MAS162
Transferring from another degree or university
If you have successfully completed university studies equivalent to at least 2 subjects (6 Murdoch credit points) you can apply to transfer to Murdoch University using your previous studies.
For all other minimum entry requirements and pathways, please refer to the course you are interested in on https://search.murdoch.edu.au/s/search.html?collection=mu-course-search.
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To apply to Murdoch University after Year 12, you must achieve English competency and have achieved your WA Certificate of Education (WACE) or its interstate equivalent along with the ATAR (or OP) relevant for your chosen degree.
An ATAR of 70.00 or higher (or a Queensland Overall Position of 14 or less) is required for admission to a Commonwealth Support Place in this degree.
If you have successfully completed a Certificate IV or higher you can apply for admission into a Commonwealth Support Place.
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- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
- STAT is a national test for mature age people designed to assess aptitude for learning in a tertiary environment. It is not a test of your knowledge on specific academic subjects. It is recognised in all Australian states. You must achieve a minimum of 140 in the Written English and 135 in the Qualitative or Multiple Choice sections of the STAT to gain entry to Murdoch.
- Completed secondary education more than two years ago
- Enabling Programs
- STAT preparation course - Applicant needs to sit the STAT after the course is completed.
- Murdoch University OnTrack / OnTrack Sprint / FlexiTrack - If you have successfully completed Murdoch University's OnTrack or Flexitrack program you can apply for admission into a Commonwealth Support Place. Details are available at http://www.murdoch.edu.au/OnTrack/ and https://www.open.edu.au/degrees/flexitrack-murdoch-university-mur-ftk-deg
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- International Students - http://www.murdoch.edu.au/study/how-to-apply
- For further admission information about this degree, please refer to Murdoch Admission Information - Science
English Proficiency Requirements
To demonstrate English language competency you will need a scaled mark of at least 50 in ATAR English, Literature or English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).
Proof of Australian citizenship is required. Please upload a scanned copy of your birth certificate or Australian passport or citizenship certificate along with your application.
Find out if you are eligible and apply at https://www.murdoch.edu.au/study/courses/undergraduate-courses/recognition-of-prior-learning.
You’ll be in high demand across practically every industry with a degree in IT. Designed by world-class academics in close consultation with industry advisors, this course offers you an excellent step towards launching your career.
In this course, you will explore the theory, methods and systems used in the information technology industry, from mobile apps and virtual reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning, practical software engineering to corporate website architecture and global information systems.
Recommended Study Pattern
Complete Subjects in this order (depending on teaching period availability)
Year 1 / Level 1 (total of 24 pts)
- MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career (3pts)
- ICT159 Foundations of Programming (3pts)
- MAS162 Foundations of Discrete Mathematics (3pts)
- ICT101 Introduction to 3D Graphics and Animation (3pts)
- ICT167 Principles of Computer Science (3pts)
- GAD154 Games Art and Design (3pts)
- 2 x Electives (total 6 pts)
Year 2 / Level 2 (total of 24 pts)
- ICT284 Systems Analysis and Design (3pts)
- ICT285 Databases (3pts)
- ICT288 Virtual Realities and Games Software Design (3pts)
- MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills (3pts)
- GAD232 Games, Play and Design (3pts)
- 3 x Electives (total 9 pts)
Year 3 / Level 3 (total of 24 pts)
- GAD375 Games Design and Prototyping (3pts)
- ICT365 Software Development Frameworks (3pts)
- ICT367 Virtual Realities and Games Software Production (3pts)
- ICT376 Mobile Applications Development (3pts)
- ICT396 User Interface Design (3pts)
- 3 x Electives (total 9 pts)
- MAS164 Fundamentals of Mathematics
- DIG12 Digital Design Process
- WEB101 Web Communications
- ICT100 Computational Thinking
- DIG22 Internet Design Introduction
- WEB207 Web Media
- CPT251 Security in Computing and IT
- IBA345 Building the New Venture
- WEB310 Online Games, Play and Gamification
- INF30033 IT Program and Project Management
Please contact the Academic Chair, Dr Mohd Fairuz Shiratuddin (email@example.com), for approval to study any elective outside this list.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Information Technology at Murdoch University, students must complete 72 credit points (24 subjects).
All Murdoch University degrees are designed by combining a selection of components: Career Learning, Degree Core, Majors, and General Electives. In this way, Murdoch degrees are flexible and designed to provide relevant learning experiences that can be tailored to meet individual goals and study options that accommodate busy lifestyles.
Career Learning @ Murdoch is a unique, career enhancing experience that is woven into Bachelor degrees. It provides learning opportunities and real world experiences tailored to the area of study to ensure graduates have the skills and attributes employers are looking for.
A degree core is a set of subjects which all students studying a particular degree degree must successfully complete. They provide the opportunity to master fundamental disciplinary knowledge, learn how to think critically about key issues and engage with important research.
A Major is a set of subjects that students study to gain specialised in-depth knowledge in an area related to their degree.
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