Degree structure

Degree details

While undertaking this degree you will develop your knowledge and skills essential for the information technology industry so you will be employable as a competent software developer, web developer or other aligned IT professional.

You will gain an excellent combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to influence an organisation's technology infrastructure and the clients who use IT.

Upon completion of this degree you will be able to:

  • Enable knowledge - gain skills as you apply knowledge effectively in diverse contexts.
  • Apply critical analysis - accurately and objectively examine and consider computer science and information technology (IT) topics, evidence, or situations, in particular to:
    • Analyse and model requirements and constraints for the purpose of designing and implementing software artefacts and IT systems
    • Evaluate and compare designs of software artefacts and IT systems on the basis of organisational and user requirements.
  • Solve ICT problems - analyse problems and synthesise suitable solutions as you design and implement software solutions that accommodate specified requirements and constraints, based on analysis or modelling or requirements specification.
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences through a range of modes and media, in particular to:
    • Present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of software applications, alternative IT solutions, and decision recommendations to both IT and non-IT personnel via technical reports of professional standard and technical presentations.
  • Work as an effective and productive team member in a range of professional and social situations, in particular to:
    • Work effectively in different roles, to form, manage, and successfully produce outcomes from teams, whose members may have diverse cultural backgrounds and life circumstances, and differing levels of technical expertise.
  • Accept responsibility for your own learning, including independent life-long learning, in order to keep your knowledge and skills up-to-date within your chosen field in a constantly changing IT industry.
  • Make informed decisions about judging and adopting appropriate behaviour in professional and social situations. Specifically, you be able to:
    • Effectively apply relevant standards, ethical considerations, and an understanding of legal and privacy issues to designing software applications and IT systems.

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.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Information Technology is ACS accredited for on-campus delivery* in both Melbourne, Australia and Vietnam and successful completion of this program entitles graduates to apply for membership of the Australian Computer Society in Australia: http://www.acs.org.au/

*Accreditation for the Bachelor of Information Technology program delivered online via OUA is being sought in 2019 as part of the current ACS accreditation renewal cycle.

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.

Higher education via OUA

Successful completion of 2 Core subjects from the Bachelor of Information Technology at pass level (CPT110 and CPT120 recommended).

Higher education

Successful completion of one full time semester (four subjects) towards an undergraduate degree or higher level of study at an Australian university, and evidence of meeting maths entry requirement equivalent to VCE prerequisite Subjects 3 and 4: a study score of 20 in Mathematics (any)

Secondary education

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)

VET studies

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).

Special requirements

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.

Collaborative group work may be required in specific subjects in this degree, including organising and participating in both asynchronous and synchronous (live) communications.

Students may be able to receive credit for previous studies completed at other institutions (academic credit transfer) or for work/life experience (RPL).

Information for CSP students:

CSP students may apply for credit transfer and/or RPL after accepting their offer for admission to this degree. 

Information for non-CSP students:

Non-CSP students must be registered in the RMIT degree prior to submitting any application for credit transfer or RPL - see the How to Apply section above for information on registering in the RMIT degree.

Information for all applicants:

It is recommended that students do this as soon as possible after being admitted into / registered in the degree, so that an accurate study plan can be mapped out after processing of any credit / RPL that may be awarded.

Documentation will be required to support your application, such as:

  • Credit Transfer:
    • 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.
  • RPL
    • An up-to-date CV outlining your experience working in the field of IT.
    • Position description(s) for roles you have been engaged within in the field of IT, preferably recent roles (eg. within previous 5 years)
    • Letter(s) of reference from a line manager at recent place(s) of employment, outlining role, responsibilites and IT knowledge / skills, processes and tools required in the performing of that role.  Letter(s) of reference should be on company letterhead and must be signed and dated by the line manager in question.

Before lodging a credit transfer or RPL application, it is recommended that students submit an enquiry regarding their pending application via RMIT Connect, requesting guidance on how to apply and what documentation may be required.  

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.

Recommended Study Pattern

To get the most out of this degree, students are recommended to follow these steps:

  • Start with foundation subjects
  • Complete Level 1 core subjects 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 subjects, IT electives, and your chosen minor.

Award Requirements

To obtain the Bachelor of Information Technology you must complete 24 subjects, and meet these requirements:

  • Complete 2 Foundation subjects
  • Complete 12 Core subjects
  • Complete 4 IT Elective subjects
  • Complete 4 Minor Stream subjects
  • Complete 2 Free Elective subjects

At least 8 of the subjects above must be studied through RMIT.

Choose your subjects

Electives

The two (2) general electives may be any subject from the OUA undergraduate catalogue.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

To find out your eligibility for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), please click on the "Add & Continue" button on the top of the page. 

If you have taken up a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) through RMIT, you are not required to register for this degree. Therefore the below information does not apply to CSP students with RMIT. 

Non CSP Students (Fee-HELP or Pay Upfront):

Students who are studying with RMIT and accessing FEE-HELP or paying upfront and are intending to complete the Bachelor of Information Technology are advised to register for the degree after successfully completing a minimum of two core RMIT OUA subjects within this degree:

  • For commencing students without a background or prior studies in the field of IT the foundation units CPT110 and CPT120 are recommended.
  • Commencing students who have:
    • completed prior studies in an IT-related field (at Diploma level or higher) and thus may be eligible for advanced standing (credit transfer), or,
    • come from an IT background (professional or academic) and may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL),

are advised to submit an enquiry via RMIT Connect, requesting guidance on their future credit transfer / RPL application and subsequent subject selection for degree registration purposes.

A fee of $180 is applicable to non-CSP students registering for the degree.

To apply to graduate, please visit RMIT's OUA Graduation page here.

Students wanting to Graduate at the Melbourne graduation ceremony in December must complete their final subject no later than Study Period 2 in the year they intend to graduate. 

Students who will complete their 24 subjects after study period 2 in a given year may apply to graduate at the Melbourne graduation ceremony in the following year.

A payment will be required to attend the graduation ceremony in Melbourne; for information about payments or application dates see RMIT's Graduation options page. Alternatively students can apply to graduate in absentia at any time.