Warning! With the exception of the open enrolment subjects, this is a restricted degree. Further enrolment is only available to students admitted into this degree.
Diploma in Information Technology
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On completion of this degree, students will be able to:
- apply knowledge and problem-solving skills to design and develop computer programs;
- analyse and debug computer programs to describe their purpose and identify logic and syntactical errors;
- understand principles of abstraction in the design of programs and computer systems;
- communicate and collaborate effectively with others;
- understand how ethical considerations apply to software development, with consideration for impacts on others and society; and
- demonstrate a capacity for independent learning and a developing level of technical knowledge in information technology and its applications.
Examples include software design and development; data engineering; web and mobile development; scientific technology; and careers in banking and corporate sectors.
Open enrolment subjects
Students are eligible to apply after completing 2 of the following subjects:
- ICT100 Computational Thinking
- ICT101 From Logic to Data Processing
- COSC110 Introduction to Programming and the UNIX Environment
Work and Life
If you are able to demonstrate at least four years full-time equivalent relevant professional experience* in the areas of Information Communications Technology and Computer Science you may enter the course directly without the need to complete two Open Access Units, and will be granted credit for four subjects towards the Diploma.
*Demonstrated professional experience in the areas of Information Communications Technology and Computer Science.
English Proficiency Requirements
At least one of the following criteria must be met:
- English is the applicant's first language; or
- Satisfactory completion, within five years of the date of application for admission to UNE, of at least one year of full-time or equivalent full-time study at senior secondary, post-secondary or tertiary level in a country in which English is the primary official language or co-official language and in which English was the sole medium of instruction and assessment for the particular period of study claimed, resulting in an AQF award or an award recognised by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR); or
- A pass grade or better in an English language subject at Australian Year 12 level or overseas equivalent; or
- An IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.0 with no sub-band less than 5.5; or equivalent TOEFL score of at least 213 in the computer-based test; or at least 79 in the internet-based test with no less than 22 in the written component; or a PTE Academic minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50; or
- Satisfactory completion of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program:
- at the University of New England English Language Centre; or
- an equivalent EAP program at an Australian university NEAS-accredited English Language Centre (subject to certification from the university concerned that satisfactory completion of that university's EAP program would entitle the applicant to be accepted into a comparable award-bearing program at that university); or
- at a non-university NEAS-accredited English Language Provider that has a formal agreement with UNE under which it provides an equivalent EAP Program; or
- a NEAS-accredited TAFE NSW EAP Program.
More detailed information regarding these requirements can be viewed here:
Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this degree.
Students admitted to the degree with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this degree may be eligible for advanced standing. For more information on Advanced Standing or Recognition of Prior Learning, please visit: UNE Advanced Standing
Information technology and computing increasingly define how the world operates. Software permeates every area of modern living, from the smallest personal device to automating entire industries. Information Technology professionals are responsible for designing the software that runs so much of our lives, and for creating systems that handle and analyse incredible amounts of data.
The Diploma in Information Technology is a one-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) course that will provide students with a foundation in computing, and the flexibility to take on more advanced and specialised topics - be that specific technical skills, professional skills, or mathematical areas related to modern computing.
This degree is designed for students seeking an introduction to study in information technology or looking to grow their computer science, data science, or mathematical skills. It aims to give students new to the field a solid grounding in fundamental principles of computer science as well as the flexibility to fill in their mathematical or data science skills depending on their background and intended destination. It also aims to give more experienced students a compact means to access introductory and intermediate units in information technology, computer science, and data science, in order to extend their skills in areas that are relevant to their career.
Recommended Study Pattern
Pathway 1: Students admitted via Open Access - Students to complete 5 core subjects and 3 listed subjects.
Pathway 2: Students admitted via relevant work experience - Students to complete 4 listed subjects, with Advanced Standing for four subjects being granted on admission to candidature.
The Program of Study and Course Plans can be accessed from the below link:
To qualify for the award a candidate must pass subjects to the value of 48 credit points.
Please note that only students who are applying on the basis of four years full-time relevant professional experience are required to submit a Statement of Service and CV.
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