Graduate Certificate in Information Technology
Enhance your IT career opportunities with advanced analytical skills
Gain foundational IT skills. Apply your learning to technology-driven areas including communications, management, and business. This broad, flexible and technical course opens exciting career opportunities for qualified IT professionals.
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On successful completion of the program students will have:
- The ability to apply a body of knowledge within information technology as a pathway for further learning.
- The ability to systematically attain discipline-specific knowledge and skills to a level where they can be applied in a new or existing professional area of information technology.
- A depth of cognitive skills sufficient to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems in information technology.
- The ability to communicate effectively through a range of verbal, written and/or presentation skills at an advanced level.
With the flexibility to tailor your Graduate Certificate of Information Technology to best suit your career development needs, you will be able to hit the ground running with your newly attained specialist expertise.
Your career opportunities are quite diverse with possible entry level career paths as a:
- business analyst
- database developer
- systems analyst
- software developer
You will also have the option of furthering your studies by progressing to the Master of Information Technology (MIT). You can articulate into this program with credit for the four courses you have already completed in the Graduate Certificate.
Prospective students are asked to apply directly to the University. This program is open to both domestic and international students.
- AQF 7 or higher Bachelor degree or equivalent postgraduate qualification in any discipline
Related fields of study may include but are not limited to IT, computing, science, technology, business or communications. Relevant work experience may include but is not limited to technical/professional positions in IT, computing, science, technology, business or communications.
Prospective students who would like their professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.
- Diploma or Advanced Diploma of 3 years or equivalent qualification in a related field
- Diploma or Advanced Diploma of 3 years or equivalent qualification in a non-related field plus 1 year relevant work experience
- Diploma or Advanced Diploma of 2 years or equivalent qualification in a related field plus 1 year relevant work experience
- Diploma or Advanced Diploma of 1 year or equivalent qualification in a related field plus 2 years relevant work experience
Work and Life
- A minimum of 3 years demonstrated relevant work experience in a related field (assessed on a case-by-case basis)
- Other qualifications and work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis
English Proficiency Requirements
All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
- IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
- IELTS section minimum - 6.0
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.
Whether your interest is in information systems, software engineering, multimedia or telecommunications, the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology will provide you with a solid foundation in the relevant technologies and theoretical concepts.
Different levels of entry are available based on the previous experience of individual students. As well as providing foundation IT skills for entrants with limited IT experience, the program provides opportunities for experienced IT professionals to enhance and apply their skills within emerging technology driven growth areas including IT, communications, business and entrepreneurship.
Recommended Study Pattern
The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology requires the successful completion of 40 units of study of courses chosen from three lists of directed courses.
To complete this program students must select:
20 units of courses from List A;
- Database Management
- Project Planning and Management
- Object Oriented Programming
10 units of courses from List B
- Systems Analysis and Design
- Process Analysis and Problem Solving
10 units of Directed Courses from List C or 10 units not already completed List A or List B.
- Narrative and Interactive Design
- Usability and Interaction Design
- Digital Video
- Big Data
- Distributed Computing Technologies
- eCulture and Audience
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Digital Marketing
- The Digital Economy
Students wishing to transfer to the Master of Information Technology and undertake a specialisation should review the MIT program handbook for advice on course selection.