Warning! With the exception of four open enrolment subjects, this is a restricted degree. Subject enrolment is only available to students admitted into this degree.
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.
This research-based university in Perth has a strong interdisciplinary focus and a reputation for outstanding teaching and ground-breaking research. With more than 22,000 students and 2,000 staff from over 90 countries, and campuses in Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch embraces free thinking, shared ideas and knowledge to make a difference, and Open Universities Australia is certainly part of that.
1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of science in society.
2. Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and core concepts of at least one scientific discipline, including:
a) An understanding of the scientific method and how it is applied
b) A systematic approach to problem solving using appropriate analytical and technical methods
3. Collect, record, analyse and interpret information using the conventions of scientific argument, judgment, deduction and communication, including:
a) Creativity in defining and resolving scientific problems
b) Rigor in designing and planning an investigation
c) Rigorous collection, recording and treatment of data
d) Demonstration of skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis
e) Demonstrated capacity for self-management and organisation
f) Written, oral and interpersonal communication skills demonstrating the capacity for efficient and effective communication of scientific data, information and arguments to scientific peer groups and the broader community.
4. Provide evidence of ethical behaviour including:
a) A demonstrated understanding of the ethics of science (including where applicable in clinical and professional settings)
b) Demonstrated academic and scholarly integrity
5. Capacity to apply knowledge and skills in a global and regional context.
6. Provide evidence of interdisciplinary thinking through:
a) Demonstrated appreciation of different intellectual outputs and how they are used/understood by different disciplines
b) Demonstrated capacity to work across disciplinary boundaries
7. Demonstrate accountability for your own learning by:
a) Demonstrating a capacity to work under supervision and autonomously
b) Working effectively in team environments, including teams with intercultural and interdisciplinary diversity
c) Demonstrated capacity for critical reflection, including the capacity for lifelong learning.
Excellent opportunities exist for graduates in business, industry and government as software developers, systems analysts, database administrators, computer systems and network managers, user support officers, games developers and designers, cyber security and cyber forensics professionals and business analysts.
Eligible for membership of the Australian Computer Society at the Professional Level after degree accreditation approved.
Open enrolment subjects
There are four open enrolment subjects in this degree. Students do not have to submit an Application Form for open enrolment subjects and can enrol in ICT159, GAD154, MSP100 and MAS162 through Open Universities Australia.
Students who successfully complete two of these four 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 of the four OUA open enrolment subjects at pass level: ICT159, GAD154, 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. To be eligible for the degree, you need to have passed subjects to a high standard and may be required to provide a personal statement upon application.
School leavers gain an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) from four degree subjects completed during Year 12, or OP (Overall Positions) in Queensland.
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.
Work and Life
- 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
- Murdoch Institute of Technology - http://www.murdochinstitute.wa.edu.au/
- 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
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre - http://www.murdoch.edu.au/Kulbardi/
- 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).
Students may be eligible for credit for previous studies.
When applying for credit, students will need to provide documentation, including original transcripts of academic records or certified copies, subject outlines and an explanation of the grading system.
This must be sent to the Open Universities Support Office at Murdoch University. Please note that credit cannot be gained for subjects completed more than 10 years ago.
To obtain an Application for Advanced Standing Form, please download it from this website:
Note: Students must be enrolled in a Murdoch subject before any Advanced Standing application will be assessed.
The Bachelor of Information Technology degree is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the theory, methods and systems used by the information technology industry. Required subjects cover the major areas of software development and software engineering, computer technology and systems applications.
The Murdoch University Bachelor of Information Technology is an undergraduate award which normally requires 3 years of full-time study or part-time equivalent.
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, Course 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 course 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 subjecs that students study to gain specialised in-depth knowledge in an area related to their degree.
Degree Core Subjects:
- MAS162 Foundations of Discrete Maths
- ICT159 Foundations of Programming
- ICT284 Systems Analysis and Design
- ICT285 Databases
- ICT396 User Interface Design
- ICT365 Software Development Frameworks
Major Core Subjects:
- GAD154 Introduction to Games Art and Design
- ICT101 Introduction to 3D Graphics and Animation
- ICT167 Principles of Computer Science
- GAD232 Critical Games, Play and Design
- ICT288 Virtual Realities and Games Software Design
- GAD375 Games Design Studio OR ICT303 IT Professional Practice Project
- ICT376 Mobile Application Development
- ICT367 Virtual Realities and Games Software Production
Murdoch Spine Subjects:
- MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career
- MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills
Suggested General Electives:
- MAS110 Fundamentals of Mathematics
- DIG12 Digital Design Process
- ICT10001 Problem Solving with ICT
- WEB101 Web Communications
- DIG22 Internet Design Introduction
- CPT270 Web Programming
- WEB207 Web Media
- INF20003 Requirements Analysis and Modelling
- CPT220 Programming in C
- ICT20008 Human-Computer Interaction
- CPT251 Security in Computing and IT
- ICT319 Intelligent Systems
- MKT341 Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing
- WEB310 Online Games, Play and Gamification
- INF30029 Information Technology Project Management
- CPT375 Web Database Applications
- ICT303 IT Professional Practice Project