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Bachelor of Information Technology (with specialisations)

Bachelor of Information Technology - TAFE integrated program

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CSU's Bachelor of Information Technology (with specialisations) provides you with the skills you need to keep up with rapidly developing technology and become a valued employee in the information technology industry. You can choose the study mode that suits you, with options including:

  • study at a CSU campus or CSU Study Centre
  • study by distance education from almost anywhere in the world
  • combine TAFE and CSU study at the same time.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Bachelor of Information Technology (with specialisations) is designed to have a strong focus on the business applications of information technology (IT), and includes subjects based on the Help Desk Analyst and Certified Desktop Technician certifications, which will help you gain your first job in the industry.

    During this course, you will first study core aspects of the computing discipline such as databases, data communications, systems analysis and design, information security and project management. You will then choose a specialisation that suits your interest – in Network Engineering, Software Design, Systems Administration, or Business Analysis.

    International students may study the Bachelor of Information Technology (with specialisations) through CSU regional campuses* or the CSU Study Centre Sydney or Melbourne. An intake in Session 3 is available for Study Centres only.

    * For international students wanting to study at a regional campus in Australia, please note that not every specialisation is available for complete on campus study. Please contact CSU before deciding on which specialisation you want to study so we can refer you to the appropriate regional campus.

    An integrated program is also available for students studying the Diploma of Information Technology (Networking) and the Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security) through Riverina TAFE. Students will also concurrently study the Bachelor of Information Technology at a CSU campus in either Albury-Wodonga or Wagga Wagga.

  • Career opportunities

    The employment rate for graduates of this course is very high. Graduates may find employment as computing professionals in both the commercial and technical sectors of the computing industry or other industries relying on information technology. Employers might be in industry, commerce, small business, large financial enterprises, public utilities, government, education or welfare.

    Typical careers include:

    • network engineer
    • systems analyst
    • software architect
    • systems administrator
    • mobile applications developer
    • project manager
    • web specialist and developer
    • programmer
    • IT support technician

    High achieving graduates may also choose to further their education by joining Honours or Master programs.

  • Professional recognition

    Australian Computer SocietyThe Australian Computer Society (ACS) accredits courses in Information Technology to verify that they meet professional standards in terms of content, staff skills, teaching facility and quality assurance. The Bachelor of Information Technology (with specialisations) is accredited at the Professional level by the ACS.

  • Credit and pathways

    Bachelor of Information Technology - TAFE integrated program

    Riverina TAFE logoAn integrated program is available for students studying the Diploma of Information Technology (Networking) and the Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security) through TAFE NSW Riverina Institute. Students will also concurrently study the Bachelor of Information Technology at CSU in Albury-Wodonga or Wagga Wagga. Students who complete the full integrated program will graduate with the following awards and industry certifications:

    • Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (Network Administration)
    • Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking)
    • Diploma of Information Technology (Networking)
    • Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security)
    • Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification
    • Bachelor of Information Technology

    Students of the integrated program can optionally choose to sit for the following industry certifications:

    • CompTIA A+ certification
    • EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker certification

    Please note that additional costs will apply for undertaking the industry certifications.

    Credits will be given into the Bachelor of Information Technology for completion of the TAFE component of the course. The Bachelor of Information Technology TAFE integrated program can be completed in 3 years by full-time study.

    Applicants who have successfully completed a relevant Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma at TAFE may be eligible for credit of up to four subjects (Certificate IV), up to eight subjects (Diploma) or up to 12 subjects (Advanced Diploma) into this course. Credit for prior learning or study at other higher education institutions will be assessed as part of the application process and will be granted to eligible applicants.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course structure consists of:

    • a core of 10 subjects
    • a specialisation of 8 subjects
    • 6 unrestricted elective subjects

    Core subjects

    ITC105 Communication and Information Management
    ITC106 Programming Principles
    ITC114 Database Management Systems
    ITC133 Customer Support Management
    ITC161 Computer Systems
    ITC211 Systems Analysis
    ITC212 Internet Technologies
    ITC218 ICT Project Management
    ITC331 Ethics & Professional Practice
    ITC358 IT Security

    Specialisations

    Software Design & Development specialisation

    ITC203 Object Oriented Systems Analysis and Design
    ITC205 Professional Programming Practice
    ITC206 Programming in Java 1
    ITC303 Software Development Project 1
    ITC309 Software Development Project 2
    ITC313 Programming in Java 2

    And, either any two of the following subjects

    ITC204 Human Computer Interaction
    ITC209 Mobile Application Development
    ITC322 Data Structures
    MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability and Culture

    Or two other appropriate ITC subjects, relevant to the specialisation and to the BIT course as a whole, as approved by the Course Director.

    Network Engineering specialisation

    ITC233 Computer Networks
    ITC254 Wireless Networks
    ITC306 Project Preparation
    ITC308 IT Project
    ITC354 Routing and Switching
    ITC355 Network Design

    And, either any two of the following subjects

    ITC240 IT Infrastructure Management
    ITC314 Virtualisation Technologies
    ITC333 Server Administration & Maintenance
    MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability and Culture

    Or two other appropriate ITC subjects, relevant to the specialisation and to the BIT course as a whole, as approved by the Course Director.

    Systems Administration specialisation

    ITC232 Technical Service Management
    ITC233 Computer Networks
    ITC306 Project Preparation
    ITC308 IT Project
    ITC314 Virtualisation Technologies
    ITC333 Server Administration & Maintenance

    And, either any two of the following subjects

    ITC204 Human Computer Interaction
    ITC240 IT Infrastructure Management
    ITC254 Wireless Networks
    MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability and Culture

    Or two other appropriate ITC subjects, relevant to the specialisation and to the BIT course as a whole, as approved by the Course Director.

    Business Analysis specialisation

    MGT100 Organisations and Management
    ITC204 Human Computer Interaction
    ITC306 Project Preparation
    ITC308 IT Project
    MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
    MGT310 Service Operations Management

    And, either any two of the following subjects

    ITC203 Object Oriented Systems Analysis and Design
    ITC240 IT Infrastructure management
    ITC254 Wireless Networks
    ITC314 Virtualisation Technologies
    MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability and Culture

    Or two other appropriate ITC subjects, relevant to the specialisation and to the BIT course as a whole, as approved by the Course Director.

    Practice Experience

    Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of practical experience and all teaching involves industry standard hardware, software, methods and techniques. Final year students investigate, design and implement a substantial computer application to address a practical real world problem in the chosen area of specialisation.

    Integrated Program with Canberra Institute of Technology
    An integrated program is available for students studying the Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology, Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking) and the Diploma of IT (Networking) through the Canberra Institute of Technology. Students will also concurrently study selected subjects in the Bachelor of Information Technology by distance education. Students who complete the full integrated program will graduate with the following awards and industry certifications:

    • Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
    • Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking
    • Diploma of Information Technology Networking
    • Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification
    • Cisco CCNA Security
    • Bachelor of Information Technology

    Credits will be granted into the Bachelor of Information Technology for completion of the industry certifications and TAFE component of the course.

    Integrated Program with Riverina TAFE
    An integrated program is available for students studying the Diploma of IT (Networking) and the Advanced Diploma of IT (Network Security) through Riverina TAFE. Students will also concurrently study selected subjects in the Bachelor of Information Technology at either the Albury or Wagga CSU campus. Students who complete the full integrated program will graduate with the following awards and industry certifications:

    • Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (Network Administration)
    • Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking)
    • Diploma of Information Technology (Networking)
    • Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security)
    • Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification

    Students of the integrated program can optionally choose to sit for the following industry certifications:

    • CompTIA A+ certification
    • EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker certification

    Please note that additional costs will apply for undertaking the industry certifications.

    Credits will be granted into the Bachelor of Information Technology for completion of the TAFE component of the course. The BIT TAFE integrated program can be completed in 3 years by full-time study.

    Enrolment pattern

    Full-time

    If commencing at the start of a calendar year

    Session 1

    ITC105 Communication and Information Management
    ITC106 Programming Principles
    ITC161 Computer Systems
    Elective 1

    Session 2

    ITC114 Database Management Systems
    ITC133 Customer Support Management
    ITC211 Systems Analysis
    ITC212 Internet Technologies

    Session 3

    Elective 2
    Elective 3
    Specialisation 1
    Specialisation 2
     
    Session 4

    ITC218 ICT Project Management
    Elective 4
    Specialisation 3
    Specialisation 4
     
    Session 5

    ITC331 Ethics and Professional Practice
    ITC358 IT Security
    Specialisation 5
    Specialisation 6
     
    Session 6

    Elective 5
    Elective 6
    Specialisation 7
    Specialisation 8
     

    Distance education students

    If commencing at the start of a calendar year

    Session 1

    ITC105 Communication and Information Management
    ITC161 Computer Systems

    Session 2

    ITC114 Database Management Systems
    ITC133 Customer Support Management

    Session 3

    ITC106 Programming Principles
    Elective 1

    Session 4

    ITC211 Systems Analysis
    ITC212 Internet Technologies

    Session 5

    Elective 2
    Specialisation 1

    Session 6

    ITC218 ICT Project Management
    Specialisation 2

    Session 7

    Elective 3
    Specialisation 3

    Session 8

    Elective 4
    Specialistion 4

    Session 9

    ITC331 Ethics and Professional Practice
    ITC358 IT Security

    Session 10

    Specialisation 5
    Specialisation 6

    Session 11

    Elective 5
    Specialisation 7
     
    Session 12

    Elective 6
    Specialisation 8
     

    Integrated Riverina TAFE programs

    Full-time

    Session 1

    ITC105 Communication and Information Management
    Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (Network Administration) (TAFE)
    CompTIA A+ certification (optional) (TAFE)

    Session 2

    ITC133 Customer Support Management
    Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking) (TAFE)

    Session 3

    ITC106 Programming Principles
    Diploma of Information Technology (Networking) (TAFE)
    Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security) (TAFE)
    Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification (TAFE)

    Session 4

    ITC218 ICT Project Management
    Diploma of Information Technology (Networking) (TAFE)
    Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security) (TAFE)
    Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification (TAFE)

    Session 5

    ITC306 Project Preparation
    ITC331 Ethics and Professional Practice
    Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security) (TAFE)
    EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker certification (optional) (TAFE)

    Session 6

    ITC114 Database Management Systems
    ITC211 Systems Analysis
    ITC308 IT Project
    Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security) (TAFE)
    EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker certification (optional) (TAFE)

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students:

    ITC355 Network Design
    ITC233 Computer Networks
    ITC354 Routing and Switching

  • CSU Study Centres

    CSU Study Centres offer courses in Accounting, Business and Information Technology to international students in the heart of Sydney and Melbourne. The CSU Study Centre Brisbane offers a course in Accounting. CSU Study Centres offer the latest technology, a busy calendar of student activities, and a diverse student population from all over the world. They are easily accessed by public transport and are close to shops, restaurants and city attractions.

    Visit the CSU Study Centres website.

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    6500

    The admission criteria for students entering the Bachelor of Information Technology:

    • NSW HSC ATAR equal to or greater than the minimum approved by the Academic Senate, or equivalent;
      or
    • Completion of the NSW HSC (or equivalent) with strong performances in subjects in the Information Technology area;
      or
    • Successful completion of at least 2 appropriate standard IT university-level subjects;
      or
    • For recent school leavers, a report from the School Principal, equivalent to that used in the PREP (Principals’ Report Entry Program), recommending the applicant as well-suited for university study;
      or
    • Appropriate professional certifications;
      or
    • 2 years relevant professional IT work experience (i.e. in areas such as programmer, analyst, systems administration, help desk, network support but NOT clerical roles such as data entry or secretarial);
      or
    • A completed AQF Certificate III in Information Technology (including any specialisation of Information Technology) or a completed AQF Certificate III in an area related to Information Technology.

    International applicants must also meet the CSU admission requirements in terms of English language requirements.

    To apply for the TAFE integrated program, you must apply to both CSU and TAFE NSW Riverina Institute:

    1. Contact TAFE NSW Riverina Institute and enrol in the Diploma of Information Technology (Networking)
    2. Complete the CSU Application for Admission form. Riverina Institute staff will be able to help you complete this form. Use the admission code 'KBTG' for study at Albury-Wodonga, or 'KBTH' for study at Wagga Wagga
    3. Return the CSU Application for Admission form to Riverina Institute staff, who will process it through CSU on your behalf.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    9088*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    2850*Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    For CSU Study Centre students

    See CSU Study Centre website for subject fees

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2700*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJBIT
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNIBBT
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNIBBW
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKBIA
    DirectOn CampusCSU Study Centre Sydney
    CSU Study Centre Melbourne
    CGS
    FPOS
    YYYNO TAC
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKBIW
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKBTH
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNEBIT
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKBTG
    DirectOn CampusCSU Study Centre MelbourneCGSY
    YYPBIN
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYN212734
    VTACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300113651
    UACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYN212731

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must complete 192 points.

  • How to apply
    Applicants to the TAFE integrated program should initially apply to TAFE NSW Riverina Institute. TAFE staff will be able to help you complete your CSU Application for Admission form.
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    CSU Study Centres

    All applicants should apply direct to CSU Study Centres in Sydney and Melbourne.

    Apply to CSU Study Centres

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    045878G (CSU Study Centre Sydney, CSU Study Centre Melbourne)
    012006F (Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga)

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    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Computing and Mathematics

    The School of Computing and Mathematics is a cross-campus School, based at the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses, and offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees online. The School has strong external research and consultancy links, creating a range of opportunities for students to mix their study with interesting research projects. The School of Computing and Mathematics has an excellent national reputation, with a research profile that is ranked at world level according to the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation. In addition, the School was recently ranked by University Reviews as offering one of the top two computer science courses in Australia for 2016. The focus of teaching and research is on practical applications of information and communication technology, mathematics and statistics to applied problems in industry, the environment and business.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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INTERNATIONAL
  • Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents.

    NORMAL COURSE DURATION

    • 3 years full-time
    • 6 years part-time

    MODE

    On Campus; Distance Education

    CAMPUS

    CSU Study Centre Melbourne, Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga

    See full list of enrolment options

    INDICATIVE ATAR

    6500

  • NORMAL COURSE DURATION

    • 3 years full-time
    • 6 years part-time

    MODE

    On Campus; Distance Education

    CAMPUS

    Albury-Wodonga, CSU Study Centre Sydney, CSU Study Centre Melbourne, Wagga Wagga

    See full list of enrolment options

    COST OF STUDY

    Find out more about tuition fees

    CRICOS

    045878G (CSU Study Centre Sydney, CSU Study Centre Melbourne)
    012006F (Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga)