Doctor of Information Technology

Information Technology

Doctor of Information Technology

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CSU's Doctor of Information Technology is a unique course offering flexibility and industry relevance, allowing you to develop your IT expertise to the highest professional level.

Through both coursework and thesis components, the Doctor of Information Technology offers the research opportunity to extend knowledge of the discipline of information and communication technology and develops the attributes required to successfully identify, investigate and resolve problems and opportunities in today's IT industry.

  • Why study this course?

    The Doctor of Information Technology provides the opportunity for advanced, critical reflection on professional practice in information and communication technology and closely related fields. The Doctor of Information Technology extends knowledge of the discipline of information and communication technology and develops the attributes required to successfully identify, investigate and resolve problems confronting these fields. Students carry out research into a current problem confronting information and communication technology and present the findings in referred publications and finally in a thesis.

    CSU's Doctor of Information Technology is a unique Doctorate that is applied, flexible and industry supported. The course consists of coursework and thesis components.

    • Applied: During your doctoral studies you will be developing a series of IT industry White Papers and the subject of your final thesis will be a real world issue or innovation that delivers tangible benefits to the Information Technology industry

    • Flexible: The Doctorate incorporates the Graduate Certificate in Computing Research, and the Master of Computing Research. This structure gives you the opportunity to take a break from your Doctorate at fixed points in your study or to exit the Doctorate while still obtaining a qualification

    • Industry supported: Your supervisory team will include an industry based adjunct supervisor who is an expert in the area you are researching.

    Flexible offering

    As with all CSU's courses, the Doctor of Information Technology is designed and delivered with study flexibility in mind. Students will complete the coursework component in part-time mode, and then be able to choose from full-time and part-time study options for the thesis component, to fit in with work and lifestyle commitments.

    Exit points

    A student will be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Computing Research with completion of two of the four coursework subjects.

    A student with less than Credit average in the four coursework subjects or those who wish to discontinue the Doctor of Information Technology will be able to exit with the Master of Computing Research.

    The number of subjects and specific subject choices are described in the course structure and enrolment pattern for the course.

  • Career opportunities

    The Doctor of Information Technology will develop extensive research and scholarly writing skills desired for middle to senior level Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professionals such as:

    • Chief Information Officers (CIOs)
    • Chief Information Security Officers (CISO)
    • Chief Technology Officers
    • Development Managers
    • Enterprise Architects
    • IT Managers
    • IT Strategists
    • IT Policy Managers
    • ICT Consultants
  • Credit and pathways

    Candidates may receive transfer credit for up to 50% of the course for prior study if they can demonstrate that such study was completed at a recognised higher education institution within the last 10 years, at the postgraduate level. To apply for credit, candidates are required to submit with their application for admission a certified transcript of results and subject outline / curriculum of those subjects.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

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  • 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 consists of the following coursework and thesis components. The thesis requirement is based upon the student's mode of enrolment with full-time students enrolling in ITC715 and part-time students in ITC716.

    Coursework

    ITC711 Research Issues in IT (16 points)
    ITC712 Conducting a Research Project in IT (16 points)
    ITC713 Research Project Plan in IT (16 points)
    ITC714 Research Project Development in IT (16 points)

    Thesis

    ITC715 Thesis (Full-Time) (128 points) OR
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time) (128 points)

    Exit points

    With the approval of the course coordinator students may elect to transfer and exit from the course after the completion of ITC711 and ITC712  (32 points) with a Graduate Certificate in Computing Research or after the completion of all four coursework subjects (64 points) with a Master of Computing Research.

    Enrolment pattern

    The Coursework component is available in part-time mode only.  However, the thesis component can be enrolled either in part-time or full-time mode.

    COURSEWORK COMPONENT (Part-Time only)

    Year 1 - Session 1
    ITC711 Research Issues in IT (16 points)
    Year 1 - Session 2
    ITC712 Conducting a Research Project in IT (16 points)
    Year 2 - Session 1
    ITC713 Research Project Plan in IT (16 points)
    Year 2 - Session 2
    ITC714 Research Project Development in IT (16 points)

    THESIS COMPONENT (Part-Time)

    Year 3 - Session 1
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time) (128 points)
    Year 3 - Session 2
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time) (128 points)
    Year 4 - Session 1
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time) (128 points)
    Year 4 - Session 2
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time) (128 points)
    Year 5 - Session 1
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time) (128 points)
    Year 5 - Session 2
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time) (128 points)
    Year 6 - Session 1
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time) (128 points)
    Year 6 - Session 2
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time) (128 points)

     

    THESIS COMPONENT (Full-Time)

    Year 3 - Session 1
    ITC715 Thesis (Full-Time) (128 points)
    Year 3 - Session 2
    ITC715 Thesis (Full-Time) (128 points)
    Year 4 - Session 1
    ITC715 Thesis (Full-Time) (128 points)
    Year 4 - Session 2
    ITC715 Thesis (Full-Time) (128 points)

  • Admission information

    Candidates admitted to the course will:

    • hold a Class 1 or Class 2 division 1 Honours degree in a computing related discipline, or a Masters degree in a computing related discipline or another discipline deemed to be equivalent;
    • normally have at least five years of full-time (or equivalent) professional experience, a significant amount of which should be at middle and/or senior management level;
    • meet the University's English language proficiency requirements;
    • normally be required to certify that they have access to an appropriate organisation to carry out their empirical research work.

    These admission requirements are necessary to ensure that candidates have sufficient academic ability and professional experience to conduct research that leads to advanced, critical reflection on professional practice in information technology.
     

    Intending applicants should contact the Sub-Dean, Graduate Studies to discuss the proposal before submitting the prescribed application form. In addition, applicants must complete a form describing their area of interest, which should accompany their application. Please phone info.csu on 1800 334 733 or make an online enquiry for the contact details of the appropriate person.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2014 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.

    2800*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about fee-paying places

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    3100*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol Type Mode Campus Fee type Session1 Session2 Session3 Admission Code
    Direct Distance Education Uni Wide FPPG Y Y N OBDI
    Direct Distance Education Uni Wide FPOS Y Y N JBDI

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: 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

    In order to graduate from the DInfoTech, a candidate must complete 192 points; consisting of a coursework component comprising one third of the course (64 subject points), and the thesis component comprising the remaining two thirds (128 subject points).

    A candidate must complete the coursework component (ITC711, ITC712, ITC713, and ITC714) with a credit or higher average and the submission of a thesis (ITC715 or ITC716) assessed as acceptable in accordance with the University's regulations, after a period of enrolment specified by University regulations.
     

  • How to apply

    Download a IT Masters authority form [PDF]

    Supplementary application forms

    Doctor of Information Technology Higher Degrees by Research - Additional Information

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  • 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.

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