Master of Information Technology

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Want to take your technical career to the next level? CSU's Master of Information Technology is highly regarded for its practical focus. This course lets you specialise in an area such as networking, security, programming, business analysis or IT management. You can combine subjects from different areas to design a course that suits your needs.

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  • Why study this course?

    Professional recognition

    ACS_logoThe Master of Information Technology is accredited by the Australian Computer Society and is available to those with professional IT experience or with a Bachelor's degree in any discipline. All subjects may be done online without the need to attend on campus lectures or residential schools. Our subjects are supported by a host of educational technologies that may include video lectures, lab simulations and chat rooms. The course can also be studied on campus through CSU Study Centres in Sydney or Melbourne.

    Flexibility

    The course content is flexible and may be tailored to your professional needs. You can choose subjects that relate to networking, programming, security, management, or business and systems analysis. We offer subjects from such diverse fields as digital forensics, wireless networking, cloud computing, virtualisation, and object-oriented programming.

    As a distance education student you can complete the course in two years. You can also fast-track completion by studying additional subjects, which will allow you to finish earlier. You can also choose to study fewer subjects or take temporary leave to fit in with your busy work and personal schedule.

    We encourage students from different educational and work-experience backgrounds to apply for this course. We offer an entry pathway for students without an undergraduate degree but with previous IT experience. In keeping with the strong practical focus of the course, we also offer credit for a wide range of industry certificates from vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft and EMC, along with credit for previous academic study.

    Master of Information Technology (12 subjects)
    This course is designed for those who currently work in the industry but have no formal qualification, and for those with tertiary qualifications in another discipline but who wish to gain a qualification that will allow them to pursue an IT career.

    The course is also designed to meet the needs of practising information technology professionals. For those without an undergraduate degree, entry is through the Graduate Diploma of Information Technology.

    The Master degree consists of four core subjects, four elective subjects, and four specialisation subjects. The specialisation subjects may be from the same specialisation or across multiple specialisations. The available specialisations are Computer Networking, Network Security, IT Management, Software Design and Development, and Systems Analysis. For more information on available subjects, please refer to the Course structure.

    For applicants without a bachelor degree but with experience working in the IT field, entry to this course is through either the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Information Technology.

    Master of Information Technology (16 subjects)

    This course is designed for those with an associate degree in information technology or other computing related discipline. The course is designed to meet the needs of practising information technology professionals or for those seeking to enter the ICT workforce. The degree consists of four core subjects, eight elective subjects, and four specialisation subjects. The specialisation subjects may be from the same specialisation or from across multiple specialisation. The available specialisations are Computer Networking, Network Security, IT Management, Software Design and Development, and System Analysis. For more information on available subjects, please refer to the Course structure.

    Access to allowances for study

    The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) now offers student income support to students undertaking study in a number of professionally-oriented Master by coursework degrees.

    Eligible students undertaking approved Master degrees will be able to access Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY or Pensioner Education Supplement. To be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY, students will still need to be studying full-time and to satisfy all other Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY program requirements, including personal, parental or partner income tests.  Students who have queries about masters courses and their income support entitlements should contact Centrelink on 13 2490 for further information.

    More information from DEEWR

  • Credit and pathways

    Up to 4 subjects credit may be issued for the 400 level subjects within the Graduate Diploma of Information Technology or the Master of Information Technology for a student with an Australian bachelor's degree in Information Technology, or equivalent.

    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

  • Subjects

    Students can choose subjects from the specialisations that are listed below. All students may choose up to two specialisations. Alternatively, students may also opt to do a general degree by choosing subjects across a range of specialisations.

    Business Analysis

    Business Analysts propose technology solutions to business problems. This specialisation prepares students for a business analysis role through a blend of management and technology subjects. Topics covered include management theory and practice, systems analysis, risk management and data analysis and visualisation.

    Computer Networking

    This specialisation provides students with a strong knowledge of computer networking fundamentals. Students then progress towards an understanding of more specialist topics such areas as virtualisation and cloud computing, network security, and emerging technologies.

    IT Management

    Students who study this specialisation will gain an excellent knowledge of managing IT resources. Management topics that are covered relate to security, information management, and managing IT infrastructure.

    Network Security

    This specialisation provides a broad coverage of computer and network security issues. Foundational areas of security such as the CIA triad, network defences, cryptography, and security policy are treated in-depth. Students also study more specialist areas such as digital forensics.

    Software Design and Development

    Students who study this specialisation will be introduced to the fundamentals of computer programming before deepening their skills through proficiency in the Java Programming Language. Advanced topics such as building web applications may also be taken. 

    Systems Analysis

    Students in this specialisation will acquire the skills necessary to plan and develop software solutions to business problems.

    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

    Graduate Diploma of Information Technology

    The Graduate Diploma consists of an Information Technology core comprising four subjects and four Information Technology restricted electives.

    Core subjects

    ITC411 Computer Organisation and Architecture
    ITC423 Database Systems
    ITC505 ICT Project Management
    ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics

    Restricted elective subjects
    Choose four (4) restricted electives from:

    ITC412 System Analysis PG
    ITC415 Programming Principles
    ITC421 Programming in Java 1
    ITC431 Networks and Communications
    ITC504 Interface Usability
    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC513 Wireless Networking Concepts
    ITC514 Network and Security Administration
    ITC515 Professional Programming Practice
    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation
    ITC520 Information Systems Strategy
    ITC521 Programming in Java 2
    ITC540 IT Infrastructure Management PG
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC549 Web Site Operations and Publishing
    ITC557 Web-Based Information Systems PG
    ITC561 Virtualisation and Cloud Computing
    ITC563 IT Management Issues
    ITC570 Special Topic in IT 1
    ITC589 Multimedia Systems PG
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
    ITC597 Digital Forensics


    Master of Information Technology (12 subjects)

    The Master degree consists of the Graduate Diploma requirements as set out above and 

    • four subjects from the same specialisation. This will allow graduation with a particular specialisation - e.g., Master of Information Technology (Network Security); or
    • four subjects across specialisations. This will allow graduation with a generic Master of Information Technology

    Notes:
    Students are permitted a maximum of six level 400 subjects in satisfying the requirements of the course. It is possible to graduate with two specialisations by undertaking four subjects from two distinct specialisations. Subjects that are counted towards one specialisation may not be counted towards another. All students must undertake the capstone subject ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation, regardless of whether they choose to study 0, 1 or more specialisations.


    Computer Networking Specialisation
    Core:
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives
    Choose three (3) restricted electives from:

    ITC431 Networks and Communications
    ITC513 Wireless Networking Concepts
    ITC514 Network and Security Administration
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC561 Virtualisation and Cloud Computing
    ITC595 Information Security

    Network Security Specialisation
    Core:

    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives:
    Choose three (3) restricted electives from:

    ITC514 Network and Security Administration
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC561 Virtualisation and Cloud Computing
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
    ITC597 Digital Forensics

    IT Management Specialisation
    Core:
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives:
    Choose three (3) restricted electives from:

    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation
    ITC520 Information Systems Strategy
    ITC540 IT Infrastructure Management PG
    ITC563 IT Management Issues
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management

    Software Design and Development Specialisation
    Core:

    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives
    Choose three (3) restricted electives from:

    ITC412 System Analysis PG
    ITC415 Programming Principles
    ITC421 Programming in Java 1
    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC515 Professional Programming Practice
    ITC521 Programming in Java 2
    ITC557 Web-Based Information Systems PG

    Systems Analysis Specialisation
    Core:

    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives
    Choose three (3) restricted electives from:

    ITC412 System Analysis PG
    ITC415 Programming Principles
    ITC504 Interface Usability
    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
     

    ** Capstone subject for this course


    Master of Information Technology (16 subjects)

    The Master degree consists of the Graduate Diploma requirements as set out above and

    • four restricted elective subjects and
    • four subjects from the same specialisation OR four subjects from across specialisations

    Completion of four subjects in the same specialisation will allow graduation with a particular specialisation - e.g., Master of Information Technology (Network Security). Completion of four subjects across specialisations will allow graduation with a generic Master of Information Technology

    Notes:
    Students are permitted a maximum of six level 400 subjects in satisfying the requirements of the course. It is possible to graduate with two specialisations by undertaking four subjects from two distinct specialisations. Subjects that are counted towards one specialisation may not be counted towards another. All students must undertake the capstone subject ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation, regardless of whether they choose to study 0, 1 or more specialisations.

    Restricted elective subjects
    Choose four (4) restricted electives from:

    ITC412 System Analysis PG
    ITC415 Programming Principles
    ITC421 Programming in Java 1
    ITC431 Networks and Communications
    ITC504 Interface Usability
    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC513 Wireless Networking Concepts
    ITC514 Network and Security Administration
    ITC515 Professional Programming Practice
    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation
    ITC520 Information Systems Strategy
    ITC521 Programming in Java 2
    ITC540 IT Infrastructure Management PG
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC549 Web Site Operations and Publishing
    ITC557 Web-Based Information Systems PG
    ITC561 Virtualisation and Cloud Computing
    ITC563 IT Management Issues
    ITC570 Special Topic in IT 1
    ITC589 Multimedia Systems PG
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
    ITC597 Digital Forensics


    Computer Networking Specialisation
    Core:

    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives:
    Choose three (3) restricted electives from:

    ITC431 Networks and Communications
    ITC513 Wireless Networking Concepts
    ITC514 Network and Security Administration
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC561 Virtualisation and Cloud Computing
    ITC595 Information Security

    Network Security Specialisation
    Core:

    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives:
    Choose three (3) restricted electives from:

    ITC514 Network and Security Administration
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC561 Virtualisation and Cloud Computing
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
    ITC597 Digital Forensics

    IT Management Specialisation
    Core:

    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives:
    Choose three (3) restricted electives from:

    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation
    ITC520 Information Systems Strategy
    ITC540 IT Infrastructure Management PG
    ITC563 IT Management Issues
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management

    Software Design and Development Specialisation
    Core:

    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives:
    Choose three (3) restricted electives from:

    ITC412 System Analysis PG
    ITC415 Programming Principles
    ITC421 Programming in Java 1
    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC515 Professional Programming Practice
    ITC521 Programming in Java 2
    ITC557 Web-Based Information Systems PG

    Systems Analysis Specialisation
    Core:

    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives:
    Choose three (3) restricted electives from:

    ITC412 System Analysis PG
    ITC415 Programming Principles
    ITC504 Interface Usability
    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
     

    ** Capstone subject for this course

    Enrolment pattern

    Because of the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of any prerequisites or assumed knowledge. Students are encouraged to enrol in core subjects in the initial sessions and complete as many of these as possible before selecting specialisation subjects.

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  • Admission information

    For admission to the Master of Information Technology (12 subjects) applicants must have:

    • a bachelor's level degree; or
    • eligibility for full ACS membership at professional or higher level; or
    • an associate degree in IT and the CSU Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of IT; or
    • three years experience in IT-related work and the CSU Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of IT. 

    For admission to the Master of Information Technology (16 subjects) applicants must have:

    • any of the qualifications / experience criteria listed above for admission into the 12 subject Masters, or;
    • the CSU Graduate Certificate in IT, or;
    • the CSU Graduate Diploma of IT.
       

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study
    Access to allowances for study

    Students in the Masters degree may be eligible for student income support from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE). Eligible students undertaking approved Masters degrees will be able to access Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY or Pensioner Education Supplement. To be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY, students will still need to be studying full-time and to satisfy all other Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY program requirements, including personal, parental or partner income tests. Students who have queries about masters courses and their income support entitlements should contact Centrelink on 13 2490 for further information.

    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.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session
    2400*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about fee-paying places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    2832*Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    For CSU Study Centre students

    See CSU Study Centre website for subject fees

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2600*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 Wagga Wagga FPPG Y Y Y NT-116
    Direct Distance Education Wagga Wagga FPOS Y Y Y JBMI
    Direct On Campus CSU Study Centre Sydney
    CSU Study Centre Melbourne
    FPPG
    FPOS
    Y Y Y NO TAC

    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

    • To graduate from the MInfoTech (12 subjects) students must satisfactorily complete 96 subject points with no more than six subjects at level 400
    • To graduate, from the MInfoTech(16 subjects) students must satisfactorily complete 128 subject points with no more than six subjects at level 400
       

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    074616M (CSU Study Centre Sydney, CSU Study Centre Melbourne)

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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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