Bachelor of Information Technology (with specialisations)

Bachelor of Information Technology - TAFE integrated program

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Future-proof your career and join one of today's fastest evolving industries with CSU's Bachelor of Information Technology (with specialisations).

CSU's information technology course will provide you with essential skills to be at the cutting edge in the rapidly evolving digital economy and take up stimulating employment with national and international industry leaders.

     
             

Key information

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Study mode

On Campus; Distance Education
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Campus locations

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

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
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Session availability

Session 1; Session 2; Session 3 201730; 201760; 201790

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

Study mode

On Campus; Distance Education
  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

Information technology is at the forefront of innovation and is a driving force in the transformation of organisations in both longstanding and emerging industries. As a result, demand for highly-skilled IT workers has never been greater, offering a diverse and stimulating career path with global demand.

A top-rated degree

In recent University Reviews rankings, CSU was rated one of Australia's top universities for computer science in 2016. With a strong focus on employability, the Bachelor of Information Technology (with specialisations) incorporates the major business applications of IT and includes subjects based on the Help Desk Analyst and Certified Desktop Technician certifications, helping you secure your first job in the industry.

Make your studies wireless

Study, anywhere anytime at a CSU campus, a CSU Study Centre or online from almost anywhere in the world. You can choose between full-time, part-time on campus and online study options to match your work and lifestyle commitments, or combine your studies at CSU with study at TAFE or the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).

If you already hold relevant TAFE qualifications, you could even reduce the time it takes to complete your degree by obtaining recognition of prior study

Boost your potential

As well as covering the core components of the information systems and computing disciplines –such as databases, digital communications, programming, information security and project management – our course offers you four areas of specialisation to suit your interests including business analysis, network engineering, software development and systems administration. 

Further study

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

The 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.

Australian Computer Society

The 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) has been accredited at the Professional level of recognition by the ACS. Accreditation renewal of the course is required after every five years.

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

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

ITC355 Network Design
ITC233 Computer Networks
ITC354 Routing and Switching

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

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Career opportunities

As an IT professional, you could be involved in developing business protocols and processes such as databases and back-up systems, and computer applications to support these. Positions exist in large or small companies, or you could provide services on a consultancy basis.

Development

 Develop websites, mobile applications or keep projects running on time as a project manager.

Network and systems 

Roles the CSU information technology course will prepare you for include network engineer, systems architect, systems administrator and systems analyst.

IT Support

Provide technical support, troubleshoot and fix software and hardware.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

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.

Bachelor of Information Technology (TAFE integrated program)

Riverina TAFE logo

An 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.

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) (integrated program)

An integrated program is also available through the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) for students studying the Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology, Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking) and the Diploma of IT (Networking). Students will concurrently study selected online subjects from the Bachelor of Information Technology.

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Information Technology (with specialisations) is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Information Technology (with specialisations) is only available to study online

You can study the Bachelor of Information Technology (with specialisations) online or on campus.

Check your session and application dates

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
FPOSYYYNO TAC
VTACOn CampusCSU Study Centre MelbourneCGSYNN1300313651
VTACOn CampusCSU Study Centre MelbourneFPOSYNN1300313653
DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKBIW
DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNEBIT
DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKBTH
DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKBTG
DirectOn CampusCSU Study Centre MelbourneCGSYYYPBIN
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

Check your session and application dates

Campus locations listed for distance education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

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
FPOSYYYNO TAC
VTACOn CampusCSU Study Centre MelbourneCGSYNN1300313651
VTACOn CampusCSU Study Centre MelbourneFPOSYNN1300313653
DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKBIW
DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNEBIT
DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKBTH
DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKBTG
DirectOn CampusCSU Study Centre MelbourneCGSYYYPBIN
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

Reece Hamblin - Bachelor of Information Technology

“The course also provided for many real-world examples and projects, giving me the opportunity to carry out projects with my current employer, while also using these during my studies.”

Reece Hamblin - Bachelor of Information Technology

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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

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 Introduction to Database 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 Operations Management

And, either any two of the following subjects

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 via online. 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 Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (Networking Administration), Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking), Diploma of Information Technology (Networking) and the Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (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.

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 Introduction to Database 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

Online students

If commencing at the start of a calendar year

Session 1

ITC105 Communication and Information Management
ITC161 Computer Systems

Session 2

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

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

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We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

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Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

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Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

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Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

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At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

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Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Apply through UAC if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

Important dates

12th Jul 2017
UAC Mid-Year Final Applications

30th Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Apply through VTAC if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

Important dates

12th Jul 2017
UAC Mid-Year Final Applications

30th Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Apply direct to CSU if you are a non-school leaver or want to study online.

Important dates

30th Jun 2017
2017 Session 2 Extended Application date

7th Jul 2017
2017 Session 3 Applications open

4th Aug 2017
2018 Session 1 Applications open

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Important dates

30th Jun 2017
2017 Session 2 Extended Application date

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Important dates

30th Jun 2017
2017 Session 2 Extended Application date

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