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Graduate Certificate in Information Technology

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Looking for a postgraduate Information Technology course you can complete within a year? CSU's Graduate Certificate in Information Technology is a short course that lets you focus on an area of interest such as IT management, networking, programming, security, or systems analysis.

  • Why study this course?

    The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology is available to those with professional information technology (IT) experience or with a Bachelor degree in any discipline. All subjects may be done online without the need to attend on campus lectures or residential schools. Subjects are supported by a host of educational technologies that may include video lectures, lab simulations and chat rooms.

    The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology consists of four subjects selected from a number of streams including computer networking, computer programming and general IT. We offer subjects from diverse fields such as digital forensics, wireless networking, cloud computing, virtualisation, and object-oriented programming. 

    For those wanting to go further, this course can be used as an entry point into our Master of Information Technology. With further study, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology may consider career options such as business analyst, network engineer, project manager, or software developer.

    Flexible study options

    As a distance education student you can complete the course in a year. We encourage students from different educational and work-experience backgrounds to apply. We offer an entry pathway for students without an undergraduate degree but with previous IT experience. Successful completion of the course will allow you to enter the Master of Information Technology with credit for all subject completed.

    This course is designed and delivered with study flexibility in mind. CSU's flexible learning environment allows students to study from almost anywhere in the world, at a time that suits you. Subjects are taught using a range of blended learning techniques that include online education study materials, online meetings and subject forums.

  • 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 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

    No special arrangements apply.

  • 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 Graduate Certificate in Information Technology consists of four (4) restricted electives. 

    Choose three (3) subjects from a single group and one (1) subject from another (or the same) group. Other combinations of subjects are possible but permission needs to be given by the Course Director.

    Group A: Computer Networking subjects
    ITC513 Wireless Networking Concepts
    ITC514 Linux Server Administration
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC560 Internet of Things
    ITC561 Cloud Computing
    ITC595 Information Security

    Group B: General IT subjects
    ITC505 ICT Project Management
    ITC506 Topics in Information Technology Ethics
    ITC544 Computer Organisation and Architecture
    ITC548 System Analysis PG
    ITC556 Database Systems
    ITC558 Programming Principles
    ITC560 Internet of Things

    Group C: IT Management subjects
    ITC505 ICT Project Management
    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation for Business Intelligence
    ITC540 IT Infrastructure Management PG
    ITC556 Database Systems
    ITC563 IT Management Issues
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management

    Group D: Network Security subjects
    ITC514 Linux Server Administration
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC561 Cloud Computing
    ITC568 Cloud Privacy and Security
    ITC593 Network Security and Cryptography
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
    ITC597 Digital Forensics

    Group E: Software Development subjects
    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC515 Professional Programming Practice
    ITC518 Principles of Programming using C#
    ITC538 Programming in Java 1
    ITC521 Programming in Java 2
    ITC539 Android App Development
    ITC548 System Analysis PG
    ITC558 Programming Principles

    Group F: Systems Analysis subjects
    ITC504 Interface Useability
    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation for Business Intelligence
    ITC548 System Analysis PG
    ITC558 Programming Principles
    ITC596 IT Risk Management

    Enrolment pattern

    There is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students' enrolment patterns will depend upon their choice of subjects, the prerequisite needs of subjects and the session of availability of subjects.

  • Admission information

    Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience.  Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will then be eligible for admission to the Master of Information Technology and receive credit for applicable subjects.


    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

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

    Free textbook - online students receive one free textbook per subject.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

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

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code

    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 satisfactorily complete 32 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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

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    Apply direct to CSU

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

    Apply online

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

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  • 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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