Course and Subject Handbook 2018 Courses Postgraduate Courses Graduate Certificate of Information Technology

Graduate Certificate of Information Technology

Graduate Certificate of Information Technology

Course code


Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in any discipline, from this or another university; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.

Note: Applicants with a bachelor degree in information technology normally undertake the Master of Information Technology or an associated joint masters degree, rather than the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology, and are advised to seek advice from the University prior to applying.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology, JCU graduates will be able to:

  • Analyse to select appropriate tools and technologies to meet project requirements

  • Consolidate industry standard contexts for project management approaches

  • Advance knowledge of technologies and networking methods

  • Synthesise legal and ethical issues including scope of liability and digital rights management

  • Communicate technical information clearly through presentations, demonstrations and documentation

  • Use independent judgment to synthesise information to solving IT issues

  • Demonstrate a capacity to reflect on progress to tailor self-learning goals for professional development.

Course Structure


CP5631:03 Internet Fundamentals

CP5639:03 Problem Solving and Programming I

CP5633:03 Database Modelling or CP5635:03 Collective Intelligence and Entrepreneurship

CP5638:03 Web Design and Development or CP5636:03 e-Strategic Management







Exit Only


Mid-year entry is not available


Expected time to complete

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed a single subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 4 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 7 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Advanced standing will not be granted for undergraduate studies or for work experience that is used to gain admission to the course.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology are eligible for entry to the Master of Information Technology or joint Master of Information Technology-Master of Business Administration.