COVID-19 Advice for the JCU Community - Last updated: 6 December 2021, 10am (AEST)

Bachelor of Technology and Innovation

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF level 7)


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies


Science and Engineering

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (Units 3/4,C)

Assumed Knowledge: Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)

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.

Additional Course requirements

Applicants who have not completed high school intermediate level Mathematics B (or equivalent) must select MA1020: Preparatory Mathematics as part of their study plan to successfully complete the Bachelor of Technology and Innovation.

Students required to undertake MA1020 should enrol at the first availability of their study plan and may be required to undertake the subject in intensive mode in order to complete the program in the normal 3 year timeframe.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Technology and Innovation, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge, including underlying concepts and principles, in one or more technology disciplines
  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of technology in society, particularly in creating sustainable futures in the tropics, worldwide
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of technology methods, including design processes, whole system approaches, project management, and decision-making strategies and their application in technology and innovation practice
  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources
  • Plan, conduct and produce reliable, evidence-based experiments and designs, by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools as appropriate to the technology discipline
  • Organise, analyse and interpret data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills
  • Communicate ideas, arguments, designs and conclusions clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences, through advanced English language skills and a variety of media
  • Develop components, systems and/or processes to meet speciļ¬ed requirements, and creative approaches to synthesise alternative solutions, concepts and procedures for unpredictable or complex problems
  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts and interdisciplinary teams
  • Prioritise multiple demands to achieve personal and team goals, with regular review of performance to manage continuing professional development

Course Structure


Level 1

Note: All students who have not completed high school level Mathematics B or equivalent must undertake MA1020 Preparatory Mathematics

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics or select one level 1, 2, 3 or 5 subject

SC1101:03 Science, Technology and Truth

CP1401:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming I (recommended for students undertaking the Information Technology Major) or CP1404:03 Programming II (recommended for students undertaking the Data Science Major)

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems or SC1109:03 Modelling Natural Systems-Advanced

CP1403:03 Design Thinking


Select one level 1, 2, 3 or 5 subject

Level 2

MA2830:03 Data Visualisation

SC2202:03 Quantitative Methods in Science or SC2209:03 Quantitative Methods in Science-Advanced

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems


Select 6 credit points of level 1, 2, 3 or 5 subjects

Level 3

SC3008:03 Professional Placement

BX3173:03 Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship

EG3000:03 Introduction to Systems Engineering and Project Management


Select 3 credit points of Level 3 or 5 subjects


Select 3 credit points of Level 2, 3 or 5 subjects


Select a Major from Table A


Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

24 credit points




Data Science

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville

Students must select CP1401 as one of their undergraduate elective subjects

Information Technology

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville


Sensor Technologies and the Internet of Things

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville

Suspended in 2020, 2021 and 2022




JCU Cairns

Not available to any student seeking to complete the program prior to 2022

JCU Townsville

Not available to any student seeking to complete the program prior to 2022


Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

7 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


This course includes prescribed professional placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Further information about placements can be found at Coursework Enrolment Procedure.

Course includes mandatory FieldworkNo

Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

3 credit points

Subjects taken with a PC grade may not be part of the Core or the Major.

Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for Credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure

Maximum allowed

36 credit points  except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then credit may be granted for more than two-thirds of the new award, where there is subject equivalence between the awards


Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 17 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 6 credit points of credit may be granted at level 3 or above.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on

Majors will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, will be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Special AwardsNot applicable


Honours availability

Graduates may be eligible to be admitted to honours programs in Science, Information Technology, Social Science or other disciplines appropriate to their interests. Interested students should seek advice from the Course Coordinator.


Normally an overall GPA of 5.5 is required in the bachelor (pass) degree subjects relevant to the field in which Honours is to be taken.