Bachelor of Information Technology

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Information Technology

Microsoft? Amazon? Google? IBM?  Your own technology business? Are those the jobs you're dreaming of? JCU graduates are working in all these areas - and in many other technology roles too. The world's your oyster when you achieve a JCU Bachelor of Information Technology. The IT skills you'll gain at JCU are in demand.

JCU has searched the world for expert IT staff who have practical industry experience, along with up-to-the-minute technical knowledge. And we've found some of the best. You'll benefit from their ability to share their knowledge and experience and their determination to ensure that when you graduate, you'll have the skills needed to work in the fast-changing and very exciting world of Information Technology.

Campus
Townsville, External, Cairns, Singapore
Available to Australian students for inter-campus study in Singapore.
Start dates
February, July
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus, Off campus
Prerequisites
English, (Maths B desirable)
OP/Rank
17/63

Career opportunities

When you graduate, you'll be ready to start contributing to multinational corporations, government departments, SMEs - or your own business. You could be an IT project manager, network administrator, designer, systems analyst, software developer, games designer/tester/reviewer, simulation designer, enterprise architect, consultant, story boarder, web designer, mobile app develop......the list goes on and on. There will be jobs too, that no-one has yet thought of. Your JCU IT degree will encourage your thinking and innovation abilities and ensure that you're ready to hit the ground running in an IT job - anywhere in the world.

  • Graduates are eligible to become an Associate Member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS)

Course highlights

As a JCU Bachelor of Information Technology student, you'll study with lecturers who know the IT industry and keep up with changes and innovations. You'll work in state-of-the-art computer laboratories with specialist facilities to ensure you gain the latest knowledge and skills in software engineering, networking, multi-media/game design and programming.

You'll have the opportunity to apply your skills to real-life business projects through an industry placement or project - so you'll be building your CV while you study. The projects you'll work on will give you genuine workplace skills and you'll be contributing to industry too.

Course overview

Your JCU Information Technology degree brings together the knowledge and technical skills that are essential when you're ready to make a start in your professional IT career. You'll learn about Cyber-Security, Networking, Interactive Visualisation, Big Data and Data Mining, Data Science, Games Design, Interactive 2D and 3D graphics, Web Technologies, Mobile Technologies, Programming, Design Thinking and a lot more.

You'll study core degree topics and you can choose from a list optional areas of specialisation (minors). Our program is available on-campus at both Townsville and Cairns and also as an external study option (or a bit of both).

Examples of core topics include:

  • Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming
  • Gamification and Games Design
  • Data Mining
  • Network Security
  • Machine Learning and Data Science
  • Information Security
  • Collective Intelligence and Social Networks
  • Content Management Systems
  • Programming
  • Design Thinking – For Project Management and Creative IT Industries

Our minors include:

  • JCU's exclusive, Industry-leading course Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Computer Science and Networking
  • Human Computer Interaction and Games Design

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (312341) - Apply now
Cairns (322341) - Apply now
External (312349) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

CP1401:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming

CP1402:03 Internet Fundamentals

CP1403:03 Design Thinking

CP1404:03 Programming I

CP1406:03 Web Design and Development

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics or MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations

Level 2

CP2403:03 Information Processing and Visualisation

CP2404:03 Database Modelling

CP2405:03 Collective Intelligence & Social Networks

CP2406:03 Programming II

CP2408:03 Design Thinking and Creative IT Industries

CP2414:03 Network Security

Level 3

CP3401:03 e-Strategic Management

CP3402:03 Content Management Systems

CP3403:03 Data Mining

CP3404:03 Information Security

CP3405:03 Design Thinking and Project Management

CP3406:03 Mobile Computing

CP3101:03 Professional Internship or CP3102:03 Multi-Disciplinary Project or CP3103:03 Independent Project

OPTIONS

Select Option 1 or Option 2

Option 1

Select 15 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Option 2

Select a minor from the Table A

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

TABLE A (INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MINORS)

Type of minor

Optional

Single

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Computer Science and Networking

Singapore

External

Human Computer Interaction and Games Design

Singapore

External

Internet of Things

Cairns

Townsville

Governance and Society

Cairns

Townsville

External

Not available to students intending to complete before the end of 2018

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Contact pathways@jcu.edu.au, if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

Students are encouraged to undertake the Tertiary Access Course if they have not studied recently and/or want assistance making the transition to University studies.

Get prepared - bridging subjects

Bridging subjects are designed to fill any gaps in your knowledge. We offer maths and chemistry bridging subjects that can be studied on-campus in Cairns and Townsville. You may need to enrol in a bridging subject if you have not achieved the grade of ‘Sound Achievement or better’ in Queensland Year 12 maths or chemistry.

Handbook

Bachelor of Information Technology

Course code

103110

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).  The ACS is the authority responsible for the accreditation of professional ICT education programs in Australia. The ACS is also a signatory to the Seoul Accord (http://www.seoulaccord.com/accord/contents.jsp). The Accord signatories accord mutual recognition to their respective accreditation schemes.

Graduates are eligible to become an Associate Member of the Society immediately and a full Professional Member after they have been certified as a Certified Technologist or Certified Professional and satisfy the Society that they have acquired the Core Body of Knowledge through demonstrated equivalence and adhere to the ACS Code of Ethics.  However, the course is accredited as a whole course and the accreditation may not apply when students are granted advanced standing, credit(s) or exemption(s) by the institution. A course undertaken by a student granted advanced standing, credit(s) or exemption(s) will only be regarded as the accredited course where, in the opinion of the Society, credit(s) or exemption(s) are given for equivalent subjects (particularly in terms of Information Technology content) taken at an equivalent educational level in an institution of appropriate academic standing.

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (Maths B desirable)

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

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

A maximum of 30 credit points may be taken at level 1

A minimum of 18 credit points must be taken at level 2

A minimum of 18 credit points must be taken at level 3

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.

In the context of a JCU graduate on successful completion of the Bachelor of Information Technology graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate essential knowledge for a career in  technology related professions and practice

  • Synthesise industry standard and underlying principles and concepts for decision making

  • Critically analyse the core professional obligations, values and operations of organisations including sustainability

  • Critically evaluate data & resources in the context of relevant academic literature

  • Apply critical thinking to address IT related  issues

  • Convey information clearly and fluently, in high quality written form appropriate for their audience

  • Demonstrate effective oral presentation skills for academic and professional audiences

  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively

  • Apply technical skills, including numeracy, necessary for professional practice

  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical and social responsibility in professional practice

  • Identify and act upon, learning opportunities and self-improvements.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

CP1401:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming

CP1402:03 Internet Fundamentals

CP1403:03 Design Thinking

CP1404:03 Programming I

CP1406:03 Web Design and Development

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics or MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations

Level 2

CP2403:03 Information Processing and Visualisation

CP2404:03 Database Modelling

CP2405:03 Collective Intelligence & Social Networks

CP2406:03 Programming II

CP2408:03 Design Thinking and Creative IT Industries

CP2414:03 Network Security

Level 3

CP3401:03 e-Strategic Management

CP3402:03 Content Management Systems

CP3403:03 Data Mining

CP3404:03 Information Security

CP3405:03 Design Thinking and Project Management

CP3406:03 Mobile Computing

CP3101:03 Professional Internship or CP3102:03 Multi-Disciplinary Project or CP3103:03 Independent Project

OPTIONS

Select Option 1 or Option 2

Option 1

Select 15 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Option 2

Select a minor from the Table A

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

TABLE A (INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MINORS)

Type of minor

Optional

Single

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Computer Science and Networking

Singapore

External

Human Computer Interaction and Games Design

Singapore

External

Internet of Things

Cairns

Townsville

Governance and Society

Cairns

Townsville

External

Not available to students intending to complete before the end of 2018

Campus

Course available at

Notes

Cairns

 

Singapore

 

Townsville

 

External

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Graduates are eligible to become an Associate Member of the Society immediately and a full Professional Member after they have been certified as a Certified Technologist or Certified Professional and satisfy the Society that they have acquired the Core Body of Knowledge through demonstrated equivalence and adhere to the ACS Code of Ethics. However, the course is accredited as a whole course and the accreditation may not apply when students are granted advanced standing, credit(s) or exemption(s) by the institution. A course undertaken by a student granted advanced standing, credit(s) or exemption(s) will only be regarded as the accredited course where, in the opinion of the Society, credit(s) or exemption(s) are given for equivalent subjects (particularly in terms of Information Technology content) taken at an equivalent educational level in an institution of appropriate academic standing.

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

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

Eligibility

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

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 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

Nil

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Approved abbreviation

BInfTech

Inclusion of majors on testamur

NA - This course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available as an additional year of study.

Eligibility

Application for entry to the Honours program is by approval of the College Dean.

Normally an overall GPA of 5 is required in the level 2 and 3 subjects in the bachelor (pass) degree

Honours

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Refer to the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

What is Information Technology?

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.