Bachelor of Technology and Innovation

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Bachelor of Technology and Innovation

Make a difference to modern industry with the Bachelor of Technology and Innovation at JCU. Develop the skills and knowledge to deliver safe and sustainable solutions to real-world problems.

Townsville, Cairns
Start dates
February, July
3 years full time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
English (4,SA)
Assumed knowledge
Maths B (4,SA)

Career opportunities

JCU Technology and Innovation graduates have the flexibility to solve complex problems across different industries, technologies, and contexts.

Graduates will possess a range of practical technology skills and an invaluable capacity for critical thinking and creativity.

You could find employment as a data scientist, technology manager, director of innovation, software engineer, systems analyst, digital product manager, solutions manager, business intelligence developer, infrastructure manager, enterprise architect, or project manager.

Course overview

Put your creativity to the test, challenge yourself, and improve your problem-solving skills. Learn to make meaning of data and find inventive ways to re-invigorate businesses.

Combine valuable IT skills with critical thinking and innovation to help businesses run efficiently. Use your broad knowledge of technology to make appropriate recommendations and identify opportunities. Network with industry mentors and undertake a Work Integrated Learning placement to graduate job-ready.


Data Science

Gain data and analytics skills highly sought-after in every industry – from government departments to internet start-ups and financial institutions. Build your understanding of data science and learn the tools of the trade, including advanced statistical modelling, data mining, machine learning, linear algebra, and data visualisation.

Information Technology

Become an innovative developer with the skills to solve problems in a group. Learn to apply design thinking to deliver technological solutions to a wide range of issues. Analyse technology, creativity, and disruptive innovation in the global economy and across disciplines. Study web and software development, database modelling, and programming.

Sensor Technologies and the Internet of Things

Investigate the world through experiential learning. Learn to use a variety of physical and chemical sensor technologies to carry out investigations and analysis across multiple scientific disciplines. Gather and analyse data to provide solutions using real-time operating systems and computer interfacing.

How to apply

Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville: 312361
Cairns: 322361

OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.

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Pathway into course

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree at JCU. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university. Contact us for more information.

JCU offers pathways courses to help you move into a degree at JCU. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university.  Contact us for more information.


Bachelor of Technology and Innovation

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

BAC – Bachelor Pass (AQF level 7)


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites


Assumed Knowledge: Maths B

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

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 specified 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

SC1101:03 Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

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

CP1403:03 Design Thinking

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)

Level 2

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

EG2000: 03 System Engineering Practice

MA2830:03 Data Visualisation

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Level 3

SC3008:03 Professional Placement

BX3173:03 Strategic Entrepreneurship


Select a Major from Table A


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


Select 3 credit points of Level 3 or 5 subjects


Select one of the following Options

Note: Students who have not completed high school Mathematics B or equivalent must select Option 2

Option 1 (Minor)

Select a Minor from Table B


Option 2 (Electives)

Select 12 credit points of any* Level 1, 2, 3 or 5 subjects

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


Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

24 credit points




Data Science



Information Technology



Sensor Technologies and the Internet of Things



Must take MA1000 in elective choices (e.g. the Introduction to Data Science Minor, or free electives)


Type of minor

Optional, single

Credit points in minor12 credit points




Introduction to Data Science



This minor is recommended with the Sensor Technologies and the Internet of Things Major

Inter-Disciplinary Minors



Please refer to list for details of all minors available for selection.





Not available to any student seeking to complete the program prior to 2021


Not available to any student seeking to complete the program prior to 2021


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 Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

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

Advanced Standing


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

Maximum allowed

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


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


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 17 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing 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 advanced standing 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 Awards

Not 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.

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.