Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Information Technology

Courses and Study Australian courses Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Information Technology

This course provides students with basic skills and knowledge in a range of business-related fields and offers a pathway to degree level study. On successful completion you can graduate with the diploma and receive advanced standing towards selected JCU degree programs including the Bachelor of Information Technology.

Campus
Townsville, Cairns, Singapore
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
None

Course highlights

Diplomas are designed for:

  • People who do not have the academic entry requirements for their preferred course and need a pathway course
  • People who would like to try a ‘taste’ of university study before enrolling in a full degree.

Course overview

The Diploma of Higher Education (Information Technology) is a respected qualification in its own right, and students can enjoy all the benefits provided to full degree students. The course includes core subjects plus elective IT subjects.

Core subjects include:

Student also select from a range of elective subjects including:

With successful completion of the diploma, you can continue into a degree program and may receive credit for successfully completed subjects.

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 (310071) - Apply now
Cairns (320071) - 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

DipHigherEd – Information Technology Major

Major code

DHE-ITE

Credit points required

18 credit points for single major

Other details

Important: before you enrol you must speak with a Pathways team member to discuss your study plan.  Please call: Townsville campus 47815740 or Cairns campus 42321155 or email: pathways@jcu.edu.au

Major Structure

Students will be enrolled in set study plans which will allow them to articulate into their target degree. The study plans will allow for flexible enrolment options, involving a mix of core subjects (including CS1022 and CU1022), selected major and elective subjects. Study Plans can be discussed with the Pathways team.

CORE SUBJECTS

MA1022:03 Essential Maths

OPTIONS

Select 9 credit points of specified Information Technology subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of specified Information Technology subjects from List 1 or elective subjects from List 2

List 1 (Information Technology subjects)

CP1801:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming

CP1802:03 Internet Fundamentals

CP1803:03 Design Thinking

CP1804:03 Programming 1

CP1806:03 Interactive Media and Web Technologies

MA1020:03 Preparatory Maths

List 2 (Elective subjects)

BU1805:03 Contemporary Business Communications

CU1010:03 Effective Writing

CV1200:03 Effective Speaking

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.

Handbook

Diploma of Higher Education

Course code

113121

Course type

Diploma (AQF Level 5)

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course prerequisites

Business Major – English (Maths B desirable)

All other Majors – Nil

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

APPLICANTS OF NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING BACKGROUND

For the Business major1

International applicants of non-English speaking background must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

For the Health major

International applicants of non-English speaking background must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

For all other majors

International applicants of non-English speaking background must meet the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • An overall IELTS score of 5.5 (with no component lower than 5.0)

Domestic applicants of non-English speaking background (all majors1)

Domestic applicants of non-English speaking background who do not have English 4SA must be able to demonstrate that they have the English language proficiency required to participate effectively in the course. This can be demonstrated by having achieved one or more of the following

  • 4 semesters of sound achievement or better in a senior secondary language rich subject (e.g. English Communication, History, Legal Studies, Business and Communication)
  • successfully completed a university preparation course
  • a satisfactory result in assessment of academic readiness2
  • a minimum of 0.25FTE at tertiary level with a passing GPA
  • STAT Test–score of 157 or better overall or 152 or better in the verbal sub-score
  • other achievement deemed equivalent by the Dean, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement.

1the Business major has a course pre-requisite of English 4SA

2a new JCU tool which combines a personal competency assessment and an academic skills assessment

APPLICANTS OF ENGLISH SPEAKING BACKGROUND

All majors

Students of English speaking background are assumed to be proficient in the English language and are therefore not required to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Special admission requirements

Important: before you enrol you must speak with a Pathways team member to discuss your study plan.  Please call: Townsville campus 47815740 or Cairns campus 42321155 or email: pathways@jcu.edu.au

Additional selection
requirements

James Cook University appreciates that a student's performance in Year 12 studies may not always be a true indicator of their ability to succeed at university. Therefore JCU will consider a school principal’s recommendation of an applicant's potential for university study for admission to the Diploma of Higher Education.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education, students will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply theoretical and technical knowledge and concepts, with depth in some areas, in a discipline or broad field of learning

  • Identify, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information, claims and evidence from a range of sources

  • Communicate ideas, arguments and perspectives in a clear and logical way through English language proficiency and a range of media and technologies

  • Analyse, plan, design and evaluate solutions to problems by applying creativity, initiative and judgment and, where appropriate, numeracy skills

  • Demonstrate autonomy and responsibility in learning independently and managing personal development and future pathways

  • Apply knowledge of diversity and interpersonal and/or intercultural skills to work effectively in teams to complete a range of activities within broad parameters.

Course Structure

Course Structure – Business Major

OPTIONS

Select a major from Table 1

TABLE 1 (BUSINESS MAJOR)

Types of majors

Mandatory, Single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Notes

Available for mid-year entry

Not available at all campuses

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Business

Townsville

Cairns

External

 

Course Structure – All other majors

CORE SUBJECTS

CU1022:03 Developing Academic Skills

CS1022:03 Learning in a Digital Environment

OPTIONS

Select a major from Table 2

TABLE 2 (ALL OTHER MAJORS)

Types of majors

Mandatory, Single

Credit points in major

18 credit points

Notes

All majors are available for mid-year entry

Not all majors are available at all campuses

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Business Studies

Brisbane

Cairns

Singapore

Townsville

International students only in Brisbane

Engineering and Applied Science

Cairns

Townsville

 

General Studies

Cairns

Singapore

Thursday Island

Townsville




Delivery at Thursday Island will be in Limited Attendance mode

Health

Cairns

Thursday Island

Townsville


Delivery at Thursday Island will be in Limited Attendance mode

Information Technology

Cairns

Singapore

Townsville

 

Science

Cairns

Townsville

 

Society and Culture

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Brisbane

Business Studies only

Cairns

 

Singapore

Business Studies, General Studies, Information Technology, and Society and Culture majors only
Thursday IslandHealth and General Studies majors only - delivered in Limited attendance mode

Townsville

 

External

Business major only

Candidature

Expected time to complete

One year full time or equivalent part time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Other than with the approval of the Dean, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement or authorised delegate, Diploma of Higher Education students majoring in Health, Business Studies, Society and Culture, Information Technology, Science, Engineering and Applied Science, or General Studies must enrol in the two core subjects either prior to or concurrently with other Diploma subjects.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment
requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Not eligible

Maximum allowed

Not applicable

Currency

Not applicable

Expiry

Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

DIPLOMA OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Approved abbreviation

DipHigherEd

Honours award

No

Inclusion of stream of study on testamur

The major will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible to apply for entry into JCU bachelor degrees. Successful Diploma students may be granted advanced standing for subjects successfully completed under this course towards a Bachelor degree.

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.