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Master of Information Technology

Location
Townsville, Singapore
Commencing
February, July
Duration
2 years full-time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Internal
Entry Requirements
AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or equivalent.
QTAC Code
Not applicable
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JCU Master of Information Technology graduates are highly skilled and well equipped to solve technology challenges of the future.

With around 75% of future jobs predicted to require STEM skills^, you could pursue a career in virtually any industry.

A JCU Master of Information Technology will equip you to advise and lead technology related organisational decision making.

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

^Chief Scientist 2015, “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia’s Future”

Learn from world class lecturers and industry experts to build upon your undergraduate learning and develop specialist IT knowledge. You will study foundation and core subjects to foster advanced critical analysis skills and comprehensive knowledge of tools and technologies.

Benefit from the opportunity to gain hands-on experience applying your new skills to real-world problems. Learn from leading industry experts in a variety of workplaces.

Choose one of the three majors outlined below, plus select from a wide range of electives. For international students, depending on the relevant visa program requirements, this course may be specified on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection ‘skilled occupation’ list. Check the most updated list with the department to confirm.

Refer to the handbook for a detailed overview of subjects.

Computing and Networking

Build your knowledge of the architecture, performance and security of layers two, three, and four of the internet. Learn how to design, test, and deploy mobile applications using a modern mobile platform. Build your understanding of fundamental data structures and associated algorithms. Students explore the interface between humans and computers, and examine the importance of big data analysis and data mining. Please note: The Computing and Networking Major offered at the Brisbane campus is currently undergoing accreditation.  Students who wish to graduate with this major prior to confirmation of accreditation should consult their Course Coordinator before applying for graduation.

Business Informatics

Learn from industry experts about the issues involved in administering an enterprise size database system. Students expand their knowledge about building and managing business intelligent systems, interpreting business statistics and developing practical decision models. You will gain hands-on experience with delivering services over the web by completing a practical project. Explore the importance of database technology and delve into the detail of advanced data mining techniques for intelligence informatics. This major is not available in Townsville.

Interactive Technologies and Games Design

Gain real-world experience in the design and implementation of a database service over the web. You will deepen your understanding of interface design and useability, and discover a range of simulation methods and other AI techniques. Hone your animation skills and design your own 3D computer game. This major is only available in Singapore.

The JCU Master of Information Technology offers the following majors.

Computing and Networking

Solve the problems of tomorrow with specialist knowledge in advanced computing, programming, information systems and networking. JCU students learn from world experts in cutting-edge facilities to discover how to create technology solutions to human problems through human-computer interaction, advanced algorithm analysis, and complex data communication principles.

Business Informatics

Students develop highly sought after integrated knowledge that combines information technology, management, and business intelligence.

World-class lecturers who are committed to student success help JCU master’s students build on undergraduate knowledge.

The Business Informatics major provides an in-depth understanding of data analysis and decision modelling, business intelligence and data mining, enterprise database systems, and advanced databases and applications.

This major is offered in Singapore and Brisbane for international students only.

Interactive Technologies and Games Design

Gain specialist knowledge in one of the fastest evolving industries in Australia. Benefitting from small class sizes, JCU Master's students become technology leaders, with expert tuition from world-renowned lecturers.

Graduates have a deep understanding of human-computer interaction, intelligent agents and simulation, and advanced game design. Interactive Technologies and Games Design

This major is offered in Singapore only.

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Applicants who wish to study in Brisbane should apply through the JCU Brisbane website.

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

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Master of Information Technology

Handbook year

2020

Course code

113504

Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). The Australian Computer Society (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 (https://www.seoulaccord.org/). 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 credit(s) or exemption(s) by the institution. A course undertaken by a student granted 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.

NOTE: The Computing and Networking Major offered at the Brisbane campus is currently undergoing accreditation.  Students who wish to graduate with this major prior to confirmation of accreditation should consult their Course Coordinator prior to applying for graduation.

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree from this or another university; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Law Business and Governance as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy or have successfully completed an AQF 8 qualification from James Cook University within the previous two (2) years.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

48 credit points

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 Master of Information Technology graduates will be able to:

  • Critically analyse to select appropriate tools and technologies to meet project requirements

  • Evaluate industry standard contexts for project management approaches

  • Apply lateral and original thinking to conceptualise and evaluate a range of solutions to relevant problems

  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct their research in an ethical manner

  • Advance knowledge of technologies and networking methods at both area networks and Internet level

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

  • Apply lateral and original thinking to conceptualise and evaluate a range of solutions to relevant problems

  • Communicate technical information clearly through presentations, demonstrations and documentation

  • Apply appropriate tools and technologies to meet project managements

  • Use independent judgment to synthesise information to make intellectual and/or creative advances

  • Critically reflect on progress to tailor self-learning goals to advance professional development.

Course Structure

FOUNDATION SUBJECTS

CP5631:03 Internet Fundamentals

CP5633:03 Database Modelling

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

CP5639:03 Problem Solving and Programming I

CORE SUBJECTS

CP5046:03 ICT Project 1: Analysis and Design

CP5047:03 ICT Project 2: Implementation and Commissioning

CP5603:03 Advanced E-Security

OPTIONS

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of any CP or LB level 5 subjects

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of any level 5 subjects

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single

Credit points in major

15 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Business Informatics

Brisbane

Singapore

Townsville (Not offered 2019 - 2020)

 

Computing and Networking

Singapore

Townsville

Brisbane*

*Students in Brisbane, please refer to note in the  Professional Accreditation Status section above.

Interactive Technologies and Games Design

Singapore

Townsville (Not offered 2019 - 2020)

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Brisbane

 

Singapore

 

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

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 credit(s) or exemption(s) by the institution. A course undertaken by a student granted 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.

Credit

Eligibility

Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Credit may be granted for the following:

  • An AQF level 7 qualification in a cognate discipline - 12 credit points

  • An AQF level 8 qualification in a cognate discipline - up to 24 credit points (dependent on volume of learning)

  • An AQF level 8 qualification in a non-cognate discipline - 12 credit points

  • Relevant employment experience where the applicant has a minimum of 4 years full-time equivalent professional post-degree work experience in a management, leadership or supervisory level in information and communication sectors; or be eligible for a member grade status of a relevant professional organization; and demonstrable effective management experience relating to information and communication technologies – up to 12 credit points

Cognate disciplines: Information Technology, Computer Science, Information Systems or other disciplines where students will have completed study relating to information and communication technologies.

Maximum allowed

24 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Studies and/or professional experience undertaken to fulfil the entry requirements to JCU awards may not be used for credit.

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Approved abbreviation

MInfTech

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Graduate Certificate of Information Technology.

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Graduate Diploma of Information Technology.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Annual Tuition Fee: $27,320 (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

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