Master of Information Technology

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Master of Information Technology

JCU Information Technology is a leader in advanced learning principles. World-class lecturers and an internationally recognised professional accreditation from the Australian Computer Society (ACS), equip JCU students to become the technology leaders of tomorrow.

Campus
Townsville, Singapore
Start dates
February, July
Duration
2 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or equivalent.

Career opportunities

Around 75% of jobs of the future are predicted to require STEM skills^. This gives JCU Information Technology postgraduate students the edge to helping solve the technology challenges of the future.

The possibilities for Information Technology postgraduates are virtually endless. Some jobs that will evolve in the technology space don’t even exist yet. The demand for Information Technology skills continues to grow across all industry sectors. JCU students explore future technologies to advise and lead organisational decisions.

JCU’s Master of IT is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). ACS is the authority responsible for the accreditation of professional ICT education programs in Australia. Graduates are eligible to become an Associate Member of the Society.

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

Course overview

JCU masters students study a series of foundation and core subjects to overlay undergraduate learning and put in place the groundwork upon which to build deep specialist knowledge.

This masters by coursework is designed for graduates from Information Technology and Computer Science, or IT professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge in the field. A JCU Master of Information Technology provides advanced critical analysis skills and comprehensive knowledge of tools and technologies with hands-on application for solving relevant problems to make a difference in the world.

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.

Available for international students, graduates are eligible to undertake the ACS Professional Year Program helping bridge the gap between study and professional employment.

View the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects

Majors

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.

How to apply

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.

Handbook

Master of Information Technology

Handbook year

2019

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 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.

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 (suspended 2017-2018)

 

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 2017 - 2018)

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 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 exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Advanced standing 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

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

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 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

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

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

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.