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Bachelor of Information Technology

Townsville; External; Cairns; Singapore
Available at the Brisbane campus for international students.
February, July
3 years full-time
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
English (4,SA) or English (Units 3/4,C)
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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 developer ... the list goes 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).

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 is 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.

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). Not all minors are available via all attendance modes.
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About JCU's Bachelors Degree in Information Technology

You understand technology and know how to use it, but you want to know more. You want to solidify your Information Technology skills and use them to build a career and improve the world. Be ready to take on the fast-changing field of Information Technology with your Bachelor of Information Technology from James Cook University.

A World-Class Information Technology Degree for a Cutting-Edge Industry

Study alongside those who share your vision for what Information Technology can do to improve businesses, the work of scientists and engineers, and the life of the average person. In your Bachelor of IT studies at JCU, learn from lecturers committed to student success in a program closely-aligned with Australian Computer Society standards. Gain a world-class education rated five stars by the 2018 Good Universities Guide for experience, support, quality, and engagement.

You will master the essential knowledge and best practices needed to build a thriving career. Leaders in Design Thinking, JCU’s lecturers and tutors will develop you as an innate problem solver and innovative thinker.

Learn how to approach and solve complex technology problems. You will be adept in building programs and developing websites, apps and artificial intelligence algorithms. Demand grows exponentially for IT graduates, learn about the rapid developments in technology and turn your interests into a rewarding career.

You will also have the opportunity to minor in education curriculum, governance and society, the internet of things, computer science and networking, or games design. You can use your minor to focus your studies in a particular direction or give you more career options.

A Bachelor of Information Technology with Endless Possibilities

The world of IT changes quickly. A bachelor's degree in information technology from JCU will equip you with the skills to adapt and thrive in a competitive industry.

As well as critical thinking skills, you will learn how to effectively communicate with colleagues and other professionals in your workplace.

As you work towards your information technology degree, build your understanding of the ethical considerations that impact those in the Information Technology world. Develop a thorough sense of social responsibility when considering ethical issues such as client and customer privacy, data security, storage and collection.

A degree like a BA in information technology expands your career prospects. Upon graduation, you will be highly sought after in various tech-based industries.

With a Bachelor of Information Technology from JCU, you could work as a systems analyst, a software developer, or a game designer. You could develop or test mobile apps, work in web design or design simulations for a broad range of technical or scientific fields. You could also use your Bachelor of Technology to work as a manager, administrator, consultant, or teacher.

Experience Is Everything

Experience has no substitute, and when you study IT at JCU, you will work alongside lecturers and tutors committed to student success. JCU offers real-world experience with projects in companies leading the way in information technology solutions. You could work in industry placement positions or design projects based on workplace situations.

Throughout your degree, build your resume and enhance your professional connections. As you work toward your information technology degree, you will gain confidence in your abilities, and see how your skills complement those of your teammates.

Whether you want to start your own business, sign on with a multinational corporation, or enjoy the flexibility of freelance work, you will graduate from JCU with the experience and skills employers are looking for.

Study IT and Forge Your Own Path

Working in IT demands both collaboration and independent work skills. Your Bachelor of Information Technology with JCU equips you with both. In your final year, you can choose to do a professional internship, work on a multidisciplinary project, or create your own independent project to showcase your strengths.

You know Information Technology is your passion, and you have the drive to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow. Choose a Bachelor of Information Technology from JCU and be ready for an exciting, dynamic future.
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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


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 you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

Desirable subjects include: Matematical Methods (Units 3/4, C) or Maths B

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

Ready to apply? Apply now.

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Bachelor of Information Technology

Handbook year


Course code


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


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


Level 1

CP1401:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming I

CP1402:03 Internet Fundamentals

CP1403:03 Design Thinking

CP1404:03 Programming II

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 and Entrepreneurship

CP2406:03 Programming III

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 Multidisciplinary Project or CP3103:03 Independent Project


Select Option 1 or Option 2

Option 1

Select 15 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Option 2

Select a minor from Table A


Select 3 credit points of any undergraduate subjects


Type of minor



Credit points in minor

12 credit points




Computer Science and Networking




Education Curriculum




Human Computer Interaction and Games Design



Internet of Things



Governance and Society


















Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


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


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.



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points


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


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 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


Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


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 availability

Available as an additional year of study.


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

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$30,400 (Estimate only)

Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

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

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.

JCU offers pathway study options if you don't meet the academic of English language requirements for direct entry into your preferred JCU degree, or if you want to enhance your career prospects. Contact us for more information.

The possibilities are endless

Get valuable hands-on skills with a JCU Information Technology degree. Benefit from a specific focus on human-centred design and collaborative partnerships with local and nationwide businesses.

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