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3 years full-time
or part-time equivalent
English (Units 3/4,C), General Maths or Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)
Learn how to use your digital dexterity to identify and diagnose technical issues, create solutions and improve technical systems. As you study the fundamentals of problem-solving and programming, the strategies behind design thinking and the need for information processing, you’ll be equipped to help your future workplace run smoothly and innovatively.
In the Bachelor of Information Technology degree, you will study essential core subjects such as Web Design and Development, Internet Fundamentals, Database Modelling, and Collective Intelligence and Entrepreneurship.
Not only does JCU Information Technology equip you with an in-depth understanding of technical systems and design thinking, but it also gives you a unique opportunity to put your knowledge and skills to the test at JCU’s annual IT Design Sprint. The two-day event brings together students and industry professionals, challenging you to collectively analyse a real-world problem with your peers then design and partially implement a practical, creative solution. The attending industry professionals — who partner with JCU — are there to help you spark new ideas and carve out their potential. The annual design sprint will sharpen your skills of creating, imaging, generating, iterating, communicating and consolidating — all vital abilities of an expert IT professional.
Students who are based in Townsville and have completed at least one year of their degree are eligible to apply for an Australian Public Service Academy Campus position. With opportunities in the Digital and Data spheres, you can align your studies to part-time work, that may translate into a full-time job offer upon graduation. Explore the APS Data and Digital Programs page for more information.
Take your skill development even further through work integrated learning (WIL). Near the end of your degree, you can choose from three WIL subjects: a professional internship, a multidisciplinary project, or an independent project. The professional internship will connect you to one of JCU’s partnering organisations and you’ll complete 100 hours of work placement as well as assignments that reflect your work during the internship. The multidisciplinary subject requires you to partner with students undertaking a different degree to collaborate on a joint project as a shared assessment. The independent project is appropriate for students who are already working in the IT industry, as you will work with your manager to create and complete a project that contributes to both your professional role as well as this subject’s assessment.
The combination of real-world experience and in-depth learning you gain in this degree prepares you to be job-ready upon graduation. The connections that you make during placements and professional projects have the potential to lead to employment opportunities post-graduation.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
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.
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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Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment,and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Information Technology.
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.
JCU Information Technology graduates are ready to make a difference in a range of industry sectors.
You could pursue a career in a multinational corporation, a government department, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME), or even in your own business. You could work in areas such as software development, design and enterprise IT.
You could work as a network administrator, designer, systems analyst, or software developer.
Graduates are eligible to become an Associate Member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
Entry score threshold
These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2023. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in June each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.
ATAR/Selection Rank: 63.20
Entry score range
This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the Bachelor of Information Technology for Semester 1, 2023. The table includes offers deferred to Semester 1, 2023 which may have been assessed using the entry score threshold of an earlier year.
<5 – indicates less than 5 OP/ATAR-based offers made.
* Refer to Adjustment Factors
Find out more about who you might study with by viewing this course’s student profile.
James Cook University applies bonus ranks under the Regional Preference Scheme and QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS). Learn more about JCU’s adjustment factors.
Information valid for students commencing in 2024
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 (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, 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.
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Recommended Knowledge: English (Units 3/4,C), General Maths or Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)
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
72 credit points as per course structure
Additional course rules
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:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Bachelor of Information Technology.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
CP1401:03 Problem Solving and Programming I
CP1402:03 Internet Fundamentals
CP1403:03 Design Thinking I
CP1404:03 Programming II
CP1406:03 Web Design and Development
CP1407:03 Introductory Machine Learning and Data Science
CP2403:03 Information Processing and Visualisation
CP2404:03 Database Modelling
CP2406:03 Programming III
CP2408:03 Design Thinking II
CP2414:03 Network Security
CP2501:03 Cloud Computing
MA2011:03 Discrete Mathematics for Computing
CP3403:03 Data Mining
CP3404:03 Information Security
CP3405:03 Design Thinking III
CP3406:03 Mobile Computing
CP3501:03 Deep Learning
CP3407:03 Advanced Software Engineering
Select 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects
Lists of subjects grouped according to potential career aspirations and interests can be accessed here
Options available include recommended information technology related areas of Computer Science and Networking, Education Curriculum, Human-Computer Interaction and Games Design and Internet of Things.
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Expected time to complete
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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 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.
Supplementary exam for final subject
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
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.
BACHELOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
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 or the Diploma of Information Technology [Pathway].
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
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
JCU Prep provides a pathway into this course. Enrolling in this flexible program will enable you to meet entry requirements including subject pre-requisites and ATARs. Introductory academic subjects are also available to prepare you for tertiary study.
*Excludes entry into the Bachelor of Advanced Science, Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Marine Science, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Nursing Science – Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), Bachelor of Physiotherapy, and Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours).
Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
Application dates vary between courses, whether they're delivered in semester, trimester or carousel study modes. View our Application due dates page for more information.
Desirable subjects include: Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4, C) or Maths B
ATAR score is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.
Bachelor of Information Technology
What I really like about the course is that it allows me to explore my creative side and come up with innovative solutions that have the potential to make a big difference in the world. I’m glad I chose JCU because it has such a great support network and sense of community.
Bachelor of Information Technology
I choose to complete my degree at JCU to turn my passion of tinkering into a career. The highlights of software development include a sense of craftsmanship, diversity of problem domains, and the feeling of pride every time a user says they love our product.
Bachelor of Information Technology
JCU's Bachelor of IT is a great mix of the hard and soft skills that are needed and expected by the industry. These skills helped me get to where I am now, but it was the lecturers, tutors and student mentors who provided assistance the whole way through the program, that allowed me to enjoy and thrive in what I do.
JCU is a great choice for IT because of its attentive staff, strong industry connections and its award-winning program of integrating Design Thinking across all years of the degree to give students industry-ready skills for the future.
JCU graduates are eager to contribute and take on challenges. A graduate’s university experience instills a habit for learning that continues into the workplace, and because of this they’re resourceful and driven. JCU graduates inject great ideas into the business and we’ll continue to rate highly those with a degree.