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Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible
6 months full-time
AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or equivalent
English language requirements
If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.
Expand your career and enhance your employability by gaining expert skills in information technology (IT). This course focuses particularly on the areas of computer programming, data analysis and multimedia. Learn how to identify and diagnose technical issues, create solutions and improve technical systems. As you study the fundamentals of problem-solving and programming, the importance of data modelling, and key areas of design and development, you’ll be equipped to help your current or future workplace run smoothly and innovatively.
Within the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology, you will study two core subjects — Internet Fundamentals and Problem Solving and Programming — and choose two specialist subjects to suit your professional needs and interests. The available elective subjects cover four main areas of the information technology field: database modelling, collective intelligence and entrepreneurship, web design and development and e-strategic management.
Those studying in Townsville may be 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.
Become an IT professional and enhance your current qualification with a knowledge and skills base that employers value. With digital dexterity becoming an increasingly vital skill for businesses in all industries, incorporating IT skills into your career skillset will open many doors. You will explore new fields of work, increase your employability and become equipped to take on roles requiring greater capacity and ability.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
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 Graduate Certificate of Information Technology.
JCU Information Technology graduates are equipped with skills that are highly-regarded in a wide range of industries.
Graduates pursue careers in various areas including electronics and communications technologies, computer system engineering, schools, and hospitals.
You could find employment as an IT consultant, software engineer, web developer, mobile application developer, data analyst, cyber security analyst, or computer network architect.
Graduates may be eligible for membership with the Australian Computer Society.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)
Science and Engineering
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in any discipline, from this or another university; or
Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.
Note: Applicants with a bachelor degree in information technology normally undertake the Master of Information Technology or an associated joint masters degree, rather than the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology, and are advised to seek advice from the University prior to applying.
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
12 credit points as per course structure
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.
On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology, JCU 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: Graduate Certificate 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.
CP5631:03 Internet Fundamentals
CP5639:03 Problem Solving and Programming I
CP5633:03 Database Modelling or CP5635:03 Collective Intelligence and Entrepreneurship
CP5638:03 Web Design and Development or CP5636:03 e-Strategic Management
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
|Available for February (Trimester 1) admission only.|
|Available for February (Trimester 1) admission only.|
Expected time to complete
6 months 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
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
6 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 4 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 7 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
Credit will not be granted for undergraduate studies or for work experience that is used to gain admission to the course.
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Students who complete the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology are eligible for entry to the Master of Information Technology or joint Master of Information Technology-Master of Business Administration.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD17,840.00
Course fees 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 dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
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.
Gather the documents you need to apply and submit an application via JCU's online application portal.
Master of Information Technology
I chose the Master of Information Technology at JCU because it is highly regarded in the I.T. industry, and the subjects taught are practical and relevant to current applications. It is a supportive community that I am pleased to be part of.
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.