Bachelor of Information Technology

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 2 locations

Study mode
Attendance, Online, Multi-mode
Duration
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
UAC code
103708
ATAR
58.50 for North Sydney
Fees (first year)*

$9668 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 - Applications closed , Semester 2 - July

Overview

Prepare for a career in a fast-growing and ever-changing industry. The Bachelor of Information Technology is a multi-skilled learning experience that will give you a solid foundation to launch your IT career.

Upon graduating you'll be fully equipped to step straight into the workplace thanks to our Future Ready employability program, designed to systematically build each of the elements of your personal brand: your professional identity; experience; job-ready skills; and networks.

Accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and with Microsoft Office Specialist and Certified Fundamental certifications built into the units, along with the United Nations sustainable goals, this degree arms you with professional knowledge and technical know-how across areas such as data science and analytics, programming, artificial intelligence, cyber security, game design and application development.

In today’s world, you need professional, technical and cross-cultural skills. Our intercultural communication module is designed to build cultural awareness and communication skills which are vital in the global workplace. You can further extend your intercultural experience by taking part in a Global Virtual Classroom, studying at our Rome Campus or participating in an international study tour.

You’ll be able to put the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired into practice in real-world IT environments through the placement, community engagement and intern opportunities embedded into the degree, making your transition into a future in this cutting-edge industry seamless.

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Professional experience

You’ll gain up to 220 hours of workplace and community experience, before you even graduate.


Work placement

As part of our Work Integrated Learning program you’ll gain 150 hours industry placement in information technology. This will strengthen your essential job-ready skills and experiences and provide you with the opportunity to learn about workplace culture, prepare for the future world of work, develop professional networks and build their employability skills. You will gain the confidence, knowledge and skills necessary to effectively prepare for a future career in the IT industry. Through work integrated learning, you will also get a clear understanding of the impact of IT on workers and working conditions.

Community engagement

As part of your degree you’ll have the opportunity to work with not-for-profit organisations with 35 to 70 hours of community engagement experience. You’ll foster knowledge and understanding and its application within communities experiencing marginalisation and disadvantage while applying ethical personal and professional skills developed during your studies at ACU.

Professional recognition

This degree is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Read more about this professional association

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Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • data science
  • artificial intelligence
  • game design
  • application development
  • cyber security
  • database administration
  • IT support
  • systems project management
  • programming

Industry partnerships

ACU works with a variety of industry partners.

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Information Technology, a student must complete 240 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

ITEC201 Fundamentals of Information Technology

ITEC101 Computer Networks

ITEC217 Programming Concepts

BUSN113 Managing People and Organisations

Year 1 - Semester 2

ITEC102 Python Fundamentals For Data Science

ITEC200 Data and Information Management

ITEC100 Information Technology Professional Skills and Practices

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

or

PHCC102 Being Human

or

PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

Year 2 - Semester 1

General Elective 1 or ITEC205 Game Fundamentals and Augmented Reality

ITEC203 Introduction to Data Science and Machine Learning

ITEC204 Introduction to Cyber Security

ITEC313 Advanced Programming Concepts

Year 2 - Semester 2

ITEC202 Data Analytics and Visualisation

General Elective 2 or ITEC310 Emerging Technologies of Blockchain and Internet of Things

General Elective 3 or ITEC311 Network Security and Applications

BIPX202 Community Engagement: Building Strengths and Capabilities

Year 3 - Semester 1

ITEC327 Essentials of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

ITEC325 Applied Data Mining and Big Data

ITEC323 Web and Mobile Application Development

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

or

PHCC320 The Just Society

Year 3 - Semester 2

ITEC330 Information Technology Capstone Project

ITEC320 Work Integrated Learning

General Elective 4 or ITEC328 Developing Game-Simulated Environments

This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Overseas study available

We offer two business units at our Rome Campus: BUSN304 and BIPX202. The dates for these units are to be confirmed.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:

StatePrerequisites

New South Wales

English (Standard) (Band 2) or EAL (Band 3)

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Advanced (not Mathematics Standard 2)

Victoria

Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

Assumed knowledge: Satisfactory completion of Mathematical Methods Units 3 & 4

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process. 

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

For current year 12 students 

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above. 

For non-school leavers

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements.

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study. 

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process.

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner.

Learn more about recognition of prior learning

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be. 

Understand your pathway options 

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver? 

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals. 

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) , or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course. 

Explore the pathways to your future 

Further study

Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, eg graduate certificates and graduate diplomas and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to master’s degree programs.

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$9668 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options

Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of our many scholarships that help students from across the university. Our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit or equity and may assist You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

Apply now

You can apply Direct to ACU through the Passion 4 Business early offer program. Check out the application process and the eligibility criteria here.

You can apply Direct to ACU if you are not a recent school leaver and have not already applied through VTAC, UAC or QTAC.

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Staff Profile

Dr Haifeng Shen

Associate Professor and the Discipline Leader of Information Technology, Peter Faber Business School

Dr Haifeng Shen is an Associate Professor and the Discipline Leader of Information Technology in the Peter Faber Business School at Australian Catholic University (ACU). Before joining ACU in 2019, he had been a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Flinders University in Australia since 2009 and an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore from 2003 to 2009. Dr Shen also has over six years working experience in industry as a software engineer, computer system administrator and programmer before becoming an academic.

Dr Kewen Liao

Senior Lecturer – IT, Peter Faber Business School

Kewen Liao is currently a Senior Lecturer in Information Technology (IT) and Master of IT Coordinator in the Peter Faber Business School at Australian Catholic University (ACU). Previously, Dr. Liao was a Lecturer in Information Technology at Charles Darwin University (CDU) Sydney. Dr. Liao's research and teaching interests are data science and algorithms.

Dr. Liao was a Research Fellow in Data Analytics at Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) and a Postdoctoral Researcher in Big Data and Algorithms at The University of Melbourne (UoM). Dr. Liao has also worked as a Research and Development Engineer in Computer Vision and Machine Learning at Canon Information Systems Research Australia with a US patent.

Dr. Liao holds a PhD (with focus on algorithms) and a First Class Honours Bachelor (with focus on software engineering) both in Computer Science from The University of Adelaide (UoA). Dr. Liao did undergraduate exchange at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA.

Testimonial

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“I like how the IT program combines business studies with the tech side of things. It’s perfect for people with a social justice bent like me. I’ve seen for myself how ACU encourages students to pursue careers that create social impact, which aligns with my personal values.”

Jami
Information technology student
 

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