Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
UAC code
103708
ATAR
58.50 for North Sydney
Fees (first year)*
$11220 Commonwealth Supported
Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised

Overview

Prepare for a career in an ever-changing and booming industry. With us, you’ll delve into exciting and challenging areas like cyber security, the Internet of Things, game design and applications development. And you’ll gain vital skills in fields such as data science and artificial intelligence – skills that are highly desired by employers in a range of current and emerging industries.

Uniquely, our Bachelor of Information Technology combines a person-centred approach with high-level technical expertise, so you’ll gain cutting-edge professional knowledge as well as the broader skills to make a positive impact in society. In the classroom, you’ll explore critical areas in an interactive environment with IT experts, and graduate prepared for a myriad of careers.

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Professional experience

You will be required to complete a compulsory Community Engagement unit featuring between 35 and 70 volunteer hours, and have the option of completing a work integrated learning unit consisting of up to 150 hours.

Work placement

All students will undertake work integrated learning and industry-driven projects throughout their IT degree.

In addition, through our engagement placement you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the contributions of social enterprises with 35-70 hours of volunteering with a not-for-profit organisation.

Then with your Work Integrated Learning (WIL) unit you’ll bridge the gap between academic studies and the real world of work by completing up to 150 hours of learning activities that allow you to apply your academic learning in a ‘real-life’ environment provided by an industry partner or a University organisation working on a real project. WIL strengthens your essential job-ready skills and experiences and provides you with the opportunity to learn about workplace culture, prepare for the future world of work, develop professional networks and build your employability skills. WIL may be conducted on or off campus, face-to-face or online, and paid or unpaid. Each student is jointly supervised by an academic supervisor and a placement supervisor.

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

BUSN113 Managing People and Organisations

BUSN104 Money Matters

BUSN111 Working with Technology

BUSN112 Managing Markets

Year 1 - Semester 2

ITEC217 Programming Concepts

ITEC201 Fundamentals of Information Technology

ITEC225 Systems Analysis and Design

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

ITEC313 Application Development

ITEC316 Business Process Modelling

ITEC200 Data and Information Management

Elective 1
Year 2 - Semester 2

ITEC323 Advanced Application Development

BIPX202 Community Engagement: Building Strengths and Capabilities

ITEC324 Business Analysis

Elective 2
Year 3 - Semester 1

ITEC321 Information Systems Strategy and Management

ITEC312 Information Technology Project Part A

Elective 3

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

or

PHCC320 The Just Society

Year 3 - Semester 2Elective 4

ITEC326 Information Systems Security

ITEC322 Information Technology Project Part B

BUSN304 Working with Diversity and Conflict

or

BIPX301 Professional Experience

*Information technology units provide online lectures and a choice of online or face-to-face tutorials in Sydney.


A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.

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

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)

Or be admitted under the Passion 4 Business Program.

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

Disclamer :The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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

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

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

Pathways

Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

Articulation from another course

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

Consider the Passion4Business early offer program. Selection is based on criteria other than ATAR. Click here for details.

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.

Additional course information

International students will only be able to study at the North Sydney campus.

Overseas study available

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

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$11220 Commonwealth Supported

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

North Sydney

Apply through UAC

UAC code 103708

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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“ACU provides a wide range of opportunities for students, such as volunteer and professional work placement experiences. My university experience was one of the best things. I came across wonderful people and most of all an atmosphere which always welcomed me with open arms, recognised hard work, and at the same time gave a quality education.”

Sayan
Information technology student

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