Diploma in Information Technology
Course information for - 2022 entry
Offered at 4 locations
Prepare for an IT career in an ever-changing and booming industry. The Diploma in Information Technology is an important stepping-stone to achieve your career and study goals. Students who undertake a Diploma in Information Technology will be able to gain credit for up to the first year of study and articulate into the second year of many of the bachelor degrees in IT at ACU, or exit with the Diploma in Information Technology as a standalone qualification.
Not only does our Diploma in Information Technology have lower entry requirements than our bachelor degree, but it will help you to develop skills needed to succeed in more advanced tertiary study.
Our Diploma in Information Technology provides domestic students with a Commonwealth supported place (CSP-funded), and will help you achieve your goals.
We are here to support you from start to finish whether you have just finished Year 12 or finished years ago. We ensure smaller class sizes, offer tailored support as you transition to university study, and provide a range of student services to help you succeed.
To complete the Diploma in Information Technology, a student must complete 80 credit points (cp).
Sample program map
|Year - Study period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4||Unit 5|
Year 1 Semester 1
BUSD113 Managing People and Organisations
ITED201 Fundamentals of Information Technology
ITED102 Python Fundamentals for Data Science
DPBI100 Academic Literacy in Business and Information Technology
Year 1 Semester 2
ITED100 Information Technology Professional Skills and Practices
ITED217 Programming Concepts
ITED200 Data and Information Management
ITED204 Introduction to Cyber Security
This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.
An applicant must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy
International students must also meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .
For domestic students to be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have also completed:
- Equivalent of year 12 level with the ACU minimum eligibility rank for Diploma programs OR
- Entry via an alternative pathway as approved by ACU.
International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in Schedule Three (Associate Degree, Diploma and Certificate courses) of the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .
This states the requirements as:
IELTS: Overall score: 6.0 Individual score of: 5.5 in all tests
PTE : 50 with a minimum of 42 in all four communicative skills
TOEFL: Internet based total of 60: minimum 18 in writing, 8 in reading, 16 in speaking and 7 in listening
ACU English Language Test: C (60-64%)
CAE: Overall CAE: 169 Individual score of at least 162 in all tests.
Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission.
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.
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.
Students who complete the Diploma in Information Technology may apply for entry into the Bachelor of Information Technology. It may also provide a pathway into a range of double degrees.
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.
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.
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 Maoying Qiao
Lecturer, Information Technology, Peter Faber Business School
Dr Maoying Qiao is currently a Lecturer in Information Technology in Peter Faber Business School at Australian Catholic University (ACU).
Dr Qiao received her doctoral degree from the University of Technology Sydney in Australia in 2016. After PhD, she worked as an Associate Professor at Hangzhou Dianzi University in China from 2016 to 2018 and then a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CSIRO in Australia for two years before joining ACU.
Dr. Qiao's research areas are Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Specifically, her research interests include Bayesian deep learning, diversity modelling, probabilistic graphical models and object detection.