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  • Objectives
    The course aims to produce graduates with: * the ability to work in the professions associated with the analysis, design, implementation, integration, maintenance (proactive and reactive) and management of systems involving the application of information and communication technology (ICT); * an awareness of a range of ethical and social issues associated with the applications of ICT; * the potential to be employed as a consultant by providing a combination of substantial scientific and technical depth, with a coverage of the human, social and organisational factors impinging on the application of ICT; * the ability to communicate and handle the changing needs of a constantly evolving and expanding industry through the inclusion of practical work developing analytical, critical and interpersonal skills; * an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so, in order to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area; * well developed written and oral communication skills, in order to communicate effectively with other ICT professionals and the wider community using a range of communication technologies. Learning outcomes On completion of their degree, students will have developed a comprehensive and well-founded knowledge in their discipline and a range of transferable professional skills. Subject knowledge Graduates of the course are expected to be able to: * work effectively as a professional in areas involving the application of ICT in particular where it is important to have a combination of scientific and technical knowledge together with an understanding of the human, social and organisational factors impinging on the application of ICT; * recognise ethical and social issues associated with the applications of ICT and work within this context; * be flexible and adaptable to the changing needs of a constantly evolving and expanding industry, and be able to take a lead role in managing change. Transferable professional skills Graduates of the course are expected to be able to: * employ scientific methodologies such as the design and analysis of systems, and the critical analysis of data; * communicate and present information clearly and fluently in both written and spoken forms; * interact effectively as part of a team in order to work towards a common outcome; * work and learn independently; * reason critically and logically and make independent judgements; * engage effectively with information and communication technologies; * demonstrate research skills appropriate for further study and employment; and * have the capacity and understand the need to undertake lifelong learning in order to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area.
  • Entry requirements
    Domestic students Prerequisites: None You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: * year 12 qualifications * mature age entry (STAT) * TAFE/VET qualifications * higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. International Students English language requirements
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Information Technology focuses on systematic analysis, design, implementation and management of enterprise-wide IT. This encompasses software, networks, web, database and Internet services.

    This course is both highly technical and people-orientated. It has scientific and technical depth but will also give you knowledge and skills in such areas as management communications.

    Its comprehensive nature and emphasis on practical skills to meet the information needs of any modern enterprise sets it apart from other courses.

    This course is designed to give you the knowledge and expertise needed for a long-term career in IT, not simply the basic skills to get your first job.
    What will I study?

    Refer to the program of study.
    What is Information Technology?

    Information technology (IT) covers everything from designing software to managing information systems or providing training.

    It is integral to modern life because it drives innovation and assists us to solve problems in areas such as medical research, climate change, the environment and business.  It has a significant impact upon the creative industries and in the development of new products and services.
    Why study Information Technology at Flinders?

        * Information Technology is taught through the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics and draws on its expertise from across the School. The School is currently co-leading a 5 year $3.4 million national project examining how real time interaction between humans and machines can be made more effective.

        * All topics are delivered by leading academics who are also active researchers and consult to a range of industries.

        * Our 3 main concentration is research are:
    -The Embedded Systems and Image Processing Laboratory, which works with computer architecture, embedded systems, bioinformatics and image processing and has explicit application domains with implementation in hardware/ software.
    -The Knowledge Discovery and Intelligent Systems Laboratory, which focuses on issues relating to the discovery, modelling, interpretation and use of information and knowledge, particularly related to defence intelligence systems and health informatics. Individual programs include artificial intelligence, autonomous intelligent hybrid systems, conceptual modelling, data mining and knowledge discovery, enterprise information technology, and software patterns.
    -Medical Devices and Technologies, which is a network of researchers, highly skilled in the development and application of a diverse range of medical technologies.

    Professional recognition
    There is no mandatory professional accreditation in the Information Technology industry. The course is recognised by the Australian Computer Society at the Professional Level.

    Combined degree options
    Combine with
    Duration (full-time equivalent)
    Bachelor of Business
        4 years
    Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting),
    Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)
        4 years
    Bachelor of Engineering (Software)      5 years
    Bachelor of Innovation and Enterprise
    (Science and Technology)
        4 years
    Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice
        6 years

    Refer to Information Technology combined degrees.
    Career opportunities

    What can I do with my Bachelor of Information Technology degree?  
    Study a language

    Flinders also offers all students the opportunity to major in a language in conjunction with any undergraduate course. The Diploma in Language is designed to provide students with competence in a chosen language that adds greater portability to their qualifications. You will complete a total of one extra year of study and graduate with both your chosen degree and the Diploma in Language. You can apply for this at time of enrolment.

    The Bachelor of Information Technology requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time) and the honours program an additional year (or the equivalent part-time).

    The course is offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

    Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the school being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.

    The Bachelor of Information Technology may also be studied in a combined degrees program with:

        * Bachelor of Business (four years full-time or equivalent)
        * Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) (four years full-time or equivalent)
        * Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) (four years full-time or equivalent)
        * Bachelor of Engineering (Software) (five years full-time or equivalent)
        * Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (five-and-a-half years full-time or equivalent)
        * Bachelor of Laws (five years full-time or equivalent)

    PROGRAM OF STUDY [February, 2009]

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Information Technology, a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

    Electives may be selected from any topics offered by the University at the appropriate year level, provided entry and course requirements are met and that no more than 45 units of First Year topics are included in the 108-unit program.

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

    First Year

    36 units comprising:


    Fundamentals of Computing



    Information and Communications Technology 1A



    Computer Programming 1



    Information Technology Applications



    Professional English #



    Data Analysis Laboratory


    and 9 units of First Year elective topics ##


    # With the permission of the course coordinator students from non-English speaking background, may be permitted to enrol in ESOL1703 English as a Second Language 1.

    ## Students wishing to transfer to the Bachelor of Computer Science after the first year should select MATH1121 Mathematics 1A and MATH1122 Mathematics 1B as their electives.

    Second Year

    36 units comprising:

    Semester 1


    Software Engineering 1



    Application Development



    Data Modelling


    Semester 2


    Web-based Systems Development



    Software Engineering 2




    Third Year

    36 units comprising:


    Information Technology Practice



    Enterprise Systems


    Upper-level Selectives ##




    NOTE: Students who commenced prior to 2007 and enrolling in Second and Third Year should undertake COMP2010 Computer Networks in place of COMP3004 Computer Networks. Students should undertake COMP3022 Enterprise Information Security in place of PSYC2005 Industrial and Organisational Psychology.

    ## Level 3 selects refer to ENGR2131 Computer Organisation and Design OR any COMP3xxx topic, subject to prerequisites and availability, and other appropriate Flinders University topics with the permission of the course coordinator.


    A student who has completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of Information Technology, or another qualification which the Faculty Board agrees is equivalent, may be accepted as a candidate for the honours degree provided a sufficiently high standard has been achieved in fulfilling the requirements for the bachelors degree.

    In order to be eligible for entry to honours, students would normally be expected to have achieved a grade point average of at least 5 in 36 units of upper level COMP topics. The number of students accepted into honours will also depend on the availability of project supervisors. Offers will be made on the basis of ranked academic merit.

    The Information Technology honours program considerably enhances a student's knowledge of Computer Science and Information Technology. Students are required to complete six 3-unit topics and a project. The project has a weighting of 18 units.

    The honours program aims:

        * to promote the development of research skills in Computer Science and Information Technology
        * to provide students with the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in areas of particular interest in Computer Science and Information Technology

    The expected learning outcomes are that the student will:

        * have in-depth knowledge in several advanced areas of the discipline
        * be able to plan, carry out, and report on a research project
        * have experience in presenting research seminars and written reports.

    To qualify for the honours degree, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the study program specified below. The program requires one year of full-time study or the equivalent part-time.

    Each student's program of study must be approved by the honours coordinator.

    36 units comprising:


    IT Honours Project *



    Research Methods for Honours Computer Science and IT


    no more than 9 units selected from the following:


    Advanced Studies A



    Advanced Studies B



    Extended Studies A



    Extended Studies B


    at least 6 units selected from the following:


    Information Retrieval and Visualisation



    Tools for Interactive Graphical Interfaces



    Enterprise Information Security



    Intelligent Database Systems



    Java Card Application Development



    Embodied Conversation Agents


    * Students may also elect to do this topic over a year by enrolling in the topic COMP7001A IT Honours Project (9/18 units) in two consecutive semesters.


    The Globalisation program is unique to Flinders. There are no prerequisites and no prior knowledge is assumed in any topic. GLOB3002 is available only to students taking a major sequence of 33 units in Globalisation.

    A minor sequence in the Globalisation program comprises 21 units.* It must include both First Year topics (9 units) and 2 out of 3 upper year topics (12 units). Each First Year topic is available as an elective topic. Single upper year topics may be available as electives subject to the approval of the Faculty where the subject-matter of the topic is deemed relevant to the curriculum of the Bachelor of Information Technology.

    * Due to the structure of the Bachelor of Information Technology, students will only be able to undertake the Globalisation program as a minor sequence.

    For Globalisation program of study, click here

    Cannot be taken at honours level.

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