Deakin's Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science and Software Development) will provide you with an understanding of the technology on which systems are built, as well as how to develop software systems and applications, and form an environment to acquire skills needed for software development. The course supports students who wish to master software development and will prepare you for both research and development by providing you with a background of software understanding, software design, programming languages, data structures and databases, operating systems, networks, distributed systems and software engineering. The course is structured so that the intellectual material will remain current for a number of years despite the fact that computer languages and technology change rapidly. You will learn to develop, implement and maintain information systems, databases and computer networks of considerable size and complexity in commercial, industrial or administrative environments.
Off campus studies
Due to visa regulations, off-campus units are not available to international students studying in Australia, unless it is in addition to their on-campus enrolment in a course. International students whilst in Australia must be enrolled in at least one on-campus unit in every compulsory study period (that is, trimester 1 or trimester 2) and may enrol in online or off-campus units up to a maximum of 25% of their total course load. International students are required to complete their courses within the time specified in their electronic Confirmation of Enrolment forms.
Fees and charges
Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.
On completion of the Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science and Software Development) you will be able to work in a wide range of jobs including as an object-oriented and procedural programmer, database and web designer and manager, network manager, component integrator, project manager, consultant and system analyst.
You will also be suited to employment in areas of systems programming, software development, data communications, management, maintenance of computer systems and development of information systems.
To be awarded the Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science and Software Development), a student must pass 24 credit points, which must include ten core units plus the ten stream core units. The remaining four credit points may be selected from units offered by any area of the University.
Students should note that they must also comply with the following rules:
* level 1 - up to 10 credit points
* levels 2 and 3 - at least 14 credit points over both levels
* All students are required to complete at least one wholly online unit.
SIT101 Fundamentals of Information Technology
SIT102 Introduction to Programming
SIT105 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
SIT192 Discrete Mathematics
SIT010 Safety Induction Program *
SIT103 Introduction to Database Design
SIT104 Introduction to Web Development
SIT131 Object-Oriented Development
Plus one elective unit
MSC228 Information Systems Analysis and Design
SIT221 Classes, Libraries and Algorithms
SIT222 Operating Systems Concepts
Plus one elective unit
SIT202 Computer Networks
SIT231 Advanced Database Systems
SIT203 Web Programming **
Plus one elective unit
SIT301 IT Practice
SIT321 Software Engineering
SIT322 Distributed Systems
SIT303 Programming Practice **
SIT323 Practical Software Development
SIT372 Data Mining **
Plus one elective unit
*Note: SIT010 is a 0 credit safety induction unit.
**SIT203 not offered until 2010
**SIT303 not offered until 2011
**SIT372 not offered until 2011
Students must have access to a suitable computer and a network connection. Information about the hardware and software requirements may be obtained from the School of Engineering and Information Technology's website , or by telephone on 03 5227 2536.
Admission requirements - general
General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.
Advanced standing - general
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for advanced standing. You will need to provide your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your advanced standing.
Your advanced standing is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
How to apply
* Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now.
* Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office.
* Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.
Tracking your application:
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.
* If you applied online, log back into the Applicant Portal using your username and password.
* If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
* If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact that office.
High performing graduates can continue on to an Honours year of study, which can be completed in two full time trimesters, or equivalent full time study. Graduates who gain high outcomes in the Honours year can then continue on to a higher degree by research, either within the School of Engineering and Information Technology, or in others Schools within the faculty or other Universities. Graduates can also progress to postgraduate coursework programs offered.