Master of Information Technology

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  • Objectives
    The course is designed to provide specialised information technology skills by providing up-to-date knowledge of recent developments in computing technology, as well as covering the technical and theoretical foundations of these topics, giving students the opportunity to apply this knowledge in practice. The course provides a leading-edge study environment, producing appropriately educated and qualified IT professionals who are eminently employable. Graduates will possess a sound knowledge and understanding of general issues, concepts and practices in IT and a broad knowledge and understanding of the technological aspects of IT. Graduates will be encouraged to develop a raft of generic skills enabling them to be effective and efficient employees and citizens. Students enrolled in the Master of Information Technology can elect to exit from the program after completion of four units. Students electing to do this will qualify for the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology. Students electing to exit after completion of eight units will qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Information Technology. Students who seek this option will be eligible to seek membership with the Australian Computer Society at the professional level.
  • Entry requirements
    To satisfy the general entrance requirements for admission to the Master of Information Technology a student must hold an approved undergraduate degree. Students who hold an undergraduate degree in a non-computing field will be required to take a compulsory core of four foundation units.
  • Academic title
    Master of Information Technology
  • Course description
    Fees and charges

    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.
    This is a fee-paying course.  Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees.  For more information about FEE-HELP go to

    Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
    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.
    Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

    * 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. The cost of each unit offered in 2009 can be viewed at
    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.

    Course rules
    The course comprises 12 credit points which can be completed on a full-time basis over three trimesters or part-time equivalent. Applicants must hold an approved undergraduate degree. Students who hold an undergraduate degree in a non-computing field will be required to take a compulsory core of four foundation units: SIT771, SIT772, SIT773 and SIT774. The Master of Information Technology articulates with the Graduate Certificate (4 credit points) and the Graduate Diploma (8 credit points) of Information Technology.


    There are four specialised streams:

    Network Computing
    Software Development
    IT Security

    IT Services

    Course structure

    Individual students′ course structures will depend upon their basis of entry into the Master of Information Technology, and their preferred specialism. For example, a student entering the MIT with a non-computing undergraduate degree will have to undertake the four compulsory foundation units. All students must also complete two core project units: SIT764 Project Management and SIT782 Practical Project. (Students intending to articulate into the Master of Information Technology (Professional) may receive exemption from completing the required project unit).


    If this student then wishes to follow the Network Computing specialism, he or she will then have to take the four units that make up that particular specialism, as outlined above. This student may then elect to make up the remaining 2 credit points in the required 12-credit-point structure from other SIT7- units, as listed under general units, or individual units from any other specialism.


    Foundation units

    Trimester 1

    SIT771 Object-Oriented Development  

    SIT773 Software Design and Engineering  


    Trimester 2

    SIT772 Database and Information Retrieval  

    SIT774 Web and Internet Programming  


    Core project units

    SIT764 Project Management  

    SIT782 Practical Project  

    General units

    SIT701 Internet Core and Enterprise Routing  

    SIT702 Engineering Regional Networks  

    SIT703 Advanced Digital Forensics  

    SIT704 Advanced Topics in Digital Security  

    SIT717 Recent Developments in Information Technology  

    SIT725 Advanced Software Engineering  

    SIT735 Cryptography for Secure Communications  

    SIT737 Service Oriented Architectures and Technologies  

    SIT751 Java Network Programming  

    SIT763 IT Security Management  

    SIT764 Project Management  

    SIT775 IT Services in Organisations  

    SIT780 eSystems Software Development  

    SIT781 Introduction to Bioinformatics  

    SIT783 Linux and Open Source Software  

    SIT784 Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing  

    SIT794 Services Management  

    Equipment requirements
    Students must have access to a suitable computer and a network connection. Information about hardware and software requirements may be obtained from the School of Engineering and Information Technology's website <> or by telephone 03 5227 2536.

    Admission requirements - general
    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
    For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide

    Admission requirements - specific
    To satisfy the general entrance requirements for admission to the Master of Information Technology a student must hold an approved undergraduate degree.  Students who hold an undergraduate degree in a non-computing field will be required to take a compulsory core of four foundation units.

    Advanced standing - general
    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Advanced standing - specific
    Advanced standing may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.

    How to apply

    Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

    Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

    Further study
    Students wishing to continue their studies via a PhD program must include a Research Project in their Masters Program.

    S779 Master of Information Technology (Professional)

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