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  • Objectives
    The program is designed to: * Provide understanding and expertise in a number of key areas of information technology * Provide an introduction to research skills in a selected area * Improve analytical skills and competencies in problem solving * Improve oral and written communication skills
  • Academic Title
    Master of Information Technology
  • Course description
    Completion of twelve subjects each of 12.5 points or ten subjects and an IT Project (or Minor Research Project) of 25 points. The program has two groups of subjects:

        * Group A: consists of foundation subjects that bring students up-to-date with modern computing concepts, techniques and tools. A student will choose a maximum of four of these subjects
        * Group B: offers advanced study in information technologies and their applications.

    Subjects are typically taught with a combination of input from academics and practitioners. Students are expected to have their own PCs/laptops to complete the course. Limited additional access to the university computing laboratories may be available outside set class time.

    With written permission from the Program Director subjects in Groups A and/or Group B may be substituted by other relevant subjects.

    Note: Not all subjects are offered every year. Students seeking definitive details should contact the Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering prior to commencement.

    GROUP A (Foundation Studies) Subjects (maximum of four)

    Choose up to four subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    433-520  Programming and Software Development
    Topics covered include algorithmic problem-solving; data types; program structures; objects and classes; data storage structures, and files. The programming will be undertaken in Java.     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    433-521  Algorithms and Complexity
    Topics covered include complexity classes and asymptotic notations; empirical analysis of algorithms; abstract data types including queues, trees, heaps and graphs; algorithmic techniques including brute force, divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    433-522  Internet Technologies
    Topics covered include: Introduction to Internet, OSI reference model layers, protocols and services, data transmission basics, interface standards, network topologies, data link protocols, message routing, LANs, WAN, TCP/IP suite, detailed study of ...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    615-570  Database Systems & Information Modelling
    The subject introduces key topics in modern information organization, particularly with regard to structured databases. The well-founded relational theory behind modern structured query language (SQL) engines, has given them as much a place behind th...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    615-572  Information Systems Analysis & Design
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    GROUP B
    (Advanced IT) Subjects (3 or 4 subjects)

    Choose at least three subjects from:

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    433-620  Engineering for Internet Applications
    Topics covered include: Web software architectures; languages and standards for data and applications on the World Wide Web; protocols for data exchange, program invocation, self-description, and discovery that form a basis for Web Services. Technolo...     Semester 2     12.50

    433-621  Web Technologies and Applications
    Topics covered include: Web software architectures. Languages and standards for data on the World Wide Web: HTTP, XML, XSL, XQuery, XLink and XPath. The Semantic Web and RDF. Web mining and crawling.     Semester 1     12.50

    615-670  Internet Software Development Principles
    This subject introduces a range of technologies and methodologies in current use in software development targeted to internet applications. Topics include: object modeling, UML and component based software engineering, and sufficient exposure to enab...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    615-671  Business Applications & Architectures
    Integrating business applications across business functions and companies provides large benefits to organizations. The first phase of this subject concentrates on business processes and enterprise applications including ERP systems. The relationship...     Semester 1     12.50

    GROUP B (Remaining Subjects)
    Choose at remaining subjects from:

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    433-643  IT Project Management
    Project management issues including client management, management of technical teams; project planning, scheduling and estimation; risk management, configuration management, quality assurance and accreditation, and legal issues, software quality inc...     Semester 1     12.50

    433-645  Software System Security     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    433-646  Systems Requirements Engineering     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    433-652  Distributed Systems
    Topics covered include: introduction, principles and paradigms, design issues, communication, processes, naming, synchronization, consistency and replication, fault tolerance, and security issues in distributed systems and applications; distributed c...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    433-653  Mobile Computing Systems Programming     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    433-654  Sensor Networks and Applications
    Topics covered include: Introduction to sensor networks, attributes of sensor networks, wired and wireless sensors, sensors and networks design and deployment issues, bandwidth and energy constraints aware techniques for network discovery, network co...     Semester 2     12.50

    433-655  Distributed Algorithms
    Topics covered include: synchronous and asynchronous network algorithms that address resource allocation, communication, consensus among distributed processes, distributed data structures, data consistency, deadlock detection, leader election, and gl...     Semester 1     12.50

    433-661  High Performance Database Systems
    Successful companies and organisations rely on the effective and efficient manipulation of data. These include telecommunication companies, banking, retailing, airlines, manufacturing, process control and government instrumentalities. Many end-user a...     Semester 2     12.50

    433-667  Text and Document Management
    This subject examines some of the technologies that make large-scale information retrieval systems possible. Management of large text and image databases. Text and image compression: information content; modelling and coding; minimum-redundancy codin...     Semester 1     12.50

    433-677  Networks & Parallel Processing
    The subject revises parallel architectures and computations with focus on network and communication complexity. A number of network programming techniques are covered. The subject introduces formal communication complexity and two models of parallel...     Semester 2     12.50

    433-678  Cluster and Grid Computing
    Parallel systems: parallel paradigms, parallelisation, resource management and scheduling, message-passing and parameter parallel programming; Cluster computing: cluster architecture, programming with MPI; Grid computing: grids and grid technologies...     Semester 1     12.50

    433-679  Evolutionary and Neural Computation
    Introduction to intelligent systems. Concepts of genetic operators such as crossover, mutation, fitness functions, scaling and sampling in GAs. Numerical optimisation using GAs. Applications to scheduling problems. Basic concepts of neural computing...     Semester 2     12.50

    433-682  Software Agents
    What is an agent? Intentional agents and BDI architecture. Reactive agents and subsumption architecture. Emergent properties of agents. Believable agents. Agent languages: Agent-0, KQML, dMARS, etc. Agents extracting information from the World-Wide ...     Semester 1     12.50

    433-684  Machine Learning     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    433-690  Information Technology Research Project
    Topics covered include: Research methodology, literature search, and scientific writing.     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    433-693  Directed Study 6A
    Directed study in computer science overing material not otherwise available to the student.     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     12.50

    615-636  Interaction Design and Usability     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    615-610  Research Methods in Information Systems
    Research is a systematic process of answering questions to acquire new knowledge. Research in information systems questions how professional practice is conducted and contributes to the development of better practices. The subject provides students ...     Semester 1     12.50

    615-645  Information Systems Modelling     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    615-652  Emerging Technologies and Issues
    As with many other forms of technology, information technologies have lifecycles ranging from initial conception, possible adoption and widespread use in industry, to eventual obsolescence. This subject will address emerging information technologies,...     Semester 2     12.50

    615-653  Consumer-oriented eCommerce     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    615-655  Business to Business Electronic Commerce
    Business-to-Business Electronic Commerce (B2B EC) involves the use of digital technologies to streamline the sourcing, acquisition, delivery and remittance of materials and services between companies. An example is the application of EC to enable bu...     Semester 2     12.50

    615-656  Knowledge Management Systems
    This subject focuses on how a range of information technologies and analysis techniques are used by organizations to support knowledge management initiatives. Topics likely to be examined are: collaborative technologies and computer-supported coopera...     Semester 1     12.50

    615-657  Enterprise Systems
    Organizations around the world are increasingly turning to packaged enterprise application software vendors to provide computer-based applications to support their core business processes. Twenty years ago most such computer-based information system...     Semester 2     12.50

    615-659  Advanced IS Project Management
    Projects are typically characterized as being temporary in nature, having a defined start-end, involving the accomplishment of a novel or unique task and operating under constraints. Obviously the goal of a project is "success". The PMBOK (...     Semester 1     12.50

    615-661  Innovation & Enterpreneurship in IT
    This subject examines the process of innovation and the role of the entrepreneur in the context of IT. The focus is on the behaviours, attitudes, values and skills that people need to create the climate for successful innovation, whether they are ent...     Semester 1     12.50

    615-662  Advanced IS Change Management
    The development and implementation of information systems is both a catalyst for, and a response to, organisational change. In this subject, the interrelationship between information systems and organisational change is examined from both theoretical...     Semester 1     12.50

    615-663  IS in an International Context     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    615-667  eCommerce Security     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    615-672  Pervasive Computing
    Pervasive computing describes access to information using new communications and networking technologies. The technology implies computing power, freed from the desktop, extended to wireless handheld devices, home appliances, and commercial tools-of-...     Semester 1     12.50

    615-690  Minor Research Project in IS
    An individual program of supervised research and study in a selected area of Information Systems. The subject will be supervised by a member of academic staff who is familiar with the research topic and chosen research method. Detailed requirements a...     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

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