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Duration: 
3.5 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
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Overview

Gain in-demand computing skills and invaluable work experience with VU's Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional).

Our IT (professional) degree gives you a solid foundation in the latest web and mobile-app development, and network and systems design. You'll also have the exciting opportunity to experience 12 months of paid internship in the IT industry as part of your degree.

VU's computer-science courses are among the best in Australia according to the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings 2018. Our state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities offer virtual and hands-on teaching.

You will build your computer-science knowledge through solving real-world problems in:

  • network and database design and administration
  • routing and switching
  • computer and internet security
  • wireless technologies
  • web programming
  • software engineering
  • mobile application development
  • virtualisation in computing.

You'll also gain the experience needed to lead teams and manage projects.

In order to be admitted in to the Bachelor of IT (Professional), you must successfully secure a placement with one of our industry partners.

Apply for the Bachelor of IT (Professional) internship and scholarship.

High-achieving students in VU's Bachelor of Information Technology will be eligible to transfer into this course to take part in a 12-month paid IT internship.

The real-world work experience gained alongside qualified IT professionals will be of huge benefit in your job applications following graduation.

This course has been designed to meet the requirements of the Australian Computer Society and is seeking full accreditation at the professional level.

It also helps you to prepare for the following:

  • CISCO/Microsoft industry certifications
  • Apple app development
  • Content Management System (CMS) development and management.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our Women in Science & Engineering program supports our current university students, and inspires women to choose engineering and science careers.

Careers in IT and computer science

Australia's information and communications technology (ICT) industry is a dynamic and rapidly growing market.

VU's Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional) gives you the real-world work experience to prepare for roles in:

  • network design and implementation
  • system security consultancy
  • data modelling and database development
  • web and mobile-application programming
  • network and database-system administration
  • information and communication technology (ICT) management.

Job titles

  • software analyst
  • web designer
  • web application developer
  • mobile application developer
  • computer and network support
  • data centre administrator
  • systems administrator
  • system security consultant
  • database administrator
  • webmaster
  • business analyst
  • data analyst
  • project manager (e.g. in government, banking/finance, retail, manufacturing).

Salaries

Average annual salary in Australia:

  • web administrator or ICT support technician - $65,676 (JobOutlook)
  • ICT support and test engineer - $82,316 (Job Outlook)
  • database/systems administrator or ICT security specialist - $83,720 (JobOutlook).

Employment for ICT support and test engineers is expected to grow strongly over the next five years (Job Outlook).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional) students will be required to complete 336 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core studies;
  • 48 credit points of Graduating Core studies;
  • 96 credit points of Major studies;
  • 2 x 48 credit points of Industry Placement studies.

First Year Core Units

Industry Placement Units

Compulsory Minors

Majors

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of information technologies with depth in selected areas of study from the following areas: networking, security, virtualisation, enterprise network management, cloud, data analytics, ICT management, web application development, mobile application development and database;  
  2. Analyse and adapt the latest information technologies with intellectual independence, self-learning capabilities and creativity to identify and solve real-world problems with sound decisions and judgement in a broad range of sectors including ICT, government, banking and finance, retail, education, health, media and manufacturing;  
  3. Exhibit a range of technical, analytical, managerial, leadership and interpersonal skills; in depth understanding to the codes of ethics and conducts of IT professions; capacity to perform IT design and development practice in an independent or collaborative environment with a strong industry focus; and the responsibility and accountability as a lifelong learner for own learning and professional practice;  
  4. Present solid foundation and strong practical skills with the ability of life-long learning for industry certifications from large reputable vendors both locally and overseas, such as CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS).  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

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