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CA99 - Associate Degree of Information Technology

About Information Technology

IT is a field of study that provides students with future job opportunities and allows the freedom to express creativity and technical talents in a range of new and ever changing mediums.

Increase your versatility and employability with multidisciplinary skills in areas such as graphic design, interface design, usability, information architecture, web development, database development, programming and project management.

Cultivate the generic skills that are demanded by today's employers, such as interpersonal communication, teamwork, conflict-resolution, time-management, problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity.

CQU IT degrees will prepare you for a career in this exciting, fast-moving industry.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

A career in Information Technology (IT) is fast-paced, challenging and dynamic.  IT specialists are sought after in nearly every business or organisation and in a range of employment fields from finance, medicine, arts, education, the military, manufacturing to high-tech business.  Job opportunities exist in Internet/web development, network/communication technology, programming, video gaming, data entry, systems analyst, database management, multimedia, data communications expert, software developer, computer technician or security officer.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 2 years full-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - BDG; BNE; GLD; MEL; MKY; ROK; SYD; External
International - BNE; GDC; MEL; SYD
Courses/Units of Credit 16 courses/96 units of credit
Faculty Informatics and Communication
How to Apply QTAC
Entry Requirements
Professional Accreditation The Faculty of Informatics & Communication is seeking accreditation with the Australian Computer Society
Residential School not applicable
Practicum/Work placement not applicable
Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal ADIT 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes 051162D - QLD / 053143B - NSW / 053161M - VIC

Program Aims

The Associate Degree program is designed for students interested in an IT program that combines a solid core of IT content with a wide choice of electives. Having completed the core courses, students may select from a wide range of elective courses. Electives can be chosen to prepare the student for employment in a target role; guidance will be provided to assist such students in their elective choices. Alternatively, the student may prefer to explore a wider range of IT courses and acquire a broadly-based range of skills and experiences.
Students completing the Associate Degree will obtain advanced standing of 96 units of credit towards the Bachelor of Information Technology.

Program Structure

Students are required to complete:

  • 9 core courses
  • 7 elective courses
Note: Students entering the program via Direct (Special) Entry - IELTS 5.5 must complete COMM11008 and COMM11009 as two of their elective courses.

Courses Offered

9 core courses

Course Code Course Name
COIT11118 Conceptual Foundations of Computing
COIT11133 Programming A
COIT11134 Programming B
COIT11166 Systems Analysis and Design
COIT11221 Software Fundamentals
COIT12167 Database Use and Design
COIT12170 Data Communications
COMM11003 Professional and Technical Communication
ENCO11005 Computer Hardware Fundamentals
Note: COIS12041 Business Programming may be chosen instead of COIT11134
7 elective courses selected from the following list

Course Code Course Name
ACCT11057 Principles of Accounting
COIS11011 Foundations of Business Computing
COIS12031 Software Design and Programming
COIS12036 Human-Computer Interaction
COIS12041 Business Programming
COIS13013 Management Support Systems
COIT11134 Programming B
COIT12120 System Simulation
COIT12137 Java for Object-Oriented Programmers
COIT12140 Object-Oriented Programming
COIT12141 Computer Graphics
COIT12144 Algorithms and Data Structures
COIT12168 Analysis and Specification
COIT12169 Systems Implementation
COIT13121 Logic Programming
COIT13122 Machine Intelligence
COIT13132 Professional Issues
COIT13143 Database Application Development
COIT13146 Systems Administration
COIT13147 Networks
COIT13152 Operating Systems
COIT13211 Security and the Internet
COMM11008 Communication and Critical Thinking
COMM11009 Contemporary Communication Skills
ENCO12008 Computer Architecture and Assembler
MATH11246 Quantitative Methods A
MMST11001 Introduction to Multimedia
MMST11002 Web Design and Development
STAT11048 Essential Statistics
STAT12049 Total Quality Management & Statistical Process Control (TQM & SPC)
  • No more than five electives may be Level 1 courses

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