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CQ18 - Bachelor 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 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time or equivalent 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - BDG; BNE; GDC; GLD; MEL; MKY; ROK; SYD; External
International - BDG; BNE; FIJI; GDC; GLD; HTD; MEL; MKY; ROK; SYD; External
Courses/Units of Credit 24 courses/144 units of credit
Faculty Informatics and Communication
How to Apply QTAC or direct
Entry Requirements
Professional Accreditation Australian Computer Society (ACS) - Professional level. For personal eligibility for membership refer to the ACS website
Residential School not applicable
Practicum/Work placement not applicable
Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal BIT 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes 003401C - QLD / 017540K - NSW / 023772K - VIC

Program Aims

The Information Technology program aims to equip graduates for a professional career in Information Technology as a Software Engineer or System Services specialist. The program also aims to provide sufficient theoretical grounding and professional development skills to enable adaptation to changing technology. After developing foundation computing skills and knowledge in first year, students then specialise in software engineering, systems services, database administration, Internet or, multimedia technologies. Graduates will become skilled IT professionals who can find employment in private and public organisations in any industry such as banking, retail, travel, insurance, manufacturing, health care, legal firms and government ministries. From a starting position as an analyst/programmer, you can proceed to become a systems analyst, a project leader or an IT manager - the possibilities are endless.

Career options
IT manager and consultant, systems analyst, programmer, software engineer, multimedia or database administrator

Program Structure

Students will be able to construct their program based on the prescribed requirements. Students must complete a total of 24 courses, comprising:
  • 10 compulsory courses
  • 2 courses at Advanced Level
  • 12 electives

Courses Offered

Schedule 1
10 compulsory courses, which are:
Course Code Course Name
COMM11003 Professional and Technical Communication
COIT13132 Professional Issues
ENCO11005 Computer Hardware Fundamentals
COIT11118 Conceptual Foundations of Computing
COIT11133 Programming A
COIT11134 Programming B
COIT11166 Systems Analysis and Design
COIT12167 Database Use and Design
COIT11221 Software Fundamentals
COIT12170 Data Communications

Students who have passed COIT11133 Programming A, but not COIT11134 Programming B or COIS12041 Business Programming, must complete COIT11134 Programming B or COIS12041 Business Programming the next time their preferred course is available on the student's campus.

Schedule 2
At least 2 Advanced Level courses selected from:
Course Code Course Name
COIS13034 Information Systems Management
COIS13013 Management Support Systems
COIT12169 Systems Implementation
COIT12144 Algorithms and Data Structures
COIT13147 Networks
COIT13148 Special Topic A (Computing)
COIT12137 Java for Object-Oriented Programmers
COIT13146 Systems Administration
COIT19209 Computing Project Part A
COIT19210 Computing Project Part B
COIT13211 Security and the Internet
COIT13143 Database Application Development

Schedule 3
12 electives which: may be any course offered by the Faculty of Informatics & Communication. Of particular interest and relevance are:
Course Code Course Name
COIS11011 Foundations of Business Computing
MMST11001 Introduction to Multimedia
MMST11002 Web Design and Development
MMST12004 Multimedia Design
COIS12031 Software Design and Programming
MMST12005 New Media Histories and Practices
COIS12036 Human-Computer Interaction
STAT11048 Essential Statistics
STAT12049 Total Quality Management & Statistical Process Control (TQM & SPC)
COIT12140 Object-Oriented Programming
COIS12041 Business Programming
COIT12141 Computer Graphics
ENCO12008 Computer Architecture and Assembler
COIT12120 System Simulation
COIT13121 Logic Programming
COIT13122 Machine Intelligence
COIT13152 Operating Systems
COIT12168 Analysis and Specification
ECOM13003 Electronic Commerce

Or any course listed in Schedule 2.

  • May include general electives taken from other degrees of the University. This enables students to develop a minor stream in an area other than computing. For example, students may select electives which constitute a business (management/accounting) or arts (geography/psychology) plan. No more than 6 elective courses may be taken outside the Faculty of Informatics & Communication.
  • Incoming and continuing Bachelor of Information Technology students cannot take Dynamic Web Interfaces from 2003.
  • No more than 5 electives may be Level 1 courses.
  • Subject to approval by the program administrator, a student may enrol in any core or elective course providing it is available in that term and pre-requisite courses have been passed.
All students may NOT take the following as GENERAL elective courses, due to content overlap with core and computing elective courses:
Course Code Course Name
COIS11014 Engineering Computing
Students who have previously completed COIT11125 Computing Skills or COIT11126 Computer Skills may NOT take COIS11011 Foundations of Business Computing.

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