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Master of Systems Development

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points, which includes the completion of the relevant industry stream certificate (for which credit of 48 points is given) for the Master degree and 32 points, which includes the completion 16 points of relevant industry stream subjects for the Graduate Certificate.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

The Master of Systems Development provides professionals in the IT industry with an advanced course of study in software development. Achievement of Microsoft's premium IT industry certifications for systems developers is also included as an integral part of the course.

The Master of Systems Development provides professionals in the IT industry with higher order systems development knowledge and skills. Upon completion of the course, graduates will have attained high-level industry certification, and advanced skills in identifying business requirements and defining software solution architectures.

As with all our courses, the Master of Systems Development is designed and delivered with study flexibility in mind. Our students choose between full-time and part-time study options so as to fit in with work and lifestyle commitments. You could choose to study just one subject in an academic session or with approval, fast-track degree completion by undertaking four subjects per session.

Workplace learning

The Master of Systems Development incorporates industry certifications from the Project Management Institute, Microsoft, and the Office of Government Services (ITIL).

Flexible offering

This course is available by distance education only and is offered across a three session academic year with sessions commencing in February, July and November each year.

The Master of Systems Development has a minimum full-time duration of six sessions. However, actual duration is dependent on subject availability and the session of commencement.

The Master degree and the Graduate Certificate make up an articulated set of courses, and credit is awarded in the Master degree for subjects completed in the Graduate Certificate.

Students may elect to exit from the Master degree after completion of four specified subjects and graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Systems Development.

Course structure

Master of Systems Development

Students in the Master of Systems Development are required to complete three core subjects (24 points), one elective from an elective set (8 points), and two restricted electives (16 points) and an industry-based elective stream (48 points).

Core subjects

ITC505 Systems Development Project Management
ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics
ITC508 Object Modelling

Elective Set (Choose 1)

ITC518 Principles of Programming using C# (recommended for students studying the PMI-ITIL stream)
ITC543 Enterprise Design Patterns (recommended for students studying the Microsoft stream)

Electives (Choose 2)

ITC514 Network and Security Administration
ITC516 Principles of Database Development
ITC528 Artificial Intelligence
ITC563 IT Management Issues
ITC565 Business Applications Development
ITC593 Network Security

Recommended electives for PMI/ITIL stream

ITC516 Principles of Database Development
ITC565 Business Applications Development

The industry elective streams are listed below. The subjects which comprise these streams correspond to specific industry certifications from various vendors. It is necessary to pass the associated industry examinations to pass these subjects. Please note that the content of the industry streams is dynamic and often updated by industry vendors as technology advances. It may not be viable for CSU to offer all industry subjects. Where this is the case, credits can be obtained by passing the associated industry certification exams.

The current list of subjects offered as credit only appears below in the summary for each industry stream. For the most up to date information on the status of all industry subjects, please go to www.itmasters.edu.au

Students will choose one of the following industry streams:

  • Stream A: Microsoft .NET 3.5
  • Stream B: ITIL-PM
  • Stream C: Business Analyst

Stream A: Microsoft.NET 3.5 stream

Core Industry Subject(s) (1 subject):

ITI530 Application Development Fundamentals

Electives (Choose 5)

ITE501 Windows Forms Application Development
ITE502 ASP.NET Application Development
ITE503 ADO.NET Application Development
ITE504 Windows Communication Foundation Application Development
ITE505 Enterprise Applications Development
ITI597 IT Infrastructure Library Foundation
MGI511 Project Management Fundamentals
MGI512 The Project Life Cycle
MGI513 Enterprise Project Management

Stream B: PMI - ITIL Stream

Core Industry Subject(s) (4 subjects):

MGI511 Project Management Fundamentals
MGI512 The Project Life Cycle
MGI513 Enterprise Project Management
ITI597 IT Infrastructure Library Foundation

Electives (Choose 2)

MGI514 Professional Project Management
ITI577 IT Service Release, Control and Validation
ITI578 IT Service Operational Support and Analysis
ITE509 ITIL Toolsets

Stream D: Business Analyst stream

Core Industry Subject(s) (1 subject):

ITE524 Certified Business Analyst

Electives (Choose 5)

MGI511 Project Management Fundamentals
MGI512 The Project Life Cycle
MGI513 Enterprise Project Management
MGI514 Professional Project Management
MGI517 Project Management Communications
MGI522 Developing Solutions

Exit with a Graduate Certificate

Students who have completed 32 points of the subjects in the Master degree will be eligible to graduate with the award Graduate Certificate in Systems Development if terminating their study prior to completion of the Master degree. The requirements of this Graduate Certificate are that students have successfully completed two subjects from the pool of CSU of subjects offered in the Master of Systems Development and two subjects selected from the same industry-based elective stream.

Graduate Certificate in Systems Development

The Graduate Certificate in Systems Development consists of four subjects (32 points) that satisfy the following conditions:

  1. Students must successfully complete two subjects from the pool of CSU subjects offered in the Maste of Systems Development (see the Restricted List of CSU subjects below)
  2. Students must complete two subjects selected from the same industry-based elective stream from
    • those available in the Master of Systems Development. The available streams are
    • Microsoft.NET stream
    • PMI-ITIL stream

Restricted List of CSU Subjects

ITC505 Systems Development Project Management
ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics
ITC508 Object Modelling
ITC514 Network and Security Administration
ITC516 Principles of Database Development
ITC518 Principles of Programming using C# (only recommended to students studying the PMI-ITIL stream)
ITC528 Artificial Intelligence
ITC543 Enterprise Design Patterns
ITC563 IT Management Issues
ITC565 Business Applications Development
ITC593 Network Security

Industry-based Elective Streams

Stream A: Microsoft.NET 3.5 stream

ITI530 Application Development Fundamentals
ITE501 Windows Forms Application Development
ITE502 ASP.NET Application Development
ITE503 ADO.NET Application Development
ITE504 Windows Communication Foundation Application Development
ITE505 Enterprise Applications Development
ITI597 IT Infrastructure Library Foundation
MGI511 Project Management Fundamentals
MGI512 The Project Life Cycle
MGI513 Enterprise Project Management

Stream B: PMI - ITIL Stream

MGI511 Project Management Fundamentals
MGI512 The Project Life Cycle
MGI513 Enterprise Project Management
ITI597 IT Infrastructure Library Foundation
MGI514 Professional Project Management
ITI577 IT Service Release, Control and Validation
ITI578 IT Service Operational Support and Analysis
ITE509 ITIL Toolsets

Stream C: Business Analyst stream

ITE524 Certified Business Analyst
MGI511 Project Management Fundamentals
MGI512 The Project Lifecycle
MGI513 Enterprise Project Management
MGI514 Professional Project Management
MGI517 Project Management Communications
MGI522 Developing Solutions

Enrolment pattern

Master of Systems Development

Students may commence the course in Calendar sessions 1, 2 or 3. Note: The enrolment pattern below is divided by calendar sessions for the various intakes. The recommended session enrolments appear under each Calendar session enrolment and are distinguished by session number. Each session number represents Calendar session 1 or 2 depending on the course commencement session. As an example, for a student who follows the enrolment pattern and who commences the course in Calendar Session 2, 2011, session 1 refers to Calendar session 2 2011, session 2 refers to Calendar session 3 2011, etc.

All Streams

Calendar Session 1 intake

Session 1

ITC508 Object Modelling
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Session 2

ITC505 Systems Development Project Management
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Session 3

ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Session 4

[ ] Restricted Elective*
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Session 5

ITC543 Enterprise Design Patterns OR ITC518 Principles of Programming using C#**
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Session 6

[ ] Restricted Elective*
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Calendar Session 2 intake

Session 1

ITC505 Systems Development Project Management
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Session 2

ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Session 3

ITC508 Object Modelling
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Session 4

ITC543 Enterprise Design Patterns OR ITC518 Principles of Programming using C#**
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Session 5

[ ] Restricted Elective*
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Session 6

[ ] Restricted Elective*
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Calendar Session 3 intake

Session 1

ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Session 2

ITC508 Object Modelling
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Session 3

ITC543 Enterprise Design Patterns OR ITC518 Principles of Programming using C#**
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Session 4

[ ] Restricted Elective*
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Session 5

[ ] Restricted Elective*
[ ] Industry-stream subject

Session 6

ITC505 Systems Development Project Management
[ ] Industry-stream subject

*Restricted electives are:

ITC514 Network and Security Administration
ITC516 Principles of Database Development
ITC528 Artificial Intelligence
ITC563 IT Management Issues
ITC565 Business Applications Development
ITC593 Network Security

** It is recommended that students enrolled in the PMI-ITIL stream study ITC518 and students enrolled in the Microsoft.NET streams will study ITC543

Graduate Certificate in Systems Development

There is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects depending on subject availability and the meeting of any prerequisites. Students must, however, enrol in at least two CSU subjects and choose two industry-based subjects from the same industry stream. Students are only permitted to enrol in subjects that are contained within the course structure of the Master of Systems Development.

Articulation

  • Master of Systems Development
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems Developement

Professional recognition

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) accredits courses in Information Technology to verify that they meet professional standards in terms of content, staff skills, teaching facilities and quality assurance. Charles Sturt University has the highest level of accreditation, that is accreditation at the professional level.

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2; Session 3

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

The minimum full-time duration for the Master is six sessions by distance education.
The minimum full-time duration for the Graduate Certificate is two sessions by distance education.

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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