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Bachelor of Information Technology BITC

Applied Computer Science major


The Applied Computer Science major equips the graduate with
fundamental skills in computer science, applied to the domain of modern
web applications and services. Graduates will be well-prepared to
solve generic problems in the broad area of computing. They will be
ideally placed to design and implement software systems, database
structures and applications, and web services and interfaces.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

3 years full-time, up to 6 years part-time

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Information Technology program is accredited
at professional level by the Australian
Computer Society and, through the Seoul Accord, is recognised
in other countries.

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Program aims

The Bachelor of Information Technology is a vocationally oriented
program emphasising the resolution of technological problems leading
to the effective management and analysis of information in both private
and public sectors. The program's foundation is designed to
provide students with knowledge and skills in key areas of IT as well
as professionally relevant knowledge, qualities and skills in such
areas as problem solving, communication, ethics and teamwork.

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Program objectives

The objectives of the Bachelor of Information Technology are
to enable graduates to:

  • work as a professional in the Information Technology industry

  • demonstrate a sound understanding of the principles of information
    technology

  • demonstrate sound presentation and communication skills within
    the computing industry

  • develop appropriate intellectual, ethical, professional and
    personal attributes

  • become good problem-solvers and innovative thinkers, who are
    able to learn new skills independently and efficiently and consequently
    to succeed in a competitive professional environment

  • be capable of working with people from other disciplines towards
    the solution of common problems

  • identify information needs appropriate to their area of specialisation
    and apply the techniques required to gather and interpret such information

  • satisfy academic admission requirements for membership of relevant
    professional bodies

  • proceed to higher studies.



Major objectives

Applied Computer Science major

On completion of the Applied Computer Science major, graduates
should be able to:

  • display detailed knowledge of and be competent in the fundamentals
    of structured programming, and the application of basic algorithms
    and data structures

  • understand the difference between the major programming language
    paradigms, and be able to select the paradigm best suited to solve
    a problem

  • demonstrate sound knowledge of operating systems principles
    and display familiarity with various modern operating systems

  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of web technology and techniques
    both at the client and the server side

  • be able to design and implement web-based user interfaces in
    accordance to technical, stylistic, and open access standards

  • understand and apply methods for planning and managing large
    software projects, including design, development and maintenance aspects

  • display a detailed knowledge of the fundamental principles of
    database systems and be able to apply these using database software.


Information Systems Development major

On completion of the Information Systems Development major,
graduates should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the electronic business framework
    for areas such as marketing, supply chains and mobile commerce

  • demonstrate an ability to design and analyse business systems
    including database design and use, network architectures, organization
    and human-computer interaction issues

  • demonstrate abilities with object-oriented development of systems,
    particularly Internet applications and enterprise systems in .NET
    and Java

  • demonstrate expertise with the Oracle (SQL) environment


Information Technology Management major

On completion of the Information Technology Management major,
graduates should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the electronic business framework
    for areas such as marketing, supply chains and mobile commerce

  • demonstrate an ability to design and analyse business systems
    including database design and use, network architectures, organization
    and human-computer interaction issues

  • demonstrate an understanding of information systems security
    and control issues

  • recognize the importance of IT service management and demonstrate
    understanding of the important best practice frameworks

  • identify information needs appropriate to their area of specialisation,
    and apply the techniques required to gather and interpret such information

  • demonstrate skills in the analysis and determination of technological
    issues at management level


Networking and Security major

On completion of the Networking and Security major, graduates
should:

  • be able to design, install, configure, troubleshoot, and maintain
    networks and their operating systems

  • be able to install, configure and manage network, system, user,
    and security services

  • have acquired skills in development of new systems to operate
    networks

  • be able to interface networks with wide area networks such as
    the Internet and newer network architectures

  • have a sound understanding of the operating systems that are
    used to provide services on networks, including at least Linux and
    Windows

  • display a detailed knowledge of the fundamental principles of
    database systems and be able to apply these using database software.


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Program structure

The Bachelor of Information Technology is comprised of 24 units
as follows:

Area of study Number of units
Core Courses
  • 5 compulsory courses

  • 3 chosen from a defined list *


*Students taking the Applied Computer Science major
or Networking and Security major must take MAT1101
and CSC2406 as two
of the three courses
8 units
Bachelor of Information Technology major (select one):
  • Applied Computer Science

  • Information Systems Development

  • Information Technology Management

  • Networking and Security


8 units
Plus one of the following:
  • Second major (8 units) or

  • 2 x 4-unit minors or

  • 1 x 4-unit minor and 4 elective units or

  • 8 elective units


8 units
Total 24 units

Footnotes
*Students taking the Applied Computer Science major
or Networking and Security major must take MAT1101
and CSC2406 as two
of the three courses
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Core courses

Compulsory courses
CIS1000 Information Systems Concepts
CIS3002 Business Analysis
CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship
CSC1401 Foundation Programming
CSC2407 Introduction to Software Engineering
Plus select 3 courses from the following:*
ACC1101 Accounting for Decision-Making
CSC2402 Object-Oriented Programming in C++
CSC2406 Web Technology
ECO1000 Economics
ELE1301 Computer Engineering
FIN1101 Introduction to Corporate Finance
LAW1101 Introduction to Law
MAT1100 Foundation Mathematics
MAT1101 Discrete Mathematics for Computing
MGT1000 Organisational Behaviour
MKT1001 Introduction to Marketing
POL1000 Government, Business and Society
STA2300 Data Analysis

Footnotes
*Students taking
the Applied Computer Science major or Networking and Security major
must take MAT1101 and CSC2406 as two of the three courses.
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Major studies

All students in the Bachelor of Information Technology must
complete at least one major study. A major study is a set of courses
that make up a coherent, in-depth study of a specific discipline.

In this section:

  • Double Major Studies
  • Applied Computer Science major
  • Information Systems Development major
  • Information Technology Management major
  • Networking and Security major
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Double Major Studies


Students may choose to complete two majors from the Bachelor
of Information Technology or they may choose to complete a second
8-unit major from the undergraduate degree programs in the Faculty
of Business and Law or the Faculty of Sciences. Alternately they
may choose a major from the undergraduate degree programs in another
faculty at the University of Southern Queensland. A program in which
there is a first and second major is known as a 'double major'. Where
a second major from another faculty contains less than 8 units, students
must complete extra elective units, chosen from undergraduate courses
offered at the University of Southern Queensland to ensure that their
program contains 24 units in total. The sets of courses that make
up each major in the Bachelor of Information Technology are summarised
in the following tables:

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Applied Computer Science major


Course Semester/Mode of Offer Toowoomba Campus
CSC2401 Algorithms and Data Structures S2
CSC2402 Object-Oriented Programming in C++ S1
CSC2404 Operating Systems S2
CSC2408 Software Development Tools S1, S2
CSC3400 Database Systems
S1
CSC3403 Comparative Programming Languages S1
CSC3412 System and Security Administration S1
CSC3419 XML and the Web S2

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Information Systems Development major


Course Semester/Mode of Offer Toowoomba Campus
CIS1101 Business Online S2, S3
CIS2000 Systems Analysis and Design S1, S3
CIS2002 Database Design and Implementation S1, S3
CIS2003 Component Based Software Development S2
CIS3001 Object-Oriented Programming with Java S1
CIS3003 Networks and Distributed Systems S1
CIS3007 Enterprise Systems Development and Architecture S2
CIS3010 Oracle Development S2

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Information Technology Management major


Course Semester/Mode of Offer Toowoomba Campus Semester/Mode of Offer Springfield Campus
CIS1101 Business Online S2, S3
CIS2000 Systems Analysis and Design S1, S3
CIS2002 Database Design and Implementation S1, S3
CIS2005 Principles of Information Security S2
CIS3003 Networks and Distributed Systems S1
CIS3008 Information Technology Service Management S1
CIS3009 Enterprise Systems in Practice S2, S3
Select one of the following courses:
BUS3000 Work Integrated Learning S1, S2 S1 (ONC), S2 (ONC)
CIS3011 Information Systems Project* S2

Footnotes
*CIS3011 replaces CIS2200 Advanced Office Applications:
Access and Word from semester 1, 2011.
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Networking and Security major


Course Semester/Mode of Offer Toowoomba Campus
CSC2404 Operating Systems S2
CSC2408 Software Development Tools S1, S2
CSC3400 Database Systems S1
CSC3407 Network Fundamentals and Routing S1
CSC3412 System and Security Administration S1
CSC3413 Network Design and Analysis S2
CSC3420 Mobile Internet Technology S1
CSC3427 Switching, Wireless and WAN Technologies S2

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Minor studies

A minor study is a coherent group of four units of courses that
provides students with an appropriate breadth of study in their program.
All students, except those undertaking a second major, must complete
a 4-unit minor study. Students who wish to take a minor study not
listed in the recommended minors must obtain permission from the Program
Coordinator. Before undertaking any course, the pre-requisite courses
must be completed or exempted.

Please note:

When students select a minor(s), courses will only count towards
that minor(s) if they have not already counted towards another selected
major or minor. Not all minors are available on-campus at all campuses.
Students may choose courses from those listed in the Minor Studies section of this Handbook. Enrolment requirements
must be satisfied for any course selected.

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Elective courses

Students not completing a double major must select 4 units of
elective courses from courses offered at undergraduate level from
Faculty of Business and Law or Faculty of Sciences undergraduate programs
or, with the approval of the Program Coordinator, from undergraduate
programs offered by other faculties at the University of Southern
Queensland. Prerequisite enrolment requirements must be satisfied
for any course selected. For various reasons, the following course
will not be approved as an elective: CSC1402 Foundation Computing.

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