Bachelor of Information Technology

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Program Description


Degree overview

  • Build a rewarding career as an IT professional.
  • Train using the latest industry tools, technologies and research.
  • Learn in the Gaming Lab, IT Development and IT Innovation Studios.
  • Gain practical experience through real projects and placements.
  • Select two IT minors or diversify your skills with cross-disciplinary study.
  • Professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.
  • 97 per cent of our assessed research is at or above world class, according to Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015.
  • A common first year across IT degrees enables you to switch between specialisations and get credit for completed courses.

Snapshot

The Bachelor of Information Technology is your stepping stone to a career in computing, software development and the information services industries. You will learn using the latest industry tools, technologies and research. Our IT degrees have a number of flexible entry pathways and a common first year. You can switch between specialisations and get credit for the courses you’ve already completed.

By tailoring your studies to your interests, you can prepare for a rewarding career as an IT professional.

What you'll learn

You will start your degree with core courses in information technology. These will give you a solid grounding in important areas such as IT, network, database and programming fundamentals, and systems analysis.

You will then choose two minors where you can focus on areas of IT that really interest you. At least one of your minors must be an IT minor chosen from these areas:

  • software development
  • 3D Animation
  • visual effects
  • multimedia
  • mobile applications
  • networking
  • business systems
  • security
  • data analytics
  • games

If you’re thinking about a non-IT minor, the following are popular:

  • digital media
  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • marketing
  • accounting
  • management

Why Bachelor of Information Technology

In this very flexible degree you can choose your own specialisation – either two minors from the IT school; or one IT minor and one non-IT minor. This means you can develop a broad range of skills and knowledge, enhancing your employment prospects.

IT minors are available in:

  • software development
  • multimedia
  • mobile applications
  • networking
  • business systems
  • security
  • data analytics
  • games

Popular (non-IT) minors include digital media, innovation and entrepreneurship, marketing, accounting, management, or international business.

Alternatively, if you wish to focus your studies in a particular area then consider studying one of our specialised IT programs including:

  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Games and Entertainment Design)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Mobile Application Development)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Cybersecurity)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Software Development)
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)

Your career

The IT industry is very diverse. The skills employers are looking for can be very different, even between jobs with the same title. Well-trained professionals with broad skills are in high demand, particularly in business, defence, mining, application and software development.

Between now and 2020 employment in ICT is expected to grow strongly in Australia. The availability of roles is expected to increase by:

  • 18,000 jobs for software and applications programmers (or 18.4 per cent)
  • 19,100 jobs for business and systems analysts and programmers (or 14.3 per cent)
  • 14,800 jobs for ICT managers (or 25.4 per cent)
  • 6,800 jobs for ICT Network and Support professionals (or 14.6 per cent)*

Careers to consider:

  • software developer: developing, coding, testing and debugging software applications; interpreting customer requirements; working with a team to research, design, and write software; working with others to understand and resolve issues in existing software
  • database administrator: managing secure databases, servers and environments; analysing and tuning databases for optimal efficiency; providing specialist database advice; maintaining compliance; ensuring database uptime and standards
  • networking analyst: supporting infrastructure for wired network connections, wireless access points and remotely connected users; ensuring continuous network operations; performing installation, configuration, maintenance, upgrade, documentation, and operational support of network equipment

*Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Real World Connections

With more than 200 industry partners, we offer you opportunities to get real-world experience through projects and placements. Our partners include Fujitsu Australia, SA Water, Uniting Care Wesley Adelaide and more. UniSA is also home to several research centres:

  • Advanced Computing Research Centre
  • Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  • Institute for Telecommunications Research
  • Phenomics and Bioinformatics Research Centre

All have world renowned links and associations that provide a dynamic teaching and research base for our students. During your studies, you will also have access to world-class facilities such as the Gaming Lab, IT Development and the IT Innovation Studios.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program is professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

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