Bachelor of Information Technology
University of South Australia
Distance Learning, On-Campus
AUD 37,100 / per year
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- No.1 in SA for graduate careers1 and skills2 in IT.
- Benefit from contemporary curriculum informed by UniSA research in areas such as cyber security, augmented reality and data analytics.
- Learn from dedicated, highly experienced teaching staff including practitioners employed in industry.
- Benefit from our well-established partnerships with industry offering significant opportunities for placements and industry projects.
- Experience purpose-built teaching spaces designed to facilitate collaboration and work-integrated learning.
- Learn using the latest industry software and technology.
- Start now, decide later. Enjoy a common first-year across most IT degrees enabling you to switch between IT specialisations and receive credit for completed courses.
- Select two IT minors, or select a specialised plan.
- Professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
Now, more than ever, digital technology is proving critical to Australian businesses, with the pandemic pushing retailers to embrace e-commerce, education providers transition to online learning and Australian workers shift to working from home – trends that we’re unlikely to see reverse for some time¹.
Technology workers have been key to supporting the extra demand for digital infrastructure and services throughout the pandemic, with strong annual employment growth achieved in 2020 and forecast to continue through to 2026¹.
Professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), the Bachelor of Information Technology is a highly flexible program that offers you the opportunity to explore a range of interest areas and tailor your degree to your career goals. Employment opportunities exist in public and private settings across industries – from health to defence, education and manufacturing – as well as entrepreneurial enterprises.
You will enjoy a modern, practical approach to your IT education, with significant opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in real-world settings. Second year students may be offered a paid six-month internship, where you will be mentored by industry experts, work on large IT projects and use this as part of your assessment for your final semester course.
Enjoy a common first-year across most IT degrees enabling you to switch between specialisations and receive credit for completed courses. This means if you change your mind about your IT specialisation after first-year, you can change programs and still complete your degree in 3 or 4 years full-time (depending on your degree length). Start now, decide later.
Why Bachelor of Information Technology
The Bachelor of Information Technology is your steppingstone to a career in software development, networking, cyber security or the games and entertainment industry.
This program is unique in our IT offering, allowing you to choose your own specialisations and develop a broad range of knowledge and skills relevant to your career aspirations. Most of our IT undergraduate programs share a common first-year, so choosing this degree offers ultimate flexibility. Should you wish to pursue a different specialty after completing your first-year, you can switch to an alternative IT program and receive credit for the courses completed. Start now, decide later.
Throughout your program you will complete a unique series of collaborative, work-integrated courses, reinforcing the concepts learnt in the classroom in a supportive practice environment. Soft, non-technical skills are also integrated into your learning to develop the qualities highly valued and sought after by industry. Topics include design thinking, system requirements, system design and agile development, and project management.
In your final year you may have the opportunity to work directly with an industry client – from brief through to project delivery – with our ICT Capstone Project. Upon graduation, this allows you to demonstrate your ability to deliver work to industry standard, and to the satisfaction of a client.
Duration: 3 years (Full-time)
You will start your degree with core courses in information technology. These will give you a solid grounding in important areas such as IT, networking, database and programming fundamentals, and systems requirements.
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
- mobile applications
- business systems
- data analytics
The Bachelor of Information Technology is your stepping stone to a career in software development, networking, cybersecurity, games and entertainment industries. You will learn using the latest industry tools, technologies and research. By tailoring your studies to your interests, you can prepare for a rewarding career as an IT professional.
Professional accreditation and recognition
This programme is professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.
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, defense, mining, application, and software development.
By 2023, employment in ICT is expected to grow strongly in Australia. The availability of roles is expected to increase by:
- 25,500 jobs for software and applications programmers (or 21 percent)
- 2,300 jobs for ICT business and systems analysts (or 9.5 percent)
- 8,200 jobs for ICT managers (or 13.9 percent)
- 8,100 jobs for ICT Network and Support professionals (or 15.3 percent)1
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; analyzing 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