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Bachelor of Information Technology

Undergraduate course

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This course has a range of selection criteria.
This course is one of Australia’s most prestigious IT degrees and aims to provide future leaders for the ICT industry. The course has been designed in partnership with leading Australian companies to equip you with the knowledge and skills to move quickly into senior ICT positions after graduation. You will spend 40 weeks gaining direct experience in the ICT industry by working with Swinburne’s industry partners. You will also receive a tax-free scholarship totalling approximately $40,000, to be paid in fortnightly instalments over the three-year course. You will develop skills and knowledge in business and systems analysis, business process management, programming, database and management.
Information sessions
For further information and registration details, visit the Swinburne Information Evening website.
Duration3 years full-time, including 2 x 20-week periods of Industry-Based Learning and 2 summer semesters. This course is not offered on a part-time basis.
Campus and intakes  Calendar
Hawthorn - Semester 1
Study modeFull-time
VTAC course code3400234311 (CSP)
Swinburne course codeBA-IT (formerly I050)
FeesStudent Contribution Band 2 (CSP)  Fee bands

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Information Technology will be well equipped to meet the requirements of both industrial and commercial organisations for information technology specialists.
Technical skills such as systems analysis and design and project management are sought after by industry, with good opportunities available for progressing into management and leadership positions.
Since the commencement of the course all BIT graduates have obtained relevant positions in IT-related fields and positions including: business analyst, team leader, software developer, systems analyst, project manager, security analyst, production manager, client service network consultant, and network coordinator.

On this page: course description, course structure and units of study.

Course description

The program is sponsored by 20 of Australia's top organisations and all students receive an industry-funded scholarship paid over the three years of the course during their studies.
Students spend two 20-week periods working in a sponsor organisation, gaining a broad exposure to the use of IT in business. The grant of a scholarship does not create, on completion of the course, any employment obligation on the part of the student or contributing organisations.
The course is concerned with the acquisition, design, implementation and management of information systems in all types of organisations. The skills required of an information technology specialist include business analysis, requirements analysis, systems analysis, systems design, programming, database design and development, systems acquisition and implementation, and interpersonal communication skills, team skills and management. In addition to this IT-related skills and knowledge, the modern IT professional must be well versed in business fundamentals; in understanding the role and contribution of information systems in driving and enabling the achievement of business goals and objectives; and in managing the vital information systems resource in organisations. This degree has been designed to meet this need, and will produce graduates who are competent and knowledgeable in the discipline; possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and who are able to critically analyse business problems and develop creative and innovative enterprise solutions.
Throughout the program, students are exposed to a range of hardware and software to illustrate how technology can be used to solve typical business problems. By providing an infrastructure through which students can gain both technical knowledge and interpersonal skills, they can develop the abilities and skills important for effective participation and leadership in industry. To ensure students develop the teamwork skills required as an information technology professional, there is a strong emphasis on group work in both the curricular and extracurricular parts of the program. The Industry-Based Learning segments of the program also provide valuable experience within the commercial world, providing added exposure to the use of technology within industry.
Through a mix of university and Industry-Based Learning environments, this innovative course is designed to provide the future leaders in Australia's information technology industry. Students gain 'state-of-the-art' skills in analysis, design, programming and implementation of systems, and the management skills necessary to apply information technology in the modern business world.
Please note that many course codes have changed from 2014.

Course structure

The course includes four standard semesters, two summer semesters and two 20-week periods of Industry-Based Learning. This provides a course that is essentially a four-year course completed in three calendar years.
According to the following rules, students complete at least 400 credit points made up of:
  • Information Technology Core Studies (175 credit points)
  • Programming Core Studies (12.5 credit points)
  • Business Core Studies (37.5 credit points)
  • Project Core Studies (12.5 credit points)
  • Industry-Based Learning (100 credit points)
  • Information Systems Specialist Electives (12.5 credit points)
  • Fifty credit points of electives, of which at least one must be chosen from ICT electives, with up to 37.5 credit points available in other discipline areas. 
Final Year Experience - Major Projects
As part of the Swinburne Model for Professional Learning, all students will undertake a professionally-focused final-year project as part of their degree.

Units of study

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014. Please ensure that you check the unit entry for the correct 2014 unit code.
Recommended Study Sequence
Summer Semester        
HBSH200 Organisation Behaviour
       
Stage 3                
Semester 1
HIW052 Industry-Based Learning
Electives
Choose four electives, of which at least one must be chosen from ICT Elective Studies and up to three electives from other non-ICT discipline areas.
ICT Elective Studies
Other ICT electives may be taken subject to timetabling, prerequisites and permission of the program coordinator.
HBM220N Buyer Behaviour 
HBN210N Introduction to Venture Development 
Other non-ICT electives may be taken subject to timetabling and prerequisites.

On this page: aims and objectives, career opportunities, professional recognition and graduate attributes.

Aims and objectives

  • To provide an infrastructure through which students can gain both technical, analytical, and managerial knowledge and interpersonal skills and develop the abilities and skills important for effective participation and leadership in industry.
  • To ensure students develop the teamwork, interpersonal and communication skills required as an information technology professional.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Information Technology will be well equipped to meet the requirements of both industrial and commercial organisations for information technology specialists.
Technical skills such as systems analysis and design and project management are sought after by industry, with good opportunities available for progressing into management and leadership positions.
Since the commencement of the course all BIT graduates have obtained relevant positions in IT-related fields and positions including: business analyst, team leader, software developer, systems analyst, project manager, security analyst, production manager, client service network consultant, and network coordinator.

Professional recognition

This course has been accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) at Professional Level (the highest level).

Graduate attributes

Swinburne expects that its graduates:
  • Are entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace, or community
  • Are capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
  • Operate effectively in work and community situations
  • Are adaptable and manage change
  • Are aware of environments in which they will be contributing

On this page: IBL (industry based learning), honours and Swinburne Abroad.

Student testimonial - Angus Jones

Bachelor of Information Technology

The Bachelor of Information Technology course stood out as a way to set myself in the right direction for my future. The course aims to develop a broad range of key skills which aid in the conversion from study to becoming a desirable asset in the workplace. These skills include communication, leadership, innovation and professionalism. I firmly believe this program has equipped me with the tools I need to succeed in my chosen career.

The program catered to my individual needs and never left me feeling placed on the wayside. The management and administration supported me throughout, alleviating many of the stresses which come with tertiary education. My experience has been a reflection of the fine work put in by the university and its constituents.

As a rural student, I immediately recognised Swinburne as being welcoming and willing to help their students, a quintessential factor in choosing any university when making the move from the country. From Open Day to Orientation Week, Swinburne offered an exciting and supporting community to help accommodate people no matter what their background.

The IBL (Industry-Based Learning) scheme helped both me and many other Swinburne graduates receive exciting work offers and opportunities based on our skills and experience gained during our time on placement. By coupling a strong degree of knowledge with proven results in an industry setting, IBL is the best way to differentiate yourself as a motivated graduate and sets you on the right path towards reaching your goals.

Industry learning

Industry-Based Learning is a compulsory component of the Bachelor of Information Technology scholarship program. Students spend two 20-week periods working in a scholarship sponsors organisation. Industry-Based Learning will provide students practical experience to add to their academic studies, and is a proven advantage in the graduate job market. For further information about the program and placement visit the Industry Engagement website.

Honours

An honours program at Swinburne provides students who have a demonstrated academic ability with an opportunity to pursue their undergraduate studies to an advanced level: to deepen their intellectual understanding in their major area of study; and to develop their research skills. For further information, contact the Faculty of Business and Enterprise or refer to the Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Honours).

Swinburne Abroad

Swinburne offers International Exchange Programs as well as other Education Abroad Programs to help internationalise your degree. International Exchange is an academic program allowing you to study at a Swinburne Partner Institution for one or two semesters during your degree. Swinburne's Partner Institutions offer many relevant subjects as well as a secure base to explore a different culture. Your studies while on exchange can be credited towards your Swinburne degree, provided they are relevant and approved by Swinburne. For further information visit the Swinburne Abroad website.

On this page: entry requirements, credit transfer and recognition of prior learning

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This course has a range of selection criteria.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.
 
VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics.
 
Non-Year 12 entry
Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.
 
Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.
 
Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.
 
Extra requirements
Prior to selection, all shortlisted candidates are required to attend a briefing session and an interview. The briefing session provides a detailed explanation of the course and is designed to ensure students enter the course with realistic expectations. Interviews are non-technical and assess the candidate's suitability for the course. Selection is based upon academic merit and interview.
 
The university may determine selection criteria and restrictions, in respect of courses, to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Credit transfer

Applicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be granted ‘credit’ and/or entry into the course with ‘advanced standing’. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. For further information refer to the Credit Transfer website.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. For further details for students considering Higher Education courses visit the RPL website.

On this page: how to apply, course fees and find out more.

How to apply

Step 1
Apply through VTAC

OR
Apply directly to Swinburne by submitting a Direct Application Form (the course code is I050)
(Please note that applicants who do not apply through VTAC must apply directly to Swinburne using this method. You do not need to complete both.)
 
Step 2
(Please note that this form needs to be submitted irrespective of the method of application used in Step 1.)
 
Additional fee information
This program is sponsored by twenty of Australia's top organisations and all students receive an industry-funded scholarship of approximately $40,000 paid over the three years of the course (tax free) during their studies.

Students spend two twenty-week periods working in a sponsor organisation, gaining a broad exposure to the use of IT in business. The grant of a scholarship does not create, on completion of the course, any employment obligation on the part of the student or contributing organisations.

VTAC course code

3400234311 (CSP)

Course fees

For information about Swinburne's fees, visit the Fees website.

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