Associate Degree of Information Technology

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 11:43 AM on Wed, 22 September

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International snapshot

ATAR
55
Duration
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
2 years full-time
Location
Online
Start date
March, July, November
Course code
2202321
Course abbreviation
AssocDegInfTech
Credit points
192
Equivalent units
16
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

If you love computers, technology and what they can do, a career in information technology offers you endless employment opportunities at the cutting edge of change and innovation.

Our graduates are equipped with the technical and problem-solving abilities that virtually every organisation needs. This course has a strong technical focus with core units that cover web development, programming, systems analysis and design, cyber security, databases, networking and communications theory, and contemporary issues in IT.

You’ll be surrounded by people who are interested in exploring ideas and pushing innovation – the University is home to the Digital Enterprise Lab that develops IT solutions to real-world problems.

Your career options are diverse – from technical support and administration, to programming, user experience design, web development and more.

This course is also a great pathway to Bachelor studies – with just an additional year of study following your Associate Degree, you can graduate with a Bachelor of Information Technology.

If you love computers, technology and what they can do, a career in information technology offers you endless employment opportunities at the cutting edge of change and innovation.

Our graduates are equipped with the technical and problem-solving abilities that virtually every organisation needs. This course has a strong technical focus with core units that cover web development, programming, systems analysis and design, cyber security, databases, networking and communications theory, and contemporary issues in IT.

You’ll be surrounded by people who are interested in exploring ideas and pushing innovation – the University is home to the Digital Enterprise Lab that develops IT solutions to real-world problems.

Your career options are diverse – from technical support and administration, to programming, user experience design, web development and more.

This course is also a great pathway to Bachelor studies – with just an additional year of study following your Associate Degree, you can graduate with a Bachelor of Information Technology.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

About the course

While this course has no majors, students can study units in web development, programming, systems analysis and design, cyber security, databases, networking and communications theory, and contemporary issues in IT. Successful graduates may upgrade their qualification to Bachelor level following completion of an additional year of study.

Please note: Unit availabilities are published for each study period and may vary from year to year. 

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
OnlineSession  1, Session  2, Session  3

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

Online
Session 3 November 2021
View domestic application details View international application details

Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise an elementary issue or theory from a discipline area to arrive at a conclusion/decision with justification.

Develop and create effective solutions to elementary problems from a discipline area.

Identify a recognised ethical framework to analyse behaviour in a discipline or workplace/organisation.

Recommend solutions to situations that require responsible behaviour.

Demonstrate an understanding and application of research and technical skills in a business discipline.

Reflect on, assess and self-regulate own learning capabilities and performance.

Prepare and deliver discipline advice, knowledge and ideas orally for a business context.

Prepare and deliver written discipline advice, knowledge and ideas for a business context.

Demonstrate and apply broad discipline specific knowledge and skills with a global perspective.


Assessment methods

Assessment may be in the form of essays, reports, audio or video presentations, online quizzes, case analyses or problem resolutions, software programs and examinations.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities exist as user-experience designers and developers, web developers, systems administrators, and technical support personnel. Graduates may also choose to continue their studies in the Bachelor of Information Technology.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Associate Degree of Information Technology, students must complete the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising:

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Business after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points). comprising 4 core core units and 4 elective or major units.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

COMM1001Communication in Organisations
MGMT1001Managing Organisations
ISYS1001Web Development I
ISYS1005Systems Analysis and Design
PROG1001Programming I
ISYS1004Contemporary Issues in Information Technology
COMP1001Data Communications and Networks
ISYS1002Cybersecurity
PROG2007Programming II
DATA2001Database Systems

Specialist Units

Note 1
Select two (2) units from the following:
ACCT1001Accounting and Finance for Business
PROG2004Object Oriented Programming
ISYS2001Resources for User Interaction
COMP2002Electronic Commerce Systems

Elective units

Select four (4) elective units from the suggested units below. Other Faculty of Business, Law and Arts or University-wide electives may be taken as elective units on approval by your Course Coordinator.
ISYS2001Resources for User Interaction
ISYS3004User Experience Evaluation and Analysis
PROG2006Designing the User Experience
PROG2001Developing the User Experience
PROG2004Object Oriented Programming
PROG2005Programming Mobile Systems
PROG2003Cloud Systems Development
PROG2002Web Development II
ACCT1001Accounting and Finance for Business
MRKT1001Marketing Principles
COMP2002Electronic Commerce Systems
STAT1001Statistical Analysis
ACCT3003Business Analytics and Big Data
BUSN2001Professional Development for the Workplace
BUSN3003Entrepreneurship and Innovation
ISYS3001Managing Software Development


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Year 1, Session 1
COMP1001Data Communications and Networks
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
COMM1001Communication in Organisations
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
China - TUSTN/A
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Session2
N/A
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2,3
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,2,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,2,3
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
MGMT1001Managing Organisations
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session1
Session1
China - Guangxi USTN/A
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session1
Session1
Anti-requisitesMNG00111 Fundamentals of Management
ISYS1001Web Development I
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Online
Session1,3
Session3
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Year 1, Session 2
ISYS1004Contemporary Issues in Information Technology
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2,3
Session2,3
MelbourneN/A
Session2,3
Online
Session2,3
Session2,3
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2,3
SydneyN/A
Session2,3
ISYS1002Cybersecurity
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2,3
Session2,3
MelbourneN/A
Session2,3
Online
Session2,3
Session2
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2,3
SydneyN/A
Session2,3
PROG1001Programming I
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2,3
Session2,3
MelbourneN/A
Session2,3
Online
Session2,3
Session2
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2,3
SydneyN/A
Session2,3
ISYS1005Systems Analysis and Design
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2,3
Session2,3
MelbourneN/A
Session2,3
Online
Session2,3
Session2,3
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2,3
SydneyN/A
Session2,3
Year 2, Session 1
PROG2007Programming II
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
China - Guangxi USTN/A
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2
Online
Session1,2
Session2
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session1,2
PerthN/A
Session1,2
SydneyN/A
Session1,2
Pre-requisitesPROG1001 - Programming I
DATA2001Database Systems
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
China - Guangxi USTN/A
Session1,2,3
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Online
Session1,3
N/A
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Pre-requisitesISYS1005 - Systems Analysis and Design
Anti-requisites CSC00228 - Database Systems I
Enrolment informationPre-requisite does not apply to 3007016 - Bachelor of Technology Education OR 3207322 - Bachelor of Technology/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) students
Choose one of your two (2) Specialist Units or one of your four (4) Elective Units Note 1
Choose one of your two (2) Specialist Units or one of your four (4) Elective Units Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
Choose one of your two (2) Specialist Units or one of your four (4) Elective Units Note 1
Choose one of your two (2) Specialist Units or one of your four (4) Elective Units Note 1
Choose one of your two (2) Specialist Units or one of your four (4) Elective Units Note 1
Choose one of your two (2) Specialist Units or one of your four (4) Elective Units Note 1

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Year 1, Session 2
ISYS1002Cybersecurity
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2,3
Session2,3
MelbourneN/A
Session2,3
Online
Session2,3
Session2
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2,3
SydneyN/A
Session2,3
ISYS1005Systems Analysis and Design
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2,3
Session2,3
MelbourneN/A
Session2,3
Online
Session2,3
Session2,3
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2,3
SydneyN/A
Session2,3
PROG1001Programming I
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2,3
Session2,3
MelbourneN/A
Session2,3
Online
Session2,3
Session2
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2,3
SydneyN/A
Session2,3
ISYS1004Contemporary Issues in Information Technology
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2,3
Session2,3
MelbourneN/A
Session2,3
Online
Session2,3
Session2,3
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2,3
SydneyN/A
Session2,3
Year 2, Session 1
COMP1001Data Communications and Networks
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
ISYS1001Web Development I
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Online
Session1,3
Session3
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
COMM1001Communication in Organisations
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
China - TUSTN/A
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Session2
N/A
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2,3
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,2,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,2,3
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
MGMT1001Managing Organisations
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session1
Session1
China - Guangxi USTN/A
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session1
Session1
Anti-requisitesMNG00111 Fundamentals of Management
Year 2, Session 2
Choose one of your two (2) Specialist Units or one of your four (4) Elective Units Note 1
Choose one of your two (2) Specialist Units or one of your four (4) Elective Units Note 1
Choose one of your two (2) Specialist Units or one of your four (4) Elective Units Note 1
Choose one of your two (2) Specialist Units or one of your four (4) Elective Units Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
PROG2007Programming II
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
China - Guangxi USTN/A
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2
Online
Session1,2
Session2
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session1,2
PerthN/A
Session1,2
SydneyN/A
Session1,2
Pre-requisitesPROG1001 - Programming I
DATA2001Database Systems
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
China - Guangxi USTN/A
Session1,2,3
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Online
Session1,3
N/A
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Pre-requisitesISYS1005 - Systems Analysis and Design
Anti-requisites CSC00228 - Database Systems I
Enrolment informationPre-requisite does not apply to 3007016 - Bachelor of Technology Education OR 3207322 - Bachelor of Technology/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) students
Choose one of your two (2) Specialist Units or one of your four (4) Elective Units Note 1
Choose one of your two (2) Specialist Units or one of your four (4) Elective Units Note 1


Notes

Note 1: Specialist units include ACCT1001 - Accounting and Finance for Business, COMP2002 - Electronic Commerce Systems and PROG2004 - Object Oriented Programming only. Students planning to continue into the Bachelor of Information Technology may wish to choose as electives other units that will contribute to a Bachelor of Information Technology major. Other unit choices must be approved by the Course Coordinator.

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