Associate Degree of Information Technology

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

updated 2:39 PM on Wed, 7 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

ATAR/OP
55 / 17
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

LocationSession
Online1, 2, 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

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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.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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

Creativity

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

Ethical practice

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

Recommend solutions to situations that require responsible behaviour.

Knowledge of a discipline

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

Lifelong learning

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

Communication and social skills

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.

Cultural competence

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

TitleNote

Core Units

COMM1001 -  Communication in Organisations
MGMT1001 -  Managing Organisations
ISYS1001 -  Web Development I
ISYS1005 -  Systems Analysis and Design
PROG1001 -  Programming I
ISYS1004 -  Contemporary Issues in Information Technology
COMP1001 -  Data Communications and Networks
ISYS1002 -  Cybersecurity
PROG2007 -  Programming II
DATA2001 -  Database Systems

Specialist Units

Note 1
Select two (2) units from the following:
ACCT1001 -  Accounting and Finance for Business
PROG2004 -  Object Oriented Programming
ISYS2001 -  Resources for User Interaction
COMP2002 -  Electronic 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.
ISYS2001 -  Resources for User Interaction
ISYS3004 -  User Experience Evaluation and Analysis
PROG2006 -  Designing the User Experience
PROG2001 -  Developing the User Experience
PROG2004 -  Object Oriented Programming
PROG2005 -  Programming Mobile Systems
PROG2003 -  Cloud Systems Development
PROG2002 -  Web Development II
ACCT1001 -  Accounting and Finance for Business
MRKT1001 -  Marketing Principles
COMP2002 -  Electronic Commerce Systems
STAT1001 -  Statistical Analysis
ACCT3003 -  Business Analytics and Big Data
BUSN2001 -  Professional Development for the Workplace
BUSN3003 -  Entrepreneurship and Innovation
ISYS3001 -  Managing 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

TitleNote
Year 1, Session 1
COMP1001 -  Data Communications and Networks
COMM1001 -  Communication in Organisations
MGMT1001 -  Managing Organisations
ISYS1001 -  Web Development I
Year 1, Session 2
ISYS1004 -  Contemporary Issues in Information Technology
ISYS1002 -  Cybersecurity
PROG1001 -  Programming I
ISYS1005 -  Systems Analysis and Design
Year 2, Session 1
PROG2007 -  Programming II
DATA2001 -  Database Systems
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

TitleNote
Year 1, Session 2
ISYS1002 -  Cybersecurity
ISYS1005 -  Systems Analysis and Design
PROG1001 -  Programming I
ISYS1004 -  Contemporary Issues in Information Technology
Year 2, Session 1
COMP1001 -  Data Communications and Networks
ISYS1001 -  Web Development I
COMM1001 -  Communication in Organisations
MGMT1001 -  Managing Organisations
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
PROG2007 -  Programming II

DATA2001 -  Database Systems
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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