Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Start Date

    March, July, October

  • Duration

    0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Online

  • Placement

    No  

  • Course abbreviation

    GradCertComp

  • Course code

    1008510

  • Credit points

    48

  • Equivalent units

    4

  • Scholarships

  • Indicative fee

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

International snapshot

  • Start Date

    February, June, October

  • Duration

    0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time

  • Location

    Online

  • Placement

    No  

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Overview

The power to transform the future is at your fingertips with a course in computing. Be at the forefront of technology-driven cities and online landscapes.

If you dream of creating the next viral smartphone app or crunching numbers to discover trends in big data, then this six-month course is the perfect preparation for a career in information and communication technology (ICT).

The Graduate Certificate in Computing provides a strong foundation in computing to upskill and enter the IT industry or enhance an existing career with a technology-based qualification. Hone your skills in big data analysis and software development and take a deep dive into the world of smart environments.

Exciting career opportunities exist for graduates within the field of information and communication technology. This course is also a pathway toward our industry-accredited Master of Computing.

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“The degree really refined my areas of interest. I saw how it could offer a fantastic way to pivot and be flexible, and to be confident in making those kinds of decisions.”

The Southern Cross Model is a game-changer in higher education study.

Our students now engage in shorter, six-week unit structures designed around immersive and interactive learning experiences. The shorter unit structure gives students a greater sense of momentum as they achieve milestones quickly, resulting in increased student success rates, and course and teacher satisfaction. Lectures are a thing of the past - students will be engaged in active, interactive and discussion-based learning.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes.

Our online study option is highly interactive and may include a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes.

The method of teaching and assessment may vary from unit to unit.

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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 (GA).

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

Critically analyse and reflect on issues in a discipline area of information technology.

GA2: Creativity

Demonstrate advanced discipline knowledge, creative thinking, and problem solving skills in a discipline area of information technology.

GA3: Ethical practice

Develop professional conducts, communication and social skills, and ethical practices to effectively engage with a diverse range of stakeholders.

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate advanced discipline knowledge, creative thinking, and problem solving skills in a discipline area of information technology.

GA5: Lifelong learning

Critically analyse and reflect on issues in a discipline area of information technology.

GA6: Communication and social skills

Develop professional conducts, communication and social skills, and ethical practices to effectively engage with a diverse range of stakeholders.

GA7: Cultural competence

Develop professional conducts, communication and social skills, and ethical practices to effectively engage with a diverse range of stakeholders.

Students study four of the eight core units of the Master of Computing including ICT Professional Practice; Computer Networks; Fundamentals of Programming; and Data Structures and Algorithms.

Location Teaching period
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5
Location Teaching period
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5

Career Outcomes

Graduates will have wide-ranging career opportunities in the high-growth field of information technology, from working with digital technologies, to software development, big data analysis and smart city/smart environment development. The Graduate Certificate in Computing also serves as a pathway to the Graduate Diploma of Computing and Master of Computing.

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the University’s standard minimum admission requirements for postgraduate courses:

  • completed a bachelor degree (AQF 7) or equivalent; or
  • equivalent work experience as determined by the faculty.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score or equivalent6.5

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Computing students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising;

  • 4 core units (48 credit points).

Other things to consider

Credit for Prior Learning, also referred to as ‘Advanced Standing’ or Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL), is the process of looking at your prior study and/or experience to assess if you can be awarded academic credit or gain entry to a course on the basis of your existing knowledge and skills.

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Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

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

Current Students should select their units by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment as these may be different.

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Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableCredit pointsNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

EDUC6020ICT Professional Practice
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
COMP5001Computer Networks
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
MelbourneN/A
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
PerthN/A
Term2
SydneyN/A
Term2
Anti-requisitesHave completed COMP1001 - Data Communications and Networks or CSC00240 Data Communications and Networks
PROG5001Fundamentals of Programming
Term3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3,5
Term3,5
MelbourneN/A
Term3,5
Online
Term3,5
N/A
PerthN/A
Term3,5
SydneyN/A
Term3,5
Anti-requisitesPROG2007 Programming II OR ISY00245 Principles of Programming OR CSC00235 Applications Development
COMP6008Data Structures and Algorithms
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Melbourne
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Perth
Term4
Term4
Sydney
Term4
Term4
Enrolment informationTo succeed in this unit, you should have completed: PROG5001 - Fundamentals of Programming


Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
EDUC6020ICT Professional Practice
COMP5001Computer Networks
PROG5001Fundamentals of Programming
COMP6008Data Structures and Algorithms

Why Information Technology at SCU

Graduate employment

86% of IT graduates are employed within four months of completing their courses

(Grad Outcome Survey 2017-2019)

Digital Enterprise Lab

Our Digital Enterprise Lab on-campus enables you to work on real-world projects

Professional accreditation

Australian Computer Society (ACS) accreditation for the Bachelor of Information Technology.

Fees and Scholarships

Domestic students

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or Australian humanitarian visa holder. Your course will either be a Commonwealth Supported Place or a full fee-paying place. This is noted in the course snapshot.

Commonwealth Supported Places:

In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), the Government pays some of your fees and you pay the rest as the Student Contribution Amount (SCA).

SCA is calculated per unit, not per course. Eligible students can defer the SCA through a HECS-HELP loan.

Full Fee-Paying Places:

A full fee-paying place is where you pay the full (unsubsidised) tuition fee for your course. Eligible students can defer the payment of their tuition fees through the FEE-HELP scheme (including employer-reserved places for The Hotel School courses).

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

More about scholarships

Further fee information

Fees and Scholarships

International Students

If you're an international student, you can find the annual course cost in Australian dollars (AUD$) on our International Courses and Fees page or on the web page for your course under fees.

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

More about scholarships

Further fee information

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Dates for the diary

Our shorter, more focused six-week unit structure gives students a greater sense of momentum and motivation as they achieve milestones quickly. Application dates per Term are shown on each course page however refer to our key dates and teaching calendar for detail on when enrolment opens, studies commence and when grades are published. There are also Dual Term and Tri Term calendars for those who have specific subjects.

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Entry Pathway

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