Diploma of Information Technology

Put your smarts to work toward a highly-sought tech degree with the Diploma of Information Technology.

Key Information

Duration

8 or 12 months

Intake Dates

March, June, October

Campus Location

Melbourne Burwood

Online

2022 Fees

A$24,400 ($3,050 per unit)

Domestic International

2022 Fees

A$30,700 (A$3837.50 per unit)

Course overview

The Diploma of Information Technology can gain you entry into the second year of a Deakin University bachelor's degree in IT, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence or Cybersecurity. With a broad introduction to computing, you'll be perfectly placed to pursue a more specialised area during your degree studies.

Employment and career options upon completing your Bachelor degree:

  • Computer science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Application development
  • Cloud computing
  • Creative technologies
  • Game development
  • Virtual and augmented reality

Pathways to Deakin University

On completion of this Diploma you can pathway into the following degrees at Deakin University:

Bachelor of Artificial Intelligence

Bachelor of Computer Science

Majors: Internet-of-Things, Robotics

Bachelor of Cyber Security

Bachelor of Information Technology

Majors: Networking and Cloud Computing, Cyber Security

Course and unit outline

For further details about Diploma of Information Technology units, unit availability and trimester structures, please download the course and unit outline.

Course structure

Required units

Students are required to complete and pass 8 units (between 5-7 core units, plus an additional 1-3 elective units) and 1 zero credit point module.

This unit explores the relationship between computer program code and the software systems that are generated from them. Students will experience developing simple software using a variety of data types, selection and repetition control structures, functions, simple text files, and console and Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) to interact with users.

Assessment: 100% learning portfolio

This unit will provide a solid foundation for the design, implementation and management of database systems. Data modelling is introduced, focusing on entity-relationship (ER) modelling. The skills required to construct such ER diagrams will be explored, with a focus on ensuring that the semantics of the model match those of the real-world it is representing. The relational data model will be presented and the functionality it affords will be explored. The process of constructing, maintaining and retrieving information from the database using SQL will be a focus of this unit. Key implementation and management concepts, including transaction management and concurrency control, database backup and recovery, and security will be investigated.

Assessment: 40% two practical assessments (20% each), 60% final examination

In a world where technology is encompassing every part of our lives, the skill of thinking critically and solving problems can fall to the way side. Technology helps us to achieve a lot of things much more easily, which is great, but we need to control and shape it to fit our needs. If you do not exercise these skills, they will become fatigued and disappear but we need them to be paramount if we are to thrive in this technological world and design the next big thing. To be successful technologists, we need to be able to develop knowledge and confidence to think critically in order to analyse requirements of technological projects and synergise this with problem solving abilities to creatively respond to design challenges in order to get the best outcomes. The knowledge, understanding and skills you learn in this unit will aid in your ability to critically analyse information and design technologies with algorithms that will play a key role in enriching and transforming our society.

Assessment: 20% two quizzes (10% each), 40% two assignments, 40% final examination

Over the past 70 years computing systems and algorithms have revolutionised nearly every facet of modern life, from healthcare to education, manufacturing to transport, and entertainment to agriculture. Computing hardware and the algorithms encoded into software are thus vital to the continued growth of modern society, as are computer scientists - the professionals who design and develop algorithms and computational solutions to many of the world’s problems. In this unit students will investigate some of the major computing system innovations over the past 70 years, to understand the role of computer scientists, computing hardware, algorithms and software as drivers of change and innovation. The unit will also look at recent developments and applications of computer science that are set to revolutionise our futures, such as digital currencies, intelligent machines, and the Internet of Things.

Assessment: 10% critical reflection, 20% research report; 30% learning portfolio, 40% final examination

Data science is an emerging field and data scientists must be able to know how to make sense of data. In SIT112, students will develop knowledge of fundamentals in data science, in particular data manipulation and algorithms for analytics. The unit will also cover the practice of data science including ethical and responsible behaviour when crawling, cleaning, analysing, representing and repurposing the data. Students will be able to obtain data, recognise data formats, summarise and visualise relationships in the data, perform exploratory data analysis tasks and build predictive models.

Assessment: 20% individual task, 30% group task, 20% project, 30% two quizzes (15% each)

Cloud computing represents a significant shift in the delivery of Information Technology to end users by introducing the ability to deliver infrastructure, platforms, and software via the network. This unit explores the technologies, models, benefits and risks of cloud computing and includes a study of virtualization as one of the key building blocks of most cloud computing solutions. Upon completion of the unit students will have a clear understanding of cloud computing, the types of problems solved by cloud computing, and the issues that must be considered when deploying cloud technologies in an organisation.

Assessment: 20% quizzes, 10% written report, 10% problem solving task, 60% final examination

This unit introduces you to the discipline of artificial intelligence (AI). You will explore diverse application domains where problems can benefit from AI solutions. You will develop a conceptual understanding of major AI methods and know when and where to use them. In the practical components, you will implement simple AI algorithms.

Assessment: 100% Learning Portfolio

This unit will explore foundational knowledge of and basic skills related to responsive web app design and development. Students will learn basic HTML, responsive CSS and JavaScript skills in order to build web apps both for desktop and mobile devices. Students will develop an understanding of how web design and web programming work together, as well as learn fundamentals of responsive web design, mobile UI design, licensing of media, mobile screen handling, touch events, and game concepts.

Assessment: 30% report, 40% project and presentation, 30% portfolio

This unit will introduce students to ubiquitous and readily accessible devices for data capture, such as the sensor suite on a mobile smartphone, and those commonly used in homes, vehicles and current examples of cyber-physical systems. Students will be introduced to data capture protocols and methodologies, as well as data presentation and visualisation methods. Through practical investigations and analysis, students will investigate issues of robustness, reliability and validity of data and the effects of these on conclusions drawn from data.

Assessment: See unit outline

SIT124 is about exploring the IT Industry in the 21stcentury and the development and innovations that had led up to where IT stands today. Exploring IT focuses on how the web has been one of the biggest contributors in regards to the direction that IT has taken over the last decade.Within SIT124 students will start to develop their professional identify and explore the requirements needed to gain employment within the field through case studies and a peek behind the curtain provided by recent graduates.Students will also explore and acquire skills in web design and development, in order to gain an understanding of the important role that the web plays in the delivery and storage of information within the IT industry.

Assessment: See unit outline

This unit is for students to study the concepts that define the design and development of games. Through the combination of practical application and theory, students will learn about designing games with a focus on engaging and refining their creative skills. Students will analyse existing games, learn about current processes of game design and development, and design a game implementation.

Assessment: 10% online quizzes, 50% three assignments (10%, 20%, 20%), 40% final examination

In SIT182 students will learn the real world practices of cyber security by solving problems based on realistic case studies. Students will explore fundamental concepts of risks in managing communication networks and choose the appropriate means to manage these risks. The unit enables students to understand threats and vulnerabilities in the context of how systems can be compromised and how we can prevent harm to systems. There will be a practical focus on how we can detect and respond to cyber-attacks. The key to learning will be introducing students to practices through case studies.

Assessment: 50% two assignments (30%+20%), 50% final examination

This unit aims to develop the fundamental functions of applied mathematics, and to introduce calculus to students who have not previously studied it in secondary school. It is designed to prepare students from a number of different disciplines for learning tertiary level mathematics. Students will explore the algebra of polynomials, exponentials, logarithms and trigonometric functions and learn rules for differentiating and integrating these functions. Applications studied include graph sketching, maximisation and minimisation problems, areas and kinematics.

Assessment: 40% three assignments, 60% final examination

This unit provides students with the foundations in a range of areas in discrete mathematics, which is the basis for mathematical reasoning in applied sciences. SIT192 is designed to prepare students from a number of different disciplines for further study in the areas of linear algebra, number theory, graph theory, symbolic logic, set theory and combinatorics. These areas of study are vital for studying cryptography, networks, computer programming and analysis of algorithms.

Assessment: 40% assignments, 60% final examination

SIT194 aims to develop the theory of calculus and analytic geometry and to apply it to formulating and solving problems in engineering and the physical sciences.

Assessment: 5×8% assignments, 60% final examination

The aim of this unit is to provide students with a critical understanding of the intellectual foundations of the study of management. The unit will provide the opportunity to analyse how the solutions to management ‘problems’ have developed under different conditions throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. The unit also explores how management practice influences, and is influenced by, the external environment. This will involve examining how managerial action impacts on and is shaped by the environment, through a consideration of, ethics, social responsibility, and the social and cultural context of management.

Assessment: 60% internal assessment, 40% final examination

STP050 is a compulsory zero credit point module in all courses in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment. The module's learning and assessment activities provide students with guidance on what constitutes academic integrity.  It will allow students to develop knowledge, skills and good practice principles to avoid plagiarism and collusion and thereby maintain academic integrity.

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this module, students must achieve a minimum mark of 85%. Students are allowed unlimited attempts of the online assessment.

^ Information Technology core unit

* Computer Science core unit

# Cyber Security core unit

‘ Artificial Intelligence core unit

Transferring to Deakin University

Australian and international students

Weighted average mark (WAM) required for transfer, by campus:

Combined Courses Trimester Intake Melbourne Burwood Geelong Waurn Ponds Cloud Maximum Credits

S326 Bachelor of Information Technology≠ (B, WP, C)

Major sequences:
Networking and Cloud Computing (B, WP, C)
Cyber Security (B, WP, C)

T1
T2
50 50 50 8
S308 Bachelor of Artificial Intelligence
(B, C)

T1
T2

50   50 8

S306 Bachelor of Computer Science
(B, C)

Major sequences:
Internet-of-Things (B,C)
Robotics (B,C)

T1
T2

50   50 8
S334 Bachelor of Cyber Security
(B, WP, C)

T1
T2

50 50 50 8

Cloud (Online) option is not available to international students

T1 (Trimester 1 entry); T2 (Trimester 2 entry); T3 (Trimester 3 entry)

* See Diploma to Degree transfer criteria (Domestic students / International students)
≠ Choice of majors limited and not available on all campuses.

Learn more about this Diploma

Find out more about what you can expect from the Diploma of Information Technology course, directly from our staff and students.

Entry requirements

Australian Entry Requirements

The following is required for Australian students:

  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)
  • VCAL Senior completion
  • Completion of Cert IV and above
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • Work experience - Mature Age only

Bangladesh Entry Requirements

The following is required for Bangladesh students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary Certificate with GPA of 3.5
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Brunei Entry Requirements

The following is required for Brunei students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Cambodia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Cambodian students:

  • Diploma of Upper Secondary Education with a C grade average
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

China Entry Requirements

The following is required for Chinese students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 (Gao San) with 60%
  • Vocational Academic Program - 60%;
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Fiji Entry Requirements

The following is required for Fijian students:

  • Successful completion of Form 7 with a B in English and Maths and a pass in all other units, with an overall score of 240

France Entry Requirements

The following is required for French students:

  • Baccalaureate with an average of 10

Ghana Entry Requirements

The following is required for Ghana students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • Minimum 5 grades C6 in Senior School Certificate Examination SSCE
  • West African Senior School Certificate WASSC

Hong Kong Entry Requirements

The following is required for Hong Kong students:

  • Completion of HKDSE with a minimum total score of 8 points over the best 4 subjects from Category A and C (Excluding Physical Education)

India Entry Requirements

The following is required for Indian students:

  • Completion of the All India Senior School Certificate with aggregate 58% or above. All education boards accepted.

Indonesia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Indonesien students:

  • SMA III with an average grade of 6.5 in 4 academic units
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Japan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Japanese students:

  • Successful completion of Kotogakko Year 3 a B grade average or a GPA of 3

Kenya Entry Requirements

The following is required for Kenya students:

  • Completion of KCSE with a C grade average
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Korea Entry Requirements

The following is required for Korean students:

  • High school Diploma average D grade

Kuwait Entry Requirements

The following is required for Kuwait students:

  • Completion of Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (General Secondary Education Certificate) with a 70% average in final results.

Laos Entry Requirements

The following is required for Laos students:

  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Macau Entry Requirements

The following is required for Macau students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 with a B or 75% average in 4 academic units

Malawi Entry Requirements

The following is required for Malawi students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Malaysia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Malaysian students:

  • 2 passes (minimum E grade) in STPM
  • Malaysia Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examination Certificate with a pass in 4 academic subjects
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Myanmar Entry Requirements

The following is required for Myanmar students:

  • Completion of Basic Education High School Exam with grade of 50% in final year results
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Nepal Entry Requirements

The following is required for Nepalese students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Year 12) with a GPA of 2.4

Nigerian Entry Requirements

The following is required for Nigerian students:

  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Oman Entry Requirements

The following is required for Oman students:

  • Additional year of study following General Secondary Education Certificate or Year 12 American program

Pakistan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Pakistan students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary School Certificate with a grade average of 55%
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Papua New Guinea

The following is required for Papua New Guinea students:

  • Higher School Certificate with a grade average of 70%

Philippines Entry Requirements

The following is required for Philippines students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 with an 80% average
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Saudi Arabia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Saudi Arabia students:

  • Additional year of study following General Secondary Education Certificate or Year 12 American program

Singapore Entry Requirements

The following is required for Singapore students:

  • 2 H2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

South Africa Entry Requirements

The following is required for South African students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12

Sri Lanka Entry Requirements

The following is required for Sri Lankan students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels or equivalent

Sweden Entry Requirements

The following is required for Sweden students:

  • Avgangsbetyg with a grade average of 2.5 and a 4 in English

Taiwan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Taiwan students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 with a B or 60% average in 4 academic units

Tanzania Entry Requirements

The following is required for Tanzania students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Thailand Entry Requirements

The following is required for Thailand students:

  • Successful completion of Matayom 6 with a GPA of 2.0
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Turkey Entry Requirements

The following is required for Turkey students:

  • Successful completion of Lise Diplomasi with GPA of 3.0

Uganda Entry Requirements

The following is required for Uganda students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

USA Entry Requirements

The following is required for USA students:

  • Successful completion of Grade 12 or equivalent with a SAT score of 1000

Vietnam Entry Requirements

The following is required for Vietnam students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 with a 6.0 GPA
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Zambia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Zambia students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Zimbabwe Entry Requirements

The following is required for Zimbabwe students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

English language entry requirements

International students must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency before being admitted to this course.

Additional information

Your course timetable

Online and on-campus classes run between 11am and 9pm on weekdays (Melbourne timezone, AEST). Most units run as 2 x 2-hour classes each week. You can also expect between 4-6 hours of private study per unit, per week.

Transfer guidelines

View the transfer requirements for the Diploma of IT below:

Domestic Students

International Students