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

Bachelor of Cyber Security

Bachelor of Information Technology

Majors: Application Development, Cloud Computing, Creative Technologies, Cyber Security, Game Development, Virtual and Augmented Reality

Diploma to Degree mapping

For information on how this Diploma maps to Deakin University degrees, select the degree you wish to progress to.

7 core units:

  • SIT102 Introduction to Programming
  • SIT105 Thinking Technology and Design
  • SIT124 Exploring I.T.
  • SIT103 Data Information Management
  • SIT182 Real World Practices for Cyber Security
  • SIT112 Data Science Concepts
  • SIT120 Introduction to Responsive Web Apps

Plus 1 electives from:

  • MMM132 Management
  • SIT111 Algorithms and Computing Systems
  • SIT113 Cloud Computing and Virtualisation
  • SIT123 Data Capture Technologies
  • SIT151 Game Fundamentals
  • SIT162 Introduction to Creative Technologies
  • SIT190 Introductory Mathematical Methods
  • SIT192 Discrete Mathematics

Students must complete a Bachelor of IT majors or minor sequence. Students wishing to major or minor in the following areas must include the following units in their electives:

Major Sequences*:

  • Creative Technologies – SIT162 Introduction to Creative Technologies
  • Cyber Security – SIT190# Introduction to Mathematical Methods, SIT192 Discrete Mathematics
  • Game Design and Development – SIT151 Game Fundamentals
  • Networking and Cloud Computing – SIT113 Cloud Computing and Virtualisation

# Students who have not completed VCE Mathematical Methods 3 and 4 should complete SIT190 (in place of an elective) prior to enrolling into SIT192

Minor Sequences*:

  • Creative Technologies – SIT162 Introduction to Creative Technologies
  • Cyber Security Network Operations – SIT192 Discrete Mathematics
  • Game Design – SIT151 Game Fundamentals
  • Embedded Systems – Data Capture Technologies
  • Networking and Cloud Technologies – SIT113 Cloud Computing and Virtualisation
  • Security Management – MMM132 Management

5 core units:

  • SIT102 Introduction to Programming
  • SIT103 Data Information Management
  • SIT111 Algorithms and Computing Systems
  • SIT112 Data Science Concepts
  • SIT192 Discrete Mathematics

Plus 3 electives from the following:

  • SIT105 Thinking Technology and Design
  • SIT113 Cloud Computing and Virtualisation
  • SIT120 Introduction to Responsive Web Apps
  • SIT124 Exploring I.T.
  • SIT151 Game Fundamentals
  • SIT162 Introduction to Creative Technologies
  • SIT182 Real World Practices for Cyber Security
  • SIT190 Introductory Mathematical Methods

Important: Students who have not completed VCE Mathematical Methods 3 and 4 should complete SIT190 (in place of an elective) prior to enrolling into SIT192

SIT190 is a required unit as part of the cyber security pathway.

4 core units:

  • SIT 102 Introduction to Programming
  • SIT111 Computer Systems
  • SIT182 Real Worl Practices for Cyber Security
  • 192 Discrete Mathematics

Plus 3 electives units from the following:

  • MMM132 Management
  • SIT103 Data and Information Management
  • SIT105 Thinking Technology and Design
  • SIT112 Data Science Concepts
  • SIT113 Cloud Computing and Virtualisation
  • SIT120 Introduction to Responsive Web Apps
  • SIT123 Data Capture Technologies
  • SIT124 Exploring I.T.
  • SIT151 Game Fundamentals
  • SIT162 Introduction to Creative Technologies

Students must complete a Bachelor of Cyber Security minor sequence. Students wishing to major or minor in the following areas must include the following units in their electives:

Minor Sequence Available*:

  • Security management – MMM132 Management

SIT190 is a required unit for any students who have not completed Year 12 Maths Methods or Specialist Maths or an equivalent.

6 core units:

  • SIT102 Introduction to Programming
  • SIT111 Computer Systems
  • SIT103 Data and Information Management
  • SIT114 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • SIT194 Introduction to Mathematical Modelling
  • SIT192 Discrete Mathematics

Plus 2 electives from the following:

  • SIT105 Thinking Technology and Design
  • SIT113 Cloud Computing and Virtualisation
  • SIT120 Introduction to Responsive Web Apps
  • SIT123 Data Capture Technologies
  • SIT124 Exploring I.T.
  • SIT151 Game Fundamentals
  • SIT162 Introduction to Creative Technologies
  • SIT182 Real World Practices for Cyber Security
  • SIT190 Introductory Mathematical Methods

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).

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 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

The focus of this unit is to introduce students to the emerging field of creative technology, enabling students to build product that solve pressing social, community and creative problems.Students will explore applications of creative technology, investigating products from fields such as; Interactive media, Games, Virtual Reality and Augment reality. Across these creative technology systems combination of the five multimedia assets are common: text, images, sounds, video and animation. Students will apply their explorations into creative technologies to develop and demonstrate deliver a cohesive product that achieves given specifications, while taking into consideration audience, suitable technology and interactive design components.

Assessment: See unit outline

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

^ Information Technology core unit

* Computer Science core unit

# Cyber Security core unit

‘ Artificial Intelligence core unit

Transferring to Deakin University

Australian and international students

WAM required for transfer

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

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

Major sequences:
Application Development (B, C)
Cloud Computing (B, WP)
Creative Technologies (B, C)
Cyber Security (B, WP, C)
Game Development (B, C)
Virtual and Augmented Reality (B)

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)

T1
T2

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

T1
T2

50 50 50 8

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:

  • HKDSE with 8 points across 4 subjects

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