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AIAT

BACHELOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

BACHELOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) is designed to position graduates as professional software developers. It has been designed to provide a thorough understanding and application of fundamental principles of Information Technology such as problem investigation, requirements elicitation, solution design, software implementation, and deployment. Graduates of this course will have the opportunity and ability to engage with Information Technology projects where they can practice their professional and technical abilities.

What You Will Study

The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) is designed to position graduates as professional software developers. It has been designed to provide a thorough understanding and application of fundamental principles of Information Technology such as problem investigation, requirements elicitation, solution design, software implementation, and deployment. Graduates of this course will have the opportunity and ability to engage with Information Technology projects where they can practice their professional and technical abilities.

The Bachelor of Information Technology has been designed to create professionals equipped with the toolkit they need to tackle today’s most pressing issues in developing complex information systems and software applications for businesses and organisations, provide an understanding of theoretical and technological advances in modern software development while addressing ethical, cultural, and sustainability requirements. Innovative and creative software development permeate the course, representing areas of knowledge where graduates will have substantial awareness and highly developed skills.

Students have the opportunity to study current trends and predict future ones in the area of innovative software design patterns and their associated technologies. A double subject Capstone subject will enable students to assure Graduate Attributes, and synthesise all skills and knowledge in an applied task. Some students will engage in their own entrepreneurial venture and others will apply their skills to industry based projects.

The core consists of foundation studies in first year such as professional communication, system analysis, programming and networking, Databases, Human Computer Interaction and the role of IT in Society. Whilst beginning to build their technical IT knowledge students also develop important professional skills and, in line with AIAT’s vision and values, an understanding of the role that IT plays in global citizenship.

Additional core courses in second year enable students to study digital innovation and entrepreneurship and service delivery and management in organisations. They will develop an understanding of how IT plays a key role in the transformation of existing organisations and how they can apply their skills to the creation of new business ventures.

The major and extended major in software development is designed to give students strong technical skills across a broad range of application areas. They will learn how to apply analytical techniques to complex problems in order to generate user requirements and solution ideas. Through the use of a range of modern tools and processes, they will learn to create designs for software solutions that consider user requirements and the need to create systems that are reliable and secure. Using a range of programming languages, tools, development, and engineering methods they will build and test software applications and systems for multiple platforms including web and cloud applications, enterprise and distributed systems.

In the extended major students will have the opportunity to develop further specialist skills in the areas of the Internet of Things, Vision Systems, Business Intelligence and mobile applications. A two-semester final year Capstone project allows students to apply a broad range of skills to a significant project.

 

Course Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the BIT, students will be able to:

  • Use discipline knowledge, critical thinking, information gathering, innovative problem solving skills and judgement to analyse complex problems.

  • Use contemporary methods and tools to design software solutions which meet user requirements including the need for security and reliability and which take account of legal, ethical, social and cultural issues and the potential benefits and risks associated with new technologies.

  • Apply contemporary processes, advanced tools, languages and best practices to build, test and assure software solutions.

  • Use innovative thinking, advanced technologies and client focused service delivery models to contribute to the transformation of existing organisations and the creation of new business ventures.

  • Communicate effectively using appropriate interpersonal, intercultural, professional, and technical communication skills and develop appropriate written reports and oral presentations for a variety of audiences.

  • Work independently and as a member of a team utilising appropriate project management processes to deliver solutions to complex problems.

  • Demonstrate professionalism, integrity, ethical conduct and commitment to sustainability and social responsibility as a professional and citizen in a global context.

  • Reflect on personal performance, learning, and self-management as a basis for continuing professional and personal development and lifelong learning.

Course Duration

The Bachelor of Information Technology is a 3 year full time course (or equivalent part time). It is normally delivered over 6 study periods (2 study periods per year) Each study period consists of 12 teaching weeks plus a mid study period break of 1 week plus 2 assessment weeks.

Full time students will normally enrol in 4 subjects per study period (8 subjects per year).

For each subject, please allocate 10 hours per week. This is made up of 3 contact hours, face to face on campus, plus 7 personal/private study hours per week, a total of 40 hours per week for full time study.

Students undertaking blended learning mode will attend lectures/seminars on campus. They will submit assignments and complete some collaborative work online.

Total Course Hours
Contact Hours
864
Personal Study Hours
2496
TOTAL COURSE HOURS
3360

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Information Technology is an undergraduate qualification consisting of 24 subjects (240 credit points), taught face to face in English, which normally takes three years of full-time study or part-time equivalent.

The course structure consists of:

  • 12 core IT subjects including 2 capstone project subjects, and

  • an IT major of 8 subjects, and

  • either 4 minor subjects or an extended IT major of 4 subjects.

 

To be awarded the Bachelor of Information Technology with a specialisation in Software Development, students must complete 24 subjects (240 credit points) which must include the 12 core subjects and the software development major of 8 subjects listed below.

The maximum duration to complete the course is 8 years.

Year 1

Study period Subject code Subject name Subject type / major Pre/Co-requisites Mode of delivery Credit points
1
SYS101
Systems Analysis and Design
Core
NA
F2F
10
1
COM101
Professional Communication Skills for ICT
Core
NA
F2F
10
1
NET101
Networked Infrastructure Foundations
Core
NA
F2F
10
1
PRO101
Programming Fundamentals
Core
NA
F2F
10
2
COM102
Information Technology and Society
Core
COM101
F2F
10
2
PRO102
Object-Oriented Programming
Major SD
PRO101
F2F
10
2
DAT101
Database Design and Implementation
Core
NA
F2F
10
2
ENG101
Human-Computer Interaction
Core
PRO101 and SYS101
F2F
10

Year 2

Study period Subject code Subject name Subject type / major Pre/Co-requisites Mode of delivery Credit points
3
PRO203
Mobile Software Development
Extended Major: SD
SYS101 and PRO102 and ENG101
F2F
10
3
COM203
Information Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Core
COM102
F2F
10
3
PRO204
Web Application Development
Major: SD
PRO102 and DAT101 and ENG101
F2F
10
3
ENG203
Cloud Computing for Smart Applications
Major: SD
NET101
F2F
10
4
ENG202
Software Security
Major: SD
SYS101 and PRO102
F2F
10
4
COM204
IT Service Delivery and Management
Core
NA
F2F
10
4
ENG204
Software Design and Development
Major: SD
DAT101 and ENG202
F2F
10
4
SYS202
ICT Project Management
Core
SYS101
F2F
10

Year 3

Study period Subject code Subject name Subject type / major Pre/Co-requisites Mode of delivery Credit points
5
SYS303
Applied Distributed Systems
Major: SD
ENG203 and DAT101
F2F
10
5
ENG305
Software Quality
Major: SD
ENG204 and SYS202
F2F
10
5
CAP301
Final Project A (Analysis and Design)
Core
All level 200 Core and Major subjects
F2F
10
5
PRO305
Introduction to the Internet of Things
Extended Major: SD
ENG203 and PRO102
F2F
10
6
PRO306
Computer Vision Programming
Extended Major: SD
PRO305
F2F
10
6
PRO307
Enterprise Software Development
Major: SD
ENG203
F2F
10
6
DAT302
Applications of Business Intelligence
Extended Major: SD
DAT101 and COM204
F2F
10
6
CAP302
Final Project B (Implementation)
Core
CAP301
F2F
10

Career Outcomes

In general, IT specialists are sought after in nearly every business or organisation and in a range of employment fields from finance, medicine, arts, education, the military, manufacturing to high-tech business. Job opportunities include:

  • Developer Programmer

  • Analyst Programmer

  • Web Developer

  • Software Engineer

  • ICT Support Technician

  • ICT Support Engineer

  • ICT Systems Test Engineer

  • Information Analyst Officer

 

Read more about career outcomes here.

Course Entry Requirements

Bachelor of Information Technology Course Entry Requirements
Course:
Bachelor of Information Technology
Minimum age criteria: all applicants
To be eligible for admission, the applicant must be at least 18 years of age on the course commencement date.
Applicants with higher education study: (bridging or enabling course)
A completed or partly completed qualification at AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above from an Australian higher education institution or an equivalent overseas higher education qualification.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study:
A completed Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification at AQF Level 4 (Certificate IV) or above from an Australian vocational education institution or an equivalent overseas vocational education qualification
Applicants with work and life experience:
  • a Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) percentile rank or equivalent or
  • a completed foundation studies or preparatory program that is recognised for admission purposes.
Applicants with recent secondary education:
Completion of an Australian Year 12 secondary education qualification with a minimum ATAR of 60 or equivalent qualification from an overseas institution.
Assumed knowledge: all applicants
Before the applicant starts this course, it is assumed they have studied mathematics or a related subject in the final year of secondary education or equivalent. If the applicant does not have the subject knowledge they can still apply for the course and will be encouraged to actively participate in the support activities provided by AIAT.
Additional admission criteria for international students:

Applicants must meet the English Language requirements set out in AIAT’s Admission Procedure. Applicants meet the minimum requirement if they have

  • completed two years or longer of study in Australia; or
  • successful completion of an Australian Year 12 program; or
  • successful completion of an English language course approved by AIAT from a registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) provider. Such courses give students the minimum English Language Proficiency (ELP) standard as specified in Table A of the admissions policy; or
  • achievement of the minimum requirements in an approved English language test no less than 24 months prior to commencement of studies at AIAT. These are documented in Table B of the admissions procedures and are

    • IELTS (Academic) Overall 6.0
    • (min. score of 5.5 for each subscale)
    • TOEFL paper based test score of 550
    • (min. 4.5 TWE – Test of Written English)
    • TOEFL – (IBT) 60 (min.18 in writing) PTE 50 (no skill score < 42)
    • CAE Level B2 (169)

Special entry pathway: (exceptional circumstances)

Applicants may be eligible for special entry in exceptional circumstances in line with AIAT’s Admissions Policy..

Special Entry
Applicants in any category whose study has been impacted by circumstances such as disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants applying for special entry are required to meet the criteria of demonstrating their ability to study at the level required for the degree by satisfactory completion of one or more of the following:

  • written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission
  • interview with the applicant
  • written assignment which demonstrates their knowledge and abilities in the discipline area
  • statement from previous institution
  • other evidence as requested

Applicants with Indigenous Australian background:
Applicants are required to confirm their Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander heritage at the time of application to be eligible for priority admission and access to Indigenous specific scholarships. Applicants who require support during the application process are encouraged to contact the Director, Learning and Teaching

Additional Note: Assessment of admission requirements is in accordance with AIAT’s Admissions Policy and Procedures. Meeting minimum admission criteria does not necessarily guarantee a place in the course