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Key details

Duration

5 year/s full-time
10 year/s part-time
5 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

400

Course code

HCSIT1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

The Bachelor of Computer Science/Master of Information Technology is a combined degree that develops your skills and knowledge in a specialised area of information technology.

During the Bachelor's component of the degree, you'll focus on computer science. You'll learn how to improve the technologies that are vital to the modern world and educate your community about their importance.

You will develop skills and knowledge in the principles and applications of computer science. You will also strengthen your problem solving, decision making and communication skills, making you a confident and competent candidate for your dream job in IT.

During the Master's degree component of the course, you will focus on three specialisations in information technology: software engineering, cyber security, and information systems and data science. This is an opportunity to explore your interests in these fields.

Professional recognition

This course is designed to meet the accreditation requirements of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) at Professional Level. This course is also designed to meet the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE) accreditation requirements at master's level.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $29,616.00. This equates to $3,702.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

CDU International Student in the library

Why study IT and network engineering at CDU?

From dealing with technology-related crimes to software engineering and data collection, an IT degree at CDU is tailored to industry demand. You'll graduate equipped with the technical and analytical skills to future-proof your career across multiple sectors.

  • #1 in Australia for learner engagement in computing and IT (GUG 2022)
  • #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Use state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies

What will I study?

This combined degree consists of core computer science units, specialist IT units in software engineering, cyber security and information systems and data science, a yearlong thesis and a project.

Course structure

The first three years of study introduce basic computer science skills. The next two years allow students to specialise to a higher professional information technology standard.

The course is available on campus or externally by distance learning for those who are not able to attend classes on campus on a regular basis. Access to the internet is required for distance learning, with access to high speed broadband highly recommended.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 400 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)
20cpCommon units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options

Bachelor of Computing Science Core Units
(20 units)
200cpCompulsory Core units totalling 200 credit points as detailed below.

HIT137 Software Now
HIT140 Foundations of Data Science (replaces STA101 from 2021)
HIT164 Computing Fundamentals
HIT172 Operating Systems and Applications
SMA101 Mathematics 1A
SMA102 Mathematics 1B
HIT220 Algorithms and Complexity
HIT226 Mobile Web Structures
HIT234 Database Concepts (replaces BIS234 from 2019)
HIT235 Digital Systems and Computer Architecture
HIT237 Building Interactive Software
HIT274 Network Engineering Applications (replaces HIT174 from 2020)
PMO201 Project Management
ENG303 Research Project
HIT326 Database Drive Web Applications
HIT332 Embedded and Mobile Systems (on campus attendance required)
HIT333 Cyber Security (replaces BIS243 from 2019)
HIT339 Distributed Development (replaces HIT337 from 2019)
HIT365 C Programming
HIT381 Human Computer Interaction Design
 

Undergraduate Electives
(2 units)
20cpElective units totalling 20 credit points selected from undergraduate units offered by the University.
Master of Information Technology Core Units
(4 units)
40cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

ENG519 Sustainability (replaces ENG417 from 2021)
PRT503 Entrepreneurship for Professionals
PRT551 Project Management, Risk and Reliability
PRT581 Principles of Software Systems (replaces PRT451 from 2020)

Master of Information Technology Specialist Electives
(5 units)
60cpSpecialist Elective units totalling 60 credit points selected from one of the specialist streams.

Software Engineering
PRT580 Discrete Structures (replaces HIT400 from 2020)
PRT582 Software Engineering: Process and Tools (replaces PRT452 from 2020)
PRT583 Process Development Methodologies (replaces PRT453 from 2020)
PRT585 Software Engineering Practice (20cp) (replaces PRT455 from 2020)
PRT574 Security Assessment in Software Development

Information Systems and Data Science
PRT541 Information Systems Management (replaces PRT456 from 2020)
PRT571 Asset Security and Risk Management
PRT563 Advanced Data Management (replaces PRT561 from 2019)
PRT564 Data Analytics and Visualisation (replaces PRT562 from 2019)
PRT547 Information System Practice (20cp) (replaces PRT457 from 2020)

Cyber Security
PRT571 Asset Security and Risk Management
PRT572 Communications and Network Security Engineering
PRT573 Identity Access Management and Security Operations
PRT574 Security Assessment in Software Development
PRT558 Security Practice (20cp)
 

Research Units
(2 units)
40cpResearch units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.
PRT820 Thesis x 2 (20cp, repeatable)
 
Postgraduate Electives
(2 units)
20cpElective units totalling 20 credit points selected from Postgraduate units offered by the University.
 400cpTotal Credit Points

 

Course Changes from 2021

HIT140 Foundations of Data Science replaces STA101 Statistics 1 from 2021. Students who have already completed STA101 will not be required to complete HIT140.
ENG519 Sustainability replaces ENG417 Sustainability from 2021. Students who have already completed ENG417 will not be required to complete ENG519.

Course Changes from 2020

HIT274 Network Engineering Applications replaces HIT174 Network Engineering Concepts as a core unit from 2020. Students who have already completed HIT174 will not be required to complete HIT274.

 

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.

 

Legend:CU = Common UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
 E = ElectiveR = Research 

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCUCUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCU
HIT164 Computing FundamentalsCOHIT140 Foundations of Data Science (replaces STA101 from 2021)CO
HIT172 Operating Systems and ApplicationsCOHIT137 Software NowCO
SMA101 Mathematics 1ACOSMA102 Mathematics 1BCO
Year 2
HIT226 Mobile Web StructuresCOHIT220 Algorithms and ComplexityCU
HIT235 Digital Systems and Computer ArchitectureCOHIT274 Network Engineering Applications (replaces HIT174 from 2020)CO
HIT237 Building Interactive SoftwareCOPMO201 Project ManagementCO
HIT234 Database Concepts (replaces BIS234 from 2019)COElective - UndergraduateE
Year 3
HIT365 C ProgrammingCOHIT339 Distributed Development (replaces HIT337 from 2019)CO
HIT381 Human Computer Interaction DesignCOENG303 Research ProjectCO
HIT326 Database Drive Web ApplicationsCOHIT333 Cyber Security (replaces BIS243 from 2019)CO
HIT332 Embedded and Mobile SystemsCOElective - UndergraduateE
Year 4
PRT581 Principles of Software Systems (replaces PRT451 from 2020)COENG519 Sustainability (replaces ENG417 from 2021)CO
PRT551 Project Management, Risk and ReliabilityCOPRT503 Entrepreneurship for ProfessionalsCO
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE
Elective - PostgraduateESpecialist ElectiveSE
Year 5
PRT820 Thesis x 2 (20cp, repeatable)RPRT820 Thesis x 2 (20cp, repeatable)R
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE
Elective - PostgraduateE  

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Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.

 

Legend:CU = Common UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
 E = ElectiveR = Research 

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCU
  HIT140 Foundations of Data Science (replaces STA101 from 2021)CO
  HIT137 Software NowCO
  Elective - UndergraduateE
Year 2
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCUSMA102 Mathematics 1BCO
HIT164 Computing FundamentalsCOHIT220 Algorithms and ComplexityCO
HIT172 Operating Systems and ApplicationsCOHIT274 Network Engineering Applications (replaces HIT174 from 2020)CO
SMA101 Mathematics 1ACOPMO201 Project ManagementCO
Year 3
HIT226 Mobile Web StructuresCOHIT339 Distributed Development (replaces HIT337 from 2019)CO
HIT235 Digital Systems and Computer ArchitectureCOENG303 Research ProjectCO
HIT237 Building Interactive SoftwareCOHIT333 Cyber Security (replaces BIS243 from 2019)CO
HIT234 Database Concepts (replaces BIS234 from 2019)COElective - UndergraduateE
Year 4
HIT326 Database Drive Web ApplicationsCOENG519 Sustainability (replaces ENG417 from 2021)CO
HIT381 Human Computer Interaction DesignCOPRT503 Entrepreneurship for ProfessionalsCO
HIT365 C ProgrammingCOSpecialist ElectiveSE
HIT332 Embedded and Mobile SystemsCOSpecialist ElectiveSE
Year 5
PRT581 Principles of Software Systems (replaces PRT451 from 2020)COPRT820 Thesis x 2 (20cp, repeatable)R
PRT551 Project Management, Risk and ReliabilityCOSpecialist ElectiveSE
Elective - PostgraduateE  
Specialist ElectiveSE  
Year 6
PRT820 Thesis x 2 (20cp, repeatable)R  
Specialist ElectiveSE  
Elective - PostgraduateE  

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Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 80*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Diploma level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma with a GPA of at least 5.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 157.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course of at least 12 months duration.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

ATAR based offers onlyATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer<5<5
Median rank to receive an offer<5<5
Highest rank to receive an offer<5<5

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Student profile

There are no statistics available for this course. It may be that the course is new or the profile data is unavailable.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Bachelor of Computer Science/Master of Information Technology
Faculty/College
College of Engineering, IT and Environment
Sector
HE
Area of study
IT and Network Engineering

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104492
590130
Online (CSP)
104492
590130
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
096276M

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