Credit transfers and advanced standing
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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.
International tuition fees
The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2022 is AUD $29,616.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, 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.
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?
Successful completion of the Diploma of Network Engineering will enable entry into the second year of Charles Darwin University's Bachelor of Information Technology or Bachelor of Software Engineering Honours.
This course is available externally by distance learning for those who are not able to attend classes on campus on a regular basis. Distance learning requires reliable broadband internet access.
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.
|Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.
Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.
|Compulsory Core units totalling 50 credit points as detailed below.
HIT137 Software Now
|Select units totalling 10 credit points may be selected from undergraduate units offered by the University.|
|Total Credit Points|
Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
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.
Course Changes and Transitional Arrangement 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.
Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements - 2016
Students who have completed HIT272 and one of the BIS243, PMO201 or HIT274 should NOT complete STA101.
Students who have not completed HIT272 nor either BIS243, PMO201 or HIT274 should complete STA101 and one elective.
Students who have completed HIT272 and not completed BIS243, PMO201 or HIT274 should complete STA101.
Students who have completed one of BIS243, PMO201 or HIT274 but not HIT272 should complete STA101.
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.
|Legend:||CU = Common Unit||CO = Core Unit||E = Elective|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|CUC106 Design and Innovation: ;Communicating Technology||CU||CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability||CU|
|HIT164 Computing Fundamentals||CO||HIT137 Software Now||CO|
|HIT172 Operating Systems and Applications||CO||HIT140 Foundations of Data Science (replaces STA101 from 2021)||CO|
|Elective||E||HIT274 Network Engineering Applications (replaces HIT174 from 2020)||CO|
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.
|Legend:||CU = Common Unit||CO = Core Unit||E = Elective|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability||CU|
|HIT137 Software Now||CO|
|HIT140 Foundations of Data Science (replaces STA101 from 2021)||CO|
|HIT274 Network Engineering Applications (replaces HIT174 from 2020)||CO|
|CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology||CU|
|HIT164 Computing Fundamentals||CO|
|HIT172 Operating Systems and Applications||CO|
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 60*.
- Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
- Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
- Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
- Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
- Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
- Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
- Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman
* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.
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 Module||A 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 Proficiency||A minimum overall grade of B2.|
|Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module||A 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: email@example.com.
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 only||ATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
(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|
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
CDU is a growing university and encourages people to grow as well. There are a lot of options and flexibility when it comes to study and the staff have always been helpful and supportive in making my dreams come true.
This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.
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 5.
The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2021.
|Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021)||No. of Students||% of all Students|
|A. Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|B. Vocational education and training (VET) study||<5||N/P|
|C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
|D. Recent secondary education
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
"<5" - the number of students is less than 5
N/A - Students not accepted in this category
N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.
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