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|Course name||Bachelor of Applied Information Technology|
|Course duration||3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent|
The La Trobe University Bachelor of Applied Information Technology provides an excellent, generalist education in information technology (IT), and the opportunity to explore focus areas in information systems, software development, computer networks, and web development.
The learning structure enables you to complete your course as a full-time online student, or combine online part-time studies with working commitments.
This course has an applied focus and includes IT industry Vendor Certifications that are relevant and desirable to potential employers. Graduates with applied qualifications not only have the skills and knowledge from a university education, but the practical thinking to apply them in industry.
What is an applied degree?
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La Trobe University online applied degrees provide you with the unique opportunity to achieve up to three qualifications over the duration of your studies. Subject to satisfactorily completing each part of your course, you will be awarded an applied diploma (end year 1), an applied associate degree (end year 2), and an applied bachelor degree when you complete all three years. Your potential earning capacity increases as you progress through your course.
After completing year 1 of your degree, you will be awarded with an Applied Diploma, should you decide to exit your degree at this point. You can add this qualification to your résumé and move forward with your career plans or embrace the option to continue your studies while you work.
Diploma of Applied Information Technology
In this subject, you are introduced to the concept of an information system (IS) including file design, input/output/interface design, file conversion and implementation techniques. This subject addresses the systems development life cycle as a framework for IS development and emphasises the role and involvement of users in an IS project. The use of appropriate fact-finding techniques in systems analysis and an introduction to data flow and E-R modelling are covered. Several information system case studies are used to illustrate the concepts introduced. You will receive hands-on experience in the construction of a small information system using a suitable prototyping tool.
This subject provides a general and practical introduction to information technology. It covers: fundamental principles of computer operation, the main hardware components of the computer, data storage and retrieval, introduction to system software, introduction to data communications, computer networks, the internet; operating systems, file management systems, security, introduction to information systems; application software modules: spreadsheets, database packages, and the World Wide Web.
In this subject, you are introduced to the environments, tools, techniques and trains of thought needed to analyse simple data processing problems and develop effective and efficient software solutions. It is assumed that participants have no previous exposure to programming.
In this subject, you are introduced to developing and implementing a workplace sustainability policy in line with a current theoretical framework and modifying it to suit the interconnections between the economy, society and the environment. You will identify, analyse and evaluate information to develop, monitor and modify organisational policies in accordance with legislative and organisational goals and changing business circumstances. During this process, you are required to communicate and consult with internal and external stakeholders. The subject also requires you to plan, sequence and use systematic and analytical processes to research and gather data and to evaluate outcomes of decision-making to identify improvements.
Two industry recognised certifications from Microsoft and CompTIA are covered in this subject.
The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification is an introductory certification. It addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts, and assesses and validates your technical credibility.
The CompTIA A+ is another entry-level certification to assist you to begin your career in IT. It covers PC hardware and peripherals, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues. It also covers installing and configuring operating systems including Windows, iOS, Android, Apple OS X and Linux.
To operate effectively within any information system, an understanding of the theory and practice of database management systems is essential. This subject is designed to deepen your interest and expertise in this area. We start by looking at how database systems have evolved. The subject is focused on the relational data model and students learn the basics of database design using entity-relationship diagrams and how this design can then be mapped onto the relation model. A significant part of the subject is devoted to the use of structured query language (SQL). A commercial database management system will be used throughout the course to provide hands-on skills. Foundations of normalising as well as implementing security will also be discussed. Several commercial directions in database use such as distributed databases, NoSQL and data warehousing also form part of the discussion.
In this subject, we introduce the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the internet and other computer networks. The subject also covers OSI and TCP/IP layer models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, transport, network, data link, and physical layers. The fundamentals of IP addressing and basic concepts of Ethernet will also be studied.
Successful completion of year 2 will increase your chances of a higher-paying position with an applied qualification that employers are looking for. However, you are now well over half way to your applied bachelor degree so why not continue to study while staying employed?
Associate Degree of Applied Information Technology
The focus of this subject is the skills and knowledge required to develop mobile applications based on the Android mobile platform. The subject provides information on creating Android applications responding to events, using features of the mobile device, using communication protocols, web connectivity and using different data persistence techniques. The subject also provides information on designing, debugging and developing applications that optimise the performance.
In this subject, you are introduced to modern operating systems and their major components. You will learn these concepts by working on the Linux operating system. You interact with the Linux operating system using advanced command-line processing and basic shell scripts. Process and memory management, file systems and several other concepts are also covered.
The focus of this subject is the skills and knowledge required to manage information and communications technology projects. The subject takes a very practical approach by taking you from the project planning stage all the way to the project closure stage. It discusses feasibility study, how to establish a project team, financial planning, project management tools (i.e., gantt charts) as well as more conceptual topics.
The focus of this subject is the skills and knowledge required to install and integrate a virtual server in a network to replace multiple physical servers, reducing power requirements of individual servers and meeting sustainability targets. The subject takes a very practical approach taking you from reviewing and choosing the best virtualisation solution all the way to managing and configuring the implemented solution.
The focus of this subject is on routing and switching within a computer network. Cisco routers and switchers are used as an example platform to highlight the practical aspects of this technology.
The subject starts with fundamental networking concepts (i.e., topologies, cabling types, IP addressing) and moves on to LAN switching, routing fundamentals and practical configurations (e.g., NAT) of Cisco devices.
This subject is an introduction to discrete mathematics. These concepts are useful in several branches of computer science as computers operate in discrete binary states. Among the topics covered are: sets, functions, relations, counting, sequences, modular arithmetic and Big-O notation. All these topics are central to the application of mathematics in electronics and computer science.
The focus of this subject is the C# programming language fundamentals. It assumes that you are familiar with general programming concepts and object orientation. This subject is part of a group of subjects that prepare you for the Microsoft Programming in C# exam 70-483.
The subject starts with basic programs structures then moves onto type systems, creating and implementing class hierarchies and also covers events and exception handling.
The focus of this subject is several advanced concepts in programming C#. This subject is the final part in a pair of subjects that prepare you for the Microsoft Programming in C# exam 70-483. The subject introduces the concepts of multithreading, LINQ, data encryption and a few more advanced concepts.
This subject further develops and adds to the tools and techniques introduced in CSE1ISX: Information Systems. Major topics include information systems development strategies, project management, requirements modelling, domain modelling, behavioural modelling, structural modelling and dynamic modelling. You will learn to use Unified Modelling Language (UML) for the analysis and design phases of IS. You will also gain the ability to apply knowledge of basic science and software engineering fundamentals to information systems analysis and design.
You are introduced to computers, object-oriented concepts and programming using Java. Topics covered include classes and objects, primitive data types, flow of control, methods, basic input/output and arrays. Software engineering principles are introduced, including coding standards, class design and testing strategies. You are also introduced to a framework for identifying and analysing ethical problems associated with software development.
The teaching of object-oriented concepts is continued from the introductory subject CSE1OFX. You’ll gain more experience with the Java programming language and basic software engineering principles. Topics covered include inheritance (class hierarchies, abstract classes), input/output streams, file operations, exceptions, interfaces, recursion, generics and dynamic data structures (linked lists). Software engineering principles are further developed, including parameters for characterising software quality and testing strategies. You will continue to practise the identification and analysis of ethical issues that may arise during software development.
This subject covers several industry recognised certifications from the Linux Professional Institute. It teaches both the LPI Linux Essentials entry level certification and more advanced LPIC-1 Exam 101. It validates your technical abilities in installing and configuring a computer running Linux and in using the command line. You are encouraged to subsequently pursue the LPIC-1 Exam 102 to enable you to gain the full LPIC-1: System Administrator certification.
This subject covers the industry recognised certification: Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) from Cisco. It addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts covering networking, LAN switching, routing, infrastructure services and infrastructure maintenance.
Congratulations! You have completed your qualification. Your applied bachelor degree greatly improves the opportunities available to you. A qualification of this level greatly enhances your résumé and says a great deal about you. Not only will you be armed with the job-ready skills and knowledge that employers are desperate for, but you also show you can stay focused to achieve a goal.
Bachelor of Applied Information Technology
The industry project enables students to experience real-life involvement in the planning and development of a medium-sized software project. It utilises a teamwork approach to software engineering and integrates previously learned skills and knowledge relating to technical, social and ethical issues. The subject covers project management, team organisation and communication, project estimation and planning, documentation and reporting and milestone presentation. Project teams must be finalised by the first week of term. The project is completed over two consecutive semesters, students will receive an X grade for CSE3PAX and must enrol in CSE3PBX in order to complete and receive a mark for this subject.
In this subject students plan and develop a medium-sized team-based ICT project to address a real-life industry or community problem. A teamwork method to software engineering is taken integrating previously learned skills and knowledge. This subject follows on from CSE3PAX and includes skill development in project management, team organisation and communication, system implementation, software testing and integration. Configuration management, user and system documentation and progress and technical reporting will be covered, culminating in a final presentation to client representatives. This subject addresses La Trobe’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship entails developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions – now and in the future.
Industry relevant elective
In this subject students undertake a comprehensive study of workplace practices related to the ICT industry and reflect heavily on their personal views and approaches to individual and team responsibilities. Students develop professional skills related to ethical and moral decision-making and evaluate the social implications of their work and the broader global context. The subject is very interactive with guided discussions and debates. Specifically related to the La Trobe Global Citizenship Essential, the students embark on a series of learning activities and assessed tasks to broaden their understanding of different cultures and sensitivities relevant to engaging in the ICT sector. Students demonstrate and reflect on their skills in team leadership, intercultural communication, active listening and communication, conflict management and meeting behaviour.
Industry relevant elective
Industry relevant elective
Industry relevant elective
Industry relevant elective
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.
This course has been designed with a high employability focus in the exciting world of IT. Graduates will fit roles that bridge the gap between technical and management personnel. Career opportunities include:
Should you choose to exit at diploma level (end of year 1), you will have entry-level skills to commence work in the IT industry roles such as Help-desk and Web Support. If you exit at associate degree level (end of year 2), you will have additional industry certified skills.
The integration of Vendor Certification provides you with required industry skills to support underpinning technical knowledge.
|Study period||Start date||Census date||Last withdrawal||End date|
|Study Block 1||7 Jan 2019||3 Feb 2019||3 Mar 2019||31 Mar 2019|
|Study Block 2||4 Feb 2019||3 Mar 2019||31 Mar 2019||28 Apr 2019|
|Study Block 3||4 Mar 2019||31 Mar 2019||28 Apr 2019||26 May 2019|
|Study Block 4||1 Apr 2019||28 Apr 2019||26 May 2019||23 Jun 2019|
|Study Block 5||6 May 2019||2 Jun 2019||30 Jun 2019||28 Jul 2019|
|Study Block 6||3 Jun 2019||30 Jun 2019||28 Jul 2019||25 Aug 2019|
|Study Block 7||1 Jul 2019||28 Jul 2019||25 Aug 2019||22 Sep 2019|
|Study Block 8||5 Aug 2019||1 Sep 2019||29 Sep 2019||27 Oct 2019|
|Study Block 9||2 Sep 2019||29 Sep 2019||27 Oct 2019||24 Nov 2019|
|Study Block 10||7 Oct 2019||3 Nov 2019||1 Dec 2019||29 Dec 2019|
|Study Block 11||4 Nov 2019||1 Dec 2019||29 Dec 2019||26 Jan 2020|
|Study Block 12||2 Dec 2019||29 Dec 2019||26 Jan 2020||23 Feb 2020|
You can complete your degree in three years with the flexibility online learning gives you. Studying 30 hours per week on average should see you successfully complete your qualification within this timeframe. Each year’s assessments must be completed and marked within each 12-month time limit. You can complete your studies after years 1, 2 or 3 with a La Trobe qualification.
Part-time study options are also available.
For admission to this course, one of the following is required:
All students are required to undergo the online Didasko Pre-enrolment Assessment and achieve a pass mark of 60%.
Those of you who have studied at tertiary level elsewhere, or who have relevant studies or work experience*, may be eligible for advanced standing (credit) towards your online La Trobe University qualification. Each college has specific policies in respect to the number and type of subjects and work experience it is willing to accept for advanced standing (credit) purposes.
We will inform you of the process for advanced standing at enrolment. However, if at some later point you believe you are eligible for advanced standing, please advise your Student Experience Team as soon as possible. It is preferable that you have advanced standing approved for a subject prior to starting it. Advanced standing must be approved before going through census for that subject.
For more information about advanced standing, contact us.
*Work expereince recognition available only to applicants of the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology
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When you start your course, you will be given an invitation to join a live orientation (video conference) for the first day of your first term. This orientation is designed to answer any questions you have and help you navigate the online Learning Portal.
Although the orientation is not compulsory, we have found that many students benefit attending as it prepares you for some challenges that may occur during your course.
Didasko deliver online learning resources for La Trobe University qualifications. The resources can vary from subject to subject and can include:
To get the most out of this exciting online experience, we recommend you equip yourself with the right tools for the job before you commence your studies.
All study resources (content and assessments) will be provided as part of the course. You will need to supply the following.
Your degree fees are only $9,359 per year if you meet the relevant residency requirements, and are studying in a Commonwealth Supported Place.
|Student contribution (HECS-HELP)**||$9,359|
|Government contribution (CSP)||$10,630|
*The University reserves the right to vary fees on an annual basis. Fees will not normally rise above 7 per cent per annum for continuing students. Should the University decide to increase its fees, that increase will take effect on 1 January of the following year. While every effort has been made by La Trobe University to ensure that the information on this website is up to date and accurate, La Trobe University does not give any guarantees, undertakings or warranties in relation to the accuracy, completeness and up to date status of the above information. Course costs may vary depending on elective subjects chosen.
**Eligibility criteria applies. Available to Australian citizens only.