Bachelor of Applied Information TechnologyLa Trobe University degree course

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Course summary

Course code SBAIO
Course name Bachelor of Applied Information Technology
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Location Online
Available internationally Yes

Course description

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.

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Three qualifications in one degree

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.

Year 1

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.

Exit with
Qualification Diploma of Applied Information Technology
Credit points 120 credit points
Expected income $50K-60K
Course intended learning outcomes (Diploma of Applied Information Technology)
  • Locate, interrogate and evaluate relevant business-related literature to develop Information Technology (IT) specifications for business information systems.
  • Appraise and modify strategies to solve system problems and other challenges in IT.
  • Implement and evaluate solutions for IT in complex business and technical problems consistent with professional standards.
  • Apply fundamental information system design concepts and computer-based techniques to solve business and related problems.
Core subjects
CSE1ITX – Information Technology Fundamentals

This subject provides a general and practical introduction to information technology. Areas taught include: fundamental principles of computer operation, the main hardware components of the computer, data storage and retrieval, introduction to system software, the internet; operating systems, file management systems, security; application software modules: spreadsheets, database packages, the World Wide Web.

CSE1PGX – Programming Environment

In this subject, students are introduced to the environments, tools, techniques and methods of thinking 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.

CSE1OFX – Object-Oriented Programming Fundamentals

Students 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.

CSE1ISX – Information Systems

In this subject, students are introduced to the concept of an information system (IS) including file design, input/output/interface design, file conversion and implementation techniques. This subject deals with 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. Students will receive hands-on experience in the construction of a small information system using a suitable prototyping tool.

CSE2NFX – Network Engineering Fundamentals

In this subject, we lay the foundation for internetworking. Basic building blocks of internetworking in terms of two main reference models are introduced. Two main reference models, OSI and TCP/IP, are examined in detail, mainly by analysing each layer's functionality and different protocols involved. A few of the critical concepts in network design, like IP addressing, IP subnetting, VLSM, IP routing, local area network technologies (Ethernet), switching and packet analysis are also introduced with a practical approach as an enabler to perform small network designs.

CSE2DCX – Database Fundamentals on the Cloud

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 students' interest and expertise in databases in general with a focus on cloud databases. A cloud database stores/processes data on the cloud. We start by looking at how database systems have evolved. The subject is mainly concerned with 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 relational 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 subject to provide hands-on skills. Foundations of normalising as well as data security will also be discussed.

CSE1SIX – Information System Infrastructure

This subject covers topics on PC hardware and peripherals, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues. It also covers techniques on installing and configuring operating systems including Windows, iOS, Android, Apple OS X and Linux. It addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts on networking and/or databases, assesses and validates the candidate's technical knowledge of either networking or database systems. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking two vendor certifications on hardware and networking or database fundamentals.

CSE1STX – Sustainability Practices

In this subject, students 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. Students identify, analyse and evaluate information to develop and modify organisational policies in accordance with organisational goals and changing business circumstances. During this process, they are required to communicate and consult with internal and external stakeholders. The subject also introduces students to the prospective role organisations play in generating social value for global communities. This includes environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability and has a focus on the use of digital technologies to enhance sustainability outcomes. This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affect the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems - now and in the future.

Year 2

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?

Exit with
Qualification Associate Degree of Applied Information Technology
Credit points 240 credit points
Expected income $60K-$80K+
Course intended learning outcomes (Associate Degree of Applied Information Technology)
  • Analyse and evaluate numerical data from business and technical reports to make recommendations for peers, technical and lay audiences consistent with professional standards in Information Technology (IT).
  • Locate, interrogate and evaluate relevant business-related literature to develop basic IT specifications for business information systems.
  • Appraise and modify strategies to solve common system problems and other challenges in IT.
  • Implement IT solutions, in line with professional standards, for business and technical problems.
  • Apply fundamental information system design concepts in IT and computer-based techniques to solve business and related problems.
Core subjects
CSE1IOX – Intermediate Object-Oriented Programming

The teaching of object-oriented concepts is continued from the introductory subject CSE1OFX. Students 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. Software engineering principles are further developed, including parameters for characterising software quality and testing strategies.

CSE2CNX – Computer Networks

LAN switching and IP routing are the two key enablers of internetworking. This subject mainly focuses on how the switching technologies are implemented in a network and how we can secure access to a network in switch level using port-security and enhance performance of a network by using VLANs. The other main aspect covered in this subject is IP routing. Key concepts of IP routing together with different types of routing and routing protocols are carefully analysed to make critical decisions on which routing type or protocol is most suitable for a given scenario. Also, practical implementation of each of these key features is covered in a simulated environment.

CSE2ICX – Internet Client Engineering

In this subject, students will study Web programming, audience-based web page/site development: HTML and DHTML links, images, ImageMap, tables, frames, form; style sheets, Javascript; logical design of web user interface; usability testing, web presence and visibility; XML, AJAX, and XSLT; mobile Web.

CSE2SDX – Information Systems Development

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. Students will learn to use Unified Modelling Language (UML) for the analysis and design phases of IS. They will gain the ability to apply knowledge of basic science and software engineering fundamentals to information systems analysis and design.

MAT2DMX – Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science

This subject is an introduction to discrete mathematics. Concepts in discrete mathematics 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.

Core choice (choose 1)
CSE2SAX – Operating System Administration

This subject covers the skills and knowledge required for the deployment of network servers based on an operating system. Techniques and skills for system administration are developed throughout the course of this subject. It further validates the candidate's technical abilities in understanding the architecture of an operating system, installing and configuring an operating system, working at the operating systems command line, handling files and access permissions as well as system security and performing certain maintenance tasks such as backup and restore. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking a vendor certification on Linux operating system.

CSE2ANX – Advanced Computer Networks

This subject covers multiple WAN technologies and how these are configured in different network scenarios. Students will apply their knowledge to implement appropriate WAN connectivity options on given network scenarios. Also, this covers a few of the crucial functional areas of network infrastructure such as managing, maintaining and securing the network infrastructure. This subject is designed to prepare students for the opportunity to undertake a vendor certification on networking.

CSE2WDX – Web Development

This subject addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts relating to client-side web programming including creating HTML pages, writing CSS to enhance the look of HTML pages, using JavaScript and the JQuery library to implement the underlying logic, and specialised topics such as drawing, web storage, geolocation, exception handling, event handling, asynchronous programming, serialization and parallel programming. This subject is designed to prepare students for the opportunity of undertaking a vendor certification on HTML5 and JavaScript.

Elective subjects (choose 2)
CSE2MAX – Mobile Application Development

This subject is an introduction to mobile application development, including programming paradigms, models, technologies and platforms. Topics include the design of mobile applications, and their implementation on popular platforms such as Android, iOS and Windows (mobile versions). The unique considerations for programming with mobile devices will be studied, including application architectures, mobile user interface issues, context-aware computing, the use of mobile sensing, middleware, mobile data management, and programming with wireless connections. Cross-platform development on a range of mobile and wearable form factors will be discussed, from smartphones, to tablets of varying sizes.

CSE2OSX – Operating Systems

In this subject, students are introduced to modern operating systems and their major components. Students will learn these concepts by working on an operating system. Process and memory management, file systems, system management and several other concepts are also covered.

CSE2VVX – Virtualisation for the Cloud

This subject provides an understanding of virtualisation concepts and exposure to different virtualisation solutions. Students will utilise this knowledge to design, implement and manage a virtualisation solution for a given scenario. The practicality of using virtualisation on the cloud is particularly emphasised.

BUS2PMX – Project Management

In this subject you will develop the essential skills required to plan, develop and execute a business project within an allocated budget and timeline. You will develop an understanding of the different types of projects that exist across a range of industries and job roles. You will learn how to define the parameters of a project, including the project scope, relevant stakeholders, resources and reporting requirements. The subject incorporates project management methodology and provides you with the opportunity to use project management tools to develop and implement a project plan.

Year 3

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.

Exit with
Qualification Bachelor of Applied Information Technology
Credit points 360 credit points
Expected income $80K-120K+
Course intended learning outcomes (Bachelor of Applied Information Technology)
  • Create written reports that concisely communicate technical and business requirements to peers, company stakeholders, and business communities consistent with professional standards.
  • Conduct engaging oral presentations that clearly communicate technical and business requirements level to a variety of audiences, including colleagues and stakeholders in both the IT and general communities.
  • Analyse and evaluate numerical data and evidence from business and scientific reports and journals to make recommendations to stakeholders, including clients, colleagues, and scientific and nonscientific audiences consistent with professional standards.
  • Demonstrate research and information literacy skills to locate, interrogate and evaluate relevant business related literature to develop specifications for business information systems projects.
  • Propose, analyse and justify strategies used to solve real life business system problems and/or challenges in other fields of study.
  • Implement and evaluate solutions to unfamiliar, constructed and realworld business and technical problems consistent with professional standards.
  • Contribute constructively in a team using team-building, self-assessment, negotiation and communication skills to complete professional projects.
  • Demonstrate awareness, self-reflection and the capacity to comply with appropriate social, legal, and ethical values that shape the work of an ICT professional.
  • Apply fundamental information system design concepts and computer-based techniques to make recommendations and design solutions to business and/or related problems in chosen field of study and practice.
Core subjects
CSE3PEX – Professional Environment

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.

CSE3PAX – Industry Project 3A

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.

CSE3PBX – Industry Project 3B

The industry project enables students to experience real-life involvement in the planning and development of a medium-sized project relevant to their degree that address a real-life or community problem. The project utilises a teamwork approach to problem-solving in software engineering. Students integrate previously learned skills and knowledge relating to technical, social and ethical issues. The subject covers project management, team organisation and communication, system testing, configuration management, technical documentation and reporting, project documentation and reporting and milestone presentation. The subject culminates in a technical report and presentation to client representatives. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. This is the second half of the Industry Project subject (CSE3PAX). Students MUST complete both CSE3PAX and CSE3PBX in two consecutive semesters/study periods. When enrolling in CSE3PBX, students must also enroll in CSE3PAX.

Elective subjects (choose 5)
CSE3BGX – Big Data Management on the Cloud

Companies are acquiring massive amounts of data and also providing internet-based service to millions of people. This is extremely challenging due to the large scale of data involved and the huge number of concurrent requests by users. In this subject we will study the current state-of-the-art technologies for analysing huge amounts of data and responding to millions of user requests within one second. Currently the most cost-efficient way of achieving the above aim is to use large-scale cloud-based services offered by vendors such as Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, etc. We will study how to use the cloud services provided by these vendors to meet the big data needs of businesses. In particular this subject will include the following topics: cloud architectures, parallel database systems, map and reduce, key value stores, transaction support in the cloud, virtualization, and multi-tenant database systems.

CSE3CIX – Computational Intelligence for Data Analysis

Quantitative analysis plays an important role in business analytics and knowledge engineering, thus it is very useful to develop computing skills for data regression and classification. This subject covers some fundamentals of computational intelligence techniques, including fuzzy inference systems, neural networks and hybrid neuro-fuzzy systems. The subject is designed with a focus on solving time-series forecasting problems using fuzzy inference systems, where fuzzy inference mechanisms and fuzzy rule extraction from numerical data are addressed. Some advanced learning techniques for training neural networks will also be highlighted. In labs and assignments students will work with business datasets for time-series prediction using a fuzzy system, which helps to consolidate the knowledge taught in the lectures and gain a hands-on experience on computational intelligence applications in business.

CSE3CSX – Cybersecurity Fundamentals

This subject provides the concepts of cyber security. It covers a broad range of cyber security related topics such as infrastructure security, network edge security, identity and access management, firewalls and load balancers, risk management and operational and organisational security. It is also designed with a focus to protect computing infrastructure from cyber security threats and attacks.

CSE3NWX – Networks, Systems and Web Security

This subject begins with an overview of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) architecture and security attacks on system services, and a discussion of different existing security mechanisms. The main focus includes cryptography, system security, network and web security. The students learn: (1) cryptographic algorithms and protocols, underlying network security applications including single-key and public-key encryption methods, hash functions, digital signatures and key exchange; (2) intrusion detection systems and firewalls that can be used to protect a computer system from security threats, such as intruders, viruses, and worm; (3) the use of cryptographic algorithms and security protocols for providing network and internet security in terms of user authentication/identification, IP security and Web security.

CSE3OTX – Internet of Things

In this subject, students will learn about Internet of Things and the technologies surrounding it. They will also learn about smart objects and their usage in designing IoT-based solutions for smart homes. The course also covers real-world applications of IoT which include smart cities and industrial systems.

CSE3WSX – Wireless Network Engineering

This subject covers the fundamentals of wireless transmission. Students will study various physical layer issues and impairments, and challenges in wireless communication compared with wired communication. In-depth analysis will be carried out on CSMA/CA standards; WEP and dynamic WEP standards and the processes involved for maintaining privacy and confidentiality in wireless networks. A brief introduction will be given to Bluetooth and WiMAX technologies.

Career opportunities

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:

  • Systems Analyst
  • Analyst Programmer
  • Database Manager
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Strategist
  • Systems Marketer

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 Certifications provides you with required industry skills to support underpinning technical knowledge.

Key dates
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

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Study options

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.

Prerequisites

For admission to this course, one of the following is required:

  • Completion of Year 12, with a score in English of at least 25, or
  • An equivalent academic level achievement, or
  • Work experience after leaving school
    • Two years if completing a business degree
    • One year if completing an IT degree

All students are required to undergo the online Didasko Pre-enrolment Assessment and achieve a pass mark of 60%.

Advanced standing

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 experience recognition available only to applicants of the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology

Wellbeing

Didasko supports the idea that learning and wellbeing are linked and that students learn best when their wellbeing is optimised. La Trobe University's wellbeing pages have many resources that can assist you with your health and wellbeing.

For health and wellbeing resources, click here.

Your responsibilities

In brief, students have a responsibility to:

  • Abide by the Terms and Conditions given upon enrolment.
  • Contact the Student Experience Team immediately if there is a change their personal details or if they require special consideration.
  • Progress with their course within the given term end date (unless circumstances change).
  • Follow the Universities Academic Integrity requirements.

For more information regarding your responsibilities as a student, click here.

Orientation

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.

Student resources

Didasko deliver online learning resources for La Trobe University qualifications. The resources can vary from subject to subject and can include:

  • Multimedia
    Didasko have an award-winning content creation department that produce engaging learning resources.
  • Live video
    Didasko host live lectures such as subject welcomes, assessment overviews and live forums through video conferencing tools.
  • Recorded video
    We record our subject lectures so that they are relevant to an applied learning outcome.
  • Learning guides
    In some cases, learning guides are also available in PDF form and are useful to students who prefer written material.
  • Assessments
    There are different types of assessments and projects to measure students’ understanding. Some of those types are: essay, multiple-choice questions, oral assessments.
  • Exams
    Some of the exams are proctored by the Academic Team via remote desktop sharing.
  • Vendor Certifications (IT degrees only)
    Vendor Certifications are Industry exams recognise worldwide. Some subjects include specific Vendor Certificates free of charge. These can relate to Microsoft and CompTIA, CCENT from Cisco and Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 from Microsoft too.
Equipment required

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.

  • A good, reliable internet connection
  • Desktop/laptop computer
  • Webcam
  • Sound capabilities (microphone/speakers)
  • 64bit CPU capable of virtualisation (VT-x/AMD-v) with at least 4 cores (either an Intel core i5/i7 or an AMD FX-61XX or AMD FX-81XX)
  • 16GB RAM or higher recommended
  • SSD storage recommended
  • Minimum 150GB free storage (internal or external). Cloud storage is encouraged for backups but shouldn’t be included in minimum.
  • 20GB of download allowance per month from your ISP
  • 64bit operating system (Windows/Mac/Linux)
  • Discrete GPU/graphics card recommended

Course costs*

Your degree fees are only $9,359 per year if you meet the relevant residency requirements, and are studying in a Commonwealth Supported Place.

  Annual cost
Student contribution (HECS-HELP)** $9,359
Government contribution (CSP) $10,630
Total cost $19,989

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International course costs

*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.

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