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.

Study year 1 of your degree

Year 1

Blue bar

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
Diploma of Applied Information Technology

Expected income

CSE1ISX - Information Systems

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.

CSE1ITX - Information Technology Fundamentals

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.

CSE1PGX - Programming Environment

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.

CSE1STX - Sustainability Practices

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.

CSE1VAX - Vendor Certification for Information Technology A

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.

CSE2DBX - Database Fundamentals

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.

CSE2ICX - Internet Client Engineering

Topics covered in this unit include 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.

CSE2NFX - Network Engineering Fundamentals

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.

Study year 2 of your degree

Year 2

Blue bar

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
Associate Degree of Applied Information Technology

Expected income

CSE2MAX - Mobile Application Development with Android

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.

CSE2OSX - Operating Systems

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.

CSE2PMX - Project Management

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.

CSE2VIX - Virtualisation in Computing

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.

CSE2CNX - Computer Networks

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.

CSE2DMX - Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science

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.

CSE2EVX - Vendor Certification for Information Technology E

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.

CSE2FVX - Vendor Certification for Information Technology F

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.

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. 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.

CSE1OFX - Object-Oriented Programming Fundamentals

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.

CSE1IOX - Intermediate Object-Oriented Programming

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.

CSE2BVX - Vendor Certification for Information Technology B

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.

CSE2CVX - Vendor Certification for Information Technology C

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.

CSE2DVX - Vendor Certification for Information Technology D

This subject covers the industry recognised certification 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 from Microsoft. It addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts including creating HTML pages, using JavaScript with HTML pages, creating CSS that enhances the look of HTML pages, using jQuery with JavaScript programming and using web storage.

Study year 3 of your degree

Year 3

Blue bar

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
Bachelor of Applied Information Technology

Expected income

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

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.

Third-year level elective in Computer Science

Industry relevant elective

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.

Third-year level elective in Computer Science

Industry relevant elective

Third-year level elective in Computer Science

Industry relevant elective

Third-year level elective in Computer Science

Industry relevant elective

Third-year level elective in Computer Science

Industry relevant elective

Course learning outcomes

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.

  • Write 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 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 peers, scientific and non-scientific 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 and analyse strategies for solving real-life business system problems and/or challenges in other fields of study.
  • Implement and evaluate solutions to unfamiliar, constructed and real-world 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 of 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 solve business and/or related problems in chosen field of study and practice.
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 Certification 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.


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


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.


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
    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 certification 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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