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Associate Degree of Applied Information Technology

To undertake your studies, you will be enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology. After completing year 2 of your degree, you will be awarded with an associate degree, should you decide to exit your degree at this point.

Course structure

Course summary

Course code -
Course name Associate Degree of Applied Information Technology
Course duration 2 years full-time, or part-time equivalent^
Location Online
Available internationally Yes

^ Minimum timeframe for the associate degree is 24 months and can vary according to absence, advanced standing status, studying full-time versus part-time, availability of subjects and your progress in the course.

Why is this course right for you?

Being a state-of-the-art applied qualification, this practical two-year associate degree in information technology gives you the skills needed to perform a range of in-demand specialist IT functions with employability for just about any industry built-in. From your first IT role, you can create your own career path with a skill set that is, and will continue to be, sought out by employers the world over.

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Here are just a few of our subject overview videos that demonstrate what you can expect from the Associate Degree of Applied Information Technology. More videos are available under each subject below.

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.

Exit with
Qualification Diploma of Applied Information Technology
Credit points 120 credit points
Expected income $50K-60K
Certifications Gain up to 4 industry certifications
Core subjects
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. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking an associated vendor certification.

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.

CSE1SIX - Information Systems Infrastructure

Appropriate Information Systems infrastructure is crucial to the successful operation of any organisation. This subject covers the selection and implementation of systems infrastructure dependent on client needs. There is a focus on the setup and troubleshooting of machine hardware and networks and the configuration of operating systems. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking an associated vendor certification.

CSE1ITX - Information Technology Fundamentals

This subject provides a general introduction to the breadth of the field of information technology. Areas covered include the main components and operation of IT devices, data storage and retrieval, networks, programming and website development.

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. 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. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking an associated vendor certification.

CSE1OFX - Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals

Students are introduced to object oriented programming concepts through a contemporary programming language. Topics covered include classes and objects, encapsulation and inheritance, 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.

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.

CSE1SPX - 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, monitor and modify organisational policies in accordance with legislative and 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 planning, sequencing and using systematic and analytical processes to research and gather data and to evaluate outcomes of decision-making to identify improvement. This subject addresses La Trobe’s Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects 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 should you choose to exit your studies with an applied qualification that employers are looking for. However, you are now well over halfway 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+
Certifications Gain up to 9 industry certifications
Core subjects
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.

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.

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.

CSE1IOX - Intermediate Object Oriented Programming

The Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) approach allows for the streamlined development of complex programming solutions. This subject aims to build on the knowledge and skills with Object-Oriented Programming gained in prior studies. The subject delves more deeply into Object-Oriented Programming concepts and how they can be applied to develop more complex and innovative programming solutions. Previously learnt Software Engineering skills are also further developed.

CSE2ICX - Internet Client Engineering

Web pages provide an interface for users to view and manage all manner of information from IT systems across the globe. In this subject, students will design and develop functional web pages using contemporary client and server-side web technologies including scripting languages. The subject also covers the logical design of web interfaces and the application of usability testing in the successful development of web pages.

Core choice subjects (choose 1)
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.

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.

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)
IT electives
CSE2MLX - Machine Learning

This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of machine learning (history, algorithm types, uses) and then covers an efficient implementation of machine learning algorithms on real-world data of moderate complexity using an open source ecosystem and MapReduce and R environments. Students explore the practical aspects of this subject using the AWS platform.

CSE2CPX - Managing Projects in the Cloud

This subject focuses on the skills and knowledge required to manage information and communications technology projects in the cloud. The subject takes a practical approach by taking students from the project planning stage to the project closure stage. It covers conducting a feasibility study, how to establish and work effectively in a project team, financial planning, project management tools and software, and project management methodologies. It provides students with an opportunity to gain practical skills and knowledge in using various project management tools that are available in the cloud.

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 cloud is particularly emphasised.

Business electives
MGT2BEX - Business Ethics

In this subject you will be introduced to a number of moral frameworks that you will use to analyse ethical issues for management. You will participate in innovative and challenging learning experiences/processes via the completion of online tasks. You will adopt relevant roles to participate in a high-level, ethics and rights discussion and debate to consider issues relating to organisations, global trade, advertising, the environment, politics, corruption and governance and the person as an individual. Working individually and in teams, within a collaborative learning environment, you will explore and analyse relevant literatures to develop moral reasoning in order to present an ethically based case to their peers and/or external parties.

BUS2BIX - Business Innovation

Innovation is a hot topic in business today, but what does it really mean, how is it different to creativity and how do companies successfully innovate? This subject addresses these questions and more, while providing you with practical strategies to enhance your creativity and develop an innovation mindset. You will study the principles of innovation across strategy, systems, processes and culture. You will apply your research and critical thinking skills to identify, evaluate and assess opportunities to innovate. You will also develop skills to plan, implement and evaluate innovation strategies that make a positive difference to a customer’s perceived value. This subject uses a case-based approach, where you will investigate various innovation case studies from a range of companies around the world to examine how they innovate.

MKT2CBX - Consumer Behaviour

This subject provides you with individual, consumer and managerial understanding of consumer behaviour principles and theories. You will analyse psychological, socio-cultural, and situational factors influencing consumer decision-making process and the role of consumer behaviour in the development of effective marketing strategies. Throughout the subject, you will develop skills of relevance for understanding and managing consumer behaviour including problem solving, critical thinking, interpretation and analysis, and micro-blog writing.

MKT2BBX - Digital Branding & Retailing

Brands are a key source of competitive advantage for firms. Yet, building and maintaining a strong brand in an increasingly digital environment is an on-going challenge. In this subject, you will learn the fundamental principles and theories of branding that apply across all contexts. You will also explore how branding is changing in the face of digital disruption, and how marketers are using digital marketing strategies to build strong brands across multiple channels and retail platforms. At the end of the course, you will have put yourself in the shoes of a brand manager and developed the necessary skills to measure, manage and optimize brand performance within a highly complex modern world.

BUS201X - Experiential Workplace Learning

In this online subject, undergraduate students are given the opportunity to undertake 100-120 hours of work placement in for profit, not for profit, NGO or government enterprise - either within Australia or overseas. Students engage in a professional setting that promotes the development of workplace acumen, professional skills, agency and self-efficacy. The subject includes the opportunity to combine hands-on experience with theoretical platforms of reflection and evaluation - a skill that enhances students' employability and self-awareness. In self-sourced or arranged placements, students learn to understand and meaningfully interact with a variety of factors driving, challenging and inspiring the world of work.

MGT2HRX - Human Resource Management

In this subject you will explore the strategic and operational issues involved in managing staff in the workplace. You will examine the challenges facing human resource managers in contemporary Australian organisations and develop an understanding of human resource management practices in our continually changing social, economic, industrial relations and organisational environments. You will explore the reasons underpinning the increasing recognition of human resource management (HRM) within organisations as well as the field’s underlying purposes. Throughout this subject an emphasis is placed on a strategic approach to HRM in addition to the functional and operational aspects.

LST2BSX - Introduction to Business Law & Ethics

In this subject, students are introduced to some of the core principles of contract and consumer protection law, the law of negligence and property law. In addition, students are exposed to ethical standards that apply to business activities, such as contractual relationships and special legal protections against unethical business practices. The subject also adopts a skills-based learning approach. It does this through teaching the basic techniques of legal problem-solving and promoting an understanding of the dynamic nature of the law. These skills prepare students for more advanced law subjects as well as their professional careers.

BUS2WDX - Manage Diversity and Inclusion

Organisations operate in a global economy. As a manager and leader, it is your responsibility to get the best out of your employees and respond to customer needs. In this subject you will develop the practical skills for the next generation leading in a diverse workforce. Managing diversity isn't just about abiding by legal obligations, it's about recognising and valuing human differences and being able to create an inclusive environment, where employees have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. This subject will help you to develop a deep understanding of diversity and so in create an inclusive workplace. You'll reflect on your own attitudes and bias, as well as researching strategies, policies and practices that develop and promote a diverse, inclusive workforce.

MGT2IMX - Managing Across Borders

This subject will develop and enhance your appreciation of how constant and/or evolutionary changes to the international business environment influence the operations and conduct of domestic and cross border For-Profit and Not for Profit enterprises. You will examine key strategic and structural drivers and tools that support globalization and the establishment of multi-national enterprises. You will be exposed to the models, approaches and challenges of successful cross- cultural management, negotiations, communications, and knowledge transfer.

MKT2MRX - Market, Audience & Social Research

Business managers request, assess, purchase and use marketing research to make a wide number of informed decisions. You will come to understand what marketing research can provide, what research methods are appropriate for different types of problems, and how results should be interpreted. The aim of this subject is to give you the knowledge and skills, as either a future business manager or a marketing research practitioner, to make intelligent decisions in your specification, evaluation, and application of marketing research in real everyday life and digital era.

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:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Database Administrator
  • Intranet Support
  • Application Support Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst Lv1
  • Penetration Tester
  • Service Desk Analyst

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

Key dates
Study period Start date Census date Last withdrawal End date
2021 study blocks
Study Block 1 04/01/202131/01/202128/02/202128/03/2021
Study Block 2 01/02/202128/02/202128/03/202125/04/2021
Study Block 3 01/03/202128/03/202125/04/202123/05/2021
Study Block 4 06/04/202102/05/202130/05/202127/06/2021
Study Block 5 03/05/202130/05/202127/06/202125/07/2021
Study Block 6 07/06/202104/07/202101/08/202129/08/2021
Study Block 7 05/07/202101/08/202129/08/202126/09/2021
Study Block 8 02/08/202129/08/202126/09/202124/10/2021
Study Block 9 06/09/202103/10/202131/10/202128/11/2021
Study Block 10 04/10/202131/10/202128/11/202126/12/2021
Study Block 11 01/11/202128/11/202126/12/202123/01/2022
Study Block 12 06/12/202129/12/202130/01/202227/02/2022
2022 study blocks
Study Block 1 10/01/2022 06/02/202206/03/202203/04/2022
Study Block 2 07/02/202206/03/202203/04/202201/05/2022
Study Block 3 07/03/202203/04/202201/05/202229/05/2022
Study Block 4 04/04/202201/05/202229/05/202226/06/2022
Study Block 5 02/05/202229/05/202226/06/202224/07/2022
Study Block 6 06/06/202203/07/202231/07/202228/08/2022
Study Block 7 04/07/202231/07/202228/08/202225/09/2022
Study Block 8 01/08/202228/08/202225/09/202223/10/2022
Study Block 9 05/09/202202/10/202230/10/202227/11/2022
Study Block 10 03/10/202230/10/202227/11/202225/12/2022
Study Block 11 07/11/202204/12/202201/01/202329/01/2023
Study Block 12 05/12/202230/12/202229/01/202326/02/2023

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Study options

You can complete your diploma in one year with the flexibility online learning gives you. Studying 30 hours per week on average should see you successfully complete your qualification within this timeframe. Assessments must be completed and marked within the 12-month time limit. You can successfully complete your studies with a La Trobe qualification.

Part-time study options are also available.

Prerequisites

For admission to any of our online courses, one of the following is required.

  • If you have completed Year 12 in the past 2 years, you will need a 50+ ATAR score with a Units 3 & 4 study score of at least 25 in English, or
  • An equivalent academic level achievement, or
  • At least one year of work experience, after leaving school

All students are required to undergo the online 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 to applicants of all La Trobe applied IT courses.

Wellbeing

We firmly believe that learning and wellbeing are linked and that students learn best when their wellbeing is optimised. To this end, our students can enjoy personal and online support for their health and wellbeing.

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 your online Learning Portal.

If you haven’t been formally studying for a while, or you just want a clearer understanding of what’s ahead, we have created an orientation portal to help you become study-ready. Not only does it highlight the features and benefits of studying online, but it’s packed with valuable information to help you succeed in your studies with us.

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.
  • IT certifications
    IT certifications are Industry exams recognise worldwide. Some subjects include specific certificates free of charge. These can relate to AWS, 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
  • Computer capable of running Windows (check with manufacturer if unsure)
  • 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

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the latest Apple Mac computers are now equipped with M1 Processors as opposed to the previous Intel Processors. We do not recommend using a Mac computer with an M1 processor to access a Didasko delivered online course. If you have recently purchased an Apple device with an M1 Processor, please talk to our Student Admissions Team.

Course costs*

Your degree fees are only $8,021 per year if you meet the relevant residency requirements, and are studying in a Commonwealth Supported Place.

  Year 1 Year 2 Total  
Qualification earned Diploma Associate degree    
You pay $8,021 $8,021 $16,042  
Course costs may vary depending on elective subjects chosen

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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 and Permanent Residents only.

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