Graduate Certificate in Information Technology

Why study the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology at UNE?

Information and computing technology affects all aspects of modern life and there is a worldwide shortage of ICT professionals. Its applications now include, not only commerce and science, but also health, education, engineering, transport, government, entertainment, sport, and social networking. It has become so complex that only well-educated professionals are capable of developing and applying ICT systems in modern organisations.

The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology is designed for candidates who have a computing background who are seeking to enhance their information technology skills. The aim of the course is to enable students to enhance their competencies in a range of areas critical to information technology/computer science. Study is available in areas such as web programming, software engineering, interaction design, computer networks, artificial intelligence and software project management.

Upon successful completion, graduates are able to articulate on to further postgraduate study in the area of information technology/computer science.

Career Opportunities

Examples include technical positions in e-business, internet and networking specialists, specialised financial computer programs, software solution designers and game programming.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

0.5 Years Full-time
Up to 2 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation GradCertInfoTech
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 0.5 Years Full-time
  • Up to 2 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 24
How to Apply

All domestic students apply direct to UNE

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline*.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to:

Computing Science

Information Systems

Information Technology

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Advanced standing shall not be granted for COSC591.

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline*.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to:

Computing Science
Information Systems
Information Technology

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Advanced standing shall not be granted for COSC591.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) 0.5 year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to two years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 24 credit points including with 18 credit points at 400-level or above.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Listed Units 24 cps
Total 24 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Procedures.

Course Aims

The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology is designed for students with a Bachelor degree in computing who are seeking to enhance their information technology skills. The aim of the course is to enable students to enhance their competencies in a range of areas critical to information technology/computer science. The course will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to pursue a range of information technology related career paths or articulate into further studies in the information technology/computer science area.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate through their own study and practice, specialised knowledge of information technology;
  2. demonstrate through their own practice, specialist technical competencies in the laboratory and professional workplace related to information technology; and, specialised knowledge of theoretical concepts applicable to their information technology;
  3. apply logical and creative thinking to determine information technology needs in the interactive execution, analysis and use of programs;
  4. be effective communicators of technology by communicating technical knowledge and concepts, and transferring complex knowledge and technical ideas to a variety of audiences using a range of written and oral communication modes; and
  5. be responsible and accountable for their own learning and work by demonstrating initiative and high level independent judgement in a range of functions in information technology; operating with autonomy and responsibility for all aspects of their work or function of others while complying with regulatory frameworks and practising professional ethics relevant to information technology.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will have an increased knowledge of computing science/information technology through the learning and teaching activities associated within each unit and interaction with the unit coordinators, lecturers and tutors, including lectures, tutorials, workshops, online activities and discussion board. Students will be assessed using: program design tasks; computational assignments; theory based assignments; individual and group project reports; and written examinations. Information technology is a global industry and students will work and study in a global environment. Graduates will have an in-depth understanding of the risks and benefits associated with the global nature of computing science and information technology.

Communication Skills

Oral and written communication via a range of media is an essential aspect of participation in a software development team. These skills will be taught, practised and assessed in most units within the course.

Problem Solving

Students will gain problem solving skills in systems analysis, program design and project management. All units which involve programming will teach and assess problem solving skills.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to communicate results, information or arguments relevant to information technology to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes. They will also be able to synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources, using a range of technologies.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Social responsibility and professional practice in software development is embedded in the course content. And units require students to reflect on social implications of information technology such as social networking, malicious software, identity theft and security measures.

Lifelong Learning

Information technology is a very rapidly changing field of study. Students will be provided with fundamental skills which enable them to supplement their knowledge and adapt to the use of new software environments, technologies and tools. This will be taught and practised by providing core skills and exposing students to a variety of languages, environments and specialised systems.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates are able to apply their skills and knowledge individually and as part of collaborative teams. They are able to work with intellectual independence, and to collaborate with technical and non-technical colleagues and customers. Working in a group environment is an essential component of the course and in the professional practice of software development. To develop these skills, a number of units in the course require students to work in groups and provide guidance and assessment on group work.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply direct to UNE

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

For more information, click here

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