Master of Information Technology (Business)

Why study the Master of Information Technology (Business) at UNE?

The Master of Information Technology (Business) provides an opportunity for those who are looking for a change of direction in their career or for those who want to enhance their IT qualifications and gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of business. Those seeking a change of direction can come in without any background in IT or business and graduate with a sound knowledge and understanding of IT and business principles which qualifies them for employment in a broad range of positions in private industry, government agencies or research organisations.

Similarly, the Master of Information Technology (Business) provides candidates who have an IT background with the opportunity to update their qualifications and gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of business. Students have the opportunity to be involved in the planning, design and implementation of a large software system as well as gaining the knowledge and skills required to resolve issues that arise during project planning, implementation and completion/termination.

The Master of Information Technology (Business) has been granted Professional Level accreditation by the Australian Computer Society and through the Seoul Accord, is recognised in other countries.

Career Opportunities

The types of career options include but are not limited to: business analyst, finance and administration, consultant, customer contact centre operator, internet and e-commerce, IT educator, computer scientist, EDP auditor, project management, sales and marketing, software development, systems analysis and design, systems management and administration.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 or 1.5 or 2 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

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 MInfoTech(Bus)
Course Type Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 074875C
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
  • 1 or 1.5 or 2 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 96
How to Apply

All domestic students apply direct to UNE

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification with a major in a relevant discipline*; or

(c) have completed an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours qualification in a relevant discipline*.

*Relevant Disciplines - include but are not limited to the following:

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.

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Advanced Standing based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based and may include 6 credit points on the basis of considerable demonstrated relevant professional experience.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based. This may include 6 credit points on the basis of considerable demonstrated relevant professional experience.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

No advanced standing will be granted for COSC591.

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification with a major in a relevant discipline*; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours qualification 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.

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Advanced Standing based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based and may include 6 credit points on the basis of considerable demonstrated relevant professional experience.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based. This may include 6 credit points on the basis of considerable demonstrated relevant professional experience.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

No advanced standing will be granted for COSC591.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rule (a), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) two years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (b), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one and a half years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (c), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to four years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

1. To qualify for the award a candidate admitted under Rule (a) must pass units to the value of 96 credit points including not more than 24 credit points at 100-level, not more than 30 credit points at 200/300-level and at least 36 credit points at 500-level.

2. To qualify for the award a candidate admitted under Rule (b) must pass units to the value of 96 credit points including not more than 30 credit points at 200/300-level and at least 36 credit points at 500-level.

3. To qualify for the award a candidate admitted under Rule (c) must pass units to the value of 96 credit points including at least 36 credit points at 500-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 96 cps
Total 96 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 24 cps
Core Units 72 cps
Total 96 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (c)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 48 cps
Core Units 42 cps
Listed Units 6 cps
Total 96 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Master of Information Technology (Business).

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 Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

This course suits those students coming to the study of information technology and business for the first time as well as those who want to extend their knowledge or upgrade their professional qualifications.

Covering aspects of business information systems, computer programming, web technologies, management and software development, the course aims to cover the essential elements of systems development and management in an ICT context. This course concludes with students completing both an ICT project in a group work environment, requiring an integration of project management and ICT skills, and a business development project, which includes case studies and the creation of a business development plan.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, through their own practice, a mastery of information technology and management that includes knowledge of recent developments, established methods, specialised skills and knowledge of the theoretical principles that underpin information and communications technology and its use in enterprise;
  2. demonstrate a broad understanding of management processes, marketing, organisational theory and their relationship with information technology, relevant to organisational performance within the globalised economy;
  3. apply problem-solving and design skills with modern software development tools and methodologies to develop software, systems and/or processes to meet specified requirements, including creative approaches to synthesise alternative solutions, concepts and procedures, while demonstrating information skills and research methods;
  4. understand and apply project management principles to the development of software and information systems across a broad range of disciplines, and use current management theory and concepts to develop more effective management strategies and enhance organisational performance in a globalised context;
  5. demonstrate the technical and communication skills necessary to evaluate and theorise on issues contributing to the professional and ethical standards of practice expected in the information technology industry and assess how the social, ethical and legal issues related to information technology impact society;
  6. communicate and coordinate proficiently in English, working as an effective member or leader of a diverse team and/or consulting with clients or colleagues in a systems development setting, that includes specialist and non-specialist audiences, using a variety of written and oral communication modes; and
  7. apply the technical research skills, knowledge and the ability to operate with a high level of personal autonomy through the planning and execution of project relating information technology and business development.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates have an in-depth understanding of information technology and the fundamentals of business and can demonstrate a clear appreciation of the risks and benefits associated with the global nature of information technology and business. Knowledge of information technology and business, including the global nature of both disciplines, is taught and practised through unit materials, online discussions, guided readings, and direct learning activities and is assessed through different forms of assessment appropriate to the disciplines of information technology and business including a research essay and reports on projects.

Communication Skills

Oral and written communication via a range of media is an essential aspect of the course and graduates can demonstrate expertise in this area. These skills are taught, practised and assessed in most units within the course. The research methods and special project units require students to demonstrate a professional level of communication skills both with other group members and with the project client.

Problem Solving

Problem solving skills are employed throughout the course in aspects of information technology and fundamental business principles. Such aspects include software engineering; database management; techniques for management; professional practice; and project management and they provide graduates with the problem solving skills required of information technologists in a business environment. All units in the course require varying levels of logical, critical and creative thinking.

Information Literacy

All units in the course require students to access information efficiently and effectively from a variety of sources. Graduates are able to critically evaluate information and to manage information in a responsible manner. Information literacy is practised and assessed throughout the course.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Reflection on social responsibility and professional practice in software development is embedded in the course content. Units require students to reflect on social implications of information technology such as social networking, malicious software, identity theft and security measures and graduates demonstrate a sound grasp of these principles.

Lifelong Learning

Information technology is a rapidly changing field of study. Graduates are able to learn both independently and collaboratively and have the ability to apply that learning to new and unexpected situations.

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

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