Bachelor of Information Technology
About this course
The Bachelor of Information Technology at Southern Cross University is designed to provide knowledge and skills required for students who wish to be employed in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry. The program focuses on the development of web-based business information systems. Students undertake studies in programming, systems analysis and design, multimedia development and usage, database development, networking and communications theory, computer security and technology management.
Students also study issues confronting the ICT industry including employer obligations, employee rights, impacts on society, and future directions of the industry.
The University offers the 'Women in Technology' program which provides dedicated support for women entering this industry. Throughout the year, social events with a networking focus are held for female students. The program has a coordinator who acts as an advocate for the students, offering support and advice for women entering this industry.
As programmers, user-experience designers and developers, systems analysts, software engineers, database administrators, project managers, web developers, systems administrators and technical support personnel.
Students can undertake optional internship units. Internship positions vary depending on each student's discipline area, placement firm size and industry. Recent roles undertaken by internship students include software quality assurance, coordinator, IT support officer, network support officer, software development and various other management and IT roles in private and government sectors.
Major areas of study
Information Systems: Students gain the skills needed to design, develop, implement and manage information systems and also provides students with a realistic understanding of the roles of information technology in organisations.
Software Development: Students develop the skills needed to efficiently develop and maintain high quality software systems and also provides students with the knowledge to participate in and manage software projects.
User experience: Gives students the skills needed to effectively and efficiently design and develop multimedia resources and interactive multimedia programs that support a great user experience. Students develop an ability to select and use multimedia resources that facilitate engagement and usability for users.
Additional majors: University-wide majors are also available in this course.
Unit availabilities are published for each study period and may vary from year to year. Sydney and Melbourne students can only study the Information Systems and Software Development majors.
Assessment may be in the form of essays, reports, audio or video presentations, online quizzes, case analyses or problem resolutions, software programs and examinations.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
The online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.
- Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
- Recognition of informal learning
Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).
To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.
An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.
MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.
The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.
Equipment and facilities
Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
Table of contents
To be awarded the Bachelor of Information Technology, students must complete 288 credit points comprising:
- all ten (10) core units; and
- one eight (8) unit major; and
- six (6) elective units
Students can choose to exit with the Associate Degree of Information Technology if 16 units are completed and they meet the requirements of the Associate Degree.
Candidates who have completed an Associate Degree of Information Technology or equivalent may be granted advanced standing for up to sixteen (16) units.
Schedule of units
How to apply
SCU STAR Early Entry applications for current Year 12 students
Important: if you are attending Year 12 at a SCU Partner School, you're eligible to apply for STAR Early Entry. This gives you the opportunity to receive an early offer based on your Principal's recommendation.
On-campus Session 1 and 2
On-campus Session 3
Applications to study this course on-campus commencing in Session 3 are made directly to SCU via our online application service.
Online Sessions 1, 2 and 3 (external)
Applications for this course to study online are made directly to SCU via our online application service.
Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.
The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.
From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'