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Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management
Available online

2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management bridges the gap between your existing technology knowledge and managerial capabilities. It covers core and compulsory units of the Master of Information Technology Management, but allows you to choose electives and shape your Graduate Diploma to your interests or career aspirations.

IT systems management and design, data management and emerging technology units are complemented by a solid grounding in business – for example project management and leadership. Graduate in as few as eight months or continue on and complete your Master of Information Technology Management at a later stage, with advanced standing.

The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management is also available via an online delivery mode, offering up to six intakes a year.

Career opportunities

The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management can open a world of doors in the technology world, with ICT positions at an increasingly high demand (Hudson Global, 2015). A Graduate Diploma could lead you to roles like CIO, consultancy in business intelligence, network engineering and software development, as well as many other IT leadership roles.

Major areas of study

Our Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management is comprised of a wide range of units, covering all aspects of information technology, business, as well as subjects that allow you to understand the bridge between these two fields.

This enables you to develop a vast range of knowledge, and gives you the best chance at successfully managing a team once you graduate.

Assessment methods

Units generally employ a variety of assessment methods to ensure your knowledge is solidified at the conclusion of the teaching period. Dependent on the unit, methods may include reports, case studies or verbal presentations, among others.

Teaching methods

At Southern Cross University, we try to fit our course around you. Six seven-week study periods per year enable you to study part-time and still finish your degree in as little as eight months. Alternatively, adapt your enrolment to the peaks and troughs of your life by choosing which blocks to study in. It's perfect for people who travel frequently, work abroad, or need to balance work and other commitments.

We use clever, user-friendly, interactive learning software that lets you collaborate with your classmates and lecturers. Our multi-modal approach delivers content as video, audio, hands-on, practical exercises, and other media to suit all kinds of learners. Discuss and debate ideas with your peers and lecturer in dedicated forums and with other networking technology.

Each unit has its own website to keep you focused. Every week, you'll find activities, readings and case studies laid out with step-by-step instructions. As the weeks progress and your knowledge deepens, you'll be challenged by increasingly sophisticated concepts, and employ critical analysis. .

Get ready for an intense but rewarding course; each seven-week unit requires approximately 20 hours of time per week. You will see the practical benefits of your further study immediately, when you begin applying your new found knowledge in whatever role you currently hold.

Advanced standing

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.

Learning support

Learning resources

You’ll find our learning resources technologically sophisticated, intuitive and very easy to use. The four virtual spaces you’ll use most frequently are MySCU, Blackboard Learn, the course and unit websites, and the library.

MySCU is your portal to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. It will link off to your specific learning and information sites, where you can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to your work.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn is where you, your peers and your lecturers communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. You can share files, presentations and applications. All recorded material is produced specifically for the course and addresses key learning points.

The course website houses all your learning materials – study resources, assessment information, quizzes, readings and other information. You may need to buy or access textbooks, but for the most part everything you need will be online.

SCU library's wide range of services include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. As an online student, you have access to the same resources as an on campus student. You can even borrow library books – the library will express post them to you free of charge. For more about library resources, see the Library Toolbox.

Equipment and facilities

Because learning in the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology is 100% online, you’ll need the technology to support a seamless study experience. We recommend:

  • a fast, reliable computer – either a PC or a Mac – with the latest operating system
  • a fast, reliable internet connection
  • the latest version of Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox
  • the Blackboard app, which is available as a free download.

Occasionally, your lecturer may suggest specific software or textbooks for a specific unit. The library will usually have multiple copies of frequently used textbooks.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Admission requirements

Applications for admission to candidature in the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management may be selected where they can demonstrate academic or professional standing considered by the School Board or Course Coordinator to be equivalent to the requirements of Rule 2, Section 3.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management a candidate must complete eight (8) units (96 credit points) from Part A of the Schedule of Units.
  2. A candidate who while enrolled for the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management has completed the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate following withdrawal from candidature for the Graduate Diploma award.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

Our enrolment advisors can help you move easily through the application process, including advance standing. Please call us on 1300 854 556 or apply now.

International students

This course is offered fully online in part-time study mode (maximum of 6 units per year). This course is not CRICOS registered and therefore not suitable for international students wishing to study in Australia. Those who would prefer to study in Australia please refer to SCU International Study Options for onshore students for further information. If you’re planning to study online from your home country then apply now.

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'