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Bachelor of Applied Information Technology

Australia’s best value online IT Degree

Course description

This course provides a generalist education in information technology (IT), and the opportunity to explore focus areas in information systems, software development, computer networks, and web development. The structure of this course enables you to combine online studies with early entry to the workforce and continuing online study. The course is applied in its focus and its options include Vendor Certifications that are relevant to IT industry employment.

The Bachelor of Applied Information Technology is a La Trobe University Degree course delivered by Computer Power Institute. Study with us and get industry essential certifications included in your qualification – get the Computer Power edge when you apply for a job!

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Course duration

You can complete your course in 12 months with the flexibility online learning gives you. Studying 25 hours per week on average (100 hours per month) should see you successfully complete your qualification within this timeframe. All assessments must be completed and marked within the 12-month time limit.

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:

If you exit at Diploma level (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 (year 2), you will have additional industry certified skills.

Integration of Vendor Certification provides you with required industry skills to support underpinning technical knowledge.

Free CCNA Certification
Free CCNA certification

The La Trobe Bachelor of Applied Information Technology Degree offers genuine employability built-in to help you secure a career in the fast-moving world of IT. Now with free CCNA certification* (valued at $5,150), your online Degree gives you one of the IT industry's most recognised Vendor Certifications at no extra cost.

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Career options

IT Support
IT Support
Desk Manager
Desk Manager
Network Administrator
Network Administrator

Earn $50,000 - $70,000 in your first job as IT support with a Diploma of Applied Information Technology! And that can double as Desk Manager*. Or, how about $70,000 - $120,000 as a Network Administrator? Your career path to money and long-term success starts NOW!

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Year 1

CSE1ISX - Information Systems

In this subject, you are introduced to the concept of an information system (IS) including file design, input/output/interface design, file conversion and implementation techniques. This subject addresses the 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 factfinding 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. You will receive hands-on experience in the construction of a small information system using a suitable prototyping tool.

CSE1ITX - Information Technology Fundamentals

This subject provides a general and practical introduction to information technology. It covers: fundamental principles of computer operation, the main hardware components of the computer, data storage and retrieval, introduction to system software, introduction to data communications, computer networks, the Internet; operating systems, file management systems, security, introduction to information systems; application software modules: spread sheets, database packages, the World Wide Web.

CSE1PGX - Programming Environment

In this subject, you are introduced to the environments, tools, techniques and trains of thought 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.

CSE1STX - Sustainability Practices in Information Technology

In this subject, you 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. You will 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, you are required to communicate and consult with internal and external stakeholders. The subject also requires you to plan, sequence and use systematic and analytical processes to research and gather data and to evaluate outcomes of decision-making to identify improvements.

CSE1VAX - Vendor Certification for Information Technology A

Two industry recognised certifications from Microsoft and CompTIA are covered in this subject.

The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification is an introductory certification. It addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts, assesses and validates your technical credibility.

The CompTIA A+ is another entry level certification to assist you to begin your career in IT. It covers PC hardware and peripherals, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues. It also covers installing and configuring operating systems including Windows, iOS, Android, Apple OS X and Linux.

CSE2DBX - Database Fundamentals

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 your interest and expertise in this area. We start by looking at how database systems have evolved. The subject is focused on 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 relation 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 course to provide hands-on skills. Foundations of normalizing as well as implementing security will also be discussed. Several commercial directions in database use such as distributed databases, NoSQL and data warehousing also form part of the discussion.

CSE2ICX - Internet Client Engineering

Topics covered in this unit include Web programming, audience-based web page/site development: HTML and DHTML links, images, ImageMap, tables, frames, form; style sheets, JavaScript; logical design of web user interface; usability testing, web presence and visibility; XML, AJAX, and XSLT; mobile Web.

CSE2NFX - Network Engineering Fundamentals

In this subject, we introduce the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The subject also covers OSI and TCP/IP layer models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, transport, network, data link, and physical layers. The fundamentals of IP addressing and basic concepts of Ethernet will also be studied.

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Year 2

CSE2MAX - Mobile application development with Android

The focus of this subject is the skills and knowledge required to develop mobile applications based on the Android mobile platform. The subject provides information on creating Android applications responding to events, using features of the mobile device, using communication protocols, web connectivity and using different data persistence techniques. The subject also provides information on designing, debugging and developing applications that optimise the performance.

CSE2OSX - Operating Systems

In this subject, you are introduced to modern operating systems and their major components. You will learn these concepts by working on the Linux operating system. You interact with the Linux operating system using advanced command-line processing and basic shell scripts. Process and memory management, file systems and several other concepts are also covered.

CSE2PMX - Project Management

The focus of this subject are the skills and knowledge required to manage information and communications technology projects. The subject takes a very practical approach by taking you from the project planning stage all the way to the project closure stage. It discusses feasibility study, how to establish a project team, financial planning, project management tools (i.e. gantt charts) as well as more conceptual topics.

CSE2VIX - Virtualization in computing

The focus of this subject is the skills and knowledge required to install and integrate a virtual server in a network to replace multiple physical servers, reducing power requirements of individual servers and meeting sustainability targets. The subject takes a very practical approach taking you from reviewing and choosing the best virtualization solution all the way to managing and configuring the implemented solution.

CSE2CNX - Computer Networks

The focus of this subject is on routing and switching within a computer network. Cisco routers and switchers are used as an example platform to highlight the practical aspects of this technology.

The subject starts with fundamental networking concepts (i.e. topologies, cabling types, IP addressing) and move on to LAN switching, routing fundamentals and practical configurations (e.g. NAT) of Cisco devices.

CSE2DMX - Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science

This subject is an introduction to discrete mathematics. These concepts 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.

CSE2VEX - Vendor certification for information technology E

The focus of this subject is the C# programming language fundamentals. It assumes that you are familiar with general programming concepts and object orientation. This subject is part of a group of subjects that prepare you for the Microsoft Programming in C# exam 70-483.

The subject starts with basic programs structures (i.e.) then moves onto type systems, creating and implementing class hierarchies also covers events and exception handling.

CSE2VFX - Vendor certification for information technology F

The focus of this subject is several advanced concepts in programming C#. This subject is the final part in a pair of subjects that prepare you for the Microsoft Programming in C# exam 70-483. The subject introduces the concepts of multithreading, LINQ, data encryption and a few more advanced concepts.

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. You will learn to use Unified Modelling Language (UML) for the analysis and design phases of IS. You will also gain the ability to apply knowledge of basic science and software engineering fundamentals to information systems analysis and design.

CSE1OFX - Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals

You are introduced to computers, object-oriented concepts and programming using Java. Topics covered include classes and objects, 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. You are also introduced to a framework for identifying and analysing ethical problems associated with software development.

CSE1IOX - Intermediate Object-Oriented Programming

The teaching of object-oriented concepts is continued from the introductory subject CSE1OFX. You’ll gain more experience with the Java programming language and basic software engineering principles. Topics covered include inheritance (class hierarchies, abstract classes), input/ output streams, file operations, exceptions, interfaces, recursion, generics and dynamic data structures (linked lists). Software engineering principles are further developed, including parameters for characterising software quality and testing strategies. You will continue to practise the identification and analysis of ethical issues that may arise during software development.

CSE2BVX - Vendor certification for information technology B

This subject covers several industry recognised certifications from the Linux Professional Institute. It teaches both the LPI Linux Essentials entry level certification and more advanced LPIC-1Exam 101. It validates your technical abilities in installing and configuring a computer running Linux and in using the command line. You are encouraged to subsequently pursue the LPIC-1 Exam 102 to enable you to gain the full LPIC-1: System Administrator certification.

CSE2CVX - Vendor certification for information technology C

This subject covers the industry recognised certification: Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) from Cisco . It addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts covering networking, LAN switching, Routing, infrastructure services and infrastructure maintenance.

CSE2DVX - Vendor certification for information technology D

This subject covers the industry recognised certification 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 from Microsoft. It addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts including creating HTML pages, using JavaScript with HTML pages, create CSS that enhance the look of HTML pages, using jQuery with JavaScript programming and using web storage.

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Year 3

Industry project 3A

Industry project 3B

Third-year level elective in Computer Science

Professional Environment

Third-year level elective in Computer Science

Third-year level elective in Computer Science

Third-year level elective Computer Science Elective

Third-year level elective in Computer Science

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Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer (RPL/CT)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) enables you to complete your Diploma earlier, reduce their study load and/or take on additional qualifications.

Recognition acknowledges a student's previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience, relevant to the chosen qualification and can be granted either by

  • RPL, through an assessment of previous skills, knowledge or experience; or by
  • CT, which allows a student to receive credit for studies previously successfully completed in other qualifications.

In relation to your Diploma, we will discuss any RPL or CT possibilities with a student and grant them only if there is a direct match to its How is my course structured? and they meet its current requirements.

*CCNA Course access provided after successful completion of Year 1. Limited availability.

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