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Diploma of Applied Information Technology

Australia’s best value online IT Diploma

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Course description

The Bachelor of Applied Information Technology is a La Trobe University Degree course delivered by Computer Power Institute. The Bachelor Degree has an embedded Diploma of Applied Information Technology as its first year.

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to administer and manage information and communications technology (ICT) support in small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) using a wide range of general ICT technologies.

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Persons working at this level provide an ICT support function, applying a wide range of higher level technical skills in ICT areas such as networking, IT support, database development, programming and web development.

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Course duration

You can complete your Diploma 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.

Earn and learn

Once successfully completed, your Diploma gives you the option of seeking employment or continuing your online studies to gain your Bachelor of Applied Information Technology. Should you wish, you can earn and learn – building your career experience while completing your online Degree.

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 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!

*Hudson's 2016 Salary Guide

Year 1Diploma of Applied Information Technology

Degree progress - year 1

Use your Diploma as a pathway to a Degree with a respected Australian University. Your Diploma of Applied Information Technology is embedded in the IT Degree and will form the first year of your three-year Degree. You can choose to work and study in year 2 and 3 of your Degree with Australia's best value IT Diploma.

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Pre-course content

Before you commence your course, you are required to complete:

Term 1

Information Technology Fundamentals

This subject provides a general and practical introduction to information technology. It covers:

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.

Term 2

Information Systems

You are introduced to the concept of an information system (IS). You will study the systems development life cycle as a framework for IS development and the subject emphasises the role and involvement of users in an IS project. The use of appropriate fact-finding 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. The subject also introduces file design, input/output/interface design, file conversion and implementation techniques.

Network Engineering Fundamentals

In this subject, we introduce the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. We also look at 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.

Term 3

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.

Internet Client Engineering

Topics covered in this subject include:

Term 4

Sustainability Practices in Information Technology

Working in any industry today requires a sound understanding of sustainable work practices. The IT industry is no exception. You will be required to review and manage sustainable work practices specific to Information Technology.

Work Integrated Learning – Vendor Certification for Information Technology (CompTIA A+ and MTA)

Choose 1 of 3 MTA streams:

  1. Networking Fundamentals (MTA Exam 98-366)
  2. Database Fundamentals (MTA Exam 98-364)
  3. Software Development Fundamentals (MTA Exam 98-361)

These Vendor Certifications are built-in as key to your employability. They also allow you to steer your career opportunities into a particular field of expertise.

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

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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