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Start Date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
LBCP

SATAC Code
434891 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 60.60 (for 2017)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2018)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • Focus on the security of information systems in contemporary IT systems.
  • Develop the skills to support a network roll-out and maintenance.  
  • Gain an understanding of network topologies and devices such as routers and firewalls.
  • Complete projects and placements with industry partners.
  • Train with the latest industry tools and gain access to the IT Development Studio and IT Innovation Studio. 
  • Professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.
  • Prepare for industry certification exams in CISCO, CCNA and CCNP as part of your degree. 
  • A common first year across IT degrees enables you to switch between specialisations and get credit for completed courses.
  • UniSA is ranked number one in SA for Graduate Employment in the QILT National Graduate Outcome Survey 2014-2015.

Snapshot

Snapshot

In this degree you will focus on the security of information systems, learning the techniques and theory that support network infrastructures in small to large businesses.

You will develop the skills to support a network roll-out and infrastructure maintenance, as well as learn about networking topologies, routers and firewalls. The networking courses prepare you to sit industry certification exams in CISCO, CCNA and CCNP. This means that not only will you graduate with a degree that’s professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society, you could hold a highly regarded industry certification as well. 

If you decide to exit this degree having successfully completed the first two years, you will receive an associate degree.  

Why Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Cybersecurity)

Why this Degree

Graduates of this degree hold a qualification that is professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society. Your major in Networking and Cybersecurity will see you studying areas such as:

  • systems administration and design
  • network architecture and security
  • CCNP route, switch and troubleshoot
  • digital forensics and electronic discovery
  • cloud, virtualisation and storage

The networking courses in this degree prepare you to sit industry certification exams in CISCO, CCNA and CCNP. This means that you could hold a highly regarded industry certification as well. You will learn through exposure to the real working world, and from the very latest in research developments and technologies. You’ll have opportunities for industry placements, internships and research projects with industry partners.

Real-world connections

With more than 200 industry partners, we offer you opportunities to get real-world experience through projects and placements. Our partners include Fujitsu Australia, SA Water, Uniting Care Wesley Adelaide and more. UniSA is also home to several research centres: 

All have world renowned links and associations that provide a dynamic teaching and research base for our students. During your studies you will also have access to world-class facilities such as the IT Development Studio and the IT Innovation Studio. 

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Your career

The cybersecurity field is flourishing and the need for specialists is increasing.

In April 2016, the Australian government launched a $230m Cyber Security Strategy with 33 initiatives aimed at improving defences and creating a 'cyber smart nation'. It addresses our nation’s "shortage of cyber security professionals" and states that we must "build our nation’s stock of cyber security skills, which are becoming increasingly essential for life and work in our connected world". Careers to consider:

  • network administrator: supporting infrastructure for wired network connections, wireless access points and remotely connected users; ensuring continuous network operations; performing installation, configuration, maintenance, upgrade, documentation, and operational support of network equipment
  • IT cybersecurity: specialist understanding vulnerabilities and threats; performing threat and risk assessments, and mitigation strategies; developing network system architecture and design; auditing, acceptance testing and compliance; ability to work in a close team
  • network engineer: designing and implementing networks and network security; understanding of security tools like cloud security, malware detection, web application firewalls, intrusion prevention; technical security risk assessment; writing security procedures and documentation 

Professional accreditation

This program is professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Industry facts

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Employment for ICT network and support professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 14.6 per cent by November 20201

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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The economic contribution of the internet and digital-enabled economy is forecast to increase to $139 billion by 20201.

1 Deloitte Access Economics (2015)

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The contribution digital technology makes to the Australian economy is forecast to grow from $79 billion (2014) to $139 billion (2020)1.

1 Australia’s Digital Pulse - Computer Society, 2016

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will start your degree with core courses in information technology. These will give you a solid grounding in important areas such as IT, network, database and programming fundamentals, and systems analysis. 

You will then move on to your major in Networking and Cybersecurity. Your networking courses prepare you to sit industry certification exams in CISCO, CCNA and CCNP. 

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports and project documentation
  • essays and assignments 
  • examinations 
  • an industry-relevant project 
  • practicals

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Network Fundamentals INFT 1012 4.5
Problem Solving and Programming COMP 1039 4.5
Information Technology Fundamentals INFT 1016 4.5
Design Thinking and Digital Innovation INFS 1020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Systems Analysis INFS 1021 4.5
Database Fundamentals INFT 1020 4.5
Programming Fundamentals COMP 1040 4.5
IT Project Management INFT 1021 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Interface Design, Interaction and Experience INFT 1004 4.5
Web Development INFT 2064 4.5
Systems Administration INFT 3026 4.5
Network Architecture INFT 3019 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Systems Design INFS 2037 4.5
Elective Note(s): 1
Network Security INFT 3015 4.5
CCNP Route INFT 3022 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Digital Forensics Essentials COMP 5071 4.5
CCNP Switch and Troubleshoot INFT 3023 4.5
Cloud, Virtualisation and Storage INFT 4028 4.5
Information Security Management INFS 3070 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Data Centre Management INFT 3036 4.5
Communication and Collaboration INFT 3035 4.5
ICT Project INFT 3025 9 Note(s): 3

I completed my PhD at UniSA in high performance computing. My teaching passion is in networking and infrastructure concepts and one of my career highlights has been getting the Internship program with DXC Technology off the ground and ensuring it is a continuing success.

Dr Grant Wigley

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Mawson Lakes

Nestled in amongst engineering and tech companies in Technology Park, Mawson Lakes has state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. On-campus there are large open green spaces, cafés, wetlands, interactive learning spaces, the largest strong-floor in Australia, a planetarium and a gym. It is 20 minutes from the city centre, easily accessible by bus, train and car. Explore Mawson Lakes >

Your study spaces

You will have access to the latest industry software in our technology spaces such as the IT Development Studio, the Mac Lab, and the Wearable Computer Lab. You will also benefit from our culture of innovation and start-ups. We’re helping IT entrepreneurs and innovators turn their ideas into start-up enterprises with a bright future. Through the Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC) you will access services and expertise including: 

  • technology (DXC Technology and UniSA IT)
  • design (matchstudio)
  • business growth (Centre for Business Growth)
  • business management
  • strategy and marketing (UniSA Business School)
  • commercialisation (UniSA Ventures)
Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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