Start date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
LBCP

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
AUD$ 35,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2023

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
067899J

Degree overview

  • No.1 in SA for graduate careers in I.T.
  • Benefit from contemporary curriculum informed by UniSA research in areas such as cyber security, augmented reality and data analytics.
  • Learn from dedicated, highly experienced teaching staff including practitioners employed in industry.
  • Benefit from our well-established partnerships with industry offering significant opportunities for placements and industry projects.
  • Focus on the security of information systems in contemporary IT systems.
  • Experience purpose-built teaching spaces designed to facilitate collaboration and work-integrated learning.
  • Develop the skills to support a network roll-out and maintenance.
  • Gain an understanding of network topologies and devices such as routers and firewalls.
  • Learn using the latest industry software and technology.
  • Prepare for industry (Cisco) certification exams including Cisco-Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco-Certified Network Professional (CCNP).
  • Professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.
  • Enjoy a common first year across IT degrees enabling you to switch between specialisations and get credit for completed courses.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Computing and Information Systems – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Cyber security is one of the fastest growing sectors in Australia – and around the world – with rapid technological advancement and the evolving threat environment increasing demand that is set to see around 17,000 new jobs needed by 20261 .

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Cybersecurity) will see you focus on the security of business information systems in small to large enterprises. You will gain an in-depth theoretical understanding, as well as the practical skills needed to identify, analyse and mitigate risks in the management of a secure network.

Professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society, the program has also been designed to prepare you to sit industry certification exams in Cisco, including Cisco-Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco-Certified Network Professional (CCNP) so that you may pursue highly regarded industry certification as well.

You will enjoy a modern, practical approach to your IT education, with significant opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in real-world settings so that you graduate ready to meet the demands of industry.  

1Australia’s Cybersecurity Strategy 2020

What you'll learn

What you Learn

During your first year of study you will gain a solid foundation in networking, database development, programming fundamentals and systems analysis and design, before focusing on your networking and cybersecurity major that will you see you studying:

  • systems administration and design
  • network architecture and security
  • Cisco-Certified Network Professional route, switch and troubleshoot
  • digital forensics and electronic discovery
  • cloud, virtualisation and storage

In your final year, you will put your skills into practice through our ICT Capstone Project. You may have the opportunity to work directly with an industry client, drawing on the technical expertise gained throughout your studies and applying professional skills – communication strategies, stakeholder relationship management, project management – in a real-world setting to produce and deliver an artifact for your client. This could include the application of new technologies, developing proof of concept solutions and analysing current business processes to identify areas for improvement.

You will enjoy access to dedicated learning hubs where you can connect and collaborate, giving you the full workplace and project experience.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Information Technology Fundamentals INFT 1016 4.5
Problem Solving and Programming COMP 1039 4.5
Network Fundamentals INFT 1012 4.5
Design Thinking Studio INFT 1030 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Object Oriented Programming COMP 1046 4.5
Data Driven Web Technologies INFS 1025 4.5
System Requirements and User Experience INFS 1026 4.5
System Requirements Studio INFT 1031 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Network Design and Realisation INFS 2050 4.5
System Design Studio INFS 2045 4.5
Network Architecture INFT 3019 4.5
Security Foundations INFS 3090 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Agile Development and Governance INFS 2041 4.5
Project Studio INFS 2043 4.5
Cloud, Virtualisation and Storage INFT 4028 4.5
CCNP Enterprise Core INFT 3022 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Network Security INFT 3015 4.5
Systems Administration INFT 3026 4.5
Risk Management and Governance INFS 3083 4.5
CCNP Enterprise Services INFT 3023 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Big Data Concepts INFS 4020 4.5
Human Factors and Cyber Criminal Behaviour INFS 4021 4.5
ICT Capstone Project INFT 3042 4.5 Note(s): 2

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, as well as to 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. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Cybersecurity)

Why this Degree

Under the current climate of escalating cyber-attacks, UniSA has partnered with Optus to establish a Cyber Security Research and Collaboration Hub at Lot Fourteen, tasked with driving new innovations and helping to deliver the best education for Australia’s next cybersecurity and data science professionals.

Throughout your program you will complete a unique series of collaborative, work-integrated courses, reinforcing the concepts learnt in the classroom in a supportive practice environment. Soft, non-technical skills are also integrated into your learning to develop the qualities highly valued and sought after by industry. Topics include design thinking, system requirements, system design and agile development, and project management.

In your final year you may have the opportunity to work directly with an industry client – from brief through to project delivery – with our ICT Capstone Project. Upon graduation, this allows you to demonstrate your ability to deliver work to industry standard, and to the satisfaction of a client.

Most of our IT programs share a common first year, so choosing this degree offers a level of flexibility. Should you wish to pursue a different specialty after completing your first year, you can switch to an alternative IT program and receive credit for the courses completed.

Real-world connections

With more than 200 industry contacts, you will have numerous opportunities to gain real-world experience through projects and placements with organisations such as Adelaide Football Club, Services Australia, SAAB, DSTO, Forensic Science SA, Top Chop Games and Maptek.

UniSA is also home to several research centres and concentrations, including: 

All have world renowned links and associations that provide a dynamic teaching and research base for our students.

You will also benefit from our culture of innovation and startup community. We’re helping IT entrepreneurs and innovators turn their ideas into startup enterprises with a bright future. Through the Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC), the University’s startup incubator, you have access to programs (such as Venture Catalyst), services and expertise including:

  • Workshops
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Office space for startups and entrepreneurs
  • Access to a global pool of expert advisers
  • Small funding stipends
  • Events to kick-start ideas and competitions like hackathons

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

CISCO lab

Take a look inside one of the CISCO labs at UniSA, a registered CISCO Networking Academy. Most UniSA IT students will have classes in these labs as part of their degree.

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Career outcomes

Your career

Australia’s technology workforce is expected to experience strong growth, averaging an increase of 5.4% annual increase through to 2026. Nearly half of that growth is forecast to occur in ICT technical and professional roles, with a further 26% expected in ICT management and operations roles1.

Furthermore, cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing sectors in Australia, enabling the digital economy to grow and innovate particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as more people and businesses move online2.

There are strong employment prospects for suitably qualified ICT professionals.

Graduates of this degree may wish to consider the following career options:

  • 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
  • Cyber Security Analyst: 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
    Computer Network Systems 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 
  • System Administrator: responsible for the upkeep, configuration and reliable operation of computer systems, in particular multi-user computers such as servers
  • Virtualisation Engineer: managing data storage, server resources and other virtual computing platforms

Career progression may see you take on roles such as:

  • Network Manager
  • Senior Network Engineer
  • Senior Cyber Security Analyst

1Deloitte Access Economics, ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse 2021
2Australia’s Cybersecurity Strategy 2020

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program is professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

There are a wide variety of pathways into studying Information Technology at UniSA. 
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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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. 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 lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

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Your study spaces

UniSA is ranked Number 1 in SA for campus facilities in IT¹.

During your studies you will have access to purpose-built learning spaces such as:

  • Gaming Lab
  • Software Development Lab
  • Network and Cyber Security Labs
  • IT Project Space
  • IT Development Studio
  • Mac Lab
  • Wearable Computer Lab

1 ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Computing and Information Systems – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.

Your study spaces

Your program director

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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