Start date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
LBCP

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2022: AUD$ 33,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

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
024199D

Degree overview

  • No.1 in SA for graduate careers in IT1.
  • 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.
  • Experience purpose-built teaching spaces designed to facilitate collaboration and work-integrated learning.
  • Learn using the latest industry software and technology.
  • Enjoy a common first year across most IT degrees enabling you to switch between specialisations and get credit for completed courses.
  • Select two IT minors or diversify your skills with cross-disciplinary study.
  • Professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.
  • Endorsed by the Naval Shipbuilding College (NSC) as part of the College Endorsement Process.

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

Snapshot

Snapshot

The Bachelor of Information Technology is your stepping stone to a career in software development, networking, cyber security, games and entertainment industries.  You will learn using the latest industry tools, technologies and research. Our IT degrees have a number of flexible entry pathways and a common first year. You can switch between specialisations and get credit for the courses you’ve already completed.

By tailoring your studies to your interests, you can prepare for a rewarding career as an IT professional.  

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 chosen areas of study.

This degree then allows you to choose your own specialisations – either two minor areas of study in IT, or one minor area of study in IT and one from a complimentary discipline. This allows you to develop a broad range of knowledge and skills to enhance your career prospects.

IT minors include:

  • software development
  • 3D Animation
  • visual effects
  • mobile applications
  • networking
  • business systems
  • cyber security
  • data analytics
  • games

If you’re thinking about a non-IT minor, the following are popular: 

  • digital media
  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • marketing
  • accounting
  • management

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)
System Design and Realisation INFS 2044 4.5
System Design Studio INFS 2045 4.5
Minor Course 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor Course 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Agile Development and Governance INFS 2041 4.5
Project Studio INFS 2043 4.5
Minor Course 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor Course 4.5 Rule(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Security Foundations INFS 3090 4.5
Big Data Concepts INFS 4020 4.5
Minor Course 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor Course 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Minor Course 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor Course 4.5 Rule(s): 1
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 practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning. Assessment types will vary and you can expect them to include:

  • Collaborative group projects
  • Interactive studio exercises
  • Industry aligned projects
  • Industry based internships
  • Hands-on practical activities
  • Reports and project documentation

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

Why this Degree

The Bachelor of Information Technology is your steppingstone to a career in software development, networking, cyber security or the games and entertainment industry.

This program is unique in our IT offering, allowing you to choose your own specialisations and develop a broad range of knowledge and skills relevant to your career aspirations. And, with a common first year across most IT programs, you will have the option to switch to an alternative IT degree should you wish to specialise further after your first year of study.

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.  

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 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.

Career outcomes

Your career

Australia is currently facing an ICT skills shortage. It is predicted that an extra 60,000 technology workers will be needed on average each year, for the next five years, to reach projected workforce growth. That’s on top of replacing workers who retire or change industries¹.

Since the pandemic began in 2020, the importance of investment in IT has been further highlighted, with industries with higher levels of digital literacy shown to be more resilient. ICT professionals have played, and continue to play, an important role in helping Australian businesses adapt to a changing and uncertain environment¹.

The importance of the ICT sector to the economy, and to society, cannot be overestimated. Well-trained professionals with broad skills are in high demand.

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

  • Business Analyst: responsible for bridging the gap between IT and business operations using data analytics to assess processes and provide data-driven recommendations to improve efficiencies.
  • Analyst Programmer: works in support of achieving business objectives, analysing system program needs and providing technology-based solutions, including the development of processes, procedures and documentation.
  • User Interface Designer: designing the interfaces users engage with in software programs and applications, websites or video games, to ensure a cohesive visual and user experience.
  • 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.
  • System Administrator: responsible for the upkeep, configuration and reliable operation of computer systems, in particular multi-user computers such as servers.

Career progression may then see you working as:

  • IT Manager
  • IT Project Manager
  • IT Consultant
  • IT Solution Specialist
  • UX Consultant

1Deloitte Access Economics, ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse 2021

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 gainaccess 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 should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest 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 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 advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

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). Public SA-founded universities only.

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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My degree has given me experience in cybersecurity, networking, management, and expanded my programming knowledge. I already work in a part-time job as a junior developer, creating interfaces and applying the skills I’ve learnt during my studies.

Monique Baker

Bachelor of Information Technology
Support Engineer | GTSgroup

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Monique Baker

Bachelor of Information Technology
Support Engineer | GTSgroup