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Start date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
LBCP

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2021: AUD$ 35,300 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
067897M

Degree overview

  • Top 10 in Australia for graduate skills in I.T.
  • Enter the world of software development and programming.
  • Learn how large software systems are designed and created.
  • Experience the Gaming Lab, Software Development Lab networking and cyber security teaching spaces and the IT project space.
  • Learn using the latest industry tools, technologies and research.
  • Gain practical real-world experience through placements and projects with industry partners.
  • Professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.
  • A common first year across IT degrees enables you to switch between specialisations and receive credit for completed courses.

1ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19, Computing and Information Systems - Generic Skills Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities only.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Become an expert in the design, implementation and testing of small and large software systems.

You will learn through exposure to real-world applications, and the latest research developments and technologies.

If you finish your degree with a suitable grade point average, you could be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours).

You will graduate ready to enter the flexible and ever-evolving software development sector, with a respected degree that’s professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

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

Our IT degrees have a number of flexible entry pathways and a common first year. You can switch between specialisations and receive credit for the courses you have already completed. 

What you'll learn

What you Learn

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

You will then move on to your major in Software Development where you will learn to program in a variety of languages, including HTML, C++, Java, Python, and in cloud based applications.

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)
Software Design and Implementation INFS 2044 4.5
System Design Studio INFS 2045 4.5
Operating Systems and Tool Chains COMP 2035 4.5
Data Structures Essentials COMP 2012 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Agile Development and Governance INFS 2041 4.5
Project Studio INFS 2043 4.5
Web Technology INFT 2064 4.5
IOS Enterprise Development INFT 3033 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Security Principles INFS 5115 4.5 Note(s): 1
Big Data Basics INFS 5095 4.5 Note(s): 1
Design Patterns with C++ COMP 3023 4.5
Database for the Enterprise INFS 2011 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
AI and Machine Learning COMP 2019 4.5
Cloud and Concurrent Programming INFT 3043 4.5
ICT Capstone Project INFT 3042 4.5 Note(s): 3

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 practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning. Assessment types will vary and you can expect them to include:

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

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

Why Bachelor of Information Technology (Software Development)

Why this Degree

Enter the world of software development and programming and learn how large software systems are designed and created. Over the course of this degree you will learn to program in a variety of languages and explore a variety of topics, including:

  • Python and Java
  • Data Structures
  • Design Patterns with C++
  • Cloud and Concurrent Programming
  • Agile Development and Governance

You will learn through exposure to industry relevant exercises and state-of-the-art research developments and technologies. An innovative program design provides you with the opportunity to learn core concepts followed by an intensive four week interactive studio where the concepts you have learnt will be reinforced through practise. You will further develop your skills through practical application on a range of problems. Four studio courses are crafted to provide you with skills in design thinking, system requirements, system design and agile development and project management. Non-technical skills are interwoven through the studio intensives in order to develop the qualities that are highly sought after and valued by industry. You will apply your learning in a final year capstone project that solves a problem and produces a product for an industry partner. 

You will 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 Adelaide Football Club, Human Services Australia, SAAB, DSTO, Forensic Science SA, Top Chop Games, Maptek, 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 Gaming Lab, Software Development Lab, Network and Cyber Security Labs and the IT Project Space.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

Employment prospects for software and application developers are very good. By 2023, employment in ICT is expected to grow strongly in Australia. The availability of roles is expected to increase by:

  • 25,500 jobs for software and applications programmers (or 21 per cent)
  • 2,300 jobs for ICT business and systems analysts (or 9.5 per cent)
  • 8,200 jobs for ICT managers (or 13.9 per cent)
  • 8,100 jobs for ICT Network and Support professionals (or 15.3 per cent)1

Careers to consider:

  • software developer: developing, coding, testing and debugging software applications; interpreting customer requirements; working with a team to research, design, and write software; working with others to understand and resolve issues in existing software
  • iOS developer: developing iterative software; collaborating with other developers through code reviews, software planning, and standup meetings; contributing to projects from concept to delivery; juggling several projects at different phases; writing clear, well-commented code
  • software architect: leading and implementing software development; researching, analysing, designing, developing and testing business appropriate solutions; collaborating with other teams to develop solutions meeting business needs for functionality, performance, scalability and reliability

Explore a range of IT and computing careers here.

1 Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program is professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Industry facts

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Employment for business and systems analysts and programmers in Australia is projected to increase by 9.5 percent by May 2023.1

1 Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

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Employment for software and applications programmers in Australia is projected to increase by 21 per cent by November 2020.1

1 Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

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Employment for ICT managers in Australia is projected to increase by 13.9 percent by May 2023.1

1 Australia Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

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 student at the University of South Australia 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, laboratories, and areas 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 have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, 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 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, a 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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

You will have access to the latest industry software in our technology spaces such as the software development Lab, networking and cyber security labs, and the IT project space.

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
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An IT, engineering and the environment student of tomorrow is someone with a burning sense of curiosity, a desire to tinker with every little bit of the world around them, and a drive to make the very best out of whatever life throws at them.

Jacques Fourie

Bachelor of Information Technology (Software Development)

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Jacques Fourie

Bachelor of Information Technology (Software Development)