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Start Date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
LBCP

SATAC Code
434871 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 66.65 (for 2020)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2021)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Alternative Pathways

There are a wide variety of pathways into studying Information Technology at UniSA. 
Find an Alternative Pathway

Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

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

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 sports and fitness facilities, 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.

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)