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Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

DURATION: 0.5 year full time

ENTRY POINTS: February/July/November

LOCATION: Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Rockhampton

This program is designed to give you, especially if you are employed or likely to be employed in the computing/information systems area, the opportunity to improve your management skills and upgrade your knowledge of computer-based information systems. They are specifically designed to prepare you for a successful managerial role and are ideal for those already working in leadership positions.

You will develop detailed knowledge of the design, implementation and management issues involved in the application of IT and obtain a comprehensive understanding of the techniques and practicalities of the information systems development process. These programs will give you the knowledge of management of organisation technology and security. It will also equip you with the skills required by modern businesses for solving contemporary information systems problems.

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems is a six month full-time or one year part-time qualification. You will study three courses throughout this program, two core courses focusing on systems development and systems management and a choice between professional communication skills for ICT staff or  people and work organisations.

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems is a pathway degree to the Graduate Diploma of Information Systems. The Graduate Diploma of Information Systems is a one year full-time or two year part-time program.  You will study six courses in this programme: four core courses and two electives. This programme builds on the courses studied in the Graduate Certificate of Information Systems.

The graduate diploma is a pathway to the Master of Information Systems.

What am I studying?

Emerging changes and advances in global technology have led to a more connected world where people can share information, photos and conversations simply and quickly. Information technology, information systems and multimedia have paved the way in enabling all of this to occur. Retrieving, processing, receiving, transmitting, protecting and storing information are all elements of information technology. 

The study of information technology and information systems are aligned, however there are differences within the two areas. Information technology is a combination of tools, processes and methodologies that are used to collect, process and present information. Information systems focuses on the use of technology and how it can assist with the organisation of people through the use of databases, networks and the Internet, and personal computers.

The term multimedia is used to describe the integrated presentation of text, graphics, sound and images, including digital video via computer-based media. Multimedia includes the study of animation and games for mobile devices, web design, digital video, and audio production. Students who study multimedia are able to create and apply digital content for communication, education and entertainment.

A career in information technology (IT) industry, either working in information technology, information systems, or multimedia is fast-paced, challenging and dynamic. Information technology and information systems specialists are sought after in nearly every business or organisation and in a range of employment fields.  Job opportunities exist in Internet/web development, network/communication technology, programming, video gaming, data entry, systems analyst, database management, multimedia, data communications expert, software developer, computer technician or security officer. Multimedia graduates work in the areas of publishing, advertising, communications, internet and database development, media design, games and gaming and animation.

Why Study Graduate Certificate in Information Systems at CQUni

CQUniversity’s Information Technology (IT) programs recognise the impact of IT on all aspects of our day-to-day lives.  We offer a wide range of study options leading to traditional IT qualifications, as well as specialist areas such as aviation technology and multimedia studies.

All of our programs are flexible, with most programs offering you the choice to study either full-time or part-time and either on-campus or by distance education. This means you can individually tailor your learning to suit your personal and professional needs.

At CQUniversity, we provide just the right mix of theory and practical experience to ensure that you graduate work ready, making you attractive to employers and helping to widen your career options.  In some of our programs you will also be given the opportunity to pursue paid work placements where you can earn while you learn.

Unlike most other IT programs, our focus extends beyond teaching just the technical aspects but focuses on delivering a unique personal approach to teaching.  Every program is delivered by our supportive lecturers and staff who offer industry-relevant and real-work experience, from areas such as IT specialists, programmers and graphic designers.

Each of our programs is monitored and upgraded to ensure they stay current, are at the leading edge of new developments, and in line with the latest industry practices.  We also have a host of new IT projects coming online, so there has never been a better time to enjoy the benefits that CQUniversity offers and boost your prospects for a successful career in IT.

Prerequisites

Entry to this program requires:

  • a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification; or 
  • a recognised diploma and a minimum of two years relevant communication and information technology experience; or
  • a minimum of five years of relevant communication and information technology experience
  • resume from applicant detailing employment history
  • secondary and post secondary certificates
  • evidence from employer (past and present) on company letterhead
  • evidence of proficiency in the English language (international students)

Career Opportunities

CQUniversity’s Information Technology (IT) programs recognise the impact of IT on all aspects of our day-to-day lives.  We offer a wide range of study options leading to traditional IT qualifications, as well as specialist areas such as aviation technology and multimedia studies.

All of our programs are flexible, with most programs offering you the choice to study either full-time or part-time and either on-campus or by distance education. This means you can individually tailor your learning to suit your personal and professional needs.

At CQUniversity, we provide just the right mix of theory and practical experience to ensure that you graduate work ready, making you attractive to employers and helping to widen your career options.  In some of our programs you will also be given the opportunity to pursue paid work placements where you can earn while you learn.

Unlike most other IT programs, our focus extends beyond teaching just the technical aspects but focuses on delivering a unique personal approach to teaching.  Every program is delivered by our supportive lecturers and staff who offer industry-relevant and real-work experience, from areas such as IT specialists, programmers and graphic designers.

Each of our programs is monitored and upgraded to ensure they stay current, are at the leading edge of new developments, and in line with the latest industry practices.  We also have a host of new IT projects coming online, so there has never been a better time to enjoy the benefits that CQUniversity offers and boost your prospects for a successful career in IT.

Program Structure

You are required to complete three courses including two core courses and one elective.

 

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