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Master of Information Technology

DURATION: 2 years full time

ENTRY POINTS: February/July/November

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

The Master of Information Technology at CQUniversity provides you with an opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills in information technology, information system processes and technology management at a professional level. The program will boost your career advancement prospects and provide a competitive advantage when seeking employment.

The program is designed to provide you with an appreciation at a working level of the technical, organisational and economic issues involved in the management of IT resources, which includes an overview of networks, Internet, databases, human factors and software development. There is also an in-depth study of the management of IT, the applications of IT in business and industry and software project management.

In the foundation courses you will be provided with the background knowledge to confidently operate within an IT environment and associated business setting. You will complete six foundation subjects and choose from either the software development or network security specialisation. This combination of foundation and specialised courses gives you a broad understanding of the field while allowing you to gain additional knowledge in a particular area of information technology. You will have the opportunity to choose courses within each area of specialisation. This program is offered both on-campus and by distance education, either part-time or full-time, allowing you to balance study with your work and family commitments.

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 Master of Information Technology 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

A bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college or equivalent, or a CQUniversity Graduate Diploma in Information Technology or equivalent.  Candidates who have completed an approved graduate diploma such as the Graduate Diploma of Information Technology (CG56), will be granted standing of up to six courses in this program.

Advanced entry is available directly into Term 2  if you can demonstrate that you have attained the required knowledge. You will undertake nine courses to complete the program. To be granted advanced entry you must:

  1. Have a bachelor degree
  2. Be able to demonstrate you have the required knowledge (based on the content of COIS20021, COIS20025 and COIT29222)
  3. Have one of the following:
  4. Two years relevant work experience
  5. One year other postgraduate education
  6. Attained a final year GPA of 4.7 in your undergraduate degree at an Australian institution or equivalent.

Career Opportunities

On completing a Master of Information Technology, you can choose a career in a wide variety of roles, including:

  • Application programmer
  • Systems designer or analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Computer systems auditor
  • Database design specialist
  • Software developer
  • Software engineer
  • Database manager
  • Network engineer
  • IT project manager
  • IT security manager
  • Software consultant.

Program Structure

Within the Master of Information Technology you are required to complete 12 courses, comprising of six core courses and six courses within a selected specialisation plan. Plans can be selected from IT, software development or network security. Three courses of the masters program can be studied as part of the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology and an additional three courses as part of the Graduate Diploma of Information Technology. It is not a requirement to have completed the graduate certificate or the graduate diploma before commencing this program, but if these programs have been completed you may be eligible for credit.

Professional Recognition

This program has been accredited at the highest level by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) –  professional level.

Please note: the ACS accredits each campus individually.

Specialisations Available

  • Software Development
  • Network Security

 

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