The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology is an 18-unit program offered by the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology and the Master of Information Technology, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

Candidates who have completed The Graduate certificate are awarded credit towards The Graduate diploma.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. 

Course aims

The course has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • study in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of Information Technology and information systems management
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
  • well developed written and oral communication skills
  • an ability to critically analyse, research and evaluate information and solve problems
  • an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of Information Technology
  • the ability to work professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams
  • an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • preparation for future professional roles as an information technologist.

The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study or for a career in a computing related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex information systems
  • apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
  • communicate effectively with other computer scientists and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
  • work professionally as an individual and in a team
  • develop computer-based solutions appropriate to the social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
  • engage in the process of research and the continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area of Information Technology.

Program of study

Semester 2 entrants will be assumed to have a knowledge programming as they will need to undertake topics that assume a reasonable programming ability (preferably in Java).

Option - Year 1 topics

18 units selected from*:

 BUSN9027  E-Business  (4.5 units)
 COMP8701  Fundamentals of Computing GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP8702  Computer Programming 1 GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP8731  Software Engineering 1 GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP8732  Enterprise Systems GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP8741  Application Development GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP8761  Databases and Conceptual Modelling GE  (4.5 units)
 ENGR8782  Computer Networks and Operating Systems GE  (4.5 units)
 ENGR8792  Software Engineering 2 GE  (4.5 units)


*With the permission of the Director of Studies, students may substitute the listed topics with CSEM option topics from Table A listed under Computer Science / Information Technology, Digital Media or Software - Groups C, D or S or other topics listed in the Master of Information Technology.