The Master of Information Technology is a 72-unit program offered by the College of Science and Engineering.

The course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the awards. Candidates who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology are awarded credit for related topics.

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:

  • a strong foundation 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:

  • competently 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
  • undertake research in information technology
  • 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.

On completion of the Master of Information Technology, students will be eligible for professional membership of the Australian Computer Society.

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Information Technology, a student must complete 72 units, including approved credit, with a grade of P or NGP or better, according to the following program of study.

Core - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 COMP8701  Fundamentals of Computing GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP8702  Computer Programming 1 GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP8711  Database Modelling and Knowledge Engineering GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP8812  Software Engineering Principles and Practice GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP9812  Operating Systems GE  (4.5 units)
 ENGR8762  Networks and Cybersecurity GE  (4.5 units)
 ENGR9704  Project Management and Innovation  (4.5 units)

Plus one of:

 COMP8781  Computer Mathematics GE    (4.5 units)
 ENGR9742  Standards, Ethics and Compliance  (4.5 units)
 STAT8721  Data Science GE  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising ##:

 COMP8741  Application Development GE  (4.5 units)*
 COMP8772  Web-Based Systems Development GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP9710A  Masters Project  (4.5/9 units) 
 COMP9710B  Masters Project  (4.5/9 units)
 ENGR8792  Software Engineering 2 GE  (4.5 units)
 ENGR9881  Computer Networks GE  (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units of elective topics labelled COMP or ENGR at level 8000 or above

* With permission of the Director of Studies students entering with some programming experience in Java may enrol in COMP8741 Application Development GE in Year 1 and undertake an additional elective topic in Year 2. Those with no programming experience in Java enrol in COMP8702 Computer Programming 1 GE in Year 1 and COMP8741 Application Development GE in Year 2.

## Students who have achieved a credit average or higher may seek permission from the Topic Co-ordinator to undertake the 18-unit Masters Thesis in place of the Masters Project and two elective topics. Note that students who wish to use their masters qualification to satisfy entry into a Flinders University research higher degree program are required to have completed an 18-unit thesis.