Technology

Diploma of Information Technology

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Diploma of Information Technology

What is a Diploma of Information Technology?

Our Diploma of Information Technology is designed in collaboration with industry to provide you with the knowledge required to get started in the ICT sector. You can graduate with this standalone qualification or use it as a pathway into further study in a bachelor’s degree.
Upon completion, you will be equipped with foundational knowledge in topics such as computer hardware and software, networking and programming, website development and cloud computing. By the end of this course, you will have gained a thorough introduction to IT professional practice.

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Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of computing technologies in solving practical business IT problems.
  • Appraise IT technologies in cloud computing and software development for building practical business IT applications.
  • Apply principles of human-centred design to IT solutions.
  • Propose IT solutions to diverse stakeholders for their approval.
  • Interpret professional obligations, ethics, and social responsibilities in a professional IT context.
Study mode
On campus, Blended, Online
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Online
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
1 year full time, up to 2 years part time, 6 months accelerated
Start date
20 Feb 2023
05 Jun 2023
18 Sep 2023
Fees

This is an AQF Level 5 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd

*For more details on international student study options.

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Ultimate flexibility
With the option to study full or part time and all your course materials online, you can tailor your study to suit your lifestyle.

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Guaranteed pathway entry
Successful completion will guarantee entry into our Bachelor of Information Technology.

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Learn industry-standard software
Become proficient in use of programs such as C++, Python and Java.

Career opportunities

Successfully completing a Diploma of Information Technology prepares you to seek employment in the IT and software industries in roles such as:

Career paths

  • Helpdesk support
  • Website developer
  • Entry-level software programmer
  • Career paths
    • Helpdesk support
    • Website developer
    • Entry-level software programmer

Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Most face-to-face courses are also available online. Please note that due to COVID-19 pandemic, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements.

Complete eight core subjects.
  • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems | CAO107
    This subject examines the design, organisation, and operation of modern computer systems from both a hardware and software perspective. The first half of this subject explores the five classic components of a computer system; input, output, memory, datapath, and control, with the last two making up the processor. We explore the history of computer systems, highlighting the recent change in trend from increasing clock speeds to increasing processor/core counts. We describe how the performance of a computer system can be evaluated, how it has been the driving factor behind progress and why this recent change in trend was necessary. Each of the five classic components are examined in both an abstract sense and by looking at specific real-world examples. We put particular emphasis on the structure, design and operation of modern CPUs, how CPUs differ in design and operation from GPUs, and how memory hierarchies are used to improve performance. The second half of this subject examines how operating systems bring all of these computer system components together in a cohesive way, to allow user programs to interact with these components without needing to know about the low-level details. Students will learn about the structure of a modern operating system, with particular emphasis on processes & threads, memory management, file systems and I/O.
  • Introduction to Programming | ITP122
    In this subject, students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts and methodologies utilised in programming. Students will develop problem solving skills in order to identify appropriate tools and methodologies to address software requirements. Decision logics and iterative programming will be explored and applied through software coding, debugging and testing on various platforms. Lastly, students will produce and present verified and validated software solutions and documentation to meet project goals.
  • Foundations of Information Systems | MIS100
    This subject is designed to prepare students for a career in a business information systems field as a Business Analyst (BA). They will gain insight into organisation and functions of a modern computer and communication and software components that support it. Through awareness of potential and limitations of systems and technologies students will work with testing and verifying data, develop confidence and competence in ability to understand, analyse, and apply information technology. The principles and importance of the agile methodology will be applied to the BA space.
  • Data and Networking | MIS102
    The management of data underpins most aspects of information system at both theoretical and practical levels. Data is often stored in a distributed environment and management requires students to build an understanding of data networking, data communication, MS windows and network administration. This subject sets the foundations for many subsequent subjects in this course.
  • Introduction to Software Engineering (Pre-requisite ITP122) | ISE102 
    This subject provides an introduction to the information and skills needed to begin working in software engineering. This subject will cover the concepts of object-oriented programming with a particular focus on learning to use the C++ programming language. An understanding of C++ will form the basis of the necessary skills needed for developing professional and complex software packages such as video games.
  • Introduction to Cloud Computing | ICC104
    In this subject students learn the fundamental elements of Cloud Computing. They identify the building blocks of Cloud Computing including essential characteristics, different service models and how these models differ from each other. In addition, students also develop an understanding of resource pooling and virtualisation in Cloud. They learn about various deployment models in cloud computing and how these deployment models differ from traditional IT deployment models.
  • Interaction Design | DIG103A
    This subject explores the groundwork theory and practice of user experience (UX), user interface (UI) and interaction design for digital media. The subject covers the core research phases of UX before enabling students to create UI and web-based solutions to identified problems. Students will focus on interpreting and structuring information architecture and focus on the visual aspects of UI design – how visual design affects end-user experience.
  • IT Professional Practices | IPP221
    Ethical practice, teamwork and professional communication skills are the key concepts that students will explore and apply in IT Professional Practice. Industry focused learning activities and assessment tasks allow students to examine authentic case studies to identify compliance issues that compromise the safeguarding of IT governance. Working with peers, students will develop their interpersonal and problem-solving skills as they collaboratively design and develop an IT security solution. The learning journey concludes with students presenting their final solution, demonstrating the ability to professionally articulate their ideas to an audience.

Industry partners and work placements

When you study with Torrens University Australia, you will benefit from our extensive network of industry partners. You’ll learn from industry professionals, gain valuable insights and build key industry relationships.
Gain professional experience
Work on an industry brief in conjunction with an industry client or immerse yourself in an industry internship as part of your course.
Tony Jan
The digital evolution will continue in many industry sectors, and the smart information and communications technologies, enabled by software engineering, will be the new norm in our daily lives and business operations.
Tony Jan
Associate Professor, Program Director - Technology

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a cohesive and coherent understanding of IT concepts and technologies in solving complex industry problems.
  • Evaluate and select appropriate technology and design methodologies for the implementation of IT solutions.
  • Synthesise cognitive, technical and creative skills to design and develop inventive IT solutions for complex industry applications.
  • Communicate IT services and solutions to a diverse audience, ensuring they meet system and user needs.
  • Apply sound judgment, effective management, and collaborative skills in a professional IT context.
  • Demonstrate core professional obligations, ethics and social responsibilities in a professional IT context.
  • Evaluate and recommend emerging IT technologies to deliver creative and human-centric IT solutions.

Why study with us?

As the country’s fastest-growing university, Torrens University Australia brings a fresh approach to higher education. We focus on giving you the skills and the knowledge to ensure long-term success in your career. Our academics are highly qualified and will support you in every step of your study.

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A more collaborative experience
Our smaller class sizes provide a more immersive and effective learning environment. Collaborate with peers and spend more time with academics in your field.
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Tap into the best business minds
Their insights will help shape you into the next generation of business leaders.
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Join Australia’s most progressive university
Industry leading and future-focused: we give you all the tools you need to create your own success.
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Are you a Domestic or International student?

Choose your student type for fees, scholarships & entry requirements

  • Domestic
  • International

Fees: Domestic students

Fees
Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.
FEE-HELP
Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.
  • Domestic fees

    Check the Domestic Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course.

    Download domestic fees PDF

  • FEE-HELP
    Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

    View more info on fees

Scholarships: Domestic students

We're serious about supporting your studies from start to success, which is why we offer the opportunity to earn a reduction in your course fees, so you can focus on getting into a career you'll love. The scholarships below span all our courses in Design and Creative Technology and are your chance to work into your chosen field as well as become one of our networked ambassadors.

Admissions criteria and pathways: Domestic students

Before you begin your course application, check that you meet the requirements listed below.
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Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent.
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OR successful completion of a Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above OR Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification.
OR work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level. 

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

How to apply: Domestic students

Get started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
Apply
It’s easy! Apply online below or contact us and we can help on 1300 575 803.
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We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.
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Get started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.

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Apply
It’s easy! Apply online below or contact us and we can help on 1300 575 803.

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Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.

Fees: International students

Fees
Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.
Fee payment
Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.
  • International fees

    Check the International Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

    Download international fees PDF

  • Fee payment

    Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

    Fee payment

Scholarships: International students

We want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.

Admissions criteria and pathways: International students

Before you begin your course application, check you meet all the requirements listed below

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Australian Year 12 or equivalent; and
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Academic IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent.

OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning. Learn more about study pathways.

How to Apply: International students

Get Started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
Apply
It’s easy! You can apply online below or contact our International team on 1300 575 803.
Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.
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Get started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.

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Apply
It’s easy! You can apply online below or contact our International team on 1300 575 803.

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Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.

Frequently asked questions

  • What does admissions criteria mean?

    Admissions criteria is a set of criteria that must be met to be eligible to apply for a chosen course.

    To gain entry to an accredited undergraduate course at Torrens University Australia, applicants must both satisfy general admissions criteria and meet any additional course requirements where specified.

    All admissions criteria and course-specific requirements apply consistently across campus locations and study modes. To find out more, visit admissions criteria.

  • What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?

    Torrens University Australia has recognised pathways to help you gain entry into our bachelor degrees based on different criteria.

    To find out more, visit Study pathways or contact one of our knowledgeable Future Student Advisors.

  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?

    Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.

    If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be able to receive credits towards your degree. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    Our Program Directors will carefully review the learning gained from your previous qualification and/or experience to ensure we provide you with credit towards our degrees whenever appropriate. Review our course credits page or chat to one of Future Student Advisors

  • What are course credits?

    Course credits are credits that can be applied to your course based on your prior experience or qualifications. To find out more, visit course credits

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  • What are Torrens University Australia’s courses’ ATAR requirements?
    Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate.
  • Am I a domestic or an international student?

    Domestic students are Australian and Permanent Residents. International students are those who hold citizenship or Permanent Resident status of all other countries.

    International students from countries whose first official language is one other than English need to provide evidence of English Language Proficiency.

  • How do Torrens University Australia fees charge?

    Torrens University Australia is a full-fee paying institution. To find out more, visit Tuition Fees.

    Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP. For more information on FEE-HELP, please visit: https://www.studyassist.gov.au/.

    Please note we do not currently offer any full fee waivers for international students. We do not offer stipends or living allowances.

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