Technology

Master of Information Technology (Advanced)

CRICOS 107045J

What is a Master of Information Technology (Advanced)?

A Master of Information Technology will build on your current knowledge to help you create new opportunities and explore different career paths across a range of IT topics. Designed to provide advanced capability using existing and emerging technologies, this course will redefine your IT career. Choose electives that align with your goals in the field of IT, including big data and analytics, user experience design, management of people and teams, cybersecurity and deeper exploration of technical topics like artificial intelligence. This program focuses on the infrastructure aspect of IT, specifically on designing and implementing the technical solutions needed by businesses such as cloud computing.

Structured to align with the guidelines of the Australian Computer Society (ACS), this course focuses on developing advanced information technology skills preparing ICT professionals to better exploit Industry 4.0 technologies. Your studies will review current information technologies and system trends, investigate security issues in an enterprise networking context, explore new application and database development approaches, and understand emerging technologies. You’ll also learn how to deal with risk, interdependent integrations, software updates and software development management.

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Learning outcomes

  • Apply cognitive and technical skills innovatively and ethically to research, critique, examine and solve complex real-life problems.
  • Critically analyse problems and communicate solutions to a diverse range of audiences.
  • Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to effectively and efficiently investigate and solve problems.
  • Demonstrate sound judgement, non-partisanship and accountability in leadership roles for effective planning, management, execution and communication of IT projects.
  • Integrate IT concepts and industry best practices to solve commercial problems.
  • Manage complicated projects involving industry standard tools and techniques.
  • Use knowledge of IT principles and techniques to appraise and recommend contemporary industry developments and emerging technologies.
Study mode
Online, On campus, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Online
Student
Domestic
International
Duration
2 years full time, 4 years part time, accelerated study available
Start date

12 Sep 2022

31 Oct 2022

Fees

This is an AQF Level 9 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

* For more details on international student study options.

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.

Future-proof your career
Our diverse academics and industry partners will help you gain new perspectives and a wide-reaching business network.

Applied learning
Apply your skills, solving real business challenges working on live industry projects, industry placements, incubator projects or accelerators.

Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising three hours of facilitated study and seven hours of 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. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Electives

For a Master of Information Technology (Advanced), complete ten core subjects and three elective subjects. For a Master of Information Technology, complete nine core subjects (including ITW601) and two elective subjects.

In Year 1, complete 8 core subjects.

  • Principles of Programming | MIS501
    This subject introduces students to programming as a tool for developing systems and addressing business needs. Students will learn Unified Modelling Language (UML) and Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to design, create, compile, test and run programs, applying object-oriented concepts to construct classes and methods to solve organisational problems. This subject will be tailored to student’s levels of expertise and expose students to an object-oriented programming language(s). Furthermore, it will equip students with the skills to assess and apply requirements in business environments.
  • Secure by Design | SBD403
    This subject covers topics involving integration of the entire development lifecycle of IT systems in a secure environment through secure design methodologies, software development models, architecture design and industry Secure by Design standards like OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project). Students learn how to build adequate security into systems to maintain integrity and safety of the functionality of IT systems while being exposed to cyber threats.
  • Software Engineering Principles | SEP401
    In this subject students are introduced to the current Software Engineering standards and processes, with the aim of enabling them to analyse, design, and implement software projects that follow certain quality measures at every stage of the Software Development Life Cycle. The subject covers requirements engineering, modelling and design of software, software architecture, verification and validation of software systems, and other topics that are related to software engineering practices.
  • Software Development Management | SDM404
    In this subject the students are introduced to the main project management principles and modern software project management practices. During the subject, the different methods for managing and optimising the software development process are discussed along with the different techniques for performing each phase of the software development life cycle.
  • Systems Analysis and Design | MIS605
    This subject introduces students to activities, techniques, and methodologies a systems analyst uses to design information systems that, when built, enhance the organisation’s ability to meet its business goals via available technology. These include define requirements for system, model high-level behaviours of system, and design blueprint, that is, planning and implementation and will move through object-oriented approaches to analysis and design, the transformation of user requirements to system design. User empathy is promoted in this subject, using the unified modelling language (UML).
  • Cloud Computing Fundamentals | CCF501
    This subject gives students a fundamental understanding of Cloud Computing. They are able to understand how the cloud computing infrastructure has evolved from the traditional IT infrastructure and what business advantages it brings. Students will also learn the different Cloud Segments and Cloud Deployment models and the key players in the market. The subject also provides a knowledge of Cloud Services and Cloud Security to the students.
  • Intelligence Systems | ISY503
    This subject aims to give a broad introduction of intelligent systems, that is, how technologically advanced machines perceive and respond to the world around them. Discussion will focus on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) concepts and classifications are used to design intelligent systems. Overview of AI topics such as representation, reasoning, search methods, intelligent agents, learning, uncertainties and probabilities, perception and action, and communication are presented. It also includes discussions of AI classifications such as Machine Learning, Robotic, Natural Language Processing, Speech Recognition, Expert Systems, Computer Vision, and how they are used to make intelligent systems. This subject also enables students to understand the particular ethical issues that AI presents and how it can be used to benefit society.
  • Research Methodologies | REM502
    This subject introduces students to a framework for developing good scholarly inquiry skills and fundamental knowledge needed to make rational decisions about research strategies. Students will be presented with research strategies to critically investigate exemplar studies and examine the connection between a research question with appropriate research design and methodology. On completion of this subject, students should be able to develop researchable questions, and write research proposals and literature reviews. They will have a critical understanding of the strengths and limitations of the quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches to research. They will also learn about the ethical principles of research, challenges in getting approval and the approval processes.

For a Master of Information Technology (Advanced), complete ten core subjects and three elective subjects. For a Master of Information Technology, complete nine core subjects (including ITW601) and two elective subjects.

In Year 2, complete two core subjects and three electives for the advanced course, or complete one core subject (ITW601) and two elective subjects for the standard course.

  • ITW601 Information Technology - Work Integrated Learning
    This subject is designed to provide students an opportunity to pursue a significant IT project in a professional environment. This enables students to develop skills that enhance their prospects of gaining meaningful employment and build their career for the future. Work integrated learning broadens the students’ learning environment while they are studying and allows them to see first-hand how their learnings in their degree translates in practice, as well as how ‘real world’ practice relates to what they are learning at University.
  • ITA602 Advanced Information Technology - Work Integrated Learning
    This subject builds upon the subject ITW601 Information Technology – Work Integrated Learning enabling students to further develop and apply strategic processes, creative tools & research for innovation in the field of IT. It extends the opportunity to pursue the significant project in a professional environment enabling students to develop skills that enhance their prospects of gaining meaningful employment and build their career for the future.

For a Master of Information Technology (Advanced), complete ten core subjects and three elective subjects. For a Master of Information Technology, complete nine core subjects (including ITW601) and two elective subjects. 

Electives can be chosen from the elective bank below.
For a Master of Information Technology (Advanced), choose three electives.
For a Master of Information Technology, choose two electives.


  • Data Management and Analytics | MIS609
    This subject teaches students techniques and best practices in collecting, storing, cleaning, manipulating, analysing, extracting, and visualising useful information from large, structured, semi-structured, or unstructured data sets, which are critical for organisational decisions. Students will also learn applications of big data management and analytics across industry sectors such as segmentation and prediction, churn prediction, recommender systems and targeted marketing, sentiment analysis, operational analytics, and ethical considerations.
  • Big Data and Analytics | BDA601
    In this subject students learn techniques and best practices in collecting, storing, cleaning, manipulating, analysing, extracting, and visualising useful information from large, structured, semi-structured, or unstructured data sets, which are useful for crucial organisation decisions. Students will also learn applications of big data analytics across industry sectors such as segmentation and prediction, churn prediction, recommender systems and targeted marketing, sentiment analysis, operational analytics, and Big Data for social good.
  • Agile Project Management | MIS608
    Progressing from traditional project management frameworks this subject focuses on Agile project management, Agile project management methodology, the principles of Agile, and Agile techniques. This subject will be based on a foundation of the 4 core values and 12 guiding principles of Agile as laid out by the agile manifesto. Students will develop an understanding of Agile concepts, tools and techniques: Scrum and Kanban, Roadmap planning, Program increments, Sprints and daily scrums and the Agile roles within teams. Some of the leading Agile frameworks will be discussed so that students have an understanding of some of the different philosophies, which support the Agile continuous delivery pipeline. Points of origin in Lean practice and the relationship between Agile and DevOps will also be covered to help students orient themselves in the broader emerging landscape of projects and software development landscape.
  • User Experience Design | DID602A
    This subject develops conceptual and practical knowledge and skills in experience design for interactive and online media. Students will use common experience design research methods to analyse audience and content requirements. Students will work through concept development, prototyping, validation and testing phases to improve and refine a user experience design in relation to the requirements of a specific client brief. Throughout students will develop their knowledge and skillset in terms of creating usable and user- centred interactive design experiences.
  • Management, People and Teams | MGT600
    Understanding organisational behaviour, politics, dynamics and environments and how they impact on the role and legitimacy of the management function is the core of this subject.  This subject helps individuals understand the constraints they face as managers and emerging leaders and how they can develop strategies to leverage advantages and overcome constraints and barriers in their organisations.  The subject also focusses on developing some of the advanced communication skills necessary in management and leadership roles, and the ability of the individual to influence others.  The subject introduces students to the concept of naturally occurring data and qualitative analysis.  This subject also focuses on the development of knowledge and skills to enable students to identify, analyse and make effective decisions to resolve people-related issues in organisations, facilitate employee development, and develop and sustain effective teams in complex, diverse, and increasingly global operating environments.
  • Data Modelling and Database Design | MIS602
    Students will learn the importance of data to an organisation and the problems inherent in creating, storing, and managing that data. This subject will explore relational database design and modelling and students will learn how to handle data anomalies and the process of data integration. During this unit you will explore an organisation’s need for a data warehouse, learn about data visualisation and evaluate dashboard designs to view data. Students will examine the need for distributed data in today’s business environment.
  • DevOps Tools | DOT503
    The subject aims to describe, demonstrate and associate design, implementation, and management phases of DevOps deployment pipelines and toolchains that establish connections with continuous integration, delivery, testing and deployment. Core areas include organisations responding to market changes, reduction of risks and lowering of costs while releasing quality solutions. Understanding of quality performance prioritisation in a DevOps pipeline for various employee teams to effectively focus on vision is covered. Execution pipelines are discussed along with the processes, metrics, APls and cultural considerations for Continuous Development.
  • Mathematical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence | MFA501
    The purpose of this subject is to provide a solid mathematical background that students will encounter in studies of Artificial Intelligence, specifically in sub-areas such as machine learning, natural language processing, speech recognition, and computer vision. This subject will cover topics including linear algebra (equations, functions and graphs), differentiation and optimisation, vectors and matrices, statistics and probabilities. Thorough understanding of these mathematical concepts is necessary for understanding the inner workings of the algorithms in Artificial Intelligence.
  • Distributed Development | DDE602
    This subject provides an in-depth understanding of distributed application and systems development by training learners to aggregate resources of networked computers to construct highly versatile and scalable services. The topics cover how to implement thread pools that leverage lightweight concurrency primitives, harness concepts of distributed algorithms and discuss the role of overlays in content dissemination. Case studies of distributed systems are also covered in detail. Finally, learners design efficient data representation formats for communication between distributed components.
  • Deep Learning | DLE602
    This subject introduces the basics of deep learning and how to build neural networks. Students are presented with different methods and applications to different AI sub-areas such as natural language processing, speech recognition, and computer vision. The subject begins with the introduction of simple neural networks such as multi-layer perceptron, and to more complicated concepts such as recurrent neural networks, convolutional networks, and long short-term networks.
  • Machine Learning | MLN601
    This subject is designed to give a graduate-level student an in-depth understanding of the methodologies, technologies, mathematics and algorithms currently used in machine learning. Students will learn the theory behind a range of machine learning tools and practice applying the tools to different applications. It covers topics such as classification, linear models, learning theory, generative models, graphical models and learning paradigm. This subject covers theoretical concepts such as inductive bias, the PAC learning framework, Bayesian learning methods, margin-based learning, and Occam’s Razor. Students are given short programming assignments that include hands-on experiments using machine learning algorithms and methods.
  • Cybersecurity | MIS607
    Information is a vital organisational asset. Information systems store, process and exchange information, and most economic sectors are dependent on electronic and automated systems. Interconnectivity is important for many organisations, but this also increases the exposure to adverse events, necessitating the need for thorough information security management. This subject builds upon fundamental information security concepts, including the management of information systems that affect organisational information security: identity management, authentication, access control, monitoring, risk management, incident response and disaster recovery. Since cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility, having the basic knowledge to prevent attacks, mitigate risk, and get up to speed with best practice cyber governance is an essential ingredient to succeed in today’s digital world.

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 invaluable 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.
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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.
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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

Domestic 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.

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.

Admissions criteria and pathways: Domestic students

Before you begin your course application, check you meet the requirements listed below.
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Australian bachelor's degree or equivalent in Information Technology or relevant disciplines covering studies in programming, computer networks, database and web development.

OR work and life experience that demonstrates skills and knowledge gained through paid or unpaid employment, formal learning and/or non-formal learning (presented on a current resume with attached cover letter).

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

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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.
Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.
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Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.

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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

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.
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 get started with your course application, check you meet all the requirements listed below.

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Australian bachelor's degree or equivalent in Information Technology or relevant disciplines covering studies in programming, computer networks, database and web development.
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Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) 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

  • How do I apply for a course?
    Domestic students:

    Check the entry requirements for the course you’re interested in and submit your initial application form online to begin your journey at Torrens University Australia.

    If you have any difficulty, please contact our Course and Careers Advisors, who can talk you through the process.

    ALL SA/SACE and Victorian high school students must apply through SATAC and/or VTAC. Search for Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design or Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School.


    International students:

    If you are an international student hoping to begin your studies in Australia, study online, or transfer from another university, you may choose to do so through our Education Agents. Our agents are located throughout the world and will make sure the enrolment process runs smoothly. View the full list of International Education Agents. You can also apply online. For anything else, please contact our International team.

  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?

    Yes, course credit is available for most courses upon application and academic approval (excluding Higher Degree by Research programs). 

    If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Review our Course Credits page or chat to our Course and Careers Advisors.

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

    Torrens University Australia has a range of application pathways to help you gain entry into our degrees based on different criteria.

    To find out more, visit Study Pathways or contact our Course and Careers Advisors.

  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?

    Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process that recognises experience, previous study and qualifications, and other forms of informal and non-formal learning, to determine if you meet course requirements.

    If you have relevant qualifications or experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs.

    Please speak to our Course and Careers Advisors to discuss your prior learning experiences.

    For more information, please visit Course credits.

  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

    If you are a domestic student attending university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

    You are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study (i.e. subject) if you:

    • Undertake study with an approved provider.
    • Meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
      • An Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
      • A permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
      • Are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be a resident in Australia for the duration of the study.
    • Enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for the unit.
    • Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.

    For full details, visit the Australian Government website Study Assist.

    If you are still unsure, please contact our Course and Career Advisors who can talk you through the information.

  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

    Torrens University has a wide range of scholarship options to support new, returning, international and Australian students. They all include a reduction in tuition fees, and some scholarships include a mentoring component with our industry partners.

    Domestic students

    When you speak to our Course and Careers Advisors, let them know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application form. They will show you how to apply for a scholarship.

    International students

    Please contact your Education Agent for further information. Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 575 803 or by email.

    For more details, explore our range of scholarships.

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