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Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) - CG99

With extensive work-integrated learning opportunities and featuring a six-month paid industry placement, our Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) will support you to launch a successful career in the information, communication and technology industries. Designed in consultation with industry and accredited by the Australian Computer Society, you will have the choice to major in application development, business analysis, or cyber security. Tailor your studies even further to suit your career goals with a wide-ranging choice of minors, designed to equip you with skills and knowledge in the emerging fields of IT. Benefit from vast opportunities to gain real-world experience and benefit from the support of our experienced course leaders to kickstart your IT career.

Ready to start?
You can work towards your Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) now by applying for the Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology. Our undergraduate certificates are made up of four units from the bachelor, allowing you to get started this July, gain a professional qualification along the way and transition seamlessly into the bachelor degree. View the course details section below to find out more.

DOMESTICINTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

On Campus, Online

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:84 ATAR:84

UNITS/CREDITS

22/144

DURATION

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville, Online

PREREQUISITES

English (Unit 3 and 4, C)

RECOMMENDED STUDY

No recommended study required

CRICOS

077816A

CQUni's Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) has been developed to provide you with a broad foundation of IT knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career in this growth industry. Featuring extensive work-integrated learning experiences, and industry-relevant majors to future-proof your career, you will be highly sought-after by employers across the IT sector.

During your studies, your core units will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of key areas in IT and computer-based systems. From your second term, you will begin to study units from your chosen major - Application Development, Business Analysis or Cyber Security. 

At the end of your second year, you will undertake a six-month, paid work placement where you will gain real-world and hands-on experience within the industry. Through this industry placement, you will be able to apply your knowledge and skills learned to real-world projects and gain valuable industry experience to enhance your work readiness.  

You will have the flexibility to choose from a comprehensive range of minors to tailor your studies further. Choose from:

  • Agile business analysis
  • Animation and motion graphics
  • Emerging technologies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Full stack development
  • ICT change management
  • Interactive media development
  • Law, innovation and startups
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Network security

You can also fast track your studies, by studying units in Term 3, so you can start your career sooner.

You will also have the flexibility to exit the degree early after completing a number of units and graduate with an Associate Degree of Information Technology or Diploma of Information and Communications Technology.

Apply to start mid-year
Get started sooner by applying for CQUni's Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology and start in July. Upon completion of your undergraduate certificate you will have the option to seamlessly transition into the Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) with credit for all four units. To apply for an undergraduate certificate, simply submit your application direct to CQUniversity from the course page.

Core Units 9 Major Units 7
Electives 2 Minor Units 4

COURSE STRUCTURE

You are required to complete a total of 22 units including nine core units, seven major units, four minor units, plus two electives.

MAJORS

Application Development
The Application Development major will prepare you for a career in application development. You will be exposed to industry best practice in terms of technology, including mobile computing, web development and enterprise computing, systems analysis and design and project management. Through your choice of elective units, you will have the opportunity to either broaden your knowledge base in business application development or develop expertise in specific areas, such as multimedia or games development.

Business Analysis
Business Analysis is the ability to identify, define and design a solution to solve business problems. A Business Analyst is a good communicator and possesses project management skills, as well as an understanding of organisational issues. This major covers data visualisation and dashboard design, business intelligence, enterprise systems and data science.

Cyber Security
The Cyber Security major focuses on the technologies that are used to create and secure the networks that connect us. As part of this major, you will address topics such as electronic crime and digital forensics, network security concepts, system and network administration, cyber security technologies, applied cryptography and TCP/IP Principles and Protocols. Completing this major may be suitable if you would like to pursue a career in network engineering, cyber security and systems administration, computer forensics and law enforcement, technical business analysis or technical project management.

UNIT INFORMATION

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

CREDIT TRANSFER INFORMATION

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you enrol in, you may be eligible for credit transfer credit transfer.


PAID INDUSTRY PLACEMENT AND REAL-WORLD OPPORTUNITIES
CQUni's IT courses have a strong focus on practical learning experiences and feature internship, capstone project or paid industry placement options. The Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) will provide you with valuable industry experience through a six-month paid industry placement. You’ll complete this placement after you have completed the first half of your degree. The skills, knowledge and experience you gain through this professional practice experience will enhance your work readiness while making industry connections with future employers.

Both our Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) courses provide an optional internship or captsone project in your final term of study where you will gain practical and relevant experience tailored to your career aspirations.

YOUR CHOICES
Our courses provide you with a broad foundation of IT knowledge, the versatility to select a major in one of three demand specialisations plus elective options to add breadth or depth to your IT skills and knowledge.

Our Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) are ideal options to prepare you for a rewarding career in the fast-paced IT industry. 

INDUSTRY RELEVANCE
Fully accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) at the Professional Level our information technology courses provide you with a solid grounding in IT knowledge and skills.

Align your major to your career goals
You have the flexibility to study one of three majors. These majors have been designed in consultation with industry to ensure that they offer you relevant and up-to-date skills and knowledge for a career in the innovative world of IT.

Application Development
The application development major covers programming, software design and development, distributed systems and internet technologies. This major equips you with the knowledge and skills to create applications that run on devices or browsers. There is strong employment demand for skilled web, cloud and mobile application developers.

Business Analysis
If you are interested in providing information technology solutions for organisations the business analysis major is an ideal option. This major covers data visualisation and dashboard design, enterprise systems, data science and business intelligence. There are diverse job opportunities in this field of information technology.

Cyber Security
An evolving area of specialisation in information technology is cyber security. The cyber security major allows you to learn about network security and communication, systems and network administration, electronic crime and digital forensics, cyber security technologies and applied cryptography. 

Extend your knowledge with a choice of minors
To future-proof your skills and knowledge and complement your major studies, you will also benefit from a comprehensive choice of minors, including:

  • Agile business analysis
  • Animation and motion graphics
  • Emerging technologies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Full stack development
  • ICT change management
  • Interactive media development
  • Law, innovation and startups
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Network security

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2021Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville
Term 1 - 2022Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville
Term 2 - 2022Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville
Term 3 - 2021Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
Term 3 - 2022Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2021Available Online
Term 1 - 2022Available Online
Term 2 - 2022Available Online
Term 3 - 2021Available Online
Term 3 - 2022Available Online
MajorsUnitsDescription
Application Development 7

You might be required to enrol in some units in online mode depending on the campuses. Term 3 units are not offered on some campuses. If you want to study in Term 3 on the campus at which a unit is not available, you will need to enrol in online mode.

Business Analysis7

You might be required to enrol in some units in online mode depending on the campuses. Term 3 units are not offered on some campuses. If you want to study in Term 3 on the campus at which a unit is not available, you will need to enrol in online mode.

Cyber Security7

You might be required to enrol in some units in online mode depending on your campus. Term 3 units are not offered on some campuses. If you want to study in Term 3 from a campus at which a unit is not available, you will need to enrol in online mode.

MinorsUnitsDescription
Agile Business Analysis4
Animation and Motion Graphics4
Emerging Technologies4
Entrepreneurship4
Full Stack Development4
ICT Change Management4
Interactive Media Development4
Law, Innovation and Startups4
Mathematics and Statistics4
Network Security4

Choose from the following minors:

Agile business analysis: Agile business analysts need to be able to determine and specify ICT and business requirements using techniques such as Business Process Modelling.

Animation and motion graphics: This minor develops your skills in animation, motion graphics, 3D computer graphics and 3D character design. You will work with industry-standard software tools such as Autodesk Maya, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop.

Emerging Technologies: You will study concepts such as artificial intelligence, data science and blockchain technologies.

Entrepreneurship: ICT professionals benefit from understanding entrepreneurship. Everything we buy, whether a product or service, is evidence of entrepreneurial endeavour. From understanding consumer or business needs, you will acquire skills that will contribute to the successful development, launch and management of innovative ideas that add value to future users.

Full Stack Development: Full stack developers need to be able to develop using both front end frameworks such as those based on JavaScript and back end languages such as Java.

ICT Change Management: The introduction of ICT systems requires organisations to change. ICT change managers require strong business skills to help organisations manage such changes. Good management is a learned behaviour. If you study this unit pack, you will acquire core knowledge and foundational skills to contribute to the effective management of people, change, ethics, finance, strategy, enterprise systems, quality, and operations management.

Interactive Media Development: This minor includes units of study in coding, web application development, game design and game development. You will develop skills with technologies such as JavaScript, PHP and MySQL, and industry-standard software tools such as Adobe Dreamweaver and Unity.

Law, Innovation, and Startups: You will obtain a basic knowledge of the legal system and how to interpret legislation. This foundational knowledge will then be applied to understanding the laws relating to innovation and protecting intellectual property. You will also apply your knowledge to the automation of legal processes.

Mathematics and Statistics: By studying mathematics and statistics at university, you will develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, modelling, scholarship, analysis and research. Analytical and quantitative skills are sought after by a wide range of employers. A sound knowledge of mathematics and statistics is important in science, economics, medicine and engineering. Mathematics and statistics are the two cornerstones for decision making and quantitative activities in commerce, industry and education. Successful companies and organisations know their competitive edge depends on the analytical, quantitative and statistical skills of their workforce, and therefore seek employees with sound mathematics and statistics training.

Network Security: Develops your understanding of information, networks and system security issues and develops your skills to detect and prevent different types of security attacks. You will also develop skills of digital forensics in investigation of eCrime activities.

Unit NameCodeDescription
Industry Work PlacementCOIT13238(Compulsory) Students are required to undertake a compulsory paid industry placement. Refer to More Details in the Handbook for further information.
(Optional) Students are able to undertake discipline capstone units while working with industry partners. The capstone units are COIT13230 Application Development Project, COIT13232 Business Analysis Project, and COIT13236 Cyber Security Project.
Undergraduate ICT InternshipCOIT13239(Optional) Students have the option of undertaking an unpaid internship instead of the capstone units COIT13230, COIT13232, and COIT13236.

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) provides a distinguished bachelors degree in IT that enables you to acquire valuable experience through a paid, supervised, industry placement. You will normally undertake industry placement following the successful completion of two years (4 terms) of study. Industry placements are typically of six months duration.

This course has no residential schools.

Rank Threshold

The rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank required for your application to be considered for entry to this course.

The rank threshold for this course is: SR 84 | ATAR 84.0


Student Profile
If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2021.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2021 view our Institute Profile.

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

N/A

Health Requirements

N/A

Assumed Knowledge

Industry Placement

Students must undertake an industry placement. The minimum duration of the placement is three months (12 weeks). If the placement is not a full-time job, the duration may be extended to six months. Students may need to travel to and arrange appropriate accommodation in the location of the placement.

Students who do not obtain a work placement could take an Exit award from CQ18 BIT by undertaking two more electives.

Recommended Study Schedule

A recommended study schedule for this course can be obtained from your student adviser. Students may determine their own schedule based upon credit transfers and personal study requirements. It is important to note that full-time students should enrol in 4 units per term and part-time students should enrol in 2 units per term to be able to complete their course of study within the stated time frame.

On completion of the Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) you will be qualified to work in both public and private sectors and in roles such as:

  • application programmer
  • analyst programmer
  • database administrator
  • ICT customer support technician
  • ICT support engineer
  • ICT support technician
  • information technology project manager
  • network administrator
  • security analyst
  • systems administrator
  • systems analyst
  • web developer.
Australian Computer Society (ACS) - Professional Level Please note: The ACS accredits each campus individually, therefore students should check the current status of accreditation for newly established locations. For enquiries concerning eligibility or membership, please refer to the ACS official website: http://www.acs.org.au/.
Fee Category Commonwealth Supported Place
What is a Commonwealth Supported Place? A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.
Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place? You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.

If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.

Fee Type Student Contribution
What is a Student contribution? As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.
What is my Student Contribution?

Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.

The majority of units within this course fall within Band 2. Some units may fall within Band 1 and/or 3.

Student Contribution amounts for each band provide an estimate of the cost of your course. Your course may consist of units from more than one band so your fees could vary from the indicated amount as units are spread across a number of bands.

You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.

HECS-HELP and payment options

HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

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If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
  • Option 3: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centreView the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
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Victoria; Tasmania Apply via VTAC
South Australia; Northern Territory Apply via SATAC
Western Australia Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.


Option 2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUni
Benefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.

If you are studying with: Study Support
Murray River Study Hub Access to local study facilities.

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Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.
As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:

  • CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.
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STUDY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT CQUNI

Transcript

When I graduated I was as prepared as I could be for a career in technology. I think a big part of the course was learning how to find evolving information yourself. It taught you that you always have to be willing to learn.

Caleb Smith

Bachelor of Information Technology, Equity Scholarship Recipient

MY STORY