Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) - CG99

With extensive work-integrated learning opportunities featuring a three month paid industry placement, our Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) will provide you hands on industry-relevant experience to launch a successful career in the Information, communication and technology (ICT) industries. Accredited by the Australian Computer Society, you will have the choice to major in application development, cyber security or business analysis. Tailor your studies further with a mix of minors, designed to equip you with skills and knowledge in emerging fields of IT.


On Campus, Online


SR:84 ATAR:84




3 years full-time, 6 years part-time


Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, Online


English (Unit 3 and 4, C)


No recommended study required



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 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. 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 a Diploma of Information and Communications Technology.

Core Units 8 Major Units 7
Electives 4 Minor Units 4

Course structure

You are required to complete a total of 22 units including an industry work placement, a major, a minor, four elective units and eight core units.

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 an internship, capstone project or paid industry placement option. 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 capstone 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 in-demand areas, plus a range of minor 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.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2024Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney
Term 2 - 2023Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney
Term 2 - 2024Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney
Term 3 - 2023Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
Term 3 - 2024Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2024Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2024Available Online
Term 3 - 2023Available Online
Term 3 - 2024Available Online
Application Development 7
Business Analysis7
Cyber Security7
Animation and Motion Graphics4
Application Development4
Business Analysis4
Cyber Security4
Emerging Technologies4
ICT Management4
Interactive Media Development4

Choose a major/minor to suit you

Benefit from a choice of majors and minors to tailor your studies to suit your career goals and learning interest. Discover more about each minor below, what you will learn and where it can take you.


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 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.


Business Analysis

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.


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.

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.


By studying mathematics 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.

Cyber 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.

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 three 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, 2022.

Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 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 5.5.

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 for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements


Health Requirements


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 can change to CQ18 Bachelor of Information Technology.

Recommended Study Schedule

A recommended study schedule for this course can be obtained from your student adviser. Students may determine their own schedule based on 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.
Learned Society: Cyber Security Major
Australian Computer Society

This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) at the professional level

Learned Society: Business Analysis Major
Australian Computer Society

This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) at the professional level

Learned Society: Application Development Major
Australian Computer Society

This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) at the professional level 

2023 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$8,296.00

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

QueenslandONL: 850885; ROK: 850881; BNE: 880881; CNS: 820889
New South WalesONL: 160171; SYD: 160170
Western AustraliaONL: 150171
VictoriaMEL: 153004; ONL: 150171
Northern TerritoryONL: 150171
South AustraliaONL: 150171
TasmaniaONL: 150171

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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 centre

View 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
New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory Apply via UAC
All other states 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.


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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I chose to study IT because I have a real passion for computers. I chose CQUni because it’s close to home and allows me to work and study at the same time.

Jack Rolfe

Bachelor of Information Technology