The program is sponsored by 20 of Australia's top organisations and all students receive an industry-funded scholarship paid over the three years of the course during their studies.
Students spend two 20-week periods working in a sponsor organisation, gaining a broad exposure to the use of IT in business. The grant of a scholarship does not create, on completion of the course, any employment obligation on the part of the student or contributing organisations.
The course is concerned with the acquisition, design, implementation and management of information systems in all types of organisations. The skills required of an information technology specialist include business analysis, requirements analysis, systems analysis, systems design, programming, database design and development, systems acquisition and implementation, and interpersonal communication skills, team skills and management. In addition to this IT-related skills and knowledge, the modern IT professional must be well versed in business fundamentals; in understanding the role and contribution of information systems in driving and enabling the achievement of business goals and objectives; and in managing the vital information systems resource in organisations. This degree has been designed to meet this need, and will produce graduates who are competent and knowledgeable in the discipline; possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and who are able to critically analyse business problems and develop creative and innovative enterprise solutions.
Throughout the program, students are exposed to a range of hardware and software to illustrate how technology can be used to solve typical business problems. By providing an infrastructure through which students can gain both technical knowledge and interpersonal skills, they can develop the abilities and skills important for effective participation and leadership in industry. To ensure students develop the teamwork skills required as an information technology professional, there is a strong emphasis on group work in both the curricular and extracurricular parts of the program. The Industry-Based Learning segments of the program also provide valuable experience within the commercial world, providing added exposure to the use of technology within industry.
Through a mix of university and Industry-Based Learning environments, this innovative course is designed to provide the future leaders in Australia's information technology industry. Students gain 'state-of-the-art' skills in analysis, design, programming and implementation of systems, and the management skills necessary to apply information technology in the modern business world.
The course includes four standard semesters, two summer semesters and two 20-week periods of Industry-Based Learning. This provides a course that is essentially a four-year course completed in three calendar years.
According to the following rules, students complete at least 400 credit points made up of:
- Information Technology Core Studies (175 credit points)
- Programming Core Studies (12.5 credit points)
- Business Core Studies (37.5 credit points)
- Project Core Studies (12.5 credit points)
- Industry-Based Learning (100 credit points)
- Information Systems Specialist Electives (12.5 credit points)
- Fifty credit points of electives, of which at least one must be chosen from ICT electives, with up to 37.5 credit points available in other discipline areas.
Final Year Experience - Major Projects
As part of the Swinburne Model for Professional Learning, all students will undertake a professionally-focused final-year project as part of their degree.