Graduate Diploma in Computing

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Diploma in Computing is specifically designed for graduates without an IT degree, and consists of a selection of postgraduate units of study in computing that provide a grounding in basic IT topics. This may provide you with the required amount of IT skills to enhance your existing career. If you are interested in completing further study in IT, this course will also prepare you for admission to the Master of Information Technology.

The Graduate Diploma in Computing is recognised as an industry relevant award accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) http://www.acs.org.au/ as an Associate Level course in information technology.

Units of study

Further course information

Study plan

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Computing complete 48 credit points (cp) made up of 8 core units of study in the areas of algorithms, software construction, computer and network organisation, introduction to information systems, object-oriented design, software development in java, internet protocols, and digital media fundamentals.

Classes are generally held in the evening between 6pm and 9pm to accommodate professionals who are employed during the day.

Progression rules

Candidates must complete 18 credit points prior to taking COMP5114 Digital Media Fundamentals, COMP5028 Object Oriented Design and COMP5116 Internet Protocols.

Satisfactory completion of the Graduate Diploma in Computing for purposes of entry into the Master of Information Technology require that a candidate has not failed more than 12 credit points of units of study in the Graduate Diploma in Computing.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma in Computing, graduates will be equipped with a basic knowledge of IT which can be developed with further study, or be the foundation for a new career in IT.

Course accreditation

The Graduate Diploma in Computing has been accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) at the associate level.

For graduates from other disciplines who want to convert to the field of IT, the completion of the Graduate Diploma in Computing combined with the Master of Information Technology provides a two year full-time structured program of IT studies leading to an ACS professional level qualification.

Further study

Graduates who satisfactorily complete the Graduate Diploma in Computing will be eligible for admission to the Master of Information Technology and Master of Information Technology Management .

Other study options

Individual units of study within the course may be undertaken by suitably qualified candidates who do not wish to complete an award course. Non-award candidates are students of the University, consequently on satisfactory completion of unit of study requirements, candidates receive an academic transcript showing the details of the unit or units of study undertaken, with results and grades. Subject to the approval of the dean and individual course resolutions, completed non-award study may be credited to an award course.

Units of study may also be undertaken cross-institutionally by students, subject to the approval of the dean. Cross-institutional candidates are enrolled in a postgraduate award course at another university and have approval from their home institution to complete a unit or units of study at Sydney, to be credited toward their degree. Please contact the faculty about non-award and cross-institutional study.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Computing will hold a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification, with a credit average or above, including units of study with a mathematical foundation demonstrating significant numeracy skills; or a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification, with a credit average or above, and employment in the area of IT for a minimum of 5 years. Applicants must also provide evidence of prior learning which is considered to demonstrate the knowledge and aptitude which is required to undertake this course.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Computing.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Computing.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.