Bachelor of Information Technology

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

If you're planning to pursue a career as a multi-skilled leader in IT, our Bachelor of Information Technology has been developed in extensive consultation with the industry. You will enjoy considerable flexibility within your course of study and emerge equipped to tackle the challenges of this demanding and dynamic field.
We offer a choice of two streams: information systems or computer science.

The information systems stream comprises the study of the direct application of software design and development to the business domain. You will gain an understanding of the principles and techniques involved in the analysis, design, implementation and maintenance of computer systems within a business environment.

The computer science stream involves the study of computers and computer programs. You will excel in this stream if you're more technically-minded and want to contribute to the future development and support of computer technology.

Course outline

Units of study information for this degree (Computer Science stream)

Study plan


The Bachelor of Information Technology is undertaken full-time over four years. Students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum 48 credit points during first year. A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points. From first to fourth year students complete core units of study as required by their stream with electives available from second to fourth year. In their fourth year students enrolled in the BIT degree, can either pursue the coursework option or the honours option. Successful completion of the honours option will result in an award of a Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) degree.

Majors

What is a major?

All students in the Bachelor of Information Technology will enrol in one of two streams: information systems or computer science. Each stream will contain core units specific to that stream and recommend electives within that stream.

Core majors

Optional majors

Further course information

Progression rules

In the Bachelor of Information Technology, candidates must maintain a credit average in year one and year two level core units. If this level of result is not achieved, candidates will be transferred to the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology degree program with full credit for units of study already completed.
A candidate may also apply to the dean for permission to transfer candidature to the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology. There is no WAM requirement for candidates wishing to transfer to the standard Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology degree.

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of the Bachelor of Information Technology. In addition to the common triggers used to identify students not meeting academic progression requirements (as defined by the progression requirements of the coursework rule), students must pass any unit of study identified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject.
Information technology electives are often recommended within the stream as they are directly related to, or build a more comprehensive understanding of content taught in, core units of study within that stream.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies enjoys strong professional and research links with Australian and global industry, affording unparalleled opportunities for Sydney Engineering graduates. The Bachelor of Information Technology will produce graduates who are IT specialists and possess an excellent combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to influence and reinforce an organisation’s technology infrastructure and to support the people who use it. They will often be responsible for selecting and deploying software products appropriate for an organisation. They may also be involved in creating and managing business applications, web sites, systems and the IT environment in all types of industries.

Course accreditation

The BIT has been awarded professional level accreditation by the Australian Computer Society http://www.acs.org.au/.

Further study

After completing the Bachelor of Information Technology, further study is available through the Graduate School of Engineering and IT. The GSE provides a link between postgraduate students in the different engineering disciplines, and offers a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. The faculty's postgraduate coursework and research are focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics.

About honours

Honours is available to meritorious candidates who complete an alternative set of units of study in the final year of the degree devoted to studying specialised areas of information technology. During the honours year students will complete several advanced courses, and a semester long research project culminating in an honours thesis and oral presentation. Students may choose projects offered by staff or propose their own research projects. Successful completion of honours within the degree will result in the award of the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) degree.

Admission

Admission requirements

Flexible Entry Scheme available for this degree http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/futurestudent/flexibleentry

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of September. On-time applications for the July Semester close in May. Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of 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). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. 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 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.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of 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). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

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. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

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.