Information Technology

 

Graduate Certificate in Information Technology

Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

Master of Information Technology


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register: http://sydney.edu.au/policies.

Course Resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

GCINFTEC-02

Graduate Certificate in Information Technology

GNINFTEC-03

Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

MAINFTEC-04

Master of Information Technology

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for the courses is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

4 Embedded courses in this sequence

(1)
The embedded courses in this sequence are:
(a)
the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology
(b)
the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology
(c)
the Master of Information Technology
(2)
Providing candidates satisfy the admission requirements for each stage, a candidate may progress to the award of any of the courses in this sequence. Only the longest award completed will be conferred.

5 Admission to candidature

(1)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria.
(2)
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree or higher award in Information Technology from the University of Sydney, or qualifications deemed by the School of IT deemed to be equivalent in any aspect of Information Technology; or
(b)
a Bachelor's degree or higher award in Engineering from the University of Sydney with a major sequence of study in Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or Telecommunications Engineering, or qualifications deemed by the School of IT to be equivalent.
(3)
Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology requires:
(a)
a Bachelor's degree or higher award in Information Technology from the University of Sydney with at least a credit average, or qualifications deemed by the School of Information Technology to be equivalent in any aspect of Information Technology; or
(b)
a Bachelor's degree or higher award in Engineering from the University of Sydney with at least a credit average and a major sequence of study in Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or Telecommunications Engineering, or qualifications deemed by the School of Information Technology to be equivalent; or
(c)
completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate with at least a credit average; or
(d)
completion of the Graduate Certificate in Computing from the University of Sydney with at least a credit average.
(4)
Admission to the Master of Information Technology requires:
(a)
a Bachelor's degree or higher award in Information Technology from the University of Sydney with at least a credit average, or qualifications deemed by the School of IT to be equivalent in any aspect of Information Technology; or
(b)
a Bachelor's degree of higher award in Engineering from the University of Sydney with at least a credit average and a major sequence of study in Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or Telecommunications Engineering, or qualifications deemed by the School of Information Technology to be equivalent; or
(c)
completion of the requirements of the embedded Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in this discipline with at least a credit average.
(d)
completion of the Graduate Diploma in Computing from the University of Sydney with at least a credit average.
(5)
If a candidate does not have a credit average within the qualifications listed above, they may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate subject to the discretion of the Dean or nominee.
(6)
In exceptional circumstances the Dean or nominee may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the School of IT, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

6 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for these awards are set out in the table of units of study: Master of Information Technology.
(2)
From the table of units of study and with the approval of the Academic Director:
(a)
Master of Information Technology: a maximum of 12 credit points may be selected from units outside the School of IT (i.e. outside of COMP, INFO and ISYS coded units).
(b)
Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Information Technology: a maximum of 6 credit points may be selected from units outside the School of IT (i.e. outside of COMP, INFO and ISYS coded units).
(3)
To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology a candidate must complete 24 credit points of the Foundational or Specialist units of study, including:
(a)
a minimum of the 12 credit points of the Specialist units of study from the table of units of study excluding Project units; and
(b)
a maximum of 12 credit points of the Foundation units of study.
(4)
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology a candidate must complete 48 credit points, including:
(a)
a minimum of 6 credit points of the Core units of study (including INFO5990); and
(b)
a minimum of 12 credit points of the Specialist units of study from the table of units of study excluding Project units.
(c)
a maximum of 12 credit points of the Foundation units of study.
(5)
To qualify for the Master of Information Technology a candidate must complete 72 credit points of units of study as specified in the degree table, including:
(a)
for the Professional Pathway:
(i)
18 credit points of the Core units of study; and
(ii)
a minimum of 18 credit points of the Specialist units of study; and
(iii)
a minimum of 12 credit points of the Professional Pathway Project units of study; and
(iv)
a maximum of 12 credit points of the Foundation units of study; and
(v)
no credit points from the Research Pathway units of study.
(b)
for the Research Pathway:
(i)
a minimum of 18 credit points of the Core units of study; and
(ii)
a minimum of 18 credit points of the Specialist units of study; and
(iii)
a minimum of 24 credit points of the Research Pathway units of study; and
(iv)
a maximum of 12 credit points of the Foundation units of study; and
(v)
no credit points from the Professional Pathway Project units of study.
(c)
If a reduction in the volume of learning is given then the candidate is able to apply for an exemption from some course requirements, if evidence can be provided of prior learning (subject to assessment by the Academic Director). The candidate will then be required to complete the required volume of learning based on the remaining course requirements.

7 Majors

(1)
Completion of a major is an optional requirement of the Master of Information Technology. A major requires the completion of all core units of study as prescribed by the Faculty and at least 18 credit points chosen from the Specialist units of study listed in the table for the defined major. The majors available are:
(a)
Digital Media Technology
(b)
Data Management and Analytics
(c)
Biomedical and Health Informatics
(d)
Networks and Distributed Systems
(e)
Software Engineering
(f)
IT Security
(2)
Students who choose the research pathway will be required to choose a project undertaken in an area related to the major. Students in this category will only require 12 credit points from the Specialist units of study table for the defined major.
(3)
Students who choose not to complete a major as defined by the table of units of study: Master of Information Technology will be eligible for award of a non-major.

8 Progression Rules

(1)
A candidate for the Master of Information Technology must complete 24 credit points from Core, Specialist, or Foundation units of study before taking any Information Technology Project units. Admission to project units of study is subject to availability of supervision and to the approval of the Dean or nominee.
(2)
With permission from the Dean or nominee, a candidate for the Master of Information Technology who completed 24 credit points from Core, Specialist or Foundation units of study with at least Distinction average marks may take Research Path units.

9 Suspension of candidature

A student may seek written permission from the Dean to suspend candidature in the course. Suspension may be granted for a maximum of one year.

10 Cross-institutional study

Cross-institutional study is not available in these courses except where the University of Sydney has a formal cooperation agreement with another university.

11 Course transfer

A candidate for the master or graduate diploma may elect to discontinue study and graduate with a shorter award from this embedded sequence, with the approval of the Dean, and provided the requirements of the shorter award have been met.

12 Credit for previous study (for non-conferred qualifications only)

(1)
The following coursework rules (for non-conferred qualifications) replace the Faculty Coursework Rules for "Credit for Previous Study" within the Resolutions of the Faculty (of Engineering and Information Technologies) for the Master of Information Technology.
(a)
where postgraduate study has been undertaken at the University of Sydney in one of the embedded courses of the Master of Information Technology or Master of Information Technology Management, and no award has been conferred, credit may be transferred in full (subject to credit limits in the table of units of study: Master of Information Technology), provided the study has been undertaken within the previous three years and subject to approval of the Academic Director. In addition, a credit transfer for the purposes of a course upgrade will require either:
(i)
Fulfilment of the admission requirements for the "Admission to Candidature" for the Master of Information Technology including at least a credit average from the prior qualification used for admission; or
(ii)
completion of a minimum of 24 credit points of the currently enrolled course with at least a credit average.
(b)
where study not covered in (a) above has been undertaken at postgraduate level and no award has been conferred, credit of 50% of the prescribed credit points may be transferred to the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology or the Master of Information Technology, provided:
(i)  the study has been undertaken at the University of Sydney or an external institution recognized by the University of Sydney within the previous three years; and
(ii)  the units of study have been completed at credit level or above; and
(iii)  the units are equivalent to Core or Specialist units of study offered under the degree being taken, subject to approval of the Academic Director.
(c)
Credit will not be granted for recognised prior learning older than 10 years at the time of first enrolment.

13 Recognition for Prior Learning (for conferred qualifications only)

(1)
The following Coursework Rules (for conferred qualifications) replace the Faculty Course work Rules for "Credit for previous study" within the Resolutions of the Faculty (of Engineering and Information Technologies) for the Master of Information Technology:
(a)
where study has been undertaken and an award has been conferred, candidates who are offered direct admission to the Master of Information Technology may be eligible for a reduction in the volume of learning of up to 36 credit points, provided that study for the conferred award has been undertaken at an external institution recognized by the University of Sydney within the previous three years. Any reduction in the volume of learning is subject to the following guidelines and requires the approval of the Academic Director.
(i)
the maximum permissible reduction in the volume of learning is 36 credit points for a Master's degree (at Level 9 of the Australian Qualifications Framework) in the discipline of Information Technology, as defined by the School of IT.
(ii)
the maximum permissible reduction in the volume of learning is 24 credit points for a Bachelor's degree with Honours (at Level 8 of the Australian Qualification Framework) in the discipline of Information Technology, as defined by the School of IT.
(iii)
the maximum permissible reduction in the volume of learning is 24 credit points for a Bachelor's degree with Honours (at Level 8 of the Australian Qualification Framework) in the discipline of Engineering, as defined by the School of IT, with a major sequence of study in Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or Telecommunications Engineering.
(iv)
the maximum permissible reduction in the volume of learning is 24 credit points for a Graduate Diploma (at Level 8 of the Australian Qualification Framework) in the discipline of Information Technology, as defined by the School of IT.
(v)
the maximum permissible reduction in the volume of learning is 12 credit points for a four-year Bachelor of Information Technology (pass) (course code: BPINFTEC2000) or a Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Pass) only at the University of Sydney (at Level 7 of the Australian Qualifications Framework).
(vi)
there is no reduction in the volume of learning available for a Graduate Certificate.

14 Satisfactory Progress

Progression is subject to the Coursework Rule. A candidate who has failed to meet these progression rules for the Master of Information Technology will be transferred to either the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in Information Technology, depending on the credit points successfully completed.

15 Time limit

(1)
A candidate for the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology shall complete the requirements for the award in a minimum enrolment of one semester and a maximum enrolment of four semesters.
(2)
A candidate for the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology shall complete the requirements for the award in a minimum enrolment of two semesters and a maximum enrolment of eight semesters.
(3)
A candidate for the Master of Information Technology shall complete the requirements for the award in a minimum of two semesters and a maximum of twelve semesters.

16 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2018 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2018 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2018 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement.