Master of Information Technology

Course 499AA (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 150 credit points taken over 18 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Peter Schachte


Melbourne School of Engineering

Building 173, Grattan Street
The University of Melbourne
VIC 3010 Australia
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Course Overview:

The Master of Information Technology is designed for graduates in engineering and physical sciences seeking professional development and enhancement of their IT knowledge, and also for professionals with background in other disciplines working in the IT industry without formal IT qualifications but with a broad interest in the scientific and engineering applications of the technology.

The course design also has the provision to allow exceptional graduates in engineering, physical sciences or a cognate field to acquire research training to proceed to higher degrees by research.

The technological understanding and skills presented in the Master of Information Technology are in high demand throughout the computing industry as society is being transformed by the emergence of highly connected, high speed high capacity networks, and a knowledge-based global e-economy.

The course allows considerable flexibility, and individuals select their own program from the subjects on offer.

The three major strands of study are:

  • Internet Software Development
    Understanding web software technologies and building web applications
  • Intelligent Systems
    Understanding and developing intelligent systems for business applications
  • E-Business Technologies
    Understanding and applying technologies to business functions

There is no compulsory thesis component in the program, but a subject is offered in which a student may take on a research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff and document the outcome in a written report.


The program is designed to:

  • Provide understanding and expertise in a number of key areas of information technology
  • Provide an introduction to research skills in a selected area
  • Improve analytical skills and competencies in problem solving
  • Improve oral and written communication skills
Course Structure & Available Subjects: -
Subject Options:

A three-semester program on a full-time basis comprising 150 points as follows:

GROUP A (Foundation Studies) Subjects (take all four):

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2

GROUP B (Advanced IT) Subjects (select at least two):

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

GROUP C (Project Management) Subjects (select One):

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

GROUP D (Advanced Electives):

Students may take any 600-level subjects offered by the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering or the
Department of Information Systems to make up the balance of their course, subject to the Approval of the Course Coordinator.
Students who enter the program with prior study equivalent to any of the Group A subjects will be given credit. The maximum credit that may be awarded is 50 points. All students must take subjects from Groups B, C, and D, as listed, to make up a minimum of 100 points of advanced study.

Note: Not all subjects may be offered every year and every semester. Students seeking definitive details should contact the Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering prior to commencement.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must have either:

  • a four-year degree in Engineering or the physical sciences and which includes mathematics at a minimum level of second year and at least one programming subject, as well as a final year grade average of at least 65% (University of Melbourne equivalent). Applicants with a four-year degree with a substantial component of formal studies in computing may be eligible for advanced standing of up to 50 points


  • an appropriate 3-year degree with a final year grade average of at least 65% (University of Melbourne equivalent) as well as a minimum of two years documented relevant work experience with exposure to programming in the IT industry.

English Requirements

English requirements can be found at:

Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:
Graduate Attributes: The Melbourne School of Engineering has mapped the University of Melbourne graduate attributes with Engineers Australia graduate attributes and Melbourne School of Engineering graduate attributes.
Notes: The program is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

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