The globalising nature of information technology calls out for people who have both a strong technical background and an indepth understanding of human society and the factors that are shaping it.
This double degree course is designed to meet this need. As a graduate you will have the technical expertise to shape and manage current and emerging technologies together with the lifelong communication, research and critical thinking skills that are acquired through study in the arts and humanities.
Think about combining behavioural studies with business information systems to assist organisations improve their business processes. Study computer networks and security with criminology or conversely human rights or bioethics, and explore how technology confronts the boundaries between public and private. Or perhaps mix interactive media with communications and media studies or film and screen studies to add complementary skills. Or prepare yourself for an international career in IT by studying another language and culture.
The requirements below detail what you must study in order to complete this double-degree course and receive the awards.
Units are 6 points unless otherwise specified. You must complete 192 points:
1. 96 points must be completed in Parts A and B as described below in C2000 Bachelor of Information Technology component.
2. 96 points must be completed in Parts A and B as described below in A2000 Bachelor of Arts component, of which:
- no more than 36 points of level 1 units can be completed
- at least 24 points must be completed at level 3.
Information technology component
Bachelor of Information Technology is about the application of computer-based technologies and systems to meet individual and organisation information needs. The course will enable you to gain the knowledge and skills needed to use IT effectively and to use, develop and manage IT-based systems.
Part A. Information technology specified study (48 points)
This will provide you with foundation skills and knowledge for your IT education and ensure a breadth of understanding of IT and its applications in organisations and society.
You must complete:*
a. One introductory programming unit (6 points) from:**
- FIT1051 Programming fundamentals in java
- FIT1045 Algorithms and programming fundamentals in python
- FIT1048 Fundamentals of C++
b. The following four units (24 points):
- FIT1047 Introduction to computer systems, networks and security
- FIT1049 IT professional practice
- FIT2002 IT project management
- FIT2094 Databases
c. One of (6 points):
- FIT2001 Systems development
- FIT2099 Object-oriented design and implementation
d. Capstone project units (12 points) or an industry-based learning unit (18 points) from one of the following combinations (depending on your choice of major):
Business information systems, computer networks and security, and software development majors
- FIT3047 Industry experience studio project 1 and FIT3048 Industry experience studio project 2
Games development and Interactive media majors
Part B. Information technology listed major (48 points)
This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your expertise in one area of information technology. You will develop the practical and theoretical skills and knowledge in your chosen major needed to successfully plan, develop, implement and evaluate information products and systems.
You must complete one of the following information technology listed majors. A major requires eight units with no more than two units at level one (12 points) and at least three units (18 points) at level three.
If you intend to undertake an honours year you should ensure you complete the specific units required as a pre-requisite for honours in your chosen major area of study.
Bachelor of Arts is a comprehensive course and in the double degree course you complete Arts specified study and an Arts listed Major.
Part A. Arts specified study (48 points)
This will expose you to several arts disciplines areas of study contributing breadth to your knowledge of the arts, humanities and social sciences. It will also give you the opportunity to learn about several areas of study before finalising your choice of major and minor.
You must complete:
a. an arts minor (24 points) with no more than two units (12 points) at level 1
b. a further 24 points of arts units which can be used to:
- broaden your studies in arts
- study a second minor
- add to your minor to create a second major
- add to your major in Part B to create an extended major where available.
You must choose your minor from one of the arts areas of study listed under Part B and any remaining units in this Part must be from those offered by the Faculty of Arts.
It is recommended that you complete level 2 units in more than one area of arts to give you options for finalising your choice of major at level 3.
Part B. Arts listed major (48 points)
This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your practical and theoretical skills and knowledge in one Faculty of Arts listed major area of study. You will learn to critically analyse, apply and communicate an advanced level of understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of the area of study.
You must complete:
- an arts listed major (48 points) with no more than two units at level one (12 points) and at least three units (18 points) at level three.
You must choose these 48 points from the arts areas of study listed below.
You may add to your major to form an extended major where available by using arts units from Part A.
If you intend to progress to an honours year, you must have completed a major in a related discipline, with a minimum of 24 points of study at level 3 to be eligible.
Arts areas of study
Note: Psychology is taught by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
The table of minors, majors and extended majors by campus details if an area of study is available as a minor, major or extended major.
You may be eligible to exit this double degree course early and graduate with one of the single awards once you have successfully completed all the requirements described above for the single degree component and have completed a total of:
- 144 points to exit with a Bachelor of Information Technology
- 144 points to exit with the Bachelor of Arts
You may be eligible to apply for a one-year honours course once you have successfully completed this double degree, or have completed all of the requirements for one of the single degrees including a total of 144 points. The following honours courses apply:
- C3701 Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)
- A3701 Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
You are usually eligible to apply for honours if you achieve a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant discipline units at level 3. This sometimes also means you need to have completed specific units.