Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
This course integrates a professional degree in information technology with a major in another country or culture and its language, enhancing professional training and career options. The information technology component provides a sound education in all aspects of computing and information technology for a career in the profession. The international studies component offers an in-depth understanding of another culture through academic and experiential learning. Students must choose one IT major in business information systems management, enterprise systems development, internetworking and applications, or computer and data analytics. Students also choose a country major for their language and culture studies. The course adopts a practice-based approach to IT education and the course content is designed with a mix of theory and practice. As well as gaining strong technical skills in IT, students gain skills in business analysis, problem solving, teamwork and communication. Employers look for graduates with industry experience and, in this course, students are exposed to real IT problems. The international studies component of this course means that graduates have the added advantage of being well prepared to work in a diverse range of IT careers and companies overseas.
Students are required to complete 240 credit points, comprising 96 credit points in information technology, 96 credit points in international studies and 48 credit points of electives. The 48 credit points of electives can be a combination of a second IT major, or two sub-majors, or one sub-major and four electives, or eight electives. The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies requires undergraduates to study a region or country major over a minimum of three years. Overseas study Students spend their fourth year of study at a university overseas.
- Business information systems
- Computer and data analytics
- Enterprise systems development
- Interaction design
- Internetworking and applications
- Language and culture
Standard entry requirements
- Australian Year 12 qualification, AQF Diploma, or equivalent qualification at the required level. Entry level to the various language programs depends upon students' knowledge of the relevant language. Students are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific country major, although every effort is made to meet their preferences. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
- Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
- Or AE5: Pass
- Or PTE: 58-64
- Or CAE: 176-184. Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place. Assumed knowledge For the information technology component, mathematics and any 2 units of English. Mathematics Extension 1 and English Advanced are recommended.
Australian Computer Society
Industrial training/professional practice Industrial training is available as an additional year and students enrol into the Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice once they have secured suitable full-time employment. This incorporates a minimum of nine months full-time work experience with four supporting subjects at UTS. After completing Year 4 (in-country study), students have the option to undertake the Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice. Students who gain entry through the UTS INSEARCH pathway are eligible for 48 credit points of credit recognition. Students who have completed a relevant diploma at TAFE NSW may be eligible for at least 24 credit points of credit recognition.
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Students who have previously undertaken study at a university or other recognised tertiary education institutions may be eligible for some academic credit recognition (subject to the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology's approval). The prior study must have been completed before commencement of this course, but no earlier than 3 years before commencement. Students must be able to demonstrate that their knowledge is current. There are no exemptions granted for the networking subjects 31270, 31277 and 31283 without the successful completion of the challenge test for each of these subjects. A challenge test is granted at enrolment time to students who have completed the CCNA curriculum (or CCNP) at a university and/or TAFE diploma level where the awarding institution is a CISCO Networking Academy