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Key facts

Information and computing technology skills and qualifications are highly valued by employers in almost every industry sector. Professionals working in this rapidly changing field must constantly update their skills and knowledge to ensure they stay at the forefront of change and innovation.

UNE’s Master of Information Technology (Business) will equip you with the know-how and ability to take advantage of career opportunities or enhance your IT qualifications and understanding of the fundamental principles of business.

Duration
  • 1 or 1.5 or 2 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online
Campus
  • Armidale Campus
Entry requirements
  • Guaranteed ATAR: Not applicable
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Fees
  • Full Fee
    Full Fee

    Tuition fees for domestic students not admitted to a Commonwealth Supported Place (i.e. no available government subsidy).

  • International
    International

    Tuition fees for international students, i.e. those not Australian or New Zealand citizens or residents.

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CRICOS code
  • 074875C
UNE Course Code
  • MITBUS

Course information

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Why study the Master of Information Technology (Business) with UNE?

If you are seeking a change of direction, you can enter this course with no background in IT or business and graduate with a sound knowledge and understanding of both disciplines, well qualified for employment in a broad range of positions in private industry, government agencies or research organisations.

You will also find our course useful if you have an IT background and wish to update your qualifications and extend your understanding of the fundamentals of business. Covering aspects of business information systems, computer programming, web technologies, management and software development, you will hone your knowledge of the essential elements of systems development and business management in an information and communications technology (ICT) context.

By choosing UNE, you are choosing an industry leader in the provision of online lifelong learning. Year after year, students award us the maximum 5-star ratings for Overall Experience in the Good Universities Guide.

What makes our course different?

Our Master of Information Technology (Business) is uniquely positioned to help you respond to changes in the workplace. By undertaking a combination of coursework and practical, research-based projects you will enhance your knowledge of ICT and your project management skills. You will have opportunities to:

  • Apply theory to practice by working in a group on a project to plan, design and implement a large software system.
  • Work on a business development project, in which you will analyse case studies and create a business plan.
  • Study a diverse range of subjects that cover areas including marketing, project management, software development and web design.
  • Choose between studying online or on campus, giving you the flexibility to balance your studies with your work and other commitments.
  • Hone your written and oral communication skills.
  • Apply for block advanced standing in recognition of your previous studies.

Study online

Most of our students choose to study online across three study periods with 24/7 tutor support* and fit study around work and family commitments. Uniquely, our online students are mostly over 30 and bring valuable experience with them. They form a community of adults juggling the same challenges and priorities and who bring their life and work experience together to build real world networks for the future.

Study on campus

Many of our students choose to take advantage of the on-campus lifestyle in Armidale, in the beautiful New England region, with access to unparalleled support, accommodation and sporting facilities. These students are often starting their first degree and have left school recently. Through access to academic and career support they get a fantastic start to their careers.

* 24/7 tutor support includes: essay feedback (within 24 hours); live chat 24/7 for generic feedback on academic writing; and subject-specific help at a foundation or first-year level for subjects including mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, business, accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics. There are also a wide range of workshops, resources and courses available in academic skills support to assist you and help you to succeed.

Offerings

Admission periodMode/location
Trimester 1On Campus, Armidale Campus
Trimester 1Online
Trimester 2On Campus, Armidale Campus
Trimester 2Online

Entry requirements

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification with a major in a relevant discipline*; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours qualification in a relevant discipline*.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to the following:Computing Science
Data Science
Information Systems
Information Technology
Mathematics
Software Engineering
Statistics

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Advanced Standing based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based and may include 6 credit points on the basis of considerable demonstrated relevant professional experience.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based. This may include 6 credit points on the basis of considerable demonstrated relevant professional experience.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

No advanced standing will be granted for COSC591.

Fees and scholarships

How much will it cost?

Estimated fees for your first year of study in this course are:

Fee typeCost
Full Fee$26,824*
International$31,600*
*The costs will depend on the units you choose to study as the cost of individual units vary. “Estimated fees” are provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking a study load of 48 credit points in the first year of this course. For courses that require less than 48 credit points the fees indicated are based on the total credit points required for completion of that course. For more information, please see fees and costs.

Scholarships

UNE scholarships are open for all to apply and offer financial help while you are studying. If you are commencing your university studies or if you are already a student at UNE, there are a number of scholarships to help you throughout your studies. There are UNE scholarships for students:

  • with high academic achievement
  • from rural areas
  • studying specific degrees
  • in disadvantaged groups
  • who excel at sport
  • living in a UNE residential college.

UNE scholarship applications are free and confidential. You may apply for more than one scholarship.

Course structure

1. To qualify for the award a candidate admitted under Rule (a) must pass units to the value of 96 credit points including not more than 24 credit points at 100-level, not more than 30 credit points at 200/300-level and at least 36 credit points at 500-level.

2. To qualify for the award a candidate admitted under Rule (b) must pass units to the value of 96 credit points including not more than 30 credit points at 200/300-level and at least 36 credit points at 500-level.

3. To qualify for the award a candidate admitted under Rule (c) must pass units to the value of 96 credit points including at least 36 credit points at 500-level.

96 credit points

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)

96 credit points

Complete the following units:

Note: When a unit is offered at multiple levels you can only choose ONE unit.

96 credit points

For candidates admitted under Rule (b)

24 credit points

24 credit points block advanced standing granted for those candidates who hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree with a major in a relevant discipline.

72 credit points

Complete the following units:

Note: When a unit is offered at multiple levels you can only choose ONE unit.

96 credit points

For candidates admitted under Rule (c)

48 credit points

48 credit points block advanced standing granted for those candidates who hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours qualification in a relevant discipline.

42 credit points

Complete the following units:

6 credit points

Complete 6 credit points from the following units:

See UNE Handbook for more details. The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course plans, intensive schools, and work placement requirements.

Course outcomes

This course suits those students coming to the study of information technology and business for the first time as well as those who want to extend their knowledge or upgrade their professional qualifications. Covering aspects of business information systems, computer programming, web technologies, management and software development, the course aims to cover the essential elements of systems development and management in an ICT context. This course concludes with students completing both an ICT project in a group work environment, requiring an integration of project management and ICT skills, and a business development project, which includes case studies and the creation of a business development plan.
  1. demonstrate, through their own practice, a mastery of information technology and management that includes knowledge of recent developments, established methods, specialised skills and knowledge of the theoretical principles that underpin information and communications technology and its use in enterprise;
  2. demonstrate a broad understanding of management processes, marketing, organisational theory and their relationship with information technology, relevant to organisational performance within the globalised economy;
  3. apply problem-solving and design skills with modern software development tools and methodologies to develop software, systems and/or processes to meet specified requirements, including creative approaches to synthesise alternative solutions, concepts and procedures, while demonstrating information skills and research methods;
  4. understand and apply project management principles to the development of software and information systems across a broad range of disciplines, and use current management theory and concepts to develop more effective management strategies and enhance organisational performance in a globalised context;
  5. demonstrate the technical and communication skills necessary to evaluate and theorise on issues contributing to the professional and ethical standards of practice expected in the information technology industry and assess how the social, ethical and legal issues related to information technology impact society;
  6. communicate and coordinate proficiently in English, working as an effective member or leader of a diverse team and/or consulting with clients or colleagues in a systems development setting, that includes specialist and non-specialist audiences, using a variety of written and oral communication modes; and
  7. apply the technical research skills, knowledge and the ability to operate with a high level of personal autonomy through the planning and execution of project relating information technology and business development.
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates have an in-depth understanding of information technology and the fundamentals of business and can demonstrate a clear appreciation of the risks and benefits associated with the global nature of information technology and business. Knowledge of information technology and business, including the global nature of both disciplines, is taught and practised through unit materials, online discussions, guided readings, and direct learning activities and is assessed through different forms of assessment appropriate to the disciplines of information technology and business including a research essay and reports on projects.

Communication Skills

Oral and written communication via a range of media is an essential aspect of the course and graduates can demonstrate expertise in this area. These skills are taught, practised and assessed in most units within the course. The research methods and special project units require students to demonstrate a professional level of communication skills both with other group members and with the project client.

Problem Solving

Problem solving skills are employed throughout the course in aspects of information technology and fundamental business principles. Such aspects include software engineering; database management; techniques for management; professional practice; and project management and they provide graduates with the problem solving skills required of information technologists in a business environment. All units in the course require varying levels of logical, critical and creative thinking.

Information Literacy

All units in the course require students to access information efficiently and effectively from a variety of sources. Graduates are able to critically evaluate information and to manage information in a responsible manner. Information literacy is practised and assessed throughout the course.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Reflection on social responsibility and professional practice in software development is embedded in the course content. Units require students to reflect on social implications of information technology such as social networking, malicious software, identity theft and security measures and graduates demonstrate a sound grasp of these principles.

Lifelong Learning

Information technology is a rapidly changing field of study. Graduates are able to learn both independently and collaboratively and have the ability to apply that learning to new and unexpected situations.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates are able to apply their skills and knowledge individually and as part of collaborative teams. They are able to work with intellectual independence, and to collaborate with technical and non-technical colleagues and customers. Working in a group environment is an essential component of the course and in the professional practice of software development. To develop these skills, a number of units in the course require students to work in groups and provide guidance and assessment on group work.

A five-star experience

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Studying online

At UNE we know it takes more than just being online to be a great online university. It takes time and experience. We pioneered distance education for working adults back in the 1950s, so we’ve been doing this longer than any other Australian university.

We understand the challenges faced by busy adults studying at home. We know that a vital part of online study is your engagement with the learning community. Communication with your classmates, teaching staff and university support staff will enhance your study experience and ensure that your skills extend beyond the subject matter. UNE’s teaching staff are experts in their field which is why UNE consistently receives five stars from students for teaching quality, support and overall experience.*

*The Good Universities Guide

Your career

Career outcomes

The types of career options include but are not limited to: business analyst, finance and administration, consultant, customer contact centre operator, internet and e-commerce, IT educator, computer scientist, EDP auditor, project management, sales and marketing, software development, systems analysis and design, systems management and administration.

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