Graduate Diploma in Information and Communications Technology

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipICT

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3645.1

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 064753G

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Graduate Diploma in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is a one-year full-time or two-years part-time course designed to open a pathway for non-ICT graduates, with or without professional experience in ICT field, to study ICT at master’s level after the completion of the course.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that more than 80% of the ICT workforce have not had university-level qualifications in ICT. For such people, the Graduate Diploma offers a formal training in the theoretical aspects of ICT and thus a solid base from which to continue their progression in the ICT field. They will also benefit from the University’s policies on recognition of prior learning (RPL) by allowing a matching of an individual’s professional experience against specific units that form part of the Graduate Diploma in Information and Communications Technology. The level of knowledge covered during this course also enables it to stand on its own, to suit an individual career path or specific needs of an industry.

The inexperienced non-ICT students will be able to forge a career in ICT. GradDipICT has an exit point, Graduate Certificate in ICT, which requires completion of any four of the eight units prescribed for the diploma. Fee-help will be available under SECT guidelines to the local students.

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time.

Course Advice



CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above


Eligibility for admisison to the Graduate Diploma in Information and Communications Technology is based on the following requirements:

* An undergraduate degree in any discipline

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of eight units as follows

Autumn session

300580.3Programming Fundamentals
300585.2Systems Analysis and Design
300582.5Technologies for Web Applications
300578.3Professional Development

Spring session

300565.2Computer Networking
300144.5Object Oriented Analysis
300104.4Database Design and Development
300570.3Human-Computer Interaction

To graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Information and Communications Technology, a student must complete a total of any four units from the list above.

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