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Diploma/Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology

Approved Abbreviation: DipICT/BICT


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6039.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096985D


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


The Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology is a three year course accredited by the Australian Computer Society. It provides graduates with skills and knowledge in networking and IT applications development, along with the ability to apply practical ICT solutions in real-world situations. Units available offer a solid foundation across several domains including Networking, Databases, Systems Analysis & Design, Programming, Web and Mobile Technologies, Project Management, Professional Communications, Operating Systems and Human Computer Interaction. It also covers the necessary mathematical and statistical skills as needed by an ICT practitioner. The structure of the course provides scope for electives, sub-majors or majors in further studies including the areas of Mobile Computing and Application Development, Entertainment Computing, Astroinformatics, Health Informatics, Social Media Analytics, Networking, Health Information Management, Mathematics, Statistics, Systems Security and IT Support. NB: Majors/ sub-majors may not be offered on all campuses.

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College as an agent of Western Sydney University via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments.

A Diploma in Information and Communications Technology exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the course.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

For course advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Course Advice’. For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology.

Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology

Study Mode
Three years full-time. Students will be required to attend the Kingswood or Parramatta South campus for some learning experiences.

Course Advice

NameEmail
College AdminAdminApp@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Campbelltown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta City Campus-George StreetFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctFull TimeInternal See above

Admission

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic Students

Domestic students are required to have

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, Or
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher.

Students are also assumed to have completed a Mathematics subject, equivalent to the Mathematics subject in the NSW Higher School Certificate.

Met other entry requirements such as

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

International Students

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band Or
  • Completed the College EAP 4 course with a 50% pass Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 260 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

The early exit College Diploma consists of 110 credit points which includes four College Preparatory units.

Western Sydney University The College Units

Nirimba and Parramatta City (George Street) Campus

Term 1 of study

700171Tertiary Study Skills in Information and Communications Technology (WSTC Prep)
700047Programming Design (WSTC Prep)
700146Mathematics 2 (WSTC Prep)
700040Principles of Professional Communication 1 (WSTC)
700000Information Systems in Context (WSTC)

Term 2 of study

700013Systems Analysis and Design (WSTC)
700045Statistics for Academic Purposes (WSTC Prep)
700008Programming Fundamentals (WSTC)
700011Database Design and Development (WSTC)

Term 3 of study

700039Object Oriented Analysis (WSTC)
700012Computer Networking (WSTC)
700041Statistical Decision Making (WSTC)

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in ICT following a passing grade in all of the above units. Students who progress onto Year Two may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above units.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory units before progressing to the Year Two units.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year One before progressing to the Year Two units.

Western Sydney University Units

For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology.

Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology

Campbelltown, Parramatta (Victoria Road) and Penrith Campus

Year 2

Autumn session

300582Technologies for Web Applications
300095Computer Networks and Internets
300570Human-Computer Interaction

And one elective

Spring session

300581Programming Techniques
300583Web Systems Development
300958Social Web Analytics

And one elective

Year 3

300578Professional Development
300698Operating Systems Programming

And two electives

Spring session

300579Professional Experience

And three electives

Electives for Majors and Sub-majors

Please note: majors and sub-majors are optional.

Majors

Campbelltown, Parramatta and Penrith Campuses

M3102Cyber Security
M3068Entertainment Computing
M3097Health Informatics
M3054Mathematics
M3074Mobile Computing
M3109Networking

From Autumn 2019, M3102 Cyber Security will be replaced by M3116 Cyber Security

M3116Cyber Security

Sub-majors

Campbelltown, Parramatta and Penrith Campuses

SM3080Astroinformatics
SM3101Cloud Computing
SM3052Entertainment Computing
SM3090Health Informatics
SM3054IT Support
SM3025Mathematics
SM3057Mobile Computing
SM3095Networking
SM3053Social Media Analytics
SM3089Statistics
SM3077Systems Security
SM3056Web Application Development (for Computing Students)


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