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Specialisation: Information Technology Studies

Award(s) to which this specialisation belongs:

Information Technology Studies


Faculty of Science and Engineering

600 level

Data Communication (4)
4cp from
Database Systems (4)
Fundamentals of Computer Science (4)
8cp from
ITEC units at 600 level

This specialisation must be completed as part of an award. The general requirements for the award must be satisfied in order to graduate.

Requirements for the Specialisation:

Completion of a minimum of 32 credit points including the following prescribed units:

Credit points

800 level

16cp from
ITEC units at 800 or 900 level


Overview and Aims of the Program The Information Technology Studies specialisation provides Graduate Diploma of Information Technology students with an opportunity to choose a selection of fundamental units and more advanced topics that suits their interests.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply principles and technologies in core information technologies areas, including data communications, databases and/or software development (C, E, I, J, K, P, T)

2. apply higher-level information technology concepts and approaches from multiple chosen areas of study (C, E, I, J, K, P, T)
Learning and Teaching Methods A variety of learning and teaching methods will be used to achieve the PLOs highlighted above. Teaching methods will include:
• a combination of lectures and tutorials: interactive lecture and tutorial sessions including discussions and seminars (K, P, I, T)
• practical laboratory work (K, P, T)
• student presentations and research report writing (K, P, C, E, T)
• individual and group based assessment tasks (C, J, T)
• self-directed study.

In keeping with the relevant nature of this program, students are expected to solve realistic problems drawn from industry in tutorials, assessment tasks and final Examination. Learning is reinforced in problem-based tutorial classes, where groups of students work together and apply the knowledge gained from lectures and laboratory work in problem solving. The program places a significant emphasis on developing advanced practical technical skills depending on the nature of the unit studied. The program develops the soft skills expected by employers, such as writing, research and team working skills. Throughout the program students are encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught and to broaden their individual knowledge and understanding of the subject matter.
Assessment The Program Learning Outcomes are tested and assessed during the program using a combination of written examinations, coursework assignments, quizzes, laboratory formal reports and log book, individual and group oral and visual presentations. Throughout the course, students are given formative assessments and feedback on their progress. These help identify any areas of difficulty and give them the time to seek assistance from the teaching staff.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit.

Information can be found at:

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Graduates of this program will find a rewarding career in technology and infrastructure departments of many types of organizations in industry, government, education, telecommunication or the non-profit sector.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

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2019 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148