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ITM Insight

Last Chance to Maximise your Credit
19 September 2013

From the beginning of next year there will be a reduction in the level of credit that is available for industry certifications in many of the Master degrees. Credits in 2014 will also be limited to exams and certifications earned in the last 5 years. However, provided you enrol in this year’s final intake you can still lock in existing credit. If you are thinking about enrolling next year, I strongly suggest that you fill out the credit eligibility form so we can advise you of your existing and future credit entitlements.

Cheers,
 
Martin Hale
Adjunct Senior Lecturer – Charles Sturt University
Chief Executive Officer – IT Masters Pty Ltd

In this edition:

1. Free Short Course Success 
2. Upcoming Free Short Courses 
3. Enrolling in Past Short Courses 
4. IT Research @ CSU 
5. Scrap the Cap 
6. Masters Entry Requirements

Free Short Course Success

Late last year we made the decision to launch a series of Free Short Courses, offered to potential students as a ‘taster’ of what it is like to study a Charles Sturt University Masters Degree.

We have had an outstanding response to our Free Short Courses so far. July saw the start of our Free CISSP Security Short Course, which can be comparable to other courses costing up to $3800. The news of our course spread right across Australia and the world with over 7000 people registering and a fantastic ongoing participation rate in the webinars. We are looking forward to seeing some of these participants enrolled in our Masters of Information Systems Security in the near future.

We have also had an enthusiastic response to Agile Project Management, with over 4800 registrations and counting, and Photoshop in the Classroom, both courses running throughout August and September.

A big thanks goes out to the subject mentors willing to help us with this campaign and their great enthusiasm for teaching. You can still register on our website to gain access to Lectures, Study Materials and the Final Exam for any of our past short courses, more details about these can be found below.

Figures to date

Name

Enrolments

Short Course – Cisco CCNA 4,791
Short Course – Agile Project Management 4,898
Short Course – CISSP Security 7,068
Short Course – Doctor of IT 380
Short Course – Microsoft Windows Server 2012 541
Short Course – Photoshop in the Classroom 1,175
Short Course – SharePoint 2013 Development 461
Short Course – Windows Phone 8 Development 683

Future Courses

 
Short Course – Scrum vs Lean Project Management 855

TOTAL

20,852

Upcoming Free Short Courses

After a busy August juggling two short courses, we will be running monthly courses for the remainder of the year. Up this month is:

September Free Short Course – Cisco CCNA

In preparation for the new Cisco CCNA Certification announced earlier this year we are running aFree Cisco CCNA Short Course. It has just started this week, but don’t be afraid to join in now, as the first week’s recording is available and there’s plenty of time to catch up.

The short course is being delivered by Matt Constable, who brings with him 14 years of experience as a network engineer, cyber security analyst and communications engineer with systems integration specialists, enterprises and service providers. Matt designed, developed and delivered the Cisco certification subjects in the Master of Networking and Systems Administration at Charles Sturt University.

Enrolling in Past Short Courses

If you missed out on the live webinars for any of our past short courses you can still gain access to all the Lecture recordings, Study Materials and the Final Exam. We understand that most of our students juggle their studies with full-time jobs, so this gives you the opportunity to study at your own pace, at a time that is most convenient for you.

Windows Phone 8 Development 
Doctor of IT 
SharePoint 2013 Development 
Microsoft Server 2012 
CISSP Security 
Agile Project Management 
Photoshop in the Classroom

IT Research @ CSU

We’re very proud of Dr Tanveer Zia from Charles Sturt University’s School of Computing and Mathematics for leading a research team at CSU with the aim of improving healthcare services in rural and regional Australia using smartphone technology. Dr Zia and his team are developing a cloud-based healthcare monitoring system, making it possible for a doctor to monitor the heart rate or check the blood pressure of a patient hundreds of kilometres away.

‘The system will [also] generate alerts through the smartphones, which will be sent to the medical practitioners, ambulance service, and a nominated caregiver when data goes beyond a threshold; for example, an alert to the ambulance service may potentially save a life of a patient who has fallen in an isolated place’

The system will not only help to reduce the blowout health budget in Australia, but will have the benefit of encouraging our increasingly ageing population to responsibly monitor their own health, with the use of unobtrusive sensors that can be used outside a supervised medical facility. Dr Zia presented his research at the IEEE Body Sensor Networks conference held at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in Cambridge in the USA earlier this year.

‘What makes our research innovative is that we are using existing telecommunications infrastructure, in this case the 3G network to make the data available over longer distances which will be placed on a secure cloud-based platform to enable medical practitioners to access data from anywhere. This breakthrough study will contribute significantly in further advancing research in wireless sensor networks, cloud computing and security in wireless communication from health care perspectives.’

Scrap the Cap

Announced by former Treasurer Wayne Swan in April this year, the Federal Government has been proposing to cap self-education at a limit of $2000 to discourage people from taking advantage of tax deductions. Due to heavy pressure from key stakeholders in the #ScrapTheCap Alliance, including the Australian Computer Society, the cap has been deferred from July 1 2014 until the following year.

By introducing caps on self-education, Australia risks its future cyber security at a time when we should be encouraging innovation and post-graduate study in IT. Dr Craig Wright, CSU School of Computing and Mathematics adjunct lecturer and Global Institute for Cyber Security and Research regional director believes that “Australia’s growing online economy is already a prime target for cybercrime and any policy which restricts our ability to meet the need for trained security professionals exacerbates the risk.”

With over 24,000 signatures the movement to “Scrap the Cap” has gained momentum and hopes to not only defer, but to quash the short-sighted tax policy completely. With the recent change in government we are hoping to see this policy revoked.

If you want to support the alliance you can join us in signing the petition at scrapthecap.com.au

Masters Entry Requirements

CSU has entry pathways for students without a Degree or Postgraduate Qualification who have the right experience. These pathways allow you to work towards gaining your Master’s Degree without having to complete any additional subjects. Please complete the Eligibility form and we will send you full details of this pathway.