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Enrolments: 160,472

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 7,138

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 153,334

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a ‘taster’ of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free University Short Courses

The free sort courses listed below are for those that are considering enrolling in one of our unique Master degrees to ‘try before you enroll’ by studying part of a subject. The webinar based lecture/tutorials will be presented live and you will be able to chat during the Webinars and also via an online Forum for the duration of the course. The final exam is optional and those that pass the exam will receive a certificate of completion if completed during the official exam sitting.

Current and Upcoming Courses

3,016 enrolledCertified Trainer

This short course will help you prepare for the Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) industry certification from the world’s leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications – the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

Starts in May 2016

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Upcoming Courses – Tentative

Below are some proposed short courses – more details, including confirmation as to whether or not these short courses will run, are forthcoming.

Are there other short courses you would like to see us offer? Please email your suggestions to

Potential Short Courses

VMWare Certified Professional

This short course will focus on the VCP certification as accredited by VMWare.

IT Governance

This short course will focus on the processes that ensure the effective alignment of IT strategy with business strategy, allowing companies to stay on track to achieve their strategies and goals.

Cyber Terrorism

To be run by Bradley Deacon.

Past Courses

Even though the courses below have finished, you can still access the materials, complete the course of study at your own pace and even sit the final examinations.

13,406 enrolledAgile Project Management

This short course is for those working in Agile environments who want to expand their knowledge and those who just want to get a grip on the fundamentals of Agile Project Management.

Associated Subject: ITE518
Ran in August 2013.

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2,309 enrolledApplying Law to Emerging Cyber Dangers

In this short introductory course you learn about the basic principles of applying the law to emerging cyber dangers, how best to collect, preserve and present evidence to law enforcement agencies and or lawyers for civil litigation, and what international mechanisms are available to law enforcement agencies. You will also be familiarised with the legislation applicable to combat cyber dangers.

Ran in March 2016

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14,314 enrolledCisco CCNA

This is a short course designed to help you prepare for the new Cisco CCNA certification that has just been announced.

Associated Subject: ITE526
Ran in September 2013.

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7,847 enrolledCisco CCNA Security

The CCNA Security certification demonstrates that you have the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats.

Ran in August 2014.

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9,390 enrolledCISSP Security

Over 85,000 people hold the world’s most in demand IT security certification; the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Here, we offer a free CISSP preparation short course that condenses the 12 weeks of subject ITE514 Professional Systems Security into five.

Associated Subject: ITE514
Ran in July 2013.

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4,331 enrolledCloud Models, Architecture and Risk Management

In this free short course you will explore Cloud Technology, Models, Architecture, and Security. By the conclusion you will start to learn how to design a Risk Management Framework to suit a Cloud environment.

Associated Subject: ITC561
Ran in April 2015.

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5,557 enrolledCross Platform Mobile App Development

This short course will introduce students to PhoneGap, an open-source framework which allows you to write code once, and deploy across several mobile OSes including Apple iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. PhoneGap leverages existing web technologies HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Associated Subject: ITE528
Ran in November 2014.

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5,495 enrolledCybersecurity Management

In this short course you will get a high-level view of the security needs of an organisation and the responsibilities of the Cybersecurity Manager. You will develop an understanding of the ever-evolving threat landscape and the foundations of an internal cybersecurity practice.

Ran in November 2015

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7,169 enrolledDigital Forensics

In this short course you will develop an understanding about the role of digital forensic investigator and learn the forensics process.

Associated Subject: ITC597
Ran in September 2015

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5,236 enrolledDigital Marketing

In this short course you will learn how to develop your digital marketing strategy and then how to leverage digital tools to realise your marketing goals.

Associated Subject: MKT525
Ran in August 2015

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947 enrolledDoctor of IT - Research Methodologies

Studying a Doctorate is a big commitment so we are offering this short course on Research Methodologies so that you can get a feel whether you are ready to take the plunge into one. Ran in April 2013.

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3,659 enrolledInformation Security Incident Handling

This short course covers sections of our subject ITE512 Incident Response which is an elective subject in the Master of Information Systems Security degree at Charles Sturt University. The ITE512 Incident Response subject is based on the GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) industry certification exam. Associated Subject: ITE512 Ran in September 2014.

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2,044 enrolledMicrosoft Server 2012

Windows Expert-IT Pro MVP Erdal Ozkaya and our most experienced industry lecturer Steve Zobrist ran a short course based on the first exam in the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification.

Ran in June 2013.

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3,170 enrolledMobile Games Development with Unity

In this short course you learn about the basic principles of mobile game development by using Unity, a powerful cross-platform game engine that utilises C# for high-level game logic, creating smooth pipelines between desktop, console and mobile devices.

Ran in February 2016

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1,901 enrolledPhotoshop in the Classroom

The Photoshop in the Classroom short course covered the initial weeks of the subject ITI569 Digital Curriculum 2, which is one of the core subjects of the Master of ICT in Education.

Associated Subject: ITI569
Ran in August 2013.

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2,649 enrolledProfessional Communications

The Professional Communications short course covers sections of the subject MGI521: Professional Communications, a core subject in most of our Masters degrees.

Associated Subject: MGI521
Ran in March 2014

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2,426 enrolledProgram Management Professional

The Program Management Professional course covers sections of our subject MGI518 Program Management which is an elective subject in the Master of Project Management and Master of Management (IT) degrees at Charles Sturt University.

Associated Subject: MGI518
Ran in June 2014.

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5,427 enrolledProject Management Professional (PMP®) Certification

Prepare for the world’s most popular Project Management industry certification – the Project Management Professional (PMP®) – with ex PMI Sydney Chapter Professional Development Director Peter O’Driscoll.

Associated Subject: MGI511
Ran in July 2015.

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5,161 enrolledSCRUM vs LEAN: Agile Methodologies Analysed and Compared

This short course will introduce students to two of the most common methodologies of Agile by comparing their most prominent strengths and weaknesses.

Ran in October 2013.

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2,033 enrolledSharepoint 2013 Development

Demand for SharePoint Developers is booming – so SharePoint Server MVP Brian Farnhill ran a short course based on our new ITE510 SharePoint Application Development subject.

Associated Subject: ITE510
Ran in May 2013.

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1,286 enrolledWindows Phone 8 Development

To coincide with the release of Microsoft Windows Phone 8, Charles Sturt University and IT Masters have put together a free short course on developing Windows Phone 8 applications.

Ran in December 2012.

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