Free Short Course: Doctor of Information Technology

Charles Sturt University offers a unique IT Doctorate that is applied, flexible and industry relevant. However, studying a Doctorate is a big commitment so we are offering this MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) so that you can get a feel whether you are ready to take the plunge into a Doctorate.

The short course was run over 5 weeks in April-May 2013. Recordings of the Webinars and other additional materials are available immediately once you sign up. 

Enrol below to gain access to our Lectures, Study Material and the Final Exam:

Course Schedule:

  • Topic 1: Qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques in computing.
  • Topic 2: Quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analysis techniques
  • Topic 3: Limitations of different research approaches
  • Topic 4: Presenting and interpreting research findings


Course Information and FAQs 

This course is aimed at anyone who might be interested in doing an IT professional Doctorate but wants to ‘try before they buy’ and gain a better idea of skills needed for research.  The course is also a good starting point for people intending on commencing their Doctoral study soon.

The course is free to undertake and there are no required textbooks – all reference materials will be free material that can be accessed electronically. 

Q1: What experience will I need to do the course? 

No previous academic experience is needed to do this short course. However, if you are interested in commencing the Doctorate of Information Technology, please be aware that you need to hold a class 1 or 2 division 1 honours degree in a computing-related discipline or a Master’s degree.

Q2: Who presented the Webinars? 

These webinars were presented by:

Dr Craig Wright

Craig is an Adjunct Lecturer at Charles Sturt University and works in the IT industry as a Digital Forensics expert. Craig has submitted his second Doctorate for examination and in the last 2 years has published 52 Research publications to journals and Conferences. He is passionate about applied, real world IT research and will use his current IT research publications to demonstrate the theory that will be covered in the course.

Dr Tanveer Zia

Tanveer is the Course Coordinator for Charles Sturt University’s Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) and has been the key driver behind establishing Charles Sturt as one of Australia’s leading IT research universities. In his role as Doctor of IT Course Coordinator, Tanveer is responsible for the strategic development and operation of the course, assessing admission eligibility, approving enrolment, overseeing delivery of subjects in alignment with course objectives, monitoring research progress and course quality assurance.

Q3: Will the course qualify me for university credit? 

While the course itself will not qualify you for credit, the skills you will develop are designed to assist you with further university study.

Q4: Is there a final exam? 

Yes – There will be an exam at the end of the course. The exam is a timed open book exam that will sit at your computer.

Q5: Do I get a certificate for completing the course? 

As the official sitting period has now lapsed, no more certificates are able to be issued. You are still able to complete the exam for your own benefit and test your knowledge.