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Enrolments: 222,464

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: 215,326

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 short courses listed below are for those who are considering enrolling in one of our unique Master degrees to ‘try before you enrol’ by studying part of a subject. These webinar based courses can initially be attended live. This means that if you enrol in a current or upcoming course you will be able to chat with other students during webinars and via discussion forums for the duration of the course to help augment your understanding of course content. The final exam is optional and those that pass the exam during the designated exam period will receive a certificate of completion.

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

Current Course 

648 enrolledThe Journey of a DIT Student

For many, the logical progression after attaining a Master of Information Technology is enrolling in a Doctorate. The Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) degree entails a serious commitment, but Steven Zobrist has some great tips on how to get the best out of yourself and make the most of a DIT.

In this four week short course, our resident expert trainer, Steve, will take you through his just completed DIT journey — suggesting considerations in planning your research, and ensuring those that come after him have all of the tools and advice he wished he had when he started out.

Weekly webinars will be held every Thursday at 18:00 AEDT from 18 January until 8 February.

Register your interest here.

Upcoming Courses

Check back here regularly, as we will be opening registration for more short courses soon and announcing others.

February: Cyber Security Fundamentals
March: Unity AR Masterclass 

262 enrolledPhishing Countermeasures

In April, Bianca Wirth will be delivering a course designed to introduce phishing from a people, process and technology perspective. It will also provide a high-level view of some phishing countermeasures that can be implemented in a business environment to help reduce the risks associated with malicious phishing activity.

This course uses freely available tools, and students will receive templates and weekly hands-on labs to help turn theory into practice.

Register your interest here.

Past Courses

Even though these courses have finished, you can still access materials, complete the course of study at your own pace, and even sit the final examinations to test your knowledge. So if these courses are of interest, we encourage you to enrol.

16,783 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.

Enrol here.

2,517 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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2,319 enrolledCareer Building and Mastering the Interview

In this short course John Price shared his 25 years of experience in coaching, career planning and preparing candidates for interviews.

Ran in February 2017

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3,377 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).

Ran in May 2016

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16,089 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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8,311 enrolledCisco CCNA v3

This course provides an overview of the technologies & theories you will need to understand in order to pass the current CCNA exams. It will also track changes to the certification from v1 through to v3. 

Associated Subject: ITE526
Ran in September 2017.

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8,650 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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4,740 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.

Enrol here.

2,495 enrolledConfiguration Management

Some of the key benefits of Configuration Management include increased change efficiencies, cost reduction, system reliability and greater agility.

This Configuration Management short course is a primer – to learn about the issues and key features of configuration management. The course includes lab exercises using Ansible, a popular open-source tool, to demonstrate the principles and benefits of configuration management.

Presented by Mike Ciavarella, in conjunction with ITPA and IT Masters, at the end of this short course, you will have learnt enough to see where and how you could benefit from using Configuration Management in your professional career.

Ran in May 2017.

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6,464 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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6,598 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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4,210 enrolledCyber Warfare and Terrorism

This four week short course introduces you to the rise of state sponsored cyber attack; a concept that only a few years ago seemed the realm of science fiction.  You will be introduced to the major classes of cyber weapons: Trojans, worms, and Distributed Denial of Service as well as sophisticated hacking. You will also learn the history of nation state involvement in cyber attack as well as the looming threat of cyber attack from terrorist organizations. 

This course was launched in November 2017.

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8,187 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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6,617 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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4,120 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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9,115 enrolledIntroductory Certificate in Business Analysis

This short introductory course is directed towards people who are interested in pursuing a career as a business analyst, in learning more about the tools and techniques used by Business Analysts, or want to be able to work more effectively with Business Analysts.

Ran in July 2016

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2,433 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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3,432 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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2,053 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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633 enrolledPreparing for University Study

This short course is directed towards people who haven’t completed any tertiary studies or who have previously studied, and are looking to get back into it. It will arm students with the necessary skills to commence their tertiary studies.

Ran in September 2016

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4,976 enrolledPRINCE2 Primer

The PRINCE2 Primer introduces an important project management system, PRINCE2. This free “primer” short course details the key characteristics of PRINCE2 and highlights what makes this method different, covering the most important principles of PRINCE2 and showing where it fits among other project management frameworks.

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2,984 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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2,839 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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6,007 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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4,219 enrolledScrum Master Primer

Presented by Sarah Ireton, over a three week period a variety of Agile and Scrum concepts will be discussed and clear up a number of common misunderstandings surrounding this role. At conclusion of the course, students will have a clear understanding of a number of Scrum principals in preparation for completing the International Scrum Master Certification.

Starts Tuesday 28th March 2017

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5,708 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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4,516 enrolledVMware vSphere 6 Masterclass

Developed in partnership with ITPA, this short course is for administrators who are already comfortable setting up individual ESXi hosts, and configuring and maintaining VMs within.

Starts in October 2016

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