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Build Your Own Postgraduate Qualification

CSU’s Graduate Certificate in Industry Computing allows you to design your own short postgraduate information technology (IT) course by choosing from a broad range of industry-oriented subjects that suit your interests and career needs. The course can also be used as a pathway into a number of Master degrees and provided you choose the correct subjects, you can use all 4 subjects from your Graduate Certificate as credit towards your Master degree.

Duration
8 months part-time
Intakes
Three sessions a year
Study mode
Online
Units of Study
4 subjects
Course Details

What is this course about?

The aim of this course is to provide a graduate qualification in information technology (IT) for applicants seeking to:

  • develop specialised technical skills in an IT area appropriate to their professional needs;
  • develop the technical, communication and critical thinking skills needed to solve complex IT-related problems and to communicate solutions;
  • prepare themselves for further study in IT.

Upon completion of the course graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate and apply knowledge of current trends within the information technology (IT) discipline;
  • investigate and critically reflect on emerging IT trends;
  • apply appropriate technical skills and critical thinking techniques to solve complex IT-related problems;
  • effectively communicate IT concepts and solutions to professional and non-professional audiences;
  • pursue further study within the IT discipline area.

Subjects

Elective Academic Subjects
ITC504
Interface Useability
ITC506
Topics in Information Technology Ethics
ITC508
Object Modelling
ITC513
Wireless Networking Concepts

Abstract

This subject provides an advanced study of Interface Design and Evaluation. The subject will look at various contexts that affect interface design and will employ both design and usability principles to evaluate and design interfaces. It includes the creation of usability testing strategies to ensure that both the design and usability requirements are met as well as the evaluation of test results.

ITC504 - Interface Useability will cover the following topics:

  • Components of human computer interaction.
  • Understanding the cognitive framework of interaction with an interface.
  • Capturing, developing and understanding user requirements.
  • Principles of interface design.
  • Principles of interface usability.
  • Design of interface evaluation.
  • Use of input and output devices, interactive styles and relevance to context and requirements.
  • Design and evaluation of online support.

Assessment

  1. Project Requirements and Scope (10%)
  2. Project Design Proposal (25%)
  3. Detailed Design Document (50%)
  4. Design Evaluation (15%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb)

Abstract

This subject allows students to develop skills that are necessary to identify ethical issues that are raised as a result of the advancement of information and communications technology (ICT). The subject will cover areas such as critical thinking, professionalism, ethical theories, privacy, security and crime in cyberspace, intellectual property, freedom of speech and regulation of the internet, systems reliability, and social and ethical issues of emerging technologies. By the end of the subject students should be able to argue consistently and rationally about the moral problems raised by the adoption and use of ICT and propose solutions to those moral problems.

ITC506 - Topics in Information Technology Ethics will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to ICT ethics.
  • Introduction to critical thinking techniques.
  • Professionalism and professional ethics.
  • Ethical theories and analysis.
  • Privacy.
  • Security and crime in cyberspace.
  • Intellectual property.
  • Freedom of speech and Internet content regulation.
  • Emerging technologies and ethics.
  • ICT and Society.

Assessment

Ethics analysis  (700 words - 12%), Code of Conduct (800 words - 13%), Essay (1300 words - 25%), Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

In this subject, students will develop knowledge and skills in the use of object-oriented analysis and design techniques, and in the development of various object oriented artefacts. The System Development Life Cycle (SDLC), object oriented analysis, modelling and design, and creation of diagrams are covered using Unified Modelling Language (UML) notation.

ITC508 - Object Modelling will cover the following topics:

  • Object oriented concepts and terminology
  • System Development Life Cycles (SDLC)
  • Requirement Analysis; refining the requirements model
  • UML basics and modelling concepts
  • Use case modelling using UML
  • Object oriented analysis and design using UML
  • Creation of class diagrams
  • Class hierarchies; relationships
  • Attributes, operations, contracts and messages; use cases, Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools
  • GRASP pattern/principles
  • Programming and developing the system

Assessment

  1. Inception phase (1500 words - 20%)
  2. Elaboration phase (2000 questions - 40%)
  3. Validation Phase (2000 words - 40%)

Subject Availability

Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

This subject provides a broad survey of wireless communications including in-depth coverage of protocols, transmission methods, and different contemporary wireless networking standards. It also provides students with experience in current and emerging wireless communication technologies.

ITC513 - Wireless Networking Concepts will cover the following topics:

  • Wireless signals and spectrum.
  • Radio systems and standards.
  • Antennas and propagation.
  • Wireless personal area networks.
  • Wireless local area networks.
  • Wireless metropolitan area networks.
  • Wireless wide area networks.
  • Wireless network security.
  • Wireless communications in business.

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (5 quizzes - 15%)
  2. Assessment 1 (4 questions - 16%)
  3. Assessment 3 (3 questions - 19%)
  4. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

ITC514
Linux Server Administration
ITC515
Professional Programming Practice
ITC516
Data Mining and Visualisation for Business Intelligence
ITC518
Principles of Programming Using C#

Abstract

This subject is designed to introduce students to systems administration of Linux servers that provide information services accessed through the internet. Students learn to operate servers via the command line, write scripts to automate management tasks, create and manage networked information services, and assess tools for improving data and service protection.

ITC514 - Linux Server Administration will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to server administration
  • Automating system tasks
  • Data organisation
  • Data Integrity
  • Network administration
  • Network services
  • UNIX security
  • Performance analysis
  • Security management, policy and politics

Assessment

  1. Introduction to Linux (10%)
  2. Assignment 2 (Quiz and practical task - 20%)
  3. Assignment 3 (Quiz and practical task - 20%)
  4. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

Abstract

This subject explores and analyses the four main aspects of professional programming practice, namely: teamwork, version control, testing, and debugging. The subject establishes key concepts and techniques related to the production of quality software. This subject explores teamwork and the issues surrounding online teams; the application of version control and testing techniques and best practices; and it analyses the principles and application of debugging.

ITC515 - Professional Programming Practice will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction and Overview: the need for quality software, quality frameworks, code standards.
  • Teamwork as part of your professional programming practice.
  • Version Control: basic principles and mechanisms of version control. Use of version control in team settings.
  • Software Testing: testing throughout the software development lifecycle. User acceptance, unit, integration, and system testing.
  • Debugging: principles and techniques of scientific debugging.

Assessment

  1. Engagement Task - Teamwork (SY/US)
  2. Version Control & Code Review (40%)
  3. Dynamic Testing (40%)
  4. Debugging (20%).

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

Abstract

This subject provides an in-depth coverage of the principles of data mining and the application of visual datasets for business intelligence. It focuses on the need for developing timely and accurate views of large datasets and the need for the creation of visual displays, or dashboards, to present accurate views of complex data trends and patterns. Students who undertake this subject are expected to have a basic working knowledge of database theory and operations.

ITC516 - Data Mining and Visualisation for Business Intelligence will cover the following topics:

  • Principles of data mining.
  • Data mining techniques to identify trends and patterns.
  • Data visualisation principles and techniques.
  • Security, privacy and ethical implications involved in data mining and predictive analysis.
  • Issues and trends in unstructured data, data mining and visualisation.

Assessment

  1. Assignment 1 (2 tasks - 5%)
  2. Assignment 2 (Data analysis - 20%)
  3. Assignment 3 (3 tasks - 20%)
  4. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

This subject focuses on mobile application development using C# (C Sharp) programming principles. Students will apply advanced object-oriented programming techniques such as inheritance, polymorphism and interfaces to develop mobile applications. In addition, the subject also provides a deeper look into classes, objects, methods and graphical user interface (GUI) using C# in the context of mobile applications. The subject develops skills and capabilities for designing robust graphical user interface (GUI) programs in the C# object-oriented programming environment. The focus of the subject is to use Microsoft's .NET Framework with C# programming principles to develop applications for the latest Windows Phone platform. At the end of this subject, students will be able to design, create, analyse and debug Windows Phone based mobile applications using the C# programming language.

ITC518 - Principles of Programming Using C# will cover the following topics:

  • Revision of object-oriented programming principles.
  • C# (C sharp) programming environment and its applications.
  • Working with objects, classes and value types.
  • The use and role of inheritance in object-oriented programming.
  • Control statements and their proper use in mobile app design.
  • Graphical user interface design and coding.
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) programming.
  • Introduction to polymorphism, interfaces and operator overloading in object-oriented programming.
  • Windows Phone platform introduction.
  • Introduction to XAML.

Assessment

  1. Object oriented programming concepts report (1000 words - 15%)
  2. Basic code development of C# (25%)
  3. Application development using OOP (25%)
  4. Final programming project (40%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

ITC538
Programming in Java 1
ITC521
Programming in Java 2
ITC539
Android App Development
ITC542
Internetworking with TCP/IP

* Note: Students with limited experience in object oriented programming should commence with this subject

Abstract

This subject covers problem-solving, computer program design, implementation and evaluation in Java. Students learn to develop object-oriented applications consisting of a number of classes. The object-oriented approach is compared with other programming paradigms. The subject covers class design, file manipulation, Graphical User Interface components, and the use of inheritance and aggregation techniques.

ITC538 - Programming in Java 1 will cover the following topics:

  • Review of basic programming principles in the context of the Java language; strong typing and flow of control patterns.
  • Object-based programming: the creation of objects, their use and interaction.
  • The interpretation of design requirements through simple Unified Modelling Language (UML).
  • User-defined classes, class design and implementation.
  • Testing and debugging techniques.
  • Inheritance patterns and inheritance implementation; base classes, derived classes and abstract classes.
  • Aggregation patterns implementation; the creation and management of collections of objects.
  • Application development in Java using object-oriented techniques.
  • Simple file manipulation operations using files.
  • Simple Java programming using Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • A comparison of object-oriented programming with other programming paradigms.

Assessment

  1. Assignment 1 (2 tasks - 10%)
  2. Assignment 2 (2 tasks - 20%)
  3. Assignment 2 (4 tasks - 25%)
  4. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

This subject teaches students to apply and analyse advanced object-oriented programming techniques using the Java libraries. The focus of this programming subject is on the creation of robust and effectively constructed Graphical User Interface (GUI) applications that interact with problem domain objects and relational databases. This subject will cover Java GUI components, GUI construction, the interpretation of Unified Modelling Language (UML) class diagrams, streams and serialisation, multithreaded applications, reusable software via JavaBeans, relational database management via the Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) and Java socket programming. In addition, usage of correct object oriented programming heuristics is emphasised in this subject.

ITC521 - Programming in Java 2 will cover the following topics:

  • Input/output and serialisation.
  • Inheritance and generics.
  • Java collections framework.
  • Basic GUI programming.
  • Graphics.
  • Event-driven programming.
  • User interface components.
  • Advanced GUI topics.
  • Java applets and multimedia.
  • Java database programming.
  • Java threads and Java beans.
  • Java Socket Programming (for Networking and Communication).

Assessment

  1. Topic quizzes (20 Questions - 5%)
  2. Assignment 1 (Programming exercise - 10%)
  3. Assignment 2 (Programming exercise - 15%)
  4. Assignment 3 (Programming exercise - 15%)
  5. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

Abstract

The aim of this subject is to develop skills and knowledge in native mobile applications development for the Android platform. The subject starts with a review of the Java programming language, which builds on students' previous knowledge of object oriented programming. The subject teaches the fundamentals of Android app design, as well as examining advanced programming concepts such as Model-View-Controller (MVC), controls and the user interface, Google APIs, content providers and intents.

ITC539 - Android App Development will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Android app development.
  • Revision of Java programming concepts.
  • Java for Android developers.
  • Setting up Android development environment.
  • Android and Model-View-Controller.
  • Anatomy of Android applications.
  • User interface design principles.
  • User interface and fragments.
  • Displaying dialogs
  • Android and Google APIs
  • Publishing Android applications on Google Play

Assessment

  1. Project Title Proposal (5%)
  2. Online Quiz (5 questions - 10%)
  3. Project Proposal (20%)
  4. Proposal Peer Review (20%)
  5. Online quiz (10%)
  6. Demo and Presentation (35%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

This subject is about the TCP/IP protocol suite and how it is used on the internet. It begins with a short history of the internet, the organisations that develop internet standards, and a review of the underlying communications technologies needed for the internet. Detailed examinations of IP addressing, IP routing, as well as the internet layers and protocols are then facilitated. Finally internet applications, IPv6, and the future of TCP/IP are discussed.

ITC542 - Internetworking with TCP/IP will cover the following topics:

  • History of the internet and standards organisations.
  • TCP/IP and ISO OSI networking architecture.
  • Underlying technologies.
  • IP addressing.
  • Internetworking protocols.
  • Routing protocols.
  • Address and name management.
  • Application-layer protocols.
  • Future of the internet.

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (5%)
  2. Assessment 2 (5 questions - 15%)
  3. Assessment 3 (Practical exercise - 25%)
  4. Online quiz (5%)
  5. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July)

ITC558
Programming Principles
ITC560
Internet of Things
ITC561
Cloud Computing
ITC563
IT Management Issues

Abstract

This subject introduces students to the programming process. It begins with the development of problem solving skills relevant to the solution of programming problems. This subject is one of the foundation subjects for other studies in information technology because it develops skills, techniques and approaches that underpin many other areas of the discipline of computing.

ITC558 - Programming Principles will cover the following topics:

  • The major steps in the programming process.
  • Techniques for analysing programming problems.
  • Variables and expressions.
  • Control structures of sequence, selection, and iteration.
  • Designing appropriate test data.
  • Introduction to object orientation.
  • Debugging techniques.
  • Programming languages and their application areas.

Assessment

  1. Topic quizzes (10 quizzes - 10%)
  2. Assignment 1 (Programming exercise - 10%)
  3. Assignment 2 (Programming exercise - 15%)
  4. Assignment 3 (Programming exercise - 15%)
  5. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb)

Abstract

This subject provides a broad study of various latest internet technologies and underlying communication technologies used in the Internet of Things (IoT). The main emphasis is to combine technical concepts with a high-level understanding of IoT networks and communication media used in the IoT. The subject provides a comprehensive understanding of the Internet of Things and explores topics such as IoT architecture, IoT communication protocols, security in IoT and IoT applications in the modern world. The subject also examines business use-cases of IoT in real-world environments such as industrial and home automation.

ITC560 - Internet of Things will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction and overview of IoT.
  • IoT and web of things.
  • IoT architecture.
  • IoT building blocks.
  • IoT communication protocols.
  • Security in IoT.
  • IoT applications and business use-cases.

Assessment

  1. Topic quiz (Multiple choice quiz - 14%)
  2. Short Answer Questions (Six questions - 18%)
  3. Web Site Design (18%)
  4. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

Abstract

This subject provides students with an in-depth study of cloud computing technologies and their use in business.  It looks into various standards based cloud systems and architectures. It further discusses various cloud delivery models, planning for migration to a cloud model. It also discusses governance and security issues in a cloud model and managing the cloud infrastructure.

ITC561 - Cloud Computing will cover the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of Cloud Computing.
  • Cloud Architectures.
  • Cloud Delivery Models.
  • Cloud Risk Management.
  • Cloud Security.
  • Planning a migration to the Cloud.
  • Cloud Governance and Management.
  • Managing the Cloud Infrastructure.

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (5%)
  2. Assessment 2 (3 questions - 15%)
  3. Risk Management Evaluation (Practical exercise - 20%)
  4. Management, Backup & DR (20%)
  5. Final Exam (40%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb)

Abstract

This subject focuses on the role and value of information, Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT) in modern organisations. It provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge relating to the planning, implementation and management of systems and technologies. Students will also be given the opportunity to develop a critical view and be able to constructively critique processes adopted or employed in organisations.

ITC563 - IT Management Issues will cover the following topics:

  • Organisations, environments and IT.
  • IT: concepts and management.
  • Strategic information systems.
  • IT and business process engineering.
  • Network computing: discovery, communication and collaboration.
  • Electronic commerce.
  • Impact of IT on organisations, individuals and society.
  • Transaction processing, innovative functional systems and supply chain integration.
  • Supporting management and decision making and intelligent support systems.
  • Data and knowledge management.
  • Planning for IT and IS.
  • IT economics.
  • Managing information resources, control and security.

Assessment

  1. ICT in Business - Interact2 Blog (500 words - 10%)
  2. Case Study: Analysis & Evaluation (2000 words - 16%)
  3. Critique in Info Systems & Info Technology (2500 words - 24%)
  4. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb)

ITC568
Cloud Privacy and Security
ITC572
Software Defined Networks
ITC593
Network Security
ITC595
Information Security

Abstract

This subject focuses on issues surrounding cloud computing privacy and security and their application to business. It discusses the governance framework that must underpin and define the processes for determining risk, privacy and security issues for an enterprise which uses a cloud model. It will examine the legal and business requirements for privacy, the need for a risk management assessment of all data used in cloud operations, and the use of security controls to manage the assessed risk. It further examines the major cloud deployment and delivery models to determine how these affect the risk management assessment and subsequent security controls when applied to business.

ITC568 - Cloud Privacy and Security will cover the following topics:

  • Governance and auditing for cloud operations.
  • Threats, risk and requirements landscape.
  • Privacy, data and digital identity.
  • Data sensitivity, location and legal jurisdiction.
  • Cloud security approaches and challenges.

Assessment

TBD - subject first run 2017

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

Abstract

This subject introduces Software Defined Networking (SDN), an emerging and innovative networking paradigm. SDN allows the management and control of the behavior of networks through centralized software. The subject will cover the fundamentals of SDN such as architecture, abstractions of layers in terms of control and data plane, and use-cases and applications. In particular, this subject will address the concept of separating the network’s control plane from the underlying data plane such as physical routers and switches responsible for forwarding the actual traffic. In addition, it will look at how network operators can become more flexible in their management of complex and disjointed network functions, including routing, traffic engineering, resource control and security. Hands on practice and application will be provided to students, preparing them for real world SDN implementation.

ITC572 - Software Defined Networks will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to SDN (A paradigm shift in networking).
  • Abstraction of layers in terms of control plane and data plane.
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV).
  • Open Flow Concept and Implementation.
  • SDN Controllers.
  • Programming SDNs.
  • SDN Applications through use cases.
  • Hands on Labs on SDN.

Assessment

  1. Quiz (15%)
  2. Research Based Project (20%)
  3. SDN Hands on Labs (15%)
  4. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

Abstract

ITC593 provides a practical survey of network security protocols and standards, along with an in-depth introduction to the field of cryptography. ITC593 explores how digital signatures, encryption algorithms, and hash functions are used to satisfy various security goals, such as authentication, confidentiality, and integrity. ITC593 also includes a comprehensive coverage of two important network security services, Kerberos and PKI (Public Key Infrastructure).

ITC593 - Network Security will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to computer and network security.
  • Introduction to cryptography.
  • Secret key (symmetric) algorithms.
  • Modes of operation.
  • Public key (asymmetric) algorithms.
  • Number theory.
  • Authentication systems.
  • User authentication.
  • Security handshakes.
  • Kerberos.
  • Public key infrastructure (PKI).

Assessment

  1. Assignment 1: Online Quizzes (Five quizzes - 20%)
  2. Assignment 2 (3 tasks - 15%)
  3. Assignment 3 (2 tasks - 15%)
  4. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

This subject provides a broad overview of information security concepts, with an emphasis on combating security threats to operating systems, computer programs, databases and networked systems. Students will also study foundational security policies that stipulate requirements about integrity, confidentiality and availability. Techniques for implementing these policies are also investigated, including memory management techniques, access control mechanisms, user authentication, and networking tools.

ITC595 - Information Security will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of computer security.
  • Introduction to cryptography.
  • Malicious code.
  • Operating systems security.
  • Access Control Theory.
  • Trusted operating systems.
  • User authentication.
  • Security policies and models.
  • Networking threats.
  • Networking controls.
  • Database and data security.

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (5 quizzes - 10%)
  2. Assessment 2 (2 tasks - 20%)
  3. Report (2000 words  20%)
  4. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July)

ITC596
IT Risk Management
ITC597
Digital Forensics
HRM502
Human Resource Management
MGT501
Management Theory and Practice

Abstract

This subject provides students with a thorough background in IT security risk management issues. Comprehensive selections of risk management techniques for IT security are covered, including quantitative and qualitative methods. Other topics include security decision-making, risk mitigation, risk transference and business continuity planning.

ITC596 - IT Risk Management will cover the following topics:

  • Information security basics.
  • Fundamental security rules.
  • Security decision making.
  • Practising security.
  • Foundations of risk management.
  • Quantitative risk assessment.
  • Qualitative risk assessment.
  • Risk mitigation.
  • Risk transference.
  • Business continuity planning.

Assessment

  1.  Forum discussions (10%)
  2. Case study (25%)
  3. Case study (25%)
  4. Risk assessment report (40%).

Subject Availability

Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

This subject provides an in-depth study of the rapidly changing and fascinating field of computer forensics. It combines both the technical expertise and the knowledge required to investigate, detect and prevent digital crimes. The subject covers the knowledge on digital forensics legislations, digital crime, forensics processes and procedures, data acquisition and validation, e-discovery tools, e-evidence collection and preservation, investigating operating systems and file systems, network forensics, art of steganography and mobile device forensics, email and web forensics, presenting reports and testimony as an expert witness.

ITC597 - Digital Forensics will cover the following topics:

  • Relevant legislation and codes of ethics
  • Digital crime, civil and criminal law
  • Computer forensics and the digital detective
  • Forensic processes, policies and procedures
  • Fraud and forensic accounting
  • E-Discovery, guidelines and standards
  • E-Evidence, tools, environments and equipment
  • Systems basics and file systems
  • Investigating operating systems
  • Email and web forensics
  • Network forensics and intrusion detection
  • Reporting and presenting

Assessment

  1. Assignment 1 (3 tasks - 20%)
  2. Forensics Report (3 tasks - 30%)
  3. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb)

Abstract

This subject provides an introduction to, and an examination of, the roles and functions of human resource management in organisations. The examination is undertaken from the perspective of how human resource management can contribute to organisational performance. The subject examines how HR functions or techniques help an organisation to perform efficiently and effectively and assist organisations to achieve a competitive advantage. In addition, the subject investigates the ethical and moral implications of these functions and techniques.

HRM502 - Human Resource Management will cover the following topics:

  • HRM - Definition, History and Purpose
  • Strategic Human Resource Management and Human Resource Planning
  • Managing Diversity, Job Design and Quality of Work Life Strategically
  • Recruitment, Selection and Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Performance Management and Reward Management
  • Training and Development, Career Management
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Emerging Trends and Challenges in HR
  • Research skills for HRM

Assessment

  1. Article critique (500 words - 10%)
  2. Essay (2500 words - 30%)
  3. Report (3000 words - 60%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July)

Abstract

Marketing is an enterprise-wide opportunity for any organisation to understand its customers and the markets they might wish to participate in. Marketing Management is concerned with identifying, entering and developing markets and aligning the organisation's resources to achieve its goals. This subject will introduce students to key ideas, philosophies and theories that make marketing an essential activity in any organisation. Specifically, students will investigate marketing's origins and how marketing can be contextualised in the organisation as a platform to align the organisation's goals with market demand. The subject will also encourage students to investigate and discuss how marketing, contemporary marketing and customer issues can be managed in the current environment.

MGT501 - Management Theory and Practice will cover the following topics:

  • Management Theory: Traditional Approaches; Critical Approaches
  • Managers and Management: Manager's Knowledge and Learning; Ethics and Sustainability
  • Planning and Controlling: Managers as Decision Makers; Strategy and Strategic Management; Control in Organisations
  • Organising: Organisation Structure; Organisation Culture; Organisation Change
  • Leading: Leadership; Motivation; Teams

Assessment

  1. Journal analysis (500 words - 10%)
  2. Essay (3000 words - 40%)
  3. Essay (3500 words - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

MGT540
Management of Change
MGT580
Forecasting and Risk Assessment
MKT501
Marketing Management
MKT525
Digital and Social Media Marketing

Abstract

Change is a dynamic and perpetual process, and this subject introduces students to a range of theoretical and practical perspectives that facilitate a critical awareness of organisational change. The relationship between the organisation and the staff affected by change is examined through contemporary change-management thinking. Knowledge gained is applied to analyse organisational change issues and explore alternative courses of action.

MGT540 - Management of Change will cover the following topics:

  • The change context: What is organisational change and why does it happen; and internal and external reasons for change
  • The process of organisational change: How change is contructed; and who is involved in change management
  • Identification and critical evaluation of change interventions
  • Alternative perspectives to organisational change: Resistance; and ethical considerations
  • Making sense of organisational change: Communication; and changing organisational and occupational identity

Assessment

  1. Short Response Discussion Topics (15%)
  2. Short Answer Questions (3500 words - 50%)
  3. Essay - Resistance to Change (2000 words - 35%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July), Session 3 (November)

Abstract

This subject examines the identification, measurement and management of risk using multi-disciplinary techniques. The role of the decision maker and the role of decision making heuristics and bias are studied together with key qualitative and quantitative techniques used to model, measure and treat risk. The subsequent treatment of risk through risk retention, self insurance or the transfer and avoidance of risk is also examined. The subject allows students to identify these concepts from the perspective of a risk manager, e.g., establish risks in relation to individuals, property and legal liability. Whenever possible, study examples will be based on the real-world problems encountered in the work environment of students.

MGT580 - Forecasting and Risk Assessment will cover the following topics:

  • An Introduction to Risk
  • Types of Risk
  • Psychology of Risk
  • Role of the Individual
  • Modelling Risk
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Ranking and Treating Risk
  • Transferring Risk
  • Personal Risk

Assessment

  1. Risk and the Individual (30% - 5000 words max)
  2. Measuring and Modelling Risk (35% - 5000 words max)
  3. Strategies for Managing Risk (35% - 5000 words max)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

Marketing is an enterprise-wide opportunity for any organisation to understand its customers and the markets they might wish to participate in. Marketing Management is concerned with identifying, entering and developing markets and aligning the organisation's resources to achieve its goals. This subject will introduce students to key ideas, philosophies and theories that make marketing an essential activity in any organisation. Specifically, students will investigate marketing's origins and how marketing can be contextualised in the organisation as a platform to align the organisation's goals with market demand. The subject will also encourage students to investigate and discuss how marketing, contemporary marketing and customer issues can be managed in the current environment.

MKT501 - Marketing Management will cover the following topics:

  • Drivers of contemporary marketing
  • The marketing environment
  • The marketing organisation
  • Market orientation
  • Researching the organisation
  • Services, product solutions and brands
  • The contemporary marketing mix and positioning
  • Markets, customers and target markets
  • Marketing communications
  • The marketing plan
  • The target market focused marketing plan as an organisational action tool

Assessment

  1. Quiz (20 questions - SY/US)
  2. Discussion (600 words - 15%)
  3. Analysis (2500 words - 35%)
  4. Evaluation (3000 words - 35%).

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

Digital marketing is now ubiquitous. This subject develops the abilities required to plan and implement digital marketing strategies in a social media world and to integrate these with the organisations' broader marketing strategies. Students will examine how communication practices influence company motivations for creating a digital marketing strategy. Students will assess how the Internet is used as a sales and promotion medium for business to business (B2B), business to consumer (B2C) and consumer to consumer (C2C). They will also examine how social media has evolved as a standalone marketing tool, online consumer behavior and legal, ethical, measurement and evaluation issues that need to be addressed within digital and social media marketing programs.

MKT525 - Digital Marketing will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Digital Marketing
  • Communication practices applied to Digital Marketing
  • The digital Paradigm
  • Micro/Macro Environments
  • Marketing strategies for a Digital Ecosystem
  • Digital Marketing tactics
  • The Digital Marketing mix
  • B2B, B2C and C2C Digital Marketing
  • Building and Managing Content in a Digital Environment
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Evaluation and Active Listening in a digital era
  • Measurement and ROI of digital strategies
  • Understanding the Law and Ethics in Digital Marketing

Assessment

  1. Digital marketing forum posts (600 words - 20%)
  2. Digital marketing blog (2000 words - 30%)
  3. Digital marketing plan (2000 words - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb)

Elective Industry Subjects
ITE508
Mobile Data Architecture
ITE512
Incident Response
ITE513
Forensic Investigation
ITE514
Professional Systems Security

Abstract

This subject gives students advanced skills in designing, developing and deploying Web applications with Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft SQL Server.  Students will learn the fundamentals of Model View Controller (MVC) design and multi tier architecture.  Emphasis is placed on creating web based server data stores able to be remotely accessed via multiple platforms. Students will design and build a database, an API, and a Web application. They will ensure quality by debugging, unit testing, and refactoring of their application.

ITE508 - Mobile Data Architecture will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of Web Application design
  • Designing and evaluating a Web application
  • Designing for Multiple Tiers
  • MVC and MVVM design
  • Designing for Load and Discoverability
  • Database Design and Entity Framework
  • Web API
  • Azure and Cloud Based services
  • Ensuring Quality by Debugging, Unit Testing, and Refactoring
  • Securing a Web Application
  • Source Control Systems (Git, SVN, VSO)
  • Task Management using Agile methodologies
  • Deploying a Web Application

Assessment

  1. Project Name and Summary (SY/US)
  2. Project Status Report (500 words - 30%)
  3. Project Delivery (4000 words - 70%)

Subject Availability

Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

In this subject students will investigate the current threats to systems and networks, along with effective countermeasures. Students will also be prepared for the GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) industry certification exam.

ITE512 - Incident Response will cover the following topics:

  • Computer attack methods
  • Computer attack vectors
  • Defence methods
  • Computer scanning
  • Platform and device-specific attacks and defences
  • Application-level attacks and defences
  • Incident handling processes
  • Legal issues
  • Recovery and restoration issues

Assessment

  1. Incident Response Plan (2500 words - 30%)
  2. Incident Report (2500 words - 30%)
  3. Final Exam (40%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb)

Abstract

In this subject students will acquire an in-depth knowledge and practical understanding of how to scan, test, hack and secure a computer system against potential vulnerabilities. Students will also be prepared for the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) industry certification exam from the EC-Council.

ITE513 - Forensic Investigation will cover the following topics:

  • Computer forensic analysis.
  • The latest computer attack vectors and how you can stop them.
  • Proactive and reactive defences for each stage of a computer attack.
  • Investigation of attacks against Windows, Unix, switches, routers and other systems.
  • Application-level vulnerabilities, attacks, and defences.
  • Legal issues in incident handling.
  • Recovering from computer attacks and restoring systems for business.

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Forensic Essay (4000 words - 40%)
  3. Final Exam (45%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

Abstract

In this subject students will analyse and apply content from the ten domains that comprise a Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) for information systems security professionals. Students in this subject will also be prepared for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) industry certification exam from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC²) .

ITE514 - Professional Systems Security will cover the following topics:

  • Access Control
  • Application Development Security
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning
  • Information Security Risk and Governance
  • Cryptography
  • Legal, Regulations, Investigations and Compliance
  • Operations Security
  • Physical (Environmental) Security
  • Security Architecture and Design
  • Telecommunications Security

Assessment

  1. Access Control Policy (2000-3000 words - 25%)
  2. Incident Analysis (2000-3000 words - 25%)
  3. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

ITE516
Hacking Countermeasures
ITE517
Windows App Development
ITE518
Agile Project Management
ITE523
Virtualization

Abstract

In this subject students will learn how to scan, test, hack and secure computing systems. The lab intensive environment gives each student in-depth knowledge and practical experience with the current essential security systems. Students will begin by understanding how perimeter defences work before learning to scan and attack networks. Students will be prepared for the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) industry certification exam during this subject.

ITE516 - Hacking Countermeasures will cover the following topics:

  • Footprinting, Scanning and Enumeration.
  • Penetration Testing, System Hacking, Session Hacking and Linux Hacking.
  • Trojans, Back Doors, Viruses and Worms.
  • Sniffers.
  • Denial of Service.
  • Social Engineering.
  • Hacking networks and exploiting vulnerabilities.
  • SQL Injections.
  • Physical Security.
  • Evading IDS, Firewalls and Honeypots.
  • Buffer Overflows.
  • Cryptography.

Assessment

Lab Task 1 (15%), Lab Task 2 (15%), Social Engineering Essay (25%), Final Exam (45%)

Subject Availability

Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

This subject teaches students advanced skills in designing and developing applications for Windows Phones and Mobile Devices. Students will design an application that incorporates a data storage strategy, plans for bandwidth limitations, implements network connectivity detection and meets Windows Phone and mobile devices marketplace requirements.

ITE517 - Windows App Development will cover the following topics:

  • Designing Data Access Strategies
  • Designing and Implementing Notification Strategies
  • Working with Platform APIs,Tasks and Choosers
  • Designing the Application Architecture
  • Designing the User Interface and User Experience

Assessment

Project name and summary (US/SY), Project Status Report (5%), Project (45%), Online quiz (10 weekly quizzes - 10%), Final Exam (40%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb)

Abstract

In this subject, students will analyse and apply the principles of the Agile project management approach. Students will also learn how to create and manage a successful Agile project, and to adapt the Agile method for use in creative or design projects. The key differences between Agile and other project management methodologies will also be investigated.

ITE518 - Agile Project Management will cover the following topics:

  • Agile definition and application
  • Agile principles
  • The Agile model
  • The envision phase
  • The speculate phase
  • Advanced release planning
  • The explore phase
  • The adapt and close phases
  • Scaling Agile upwards
  • Agile for creative projects

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Article Critique (3500 words - 35%)
  3. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb)

Abstract

The subject explores the installation, configuration, and management of VMware virtualization software. The subject will prepare students to take the examination to become a VMware Certified Professional.

ITE523 - Virtualization will cover the following topics:

  • Subject Introduction & Virtualization Introduction
  • Virtual Machines
  • VMware vCenter Server
  • Configuring & Managing Virtual Networks
  • Configuring & Managing Virtual Storage
  • Access & Authentication Control
  • Resource Management & Monitoring
  • High Availability & Fault Tolerance
  • Host Scalability
  • Patch Management
  • Installing VMware vSphere Components

Assessment

  1. Practical Lab Tasks (5 tasks - 10%)
  2. Data Centre Migration & Implementation (40%)
  3. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb)

ITE526
Practical Internetworking
ITE527
Server Administration
ITE528
Cross Platform App Development
ITE529
3D App Development

Abstract

This subject provides students with a knowledge of fundamental networking concepts and builds the capacity of students to design, evaluate and configure various network components and protocols. Students will also prepare for Cisco industry certification exams during this subject.

ITE526 - Practical Internetworking will cover the following topics:

  • Building a simple network
  • Ethernet Local Area Networks (LAN)
  • Wireless Local Area Networks
  • Exploring the functions of routing
  • Wide Area Networks
  • Network environment management and troubleshooting networks
  • Expanding switched network
  • Routing concepts
  • Access Control Lists
  • Address space management
  • LAN extensions

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Internetworking Case Study (5000 words - 40%)
  3. Final Exam (45%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb)

Abstract

The aim of this subject is to enable students to plan, deploy, optimise and maintain Microsoft Servers. Students will learn how to analyse network performance and create an optimisation strategy, design and apply a network security policy, analyse and configure Core Network Services, and design and implement an Active Directory solution. Students will also prepare for Microsoft industry certification exams during this subject.

ITE527 - Server Administration will cover the following topics:

  • Server installation and configuration.
  • Network security Policies.
  • Active Directory.
  • Group Policy.
  • Virtualization.
  • File and print services.
  • Domain Controllers.
  • Network access protection.
  • Audit policies.
  • Service authentication.
  • Network deployment.

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Server Administration Handbook (7500 words - 40%)
  3. Final Exam (45%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

Abstract

This subject teaches students the concepts, tools and techniques used to develop quality mobile apps for diverse platforms and devices, including Apple iOS, Android, and Windows. Students will create multi-platform apps using the PhoneGap and Xamarin.Forms cross-platform development tools. Students will also investigate the different mobile architectures and analyse different approaches for creating effective user interfaces for multiple deployment scenarios.

ITE528 - Cross Platform App Development will cover the following topics:

  • Code design and architecture for multiplatform deployment.
  • User interfaces for mobile platforms (iOS, Windows, Android).
  • Native vs hybrid applications.
  • Model, View, Controller paradigm.
  • Understanding differences between Android, iOS, and Windows implementations.
  • Views and controls.
  • Networking.
  • Data and persistence.
  • Communication with external data sources.
  • Incorporating sensors.
  • Multiplatform project management.

Assessment

  1. PhoneGap Application (25%)
  2. Major Project Proposal (5000 words - 25%)
  3. Major Project (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

Abstract

Unity is a cross-platform mobile application environment featuring an underlying 2D and 3D engine. In this subject, students will learn to program the Unity platform to create, implement and critique an interactive mobile app that can be deployed across multiple devices and platforms.  Students will learn the principles of interactive 3D design, production, and management. The subject will also cover topics essential for good game design – including game narrative, animation, sprites, game physics and artificial intelligence.

ITE529 - 3D App Development will cover the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of 3D app design
  • User interface design and production art
  • Fundamentals of 2D art, animation and sprites
  • Character animation, design, and biomechanics
  • 3D app theory and narrative
  • Designing for multiple devices and platforms
  • Scripting and programming a 3D engine
  • Artificial intelligence and 3D app logic
  • Environment art and level design
  • Social interaction and multiplayer design
  • Mobile 3D apps and future technology
  • 3D app prototyping, testing, documentation, and production management
  • Application deployment

Assessment

To be announced.

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 3 (Nov)

ITE530
iOS App Development
ITE531
Architecting Cloud Solutions
ITE532
Containers and Virtualisation
ITE533
Cyber Security Management

Abstract

In this subject you will design, create, and develop native apps for Apple mobile devices using both the Objective-C and Swift programing languages.  You will learn how to utilize the tools and application programming interfaces (APIs) required to build applications for the iPhone and iPad platform using the iOS software development kit (SDK). You will also learn to prepare apps for submission to the App Store.

ITE530 - iOS App Development will cover the following topics:

  • The iOS development environment: Xcode
  • Objective-C syntax, language features and design patterns
  • Swift and the differences from Objective-C
  • Xcode Interface Builder, Storyboards, and Navigation
  • Apple User Interface Guidelines
  • Views, UI Elements and Autolayout
  • Delegates and Callbacks
  • Sensors, Hardware Access, and Multimedia
  • Local and database storage
  • Network accessibility
  • Third party library integration
  • Deployment to the store

Assessment

To be announced - first running 2017.

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb)

Abstract

This subject will help students prepare for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect industry certification. Students will study important characteristics of a successful cloud-based implementation, including those that relate to scalability, security, reliability, durability, and cost effectiveness. This learning will be applied through the design of an optimal cloud-based system in accordance with a set of project requirements. 

ITE531 - Architecting Cloud Solutions will cover the following topics:

  • Designing cloud-based systems
  • Cloud implementation and deployment
  • Troubleshooting cloud-based systems
  • Project costing
  • Deployment management
  • Network design
  • Data storage
  • Cloud-based security
  • Scalability and elasticity
  • Cloud migration and hybrid architecture

Assessment

TBD - first run 2017

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

Abstract

This subject focuses on container virtualization using open-source technologies that automate the deployment of applications. Students of the subject will create and run their own custom container environment, from the base operating system through to the entire container platform. Students will also study the appropriate use of different container types and how to apply them in a business context.

ITE532 - Containers and Virtualisation will cover the following topics:

  • Container fundamentals
  • Containers versus virtual machines
  • Different container technologies
  • Configuring a container engine
  • Container virtual networking
  • Container orchestration and clustering
  • Images and containers
  • Working with remote repositories
  • Security and isolation
  • Troubleshooting
  • Monitoring and alerting
  • Controlling running containers
  • Containers in a business context

Assessment

TBD - First run 2018

Subject Availability

TBD - First run 2018

Abstract

This subject prepares students for the Certified Information Systems Management Certification (CISM), which is an international industry certification developed by ISACA. Students in this subject will investigate how to establish and maintain an information security governance framework along with the supporting processes to ensure that an organisation's information security strategy is aligned with its goals and objectives.

ITE533 - Cyber Security Management will cover the following topics:

  • Information security governance
  • Information security strategy
  • Security requirements
  • Risk management and compliance
  • Security policies
  • Asset classification models
  • Program development and management
  • Security incident management

Assessment

TBD - subject first run 2017

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

ITI581
Security Fundamentals
MGI511
Project Management Fundamentals
MGI512
The Project Lifecycle
MGI514
Project Management Leadership

Abstract

This subject provides an introduction to the field of IT security with a focus on the areas of information systems and internetworking. Students will first survey the IT security landscape before analysing key concepts in depth. Topics covered include authentication protocols, communication and network infrastructure security, basics of encryption, application and user security, operational and organisational security, and intrusion detection systems.

ITI581 - Security Fundamentals will cover the following topics:

  • Network security
  • Network design elements and components
  • Compliance and operational security
  • Threats and vulnerabilities
  • Types of attacks
  • Risk mitigation strategies
  • Appropriate security controls
  • Disaster recovery plans and procedures
  • Application, data and host security
  • Access control and identity management
  • Cryptography
  • Intrusion detection systems

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Security Case Study (5000 words - 40%)
  3. Final Exam (45%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

This is an industry subject based on the Project Management Institute (PMI®) methodology (as defined by the PMBoK® - Project Management Body of Knowledge) to prepare students for subsequent PMP® (Project Management Professional) or similar certification. In this subject students will look at how to initiate, plan, control and complete projects effectively and ensure that projects are performed to meet objectives within specific cost and time constraints.

MGI511 - Project Management Fundamentals will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Time Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Human Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Case Study Analysis (3500 words - 35%)
  3. Project Management Plan (3500 words - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

This subject is focused on the role of the entire Project Management Lifecycle as a means of delivering organisational change. The subject will guide the student from the start of a project idea, through planning, creation of deliverables and handover to the customer or client. An appreciation of what controls and processes are needed to maximise chances of long term success will be gained. This subject will particularly help the student understand and leverage the value and importance of those phases of the project lifecycle that precede and follow the execution phase.

MGI512 - The Project Lifecycle will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Project Lifecycle and defining project success
  • Change management principles and how projects fit
  • Project definition and the business case
  • Process mapping and business analysis
  • The Project Management Plan
  • Creating a project scope and managing its changes
  • Project execution
  • The role of risk and quality on project success
  • Project communication
  • Project Closure and Handover

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Case Study Analysis (3500 words - 35%)
  3. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July)

Abstract

This subject focuses on the leadership skills, knowledge and understanding required to deliver successful projects as the head of the project team. The typical and common challenges that threaten projects are explored in detail and participants learn how to predict, avoid and deal with these challenges for positive outcomes. Team leadership and management techniques are compared and analysed as well as techniques to handle common interpersonal challenges. The core project processes are explored in overview and particular focus is applied to risk, quality and communications. Students will learn how to effectively engage stakeholders and maintain positive support for their project whilst avoiding or overcoming typical obstacles to success.

MGI514 - Project Management Leadership will cover the following topics:

  • Project leadership versus management
  • Relationships between organisational structure, projects and those who lead them
  • Team leadership, EQ and culture
  • Dealing with conflict, politics and personalities
  • Obtaining project buy-in and alignment
  • Project integration and scope management
  • Time, cost and quality management
  • Project communications management
  • Project risk management
  • Implementing and leveraging project reporting

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Article Critique & Project Report (2500 words - 35%)
  3. Project Review Report (3000 words - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 3 (Nov)

MGI515
IT Service Quality Management
MGI516
IT Governance
MGI518
Program and Portfolio Management
MGI521
Professional Communications

Abstract

The subject covers the interpretation and application of the ISO/IEC 20000 standard, including how to develop the Service Management capability of an organisation and assess its readiness for certification within the ISO/IEC 20000 Certification Scheme. During the subject students will undertake an ISO/IEC 20000 readiness gap analysis and prepare a plan detailing how an organisation would achieve compliance.

MGI515 - IT Service Quality Management will cover the following topics:

  • The principles of Service Quality Management
  • Management and improvement of ITSM processes
  • Control of IT Services
  • Alignment of IT and the business
  • Delivery of IT services
  • Support of IT services
  • Introduction to ISO 20000
  • The road to certification
  • Certification issues

Assessment

  1. Forum Post/Discussion (20%)
  2. A Solution Plan - ITIL (3500 words - 40%)
  3. Solution Plan - ISO 20000 (3000 words - 40%)

Subject Availability

Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

The corporate governance of IT is increasingly important to both the governing body and the senior IT management of organisations. This subject uses the Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT) framework and the IT Balanced Scorecard (BSC) approach to explore issues in IT Governance relevant to IT practitioners and to allow students to develop the skills needed to evaluate and implement IT Governance measures across a variety of organisational types.

MGI516 - IT Governance will cover the following topics:

  • The principles of IT Governance
  • IT Governance and IT management issues
  • Responsibility for IT governance
  • Approaches to IT Governance
  • COBIT Framework
  • IT Governance Frameworks
  • Corporate Governance of IT
  • IT Balanced Scorecard
  • Frameworks, standards and best practices
  • Evaluating IT Governance
  • Applying IT Governance approaches

Assessment

  1. Article Critique (2000 words - 25%)
  2. Personal Case Study (3500 words - 25%)
  3. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb)

Abstract

Program management encompasses the coordinated management of multiple projects designed to implement strategies and deliver specific benefits. Portfolio management encompasses those programs and projects needed to achieve strategic business objectives. This subject gives students the skills and understanding required for coordinated management of multiple projects directed toward strategic business and organisational objectives. Students will learn the Project Management Institute (PMI®) processes for both program and portfolio management and will be able to apply them in the correct context and situation.

MGI518 - Program and Portfolio Management will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction and definitions of project, programs and portfolios
  • Integrating projects into programs or portfolios
  • Defining Program Scope and its boundaries
  • Time, cost, quality, and resources for programs
  • Communication between PMO, projects and stakeholders
  • Risk Management between programs and projects
  • Program/Portfolio integration
  • Managing Stakeholders at the program level
  • Governance of Programs and Portfolios
  • Using portfolios for strategic change

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. An Article Critique (3500 words - 35%)
  3. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

Abstract

This subject is designed for those in professional positions with a need to communicate effectively and manage the communication of others to a high standard. Students who undertake this subject will gain a wide breadth of practical communication skills supported by the latest intellectual and psychological behavioural theory. This subject will equip students to communicate at all levels of professional business.

MGI521 - Professional Communications will cover the following topics:

  • Communication Psychology of Knowledge Exchange
  • Business Language & Document Writing
  • Digital Communications & The Media Experience
  • Creating Business Proposals & Reports
  • Digital Presentations & Tools
  • Selling & Obtaining Buy-In
  • Facilitating Workshops & Meetings
  • Managing Business Conflict & Negotiation
  • Differences Between Leadership, Management & Mentors
  • Personal Presentations & Public Speaking

Assessment

  1. Recorded Audio Presentation (3 mins - 15%)
  2. Proposal Critique/Design (3000 words - 35%)
  3. Presentation (500 words / 10-15 slides / 10 minute presentation - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

MGI522
Developing Solutions

Abstract

In this subject students will learn how to research business problems and develop solutions that meet business priorities using current solution-based investigation principles. Students will also learn how to define clear objectives and strategies for managing a business relationship and generating stakeholder buy-in and alignment.

MGI522 - Developing Solutions will cover the following topics:

  • Concepts & Buyer Needs
  • SPIN - Situation & Problem Questions
  • SPIN - Implication & Need/Payoff Questions
  • Solution Selling
  • Leveraging Relationships
  • Existing Customers
  • Capability & Solution Design
  • Closing
  • Objections & Competition
  • Management, Tools & Technologies

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Solution Proposal (3500 words - 35%)
  3. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 3 (Nov)

Sample Assessments

Sample Assessment

Assessments in your subjects will take a variety of forms, all designed to test and enhance your learning. You might be called upon to sit an exam, write a marketing plan, design an application, produce a video presentation, sit a quiz or any number of tasks. Why not try a small sample based on the core subject MGI521 – Professional Communications?

  1. Which of the following is the best description of the role of context in communications?
    1. A frame of reference within which conceptual rules should apply.
    2. A separation of one situation from another.
    3. An understanding of how the content might apply to the concepts
    4. All of the above are useful descriptions of the role of context.
  2. There are several types of language we should limit or avoid in professional writing. Which of the following is NOT considered one of these?
    1. Technical language
    2. Dramatic language.
    3. Exaggeration or embellishment.
    4. Slang or colloquialisms.
  3. If you need to have a complex but urgent discussion with someone, which of the following is the best way to use instant messaging to achieve your purpose?
    1. Use the IM to make arrangements for a more direct verbal conversation.
    2. Use the IM immediately to get the key points of your urgent message across.
    3. To ask them to urgently check their email for your complex message.
    4. Nothing, IM should not be used for this at all.
  4. Which of the following messages is least likely to be effective if given using email?
    1. A suggestion that all staff contribute to buy biscuits for the coffee room
    2. A notice to a client that you will not be able to meet their expectationsli>
    3. A complaint about a colleague’s personal behaviour.
    4. A request to a colleague to meet after work for drinks.
  5. Of the three vectors of change, what is the purpose or role of the emotional vector in the user experience?
    1. To manipulate their desires in the direction you want them to go.
    2. To make the user happy or otherwise positive.
    3. To help the user to like the author or what they say.
    4. To help the user find a reason to invest energy or effort.
  6. The most important thing we should clarify before writing any professional communication is…?
    1. Its purpose.
    2. Its intended recipient.
    3. Our disposition.
    4. The medium we should use.
  7. In the absence of fact or true understanding we tend to:
    1. Create assumptions to fill the gap.
    2. Enquire to find out more.
    3. Ignore what is not there.
    4. Rely on the opinion of others.
  8. In email, what is the main purpose of the content of the subject line?
    1. To get as much of the message across as possible in case the email is not read.
    2. To stand out more than all the other emails in the recipient’s inbox.
    3. To help the reader decide whether or when to read the email.
    4. All of the above.
  9. If two people share a similar understanding of a situation following a communications interaction and they are both aware that each of them has a similar understanding – what do we call this?
    1. Agreement.
    2. Meaning.
    3. The motivational vector of change.
    4. Alignment

Answers: D, A, A, C, D, A, A, C, D 

Entry requirements

Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Industry Computing on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will also be eligible for admission into other IT Masters courses and receive up to four subjects credit for the study completed in their Graduate Certificate.

Information on applying can be found on the How to Apply help page.

Fees

Domestic Students
$3150 AUD per subject
International Students
$3250 AUD per subject

Students who complete a Graduate Certificate and then choose to proceed into a Masters course will attract a 10% alumni discount on their fees for their Masters enrolment.

More information on Fees can be found on the Fees page.

If you want to reduce your cost per course you may be eligible for credit.

Credit

Academic credit is available to students who can provide proof they have passed relevant industry certification examinations or who have completed previous study. No fees are charged for subjects students receive credit for.

Prospective students can obtain an estimate of credit entitlements from Industry Examinations by filling out the Credit Eligibility Form.

NOTE: The actual level of credit awarded will be confirmed upon acceptance into the Degree.

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