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Master of Information Technology

Course code: 2402 ~ Course abbreviation: MIT ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Information Technology

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Off-campus (Gippsland)

Course description

This course provides a broad program in information technology, enabling students who have a first qualification in computing, computer science or a technical information technology field to select specific areas for in-depth study or to construct a program from a range of suitably advanced units.

The program aims to provide the conceptual and theoretical framework in which students can appreciate and integrate new software and hardware technologies, and, within an information technology context, use them to develop solutions to complex problems in our society; and deepen students' theoretical knowledge in specific areas so that they will have the intellectual and conceptual foundation to play leading roles in the development of the information technology industry.

Course objectives

The Master of Information Technology is designed to allow information technology graduates to deepen and broaden their knowledge of both technological and organisational aspects of the modern information economy. A key objective of this course is the provision of flexibility across a wider range of information technology study areas. There are no core areas of study prescribed, thus allowing students the freedom to build their course to match their professional and academic interests. Through the provision of professional tracks, students can also elect to focus their studies in particular information technology domains. Throughout the degree, students can elect to study units across the information technology spectrum; from the social considerations of information management through to advanced technological hardware and software implementations. Graduates of the Master of Information Technology can be expected to have attained a deep understanding of their chosen information technology discipline areas and be highly proficient information technology practitioners.

Credit for prior studies

Generally, students who have completed similar units in previous studies will normally be required to make substitutions. Specified credit will only be granted for postgraduate units that have not counted for the award of any other degree or diploma. Where credit is granted, the number of credit points that may be counted towards the MIT on the basis of study completed in units offered by faculties other than the Faculty of Information Technology may be reduced. The maximum amount of credit granted towards this degree will be 36 credit points.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students may elect to complete the MIT with or without a `professional track'. The MIT with a professional track requires that students complete units from a track-specific list of units during their MIT degree. The MIT without a professional track allows students the flexibility to construct their degree subject only to the general course structure rules outlined below.

Subject to course coordinator approval, students may elect to complete a 24-point minor thesis within the MIT.

The following general rules govern the course structure of the MIT with or without a professional track:

(i) completion of the MIT requires the awarding of 72 credit points of study at fourth or fifth year level

(ii) at least 24 credit points must be awarded on the basis of study in units at fifth year level

(iii) at least 60 credit points must be awarded on the basis of study in units offered by the Faculty of Information Technology. With approval of the course coordinator, up to 12 credit points may be counted towards the MIT on the basis of study in units offered by Monash University faculties other than the Faculty of Information Technology

(iv) with approval of the course coordinator, up to 12 credit points may be counted towards the MIT on the basis of study in foundation level (9xxx) units.

MIT without a professional track

Students may select 72 points from the list of units published by the Faculty of Information Technology and available at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/mit.

MIT with a professional track

The following rules govern the structure of specific professional tracks and apply in addition to the general course structure rules.

Multimedia professional track

All of the following units must be completed:

  • CSE4900 Introduction to multimedia computing
  • CSE5060 Multimedia applications on the web
  • CSE5930 User interface design and programming
  • FIT5015 Advanced programming for multimedia entertainment
  • MMS5940 Multimedia authoring

plus at least two of the following units must be completed:

Security professional track

Select at least eight units from:

  • BUS5800 Risk analysis models for business
  • CIS4881 Internetworking 1 or FIT4015 Digital communications technology and protocols
  • CPE5002 Network security
  • CPE5006 Virtual private networks
  • CPE5013 Network administration
  • CPE5021 Advanced network security
  • CSE4431 System validation and verification, quality and standards
  • CSE5210 Advances in information security
  • FIT5003 Software security
  • LAW7213 Law of the internet
Service oriented computing professional track

All of the following units must be completed:

At least two of the following system development units must be completed:

Exit awards

Students wishing to exit the Master of Information Technology early may apply to graduate with the:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology after successful completion of 24 points of study, or
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology after successful completion of 48 points of study

provided they have satisfied the requirements for these awards.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as meeting the standard of knowledge for professional-level membership.

Contact details

Course coordinators

Dr Campbell Wilson (Caulfield); Dr Iqbal Gondal (Gippsland off-campus)