The Master of Information Technology prepares you for work in the information technology industry at the highest levels. It provides you with a previous tertiary qualification in another discipline area with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to deal effectively with advanced issues involving the application of information technology in various domains.
Postgraduate - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Information Technology.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Admission and fees
Course progression map
Master by coursework
2 years FT, 4 years PT
This course normally takes 2 years full-time to complete but if you have relevant entry qualifications you may receive credit and be able to complete the course in 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent.
You have a maximum of 6 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.
Mode and location
Master of Information Technology
Graduate Certificate of Information Technology
Graduate Diploma of Information Technology
Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:
- analyse critically advanced algorithms and information technologies
- design and construct innovative information technology solutions that are based on sound and considered theoretical foundations
- review critically, synthesise, apply and evaluate contemporary information technology theories into practice
- extend and generalise existing advanced information technology techniques in relevant contexts and evaluate the efficacy of such extensions
- analyse critically and consequently report, with scientific rigour, on the application of information technology theories in solving complex problems
- communicate effectively appropriate information technology solutions to the stakeholders
- evaluate critically the ethical use of information technology to guide professional practise in the relevant information technology disciplines.
Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
The course is structured in three parts: Part A. Foundations for advanced information technology studies, Part B. Core master's study, and Part C. Advanced practice. All students complete Part B and Part C. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A.
Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.
Part A. Foundations for advanced information technology studies
These studies will provide an orientation to the field of information technology at graduate level. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.
Part B. Core master's study
These studies draw on best practices within the broad realm of IT application, theory and practice. You will gain an understanding of real world IT problems and gain problem solving skills. Your study will focus on IT project management, software, network and systems areas.
Part C. Advanced practice
The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options:
- a research pathway including a thesis. If you wish to use this master's course as a pathway to a higher degree by research you should take this first option.
- a program of coursework involving advanced study and an industry experience studio project.
The course comprises 96 points structured into three parts: Part A. Foundations for advanced information technology studies (24 points), Part B. Core master's study (48 points) and Part C. Advanced practice (24 points).
If you are admitted at:
- entry level 1 you complete 96 points, comprising Part A, Part B and Part C
- entry level 2 you complete 72 points, comprising Part B and Part C.
Note: If you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit and complete one of the higher credit-point options.
The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/maps/map-c6001.pdf) provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study
Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.
Part A. Foundations for advanced information technology studies (24 points)
You must complete four units of advanced preparatory study:
- Programming foundations in Java
- Introduction to databases
- Computer architecture and operating systems
- Data communications
Part B. Core master's study (48 points)
You must complete:
a. two units (12 points):
- Software engineering
- Project management
b. four units (24 points) selected from:*
- Software security
- Internet application development
- Network security
- Enterprise application development on the web
- Mobile and distributed systems
- Intelligent systems
- Network infrastructure
- Enterprise architecture and management
- Database analysis and processing
- Advanced software engineering
- Advanced distributed and parallel systems
- Advanced mobile systems
- Advanced topics in information technology
- Advanced data mining
- Introduction to data science
- Big data management and processing
- Information and computer security
- Information retrieval systems
- System validation and verification, quality and standards
- Business intelligence and data warehousing
- Data processing for big data
- Algorithms and data structures
* Note: Not all units will be offered every year.
c. two units (12 points) from Part B, b. , any FIT-codedFIT-coded (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/index-bycode-f.html) level 5 units or level 5 units from other faculties in the University with faculty approval.
Units can be identified using the browse unitsbrowse units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/search) tool and indexes of unitsindexes of units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/) in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code. You may need permission from the owning faculty to enrol in some units taught by other faculties.
Part C. Advanced practice (24 points)
You must complete either a. or b. below:
a. Minor thesis research:**
- IT research methods
- Masters thesis part 1
- Masters thesis part 2
- Masters thesis final
Enrolment in the research units is dependent on available supervisors and projects. Eligible students will be ranked based on their entire academic record and assessed for suitability to undertake the research component of this program.
** To be eligible for the a research option, you must have successfully completed 24 points of level five FIT-coded units and have achieved an overall average of at least 75 per cent across all completed FIT level five units.
b. Industry experience:
- Industry experience studio project (12 points)
- Professional practice
- one FIT-codedFIT-coded (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/index-bycode-f.html) level 5 unit (6 points)
You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided you have satisfied the requirements indicated for that award during your enrolment in this master's course:
- Graduate Certificate of Information Technology after successful completion of 24 credit points of study including FIT5136 (Software engineering) and FIT5057 (Project management) and either two units as described in Part B, b. or one unit as described in Part B, b. and one unit as described in Part A.
- Graduate Diploma of Information Technology after successful completion of 48 credit points of study including FIT5136 (Software engineering) and FIT5057 (Project management) and six units (36 points) as described in Part A, Part B, b. and c. and Part C with a minimum of 12 credit points from Part B, b. and a maximum of 12 credit points from Part A.
Progression to further studies
Successful completion of this course may provide you with a pathway to a higher degree by research.
Progression will be conditional on you completing the minor thesis research pathway (as described in Part C, a.) and achieving the minimum entry requirements for either 3337 Master of Philosophy or 0190 Doctor of Philosophy.