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Graduate Diploma in Computing

Course code: 1747 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipComp ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Information Technology

Study mode and course location

Off-campus (Gippsland)

Course description

This course is designed for those with tertiary qualifications in any discipline who wish to gain a first qualification in computing. It provides students with recognised knowledge and skills in computer programming, information systems and information technology, and with a practical knowledge of computer hardware and software. The course aims to provide appropriately trained professionals in the field of commercial computing and to develop a conceptual framework that will allow students to keep pace with new developments.

Note: this course is not available to international students.

Course objectives

The objectives of the course are: to educate students with a previous tertiary qualification in another discipline area to the level of a computing professional; to provide an opportunity for students with current work experience in a computing area (but who have no computing qualification) to gain a formal computing qualification. On completion of the course, students will have gained fundamental knowledge in the following areas: system analysis and design; programming; computer technology and database technology. Students have the option to specialise in any of the areas by selecting the appropriate electives after completing the core units. On completion of the course, students are eligible to apply for entry into the masters programs offered by the school.

Course structure

Course requirements

The course consists of eight units covering computer programming, software design, information technology and information systems, with a project in the final year. All units are 6 points, unless otherwise specified.

First year

Second year

In addition, students choose three electives (the following streams are suggested):

Programming stream

and any two electives from:

  • FIT3002 Applications of data mining
  • FIT3005 Computer graphics
  • FIT3011 Enterprise programming
  • FIT3028 Multimedia concepts and application
  • GCO3512 Data structure and algorithms
Information systems stream
  • FIT9014 Systems analysis and design 2

and any two electives from:

  • FIT3002 Applications of data mining
  • FIT3011 Enterprise programming
  • FIT3019 Information systems management
  • FIT3028 Multimedia concepts and applications
  • FIT3037 Software engineering
Computer technology stream

Any three electives from:

  • FIT3002 Applications of data mining
  • FIT3011 Enterprise programming
  • FIT3046 Operating environments
  • GCO3812 Data communications and networks 1
  • GCO3824 Data communications and networks 2

For a complete list of other units offered, consult the course coordinator.

Professional recognition

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

Contact details

Course coordinator

Dr Iqbal Gondal