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Monash University

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems

Course code: 3906 ~ Course abbreviation: BA/BITS ~ Total credit points required: 192 ~ 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Course description

This double degree course allows students to qualify with both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems degrees.

The Bachelor of Arts is a general, flexible degree which allows students to match academic interests with career aspirations to create a personalised course progression. Studying humanities will develop general knowledge and specific intellectual skills relating to human thought and relations, such as the way we communicate or how the past has affected the present. Social science analyses and explains societies and the relationships of individuals within those societies.

Students are encouraged to grasp the opportunity provided by undertaking this double degree to develop their imaginations and gain a broad understanding of the new ideas and values with which they will be challenged, combined with studies in the field of systems development.

Course objectives

This course provides students with a broad understanding of the fields of software development, computer technology, networks and data communications, and information systems, combined with the broad teaching and learning objectives of the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Course structure

Areas of study

For information on majors and minors, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

Course requirements

Students must complete the following:

Arts component

(a) an arts discipline major (48 points)

(b) an arts discipline minor (24 points)

(c) an additional arts discipline first-year sequence (12 points)

(d) a further 12 points of arts units (12 points).

By combining some of the core arts requirements, students can complete a double major in two different arts disciplines. For more details on this option, contact the Faculty of Arts.

Information technology and systems component

Students must complete 96 points including the following:

(a) seven core IT units:

(b) a major in systems development:

  • FIT1007 Computer programming 2
  • FIT2024 Software engineering practice
  • FIT2027 Systems design and implementation
  • FIT2028 Web systems 2
  • FIT2065 Operating systems and the Unix environment
  • FIT3047 Industrial experience project 1
  • FIT3048 Industrial experience project 2
  • 12 points of a third-year industrial experience project
  • two third-year level FIT elective units from Technical majors elective list (12 points) published at

Students cannot graduate from either degree until they have satisfied the above requirements and successfully completed studies to the value of 144 points. Students undertaking the above double-degree program are permitted to count up to 48 points of the other faculty's component towards those 144 points. Students must also complete at least 36 points at third-year level to meet Bachelor of Arts requirements.

Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course.

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