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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Information Technology

Managing facultyInformation Technology
Abbreviated titlePGradCertIT
CRICOS code063356F
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)0.5 years FT, 1 year PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Contact details

Contact information is available at:

Course coordinator

Dr Chris Ling (Caulfield)


The Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology (PGradCertIT) is a course is intended for those with a previous undergraduate qualification in in IT such as computing, computer science or a technical information technology field, to consolidate their skills and complement their prior studies of information technology with studies at a graduate level.

Nine specialisations are offered within the degrees, although not all specialisations may be offered in any one year.


The objectives of the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology are to:

  • consolidate students' skills in the disciplinary areas that underpin the information technology field
  • enable students to complement their prior studies of information technology with studies at a graduate level.


This course consists of four approved masters level units (24 points).


Students can choose units from all specialisations listed below to meet the course requirement. The transcript will indicate students' specialisation if they meet the requirement of the specialisation.

Areas of Study


Students complete:

(i) at least three, level-five MIT units (18 points) chosen from the list below

(ii) up to one elective unit (6 points) approved by the course coordinator.

MIT units and specialisations

Data management

  • FIT5043 Distributed database
  • FIT5059 Advanced programming for database applications
  • FIT5166 Information retrieval systems
  • FIT5168 Object and semi-structured database

Digital communication*

  • ECE5012 Applied digital signal processing
  • FIT5012 Data compression techniques
  • FIT5162 Digital communications software
  • FIT5173 Digital communications technology and protocols

Distributed and mobile systems

  • FIT5031 Mobile software agents
  • FIT5046 Mobile and distributed computing systems
  • FIT5164 GRID computing
  • FIT5170 Programming for distributed, parallel and mobile systems

Intelligent systems

  • FIT5045 Knowledge discovery and data mining
  • FIT5047 Intelligent systems
  • FIT5167 Natural computation for intelligent systems
  • FIT5169 Probabilistic expert systems

Internet and web application development

  • FIT5030 Web services and service oriented computing
  • FIT5032 Internet applications development
  • FIT5041 Component technology for internet applications
  • FIT5042 Enterprise application development for the web

Multimedia systems*

  • FIT5012 Data compression techniques
  • FIT5015 Advanced programming for multimedia entertainment
  • FIT5084 Multimedia authoring and animation
  • FIT5165 Human-computer interaction for multimedia applications

Network computing

  • FIT5010 Advanced internet protocols and applications
  • FIT5011 Advanced network design and performance
  • FIT5034 Network administration and management
  • FIT5083 Wireless networks


and any two from the following:

Software engineering

  • FIT5030 Web services and service oriented computing
  • FIT5164 GRID computing
  • FIT5171 System validation and verification, quality and standards
  • FIT5174 Parallel and distributed systems

All units are offered on-campus.

* Specialisation not available in 2010.

Not all units are available in any one year.

MIT elective units

Enrolment in electives in the MIT program requires the approval of the course coordinator. Electives may be taken from postgraduate level units offered by the Faculty of Information Technology or from any other faculty of the University.

Progression to further studies

Successful completion of this course provides an entry point for students wishing to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology.


Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology