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Monash University Handbook 2011 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 titleMAIT
CRICOS code037792B
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Contact information is available at

Course coordinator

Dr Chris Ling


  • Students have a maximum of six years to complete the requirements of the course.


The Master of Applied Information Technology prepares students for work in the information technology industry at the highest levels. It provides students with a previous tertiary qualification in another discipline area, with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to deal effectively with advanced issues involving the application of information technology.

Seven specialisations are offered within the degree (although not all specialisations may be offered in any one year)


The objective of the Group one (foundation) and Group two unit studies is to educate students to the level of a computing professional. On successful completion of these units, students will have gained fundamental knowledge in the following areas:

  • system analysis and design
  • programming
  • computer technology
  • database technology
  • data communications
  • networking technology.

Students will have demonstrated their ability to work in a group to analyse the requirements for a computer system, design a system to meet those requirements, create the system and its documentation, train users and implement the system.

Studies in the various specialisations allow students to focus on a number of advanced areas of IT, to develop a professional, responsible, self-reflective attitude to the practice of IT, and to demonstrate an ability to master the application of state-of-the-art and developing technologies.

Professional recognition

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


This course consists of 16 approved masters level units.


Students complete:

(i.) six compulsary foundation units from group one (36 points)

(ii.) two units from group two (12 points)

(iii.) six units from the specialisations listed in "Areas of Study"

(iv.) two elective units (12 points) chosen from postgraduate level units offered by the Faculty of Information Technology or from any other faculty of the University as approved by the course coordinator.

Group one (foundation) units

Group two

  • FIT4033 Object oriented application programming in C++
  • FIT4038 Database management and implementation
  • FIT4039 Handheld applications and operating systems
  • FIT4041 Web development
  • MAT4003 Quantitative analysis


Students can choose to complete one or two specialisations, or select a variety of units and complete the course without a specialisation.

Areas of Study

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit this course early may apply to graduate with one of the following provided they have satisfied the requirements for the award:

  • Graduate Certificate in Information Technology after successful completion of 24 points of study;
  • Graduate Diploma in Information Technology after successful completion of 48 points of study.


Master of Applied Information Technology