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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

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

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA/BITS
CRICOS code064797F
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


  • Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course.
  • Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.


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 information technology. Students in the BITS will be required to undertake core units in IT, but may then choose to major in the area which most appeals to them. Students can major in applications development, enterprise information management, information and communication technologies or games development.


This course develops students knowledge of IT, their skills in the techniques required to develop IT-based systems and their understanding of the way in which IT and IT-based systems can be used in business, industry and government, combined with the broad teaching and learning objectives of the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Refer to the Bachelor of Arts objectives at and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems objectives at


This course consists of 96 points in the arts component and 96 points in the information technology and systems component.


Arts component

Students complete:

(a.) an arts major (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor in a different area of study (24 points)

(c.) a first-year arts sequence in a third area of study (12 points)

(d.) a further two 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.

Students must complete at least 36 points at third-year level to meet Bachelor of Arts requirements.

Information technology and systems component

Students complete:

(a.) six core information technology units:

(b.) 10 further 6-point information technology units (60 points), comprising at least 18 points at level two, and at least 36 points at level three (including 12 points of level- three industrial experience or studio units).

Areas of Study

Arts majors and minors

For information on arts majors and minors refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at

Information technology and systems majors and minors

For information on information technology majors and minors, refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at

Alternative exit(s)

Students cannot graduate from either single degree until they have satisfied the requirements for that award and successfully completed studies to the value of 144 points in the relevant component.


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems