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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(ProfComn)/BITS
CRICOS code066092A
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
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.


This double degree offers major studies in the theory, practice, technology and research techniques of communications together with studies in the fields of applications development and networks or business systems. Students can also study electives from the wide range of disciplines offered in arts.


This degree is designed to equip students with a combination of professional communication skills and specialist skills in information technology.

In the BITS, students develop their 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.

Refer to the Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication) objectives at and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems objectives at


This course consists of 96 points of study in the arts (professional communication) component and 96 points in the information technology and systems component.


Arts (professional communication) component

(a.) a communications or public relations major (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor (24 points)

(c.) arts electives (24 points), including 12 points at first-year level.

For details of arts majors and available minors refer to 'Areas of study'.

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

Information technology and systems component

Students must complete 96 points, including the following:

(a.) six core IT 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

Core arts major

One of:

Available arts minors

Note: Philosophy is available by off-campus learning only.

Information technology and systems majors

Alternative exit(s)

Students cannot graduate from either of the single degrees until they have satisfied the requirements and successfully completed studies to the value of 144 points. To meet the Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication) requirements students must also complete at least 36 points at third-year level.


Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems

Bachelor of Professional Communication