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Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Information Technology
Offered byCaulfield School of Information Technology


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Distributed and mobile computing systems have evolved into a solid and widely recognised platform for building applications which are in high demand by industry, government and commerce. Skill sets that include knowledge of this area will be in even more demand in the future, given the growth in internet and web-based systems.

The distributed and mobile systems specialisation covers areas in enabling technologies such as wireless and mobile networks, parallel computing infrastructure, computational grids, software agent technology as well as the developmental areas of fault tolerant systems, distributed programming paradigms and related technologies.

Graduates of the specialisation will possess strong theoretical knowledge and practical skills in building distributed systems, web-based systems and mobile systems using the distributed programming paradigm.


To qualify for an award with a specialisation in distributed and mobile systems, students complete the units outlined below:

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

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Relevant courses

  • 2423 Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology
  • 2411 Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology
  • 3309 Master of Applied Information Technology
  • 2402 Master of Information Technology
  • 3348 Master of Information Technology Professional
  • 3349 Master of Information Technology (Honours)