The Master of 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 in various domains.
Postgraduate - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Information Technology.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Admission and fees
Master by coursework
2 years FT, 4 years PT
Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.
Mode and location
Master of Information Technology
Graduate Certificate of Information Technology
Graduate Diploma of Information Technology
Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:
- analyse critically advanced algorithms and information technologies
- design and construct innovative information technology solutions that are based on sound and considered theoretical foundations
- review critically, synthesise, apply and evaluate contemporary information technology theories into practice
- extend and generalise existing advanced information technology techniques in relevant contexts and evaluate the efficacy of such extensions
- analyse critically and consequently report, with scientific rigour, on the application of information technology theories in solving complex problems
- communicate effectively appropriate information technology solutions to the stakeholders
- evaluate critically the ethical use of information technology to guide professional practise in the relevant information technology disciplines.
Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
The course is structured in three parts: Part A. Foundations for advanced information technology studies, Part B. Core master's study, and Part C. Advanced practice. All students complete Part B and Part C. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A.
Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.
Part A. Foundations for advanced information technology studies
These studies will provide an orientation to the field of information technology at graduate level. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.
Part B. Core master's study
These studies draw on best practices within the broad realm of IT application, theory and practice. You will gain an understanding of real world IT problems and gain problem solving skills. Your study will focus on IT project management, software, network and systems areas.
Part C. Advanced practice
The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options:
- a research pathway including a thesis. Students wishing to use this master's course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this first option.
- a program of coursework involving advanced study and an industry experience studio project.
The course comprises 96 points structured into three parts: Part A. Foundations for advanced information technology studies (24 points), Part B. Core master's study (48 points) and Part C. Advanced practice (24 points).
- Students admitted at entry level 1 complete 96 points, comprising Part A, Part B and Part C.
- Students admitted at entry level 2 complete 72 points, comprising Part B and Part C.
Note: Students eligible for credit for prior studies may elect not to receive the credit and complete one of the higher credit-point options.
Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.
Part A. Foundations for advanced information technology studies (24 points)
Students complete four units of advanced preparatory study:
- FIT9131 Programming foundations in Java
- FIT9132 Introduction to databases
- FIT9134 Computer architecture and operating systems
- FIT9135 Data communications
Part B. Core master's study (48 points)
a. two units (12 points):
b. four units (24 points) selected from:*
- FIT5003 Software security
- FIT5032 Internet application development
- FIT5037 Network security
- FIT5042 Enterprise application development on the web
- FIT5046 Mobile and distributed systems
- FIT5047 Intelligent systems
- FIT5083 Network infrastructure
- FIT5133 Enterprise architecture and management
- FIT5137 Database analysis and processing
- FIT5138 Advanced software engineering
- FIT5139 Advanced distributed and parallel systems
- FIT5140 Advanced mobile systems
- FIT5141 Advanced topics in information technology
- FIT5142 Advanced data mining
- FIT5145 Introduction to data science
- FIT5148 Distributed databases and big data
- FIT5163 Information and computer security
- FIT5166 Information retrieval systems
- FIT5171 System validation and verification, quality and standards
- FIT5195 Business intelligence and data warehousing
- FIT5211 Algorithms and data structures
* Note: Not all units will be offered every year.
c. two units (12 points) from Part B, b. , any FIT-codedFIT-coded (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/index-bycode-f.html) level 5 units or level 5 units from other faculties in the University with course director approval.
Units can be identified using the browse unitsbrowse units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/search) tool and indexes of unitsindexes of units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/) in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code. You may need permission from the owning faculty to enrol in some units taught by other faculties.
Part C. Advanced practice (24 points)
Students complete either a. or b. below:
a. Minor thesis research:**
- FIT5125 IT research methods
- FIT5126 Masters thesis part 1
- FIT5127 Masters thesis part 2
- FIT5128 Masters thesis final
** To be eligible to undertake a research unit, students must have successfully completed 24 points of level five FIT-coded units and have achieved an average of 75 per cent across all these units. Enrolment in the research units is also dependent on available supervisors and projects. In addition, students will be ranked based on their entire academic record and assessed for suitability to undertake the research component of this program.
b. Industry experience:
- FIT5120 Industry experience studio project (12 points)
- FIT5122 Professional practice
- one FIT-codedFIT-coded (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/index-bycode-f.html) level 5 unit (6 points)
Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements indicated for that award during their enrolment in this master's course:
- Graduate Certificate of Information Technology after successful completion of 24 credit points of study including FIT5136 (Software engineering) and FIT5057 (Project management) and two units as described in Part B, b.
- Graduate Diploma of Information Technology after successful completion of 48 credit points of study including FIT5136 (Software engineering) and FIT5057 (Project management) and six units as described in Part B, b. and c. and Part C with at least 12 credit points from Part B, b.
Progression to further studies
Students who meet the eligibility criteria can complete a research pathway (24 points) that will lead to higher degree by research. Students with a completed honours degree who wish to complete a Part C research thesis should discuss options with the course coordinator.