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Undergraduate Information Technology

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Industry Based Learning

Earn up to $36,000 while you study • O pportunity to gain valuable work experience with our prestigious industry partners during 22 week placements • Up to 2 industry placements – value $15,000 each • Opportunity for up to $6000 IBL entry scholarship • The industry placement is credited towards your degree • IBL program graduates highly sought after by employers • Over 100 students currently in the program For further information visit www.infotech.monash.edu.au/IBL

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Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University is the only member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight universities (www.go8.edu.au) to have a dedicated Information Technology faculty. It recognises the importance of information and communications technology as a distinct discipline, requiring specialist teaching and research. By integrating its computing and information technology disciplines, the faculty provides enormous breadth and depth of teaching and research. Internationally Monash is ranked in the top 50 for both universities of the world and in the Information Technology category by The Times Higher Education Supplement 2009. This ranking is based on an international survey of over 5000 academics. The faculty teaches and conducts research on four Australian campuses at Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton, and Gippsland, as well as the Sunway campus in Malaysia and at Monash South Africa. World-class facilities include more than 1500 workstations networked across the Australian teaching campuses, upgraded every 2 to 3 years. Furthermore, the faculty is widely recognised for the strength of its off-campus learning programs in Information Technology, with the Gippsland campus providing a specialised focus on off-campus learning in the IT disciplines.

Contents Faculty of Information Technology

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Postgraduate study

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Course features

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Pathways into the degrees

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Common core studies

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Diploma of Tertiary Studies (DOTS)

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Elective units

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Monash College Diploma of Information Technology

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Majors

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Monash University English Language Centre (MUELC)

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Enhancement Studies

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Credit for prior learning

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Flexible learning

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Applications

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Monash Undergraduate Research Projects Abroad (MURPA)

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Campuses

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Berwick

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Caulfield

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Clayton

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Industry experience Double degrees

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Exchange and Study Abroad

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Industry Based Learning

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Bachelor of Business Information Systems

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Bachelor of Computer Science

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Bachelor of Software Engineering

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Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems

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Life at Monash

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Taking your degree further

Gippsland

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South Africa

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Honours degrees

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Sunway

Double degrees

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Events and Competitions

Scholarships and Awards

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Contact details

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Course features

Bachelor of Business Information Systems Bachelor of Computer Science Bachelor of Software Engineering Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems

Common core studies

Elective units

Double degrees

All Faculty of Information Technology undergraduate degrees have six common core units to provide every student with a broad foundation of IT skills and knowledge. They can be studied on any of the campuses, or even by off-campus learning (OCL) mode.

All our IT undergraduate degrees contain choice through elective units. Elective units allow students the opportunity to tailor a part of their studies to best suit their interests and skills. They can be used to undertake further in-depth study within an IT specialisation or to give greater breadth by taking units across other faculties, such as languages, psychology, accounting and finance, marketing, sciences or education.

Monash University offers the opportunity to complete a double degree with IT. A double degree enables you to study for two degrees concurrently in minimum time, as electives from one degree count towards the other degree.

The IT common core units are: • Computer programming • Computers and networks • Data management • IT professional practice • Project management • Systems development The Bachelor of Software Engineering replaces the core unit, IT professional practice with Engineering profession.

Tailored for industry relevance The common core units provide an understanding of fundamental information technology concepts and principles. The foundation knowledge and skills gained in these various disciplines will enable graduates to adapt to a variety of projects and applications. These units were developed after reviewing Australian and international IT curriculum standards, and the characteristics of IT professionals in demand across a range of industries. A Monash IT graduate is industry prepared and ready to contribute.

Flexibility – you choose The common core units which provide an insight into the various areas of IT are the same across all our IT undergraduate programs. This gives students the flexibility to change their major or even their IT course with little or no time penalty.

Majors A major is the completion of eight units that together make up a specialisation within a degree. Majors are available in the Bachelor of Computer Science (page 7) and the Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems (page 10) degrees.

Industry experience An important element of the faculty’s undergraduate degrees is the final-year Industry Experience (IE) project. This involves developing a working system for an external client, such as a website, a multimedia CD, a database, a network solution or a software application. Students draw upon the knowledge and skills acquired in their degree while gaining valuable real-world experience. This enables them to practice the skills learned throughout their degree in a real world setting. For further information visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/industryprojects. html

The Faculty of Information Technology has double degrees available with the faculties of Arts, Business and Economics and Science (page 15). All entry requirements for both degrees must be satisfied to gain entry with a course duration of 4 years full-time study. Completing a double degree combines interests across two different fields to open doors to more fascinating and exciting jobs. Employers often seek broader skills in graduates beyond the technical skills pertaining specifically to their industry. They recognise the benefits of being able to think outside the square.

Exchange and Study Abroad The Monash Exchange and Study Abroad program offers students the opportunity to study one or two semesters overseas, providing guaranteed credit towards their degree. Students can choose to study at any of the Monash campuses in Australia, Sunway or South Africa, or select from the 120 partner institutions in 27 countries around the world. www.monash.edu/students/studyabroad/ programs

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Did you know? Study at any campus

The common core units can be studied at any campus (Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, Sunway and South Africa).

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Industry Based Learning

All Monash Faculty of Information Technology undergraduate degrees have Industry Based Learning (IBL) available. Students who gain entry to IBL receive generous scholarships and complete 22 or 44 weeks of full-time employment with our Industry partner organisations as part of their course. This graduate level work ranges from business analyst and consulting positions at professional service firms, to software development, web development, project management and desktop support roles. The Bachelor of Business Information Systems IBL students engage in two 22week placements and receive a scholarship of up to $36,000. Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Software Engineering and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems IBL students engage in at least one 22-week placement and receive a $15,000 scholarship per placement.

The IBL program has run for over 20 years, and is a highly successful program. It is regarded by our industry partners as the benchmark for industry based learning. To date all IBL graduating students have received job offers in their final year! In 2009, almost 80% of IBL graduating students were recruited by partner organisations, which strongly attests to the quality of our students placed at our partner organisations. Admission to the IBL program is based on academic results and an interview with the faculty’s IBL partners. Selection criteria include communication skills, maturity, enthusiasm, initiative, leadership qualities, extra-curricular interests and participation, academic performance, previous exposure to paid work and career interests. The IBL program is currently available to Australian and New Zealand citizens or holders of Australian permanent resident visas or permanent humanitarian visas. Attend an information session to find out more about the application and selection process. For further information visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/ibl

The faculty’s IBL partners include the following local and global organisations: Accenture, ADP Employer Services, ANZ Bank, AXA Australia, Bakers Delight, BlueScope Distribution, Coles, Constraint Technologies, Daniels International, Deloitte, Flexera Software, GE Capital, Grant Thornton, IBM Australia, KPMG, Monash University, Origin Energy, Oxfam, National Australia Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Qenos, QSR International, Readify, Streamline Solutions, Thales Australia, Unisys

Industry feedback Grant Thornton Australia Kristy Fotiadis Manager – Business Transformation Consulting

“The industry based learning program provides students the opportunity to put theory to practice. More importantly students learn how to communicate and build rapport in the workplace. By the time students graduate they are confident and competent individuals ready to hit the ground running. In applying for a graduate role, IBL students stand out amongst the crowd, as compared to students with no practical work experience.”

GE Capital “GE Capital is proud to be involved with the IBL program. The program provides an invaluable and exciting opportunity for students to experience work in the corporate world while still completing their studies. Students that have completed placements with us have contributed great ideas and a fresh perspective, while managing their own project or initiative to deliver meaningful outcomes. GE Capital offers the Information Management Leadership Program for IT graduates, and we are fortunate that some of our past IBL students have joined this program to take the next step in their career.”

David Wei Bachelor of Business Information Systems (2009) David completed industry based learning placements at Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers “The IBL program is like a GPS system, guiding us to where we really want to go. It gives us directions on where to go and supports us on what we want to do. So at the end of our studies, we will know that we have arrived at the correct destination, and that we did not lose our way during our journey. “Also during my second year, I was involved in the University’s Student Leadership Program – Ancora Imparo (www. monash. edu/students/leadership). This program provided me with a view of the many of issues affecting the world today.” Information Technology – it.monash.edu

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Courses Bachelor of Business Information Systems

What is Business Information Systems? Business Information Systems is the application of information technology to meet business needs. Business Information Systems professionals apply IT to solve business problems, improve business processes and facilitate decision making. Graduates are in great demand because they have the necessary business background to develop IT solutions for business problems. They are particularly sought after by global professional service organisations, including the big four accounting firms, because of their combination of business and IT skills. Some examples of Business Information Systems graduate roles include: • Business assurance and advisory consulting • Business systems integration consulting • ICT business analyst • Web developer

The course The Bachelor of Business Information Systems course aims to develop an understanding of the role of information technology in business and to prepare students for leadership roles. Students learn fundamental business and IT concepts and how IT can be used to serve business needs. Areas of study: • the use of information technology in organisations • the fundamentals of business programming

Industry Based Learning (IBL) IBL students receive a scholarship of up to $36,000 paid over 3 years and work full-time for two 22-week placements during their Bachelor of Business Information Systems degree. For further information on the application and selection process visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/ibl Course quick facts Course code

3333

CRICOS code

054528K

Course duration

• business process reengineering; business analysis

3 years full-time, 4 years (with honours), 6 years part-time

Location

Clayton campus

• analysis and interpretation of business data

Entry requirements

www.infotech.monash. edu/apply/requirements/ undergraduate/academic.html

• development of business information systems in organisations

• decision support and project management.

For further information visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/undergraduate

• Project manager • ICT architect • ICT security and forensics consultant.

Jessica Brouwer Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Current student) Business Information Systems IBL Scholarship Women in Information Technology Bursary “The industry experience gives me a unique edge over other graduates not only as a highlight in my resume, I also become personally known to companies and their recruitment teams over the three-year course and beyond. The generous scholarship is great not only because it relieves the financial pressure during uni, but also because it recognises student achievement.” “Jessica completed an industry placement with Deloitte, where she has accepted a graduate position, and is currently completing her second placement with GE Capital.”

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Damian Kovach Bachelor of Computer Science and Bachelor of Science (2006)

Adi Rum Bachelor of Computer Science (2006) Graduate Diploma in Psychology (2007) Damian and Adi have created an original and successful business that combines their skills in computer science with their interest in health and fitness. Soon after graduating they created a business around an online fitness search engine that matches people to gyms and fitness centres in the area they live. Three years down the track the two work on the business 10 hours a day. The site, www.localfitness.com.au, now receives over six million hits a month and gyms large and small want to be involved. “We wanted to be able to give people an exact match to their needs in the least amount of time. We merged our knowledge of IT, psychology and fitness and came up with the lifestyle search. A search that may take hours is completed in 10 seconds,” explains Damian. Adi became interested in the area of human-computer interaction during his computer science degree, “I wanted to be part of this course because it gave me the unique opportunity to gain valuable industry experience whist completing an internationally recognised degree.”

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Courses Bachelor of Computer Science

What is Computer Science?

The course

Majors

Computer science is the study of the theoretical foundations of computation leading to the systematic design of computer software and hardware. It is not restricted to current technologies. Instead it emphasises fundamental principles, enabling graduates to understand, anticipate, and shape future developments.

The course is designed for students who wish to study computing in depth. It focuses on software development, computer architecture, and the underlying theory of computation. These areas are combined with the study of computational approaches in science and engineering and of information processing applications in industry and commerce.

Majors give students the opportunity to specialise in a specific area.

Computer scientists drive cutting edge developments in bioinformatics, intelligent systems, networking, scientific computing, and many other areas where challenging information processing problems must be solved. They help to make the web manageable with powerful search engines, to make entertainment more exciting with ever improving animation and gaming technologies, to break new scientific ground with sophisticated data analysis methods, to advance medical research with new methods for predicting drug function and for interpreting genetic information, and to make digital life safer with new encryption and security systems. Graduates may enter a research career in industry or academia or they may choose to work on IT applications in industry, commerce, and government. They will work in a large variety of roles including: • Specialist programmer • Systems analyst

Students undertake core studies in programming and software development, theoretical foundations, algorithms and data structures, and computer systems as well as professional training, such as project management. Elective choices cover intelligent systems, computer graphics, software engineering, numerical methods, and human-computer interaction. In their final year students undertake a substantial capstone project involving the development of a realistically sized software system. The course provides the opportunity to further specialise in a field of choice, either within computer science itself or in another discipline. Specialisations offered include computational science, software development, mathematics, decision support, and a comprehensive list of specialisations in other sciences, including biology, physics, chemistry, and biotechnology.

• Research scientist • Consultant • IT management.

Industry Based Learning (IBL) IBL students receive a scholarship of $15,000 and work full-time for 22 weeks during their Bachelor of Computer Science degree. For further information on the application and selection process visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/ibl

Course quick facts Course code

2380

CRICOS code

030782E

Course duration

3 years full-time, 4 years (with honours), 6 years part-time

Location

Clayton and Sunway campuses

Entry requirements

www.infotech.monash. edu./apply/requirements/ undergraduate/academic.html

For further information visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/undergraduate

• Computational science is a key component of all modern science and engineering. Only computational analysis and visualisation allow us to study the vast amounts of data contemporary science uses. Simulations enable us to perform virtual experiments that are too dangerous, too difficult, or too costly to perform in reality. They even enable us to explore hypothetical worlds. The computational science major complements computer science with foundational studies in another field of science and with specialised topics in scientific computation. It aims to produce graduates that are adept in transdisciplinary work. • D  ecision support is vital for effective management. Decision support systems use innovative IT techniques to model organisations and the impact of alternative choices on quality of service and operational costs. Applications include strategic planning, market analysis, resource allocation, and scheduling. The decision support major complements the foundational studies in computer science with topics in data analysis, decision making, intelligent systems, and decision support systems. • Systems development requires not only a solid grounding in computer science, but also a sound knowledge of technological topics, such as computer architecture and networking. The systems development major combines technological topics with basic training in software engineering and is aimed at students who want to focus on the engineering aspects of information technology.

Minor • Mathematics is a powerful universal language for precise reasoning and problem solving. As such it provides the foundation for all scientific work. A minor in mathematics gives you a significantly deeper understanding of the formal aspects of computer science and an invaluable toolbox for solving challenging application problems.

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Courses Bachelor of Software Engineering

What is Software Engineering?

The course

The study of Software Engineering involves computer science, problem-solving, mathematical foundations of software engineering, programming, software development methodologies, software processes and lifecycles, software quality, testing and technical documentation.

The Bachelor of Software Engineering is a four-year course, accredited both by the Australian Computer Society and Engineers Australia.

It involves the analysis, design, development and maintenance of software systems for a variety of applications, including large-scale projects. Software Engineers with these skills are highly valued by business and government organisations involved with large or small software systems. Software Engineers are attracted to a variety of roles, such as: • Software engineering • Software architecture • Software development • Software consulting • Internet development • Programming • IT project management • Database design and management • Network administration • Games programming.

The course explores the design, construction and engineering of large complex software systems which meet information processing challenges, subject to constraints such as cost, time and risk management. Students undertake units in programming, engineering, mathematics and computer systems and then study specific software engineering units. Also they may select electives units from the Information Technology and Engineering faculties to specialise in areas like mobile computing, networks, security, telecommunications and embedded systems. During fourth year students undertake a full-year group studio project with an industry client. A large number of units are laboratory-based, and students spend a significant portion of their time in individual and group-based project work. This approach develops skills in group management and dynamics, along with professional communication skills in areas such as technical writing, documentation and presentations.

Industry Based Learning (IBL) IBL students receive a scholarship of $15,000 and work full-time for 22 weeks during their Bachelor of Software Engineering degree. For further information on the application and selection process visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/ibl Course quick facts Course code

2770

CRICOS code

026690K

Course duration

4 years full-time, 8 years part-time

Location

Clayton campus

Entry requirements

www.infotech.monash. edu/apply/requirements/ undergraduate/academic.html

For further information visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/undergraduate

Chris Mears PhD candidate Chris completed his Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) in 2005 and in the same year received a Vice-Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship. The decision to continue on with his studies was made during the final year of study. “I enjoyed the taste of research during my studies in the Honours program and wanted to continue this further. My area of interest is Constraint Programming and Combinatorial Optimisation. If asked to explain this to someone in one sentence my answer would be, ‘We aim to solve difficult problems that occur in such areas as logistics and scheduling, more efficiently by exploiting their symmetries.’ “Another factor for choosing Monash to continue my passion for research was the experience of the research staff.” Information Technology – it.monash.edu

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Courses Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems

What is the study of Information Technology and Systems? The Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems (BITS) focuses on the application of computer and computer-based systems to meet information needs. It aims to provide the greatest possible flexibility and the broadest possible range of options from technical computing to information and businessrelated themes. Graduates from the course will have the knowledge and skills needed to use IT effectively and to use, develop and manage IT-based systems. The breadth and strong practical emphasis of the course will prepare graduates for careers working with information and IT in a wide range of positions in business, government and industry.

The course The course has a flexible structure which enables students to tailor their studies to suit their individual needs. It allows students to opt for breadth in their studies by taking units across a wide range of aspects of IT, or to focus their studies by completing one or two majors according to their interests and skills. Students can change their choice of major during their degree and move between a major and the general version (no major) as they wish. Graduates enter a variety of roles such as: • Business analyst • Database administrator

General version The general version of the degree is suitable for students who wish to emphasise breadth in their studies and do not want to specialise in any specific area of IT. Students graduate without a major.

Majors Majors give students the opportunity to specialise in a specific area. Applications development focuses on the technologies and techniques used to create computer-based systems and the development processes used in the construction of large-scale systems. It aims to prepare students for careers in positions responsible for the development and implementation of software systems. Key topics covered by the major include all aspects of the development process ranging from systems analysis and design to programming and implementation. Applications development and networks focuses on the development of IT-based systems to support organisations, with a particular emphasis on the use of network technologies. It aims to prepare students for careers in positions responsible for the development and implementation of software systems and the management and support of computer networks. Key topics covered in the major include e-commerce, application software development, network management and database design.

Business systems focuses on the use of computers and information systems to understand, model and solve complex problems in business and commerce. It aims to prepare students for careers in positions responsible for specifying and developing effective business system solutions. Key topics include business modelling, business systems application, systems analysis and development. Enterprise information management focuses on the nature of information and information needs, and the types of ITbased systems which organisations and individuals use to meet them. It aims to prepare students for careers in positions responsible for analysing and evaluating information needs, ensuring appropriate information structures and management strategies, and implementing and managing information systems. Key topics covered in the major include information and knowledge management, information system capabilities, information architectures, and the processes by which application systems are selected, acquired and operated. Games development provides students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the processes and technologies used in the development of games, and their associated technical and creative content. It examines all aspects of games development from both a theoretical and a practical perspective.

• Games developer • Information manager • IT Consultant • IT Security consultant • Multimedia developer • Network administrator/designer

Industry Based Learning (IBL) IBL students receive a scholarship of $15,000 and work full-time for 22 weeks during their Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems degree. Some students may be eligible for a second 22-week placement. For further information on the application and selection process visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/ibl

• Specialist programmer • Systems analyst.

Monash South Africa The Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems degree in Monash South Africa is known as the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences. For further information visit: sit.monash.ac.za

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Undergraduate Degree Common core units

Bachelor of Information Technolgy and Systems General version

Campus

Mode

Berwick

Caulfield

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Applications development

Clayton

Gippsland

Sunway

South Africa

Off-campus learning

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• •

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Applications development and networks Business systems

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Enterprise information management Games development Information and communications technology Multimedia development

Students are taught the main technologies and tools used in the games industry, with an emphasis on game and interactive software development. Key topics covered in the major include games programming, games artificial intelligence, games design, and current and emerging games technologies. Information and communications technology focuses on the hardware and network technologies on which computer systems are run and the management and support needs associated with them. It aims to prepare students for careers in positions responsible for building, managing and maintaining organisational IT infrastructure. Key topics covered in the major include networks and data communications, network administration, web-based technologies, database, IT security, and IT infrastructure management.

Multimedia development focuses on teaching students the knowledge and skills needed for analysis, design and implementation of computer based multimedia products, services and systems. Students will learn how to make effective use of multimedia as a method of representing information, and develop their knowledge and skills in using the technologies which are required to make digital multimedia. Key topics covered by the major include imaging, sound and video, animation, 3-D modelling and emerging multimedia technologies.

Course quick facts Course code

3334

CRICOS code

054529J

Course duration

3 years full-time, 4 years (with honours), 6 years part-time

Location

Berwick, Caulfield, Gippsland, Sunway, South Africa, Off-campus

Entry requirements

www.infotech.monash. edu/apply/requirements/ undergraduate/academic.html

For further information visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/undergraduate

Trent Gwillim Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems (Current student) Multimedia Applications major “I chose this course because it contains a broad range of units that covered each topic that linked in with each other to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the IT fields. I also chose the Multimedia Major stream because I quite enjoyed animating and producing digital content which I often did as a pastime when in high school, so this course would essentially be an extension to my knowledge.” Trent also runs his own web development business www.southernpacificdigital.com while studying. He is gaining valuable work experience while completing his degree.

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Life at Monash

High School Activities Boot Camp

It begins long before you become an Information Technology student at Monash University. There are opportunities to engage in activities and study while you are at school. Monash University offers a range of pathway programs into the university for domestic and international students. When you apply for a degree,

Pathways to University VCE

Undergraduate Degrees

Applications

Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems (p10-11)

VTAC p19

p17

p24

General version (p10) International Baccalaureate p24

p24

High School E-Sports League

Mid-year direct entry p19

p17

Foundation year p24

Enhancement studies

p1, p3

p16

Year 12 – Interstate or Overseas

Step IT Up

Scholarship assessment p17, 20

p16

Diploma of Tertiary Studies

p17

Applications development (p10)

Industry Based Learning

Credit assessment

Applications development and networks (p10) Common Core units (p2)

IT Challenge

Business systems (p10) Enterprise information management (p10) Games development (p10) Information and communications technology (p11) Multimedia development (p11) Bachelor of Business Information Systems (p5)

p17

p17

Bachelor of Computer Science (p7) Schools relationship program

Monash College

p24

Work experience

Course fees

TAFE p16

Open Day

Decision support (p7) Systems development (p7)

Monash agents p17

p19

16

Monash University English Language Centre (MUELC) p17

Single unit study p24

Computational science (p7) p19

p17

Bachelor of Software Engineering (p9) Double Degrees (p15)

Opportunities while studying Real world ex

Scholarships and Awards International merit scholarships

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p18, 25

Monash Under Projects Abro

Women in IT bursary

p18

Industry Exper

Industry Based Learning Scholarships

p15

Academic achievement awards

p15

Volunteering

Sir John Monash award

p16

Industry Base

Indigenous Australian Scholarships and Bursaries

p16

Industry event

Travel grants t


consider the various programs that reward academic merit. Completing your undergraduate degree may occur at another campus or by a different mode. Further opportunities are available while studying to enhance your study experience through scholarships and awards, real world experience, extra-curricular activities and the university student support and services. Even after graduation, your future is always a part of Monash University.

Campus Berwick

Mode Caulfield

Clayton

Gippsland

Sunway •

South Africa

Future

Off-campus learning

Honours Postgraduate studies

Research

• •

Monash Alumni

p15

p15

p15

p16

Enter workforce

Career fields

• Artificial intelligence • Banking and financial services

• •

• Bioinformatics • Computer games

• Cryptography •

• e-business

• Multimedia

• Robotics

• Software engineering

• Systems and network administration

• Telecommunications • Visual effects

perience

Extra-curricular

Student Support and Services

rgraduate Research ad (MURPA)

Vice-Chancellor’s Ancora Imparo Student Leadership Program p16

Sports and recreation facilities

p21

ience projects

p2

Clubs and Societies

Student equity

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d Learning

p16

TeamMONASH™ p24 p16 p1, 3

Peer mentor program

o study abroad

p16

Safety and security p16

p16

Counselling

p16

p16

Financial and medical services

p16

Trips and Tours p2

p16

p16

Student associations

• Web application development

English language support p16

p16

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Taking your degree further

Honours degrees

Scholarships and Awards

Honours degrees are available in all four undergraduate degrees for students interested in research. They are:

The Faculty of Information Technology offers a range of undergraduate coursework scholarships and bursaries for domestic and international students including:

• Honours degree of Bachelor of Business Information Systems • Honours degree of Bachelor of Computer Science • Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours streams available in fourth year) • Honours degree of Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems. For further information visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/honours

• The Business Information Systems Achievement Scholarship • Faculty of Information Technology International Merit Scholarship.

Double degrees

The faculty also rewards and encourages its highest achieving students with a variety of awards including:

The double degrees available to Monash IT students are:

• Bellamy Awards

• Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems

• Dean’s Achievement Awards

• Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Business Information Systems • Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Computer Science • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Information Systems • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computer Science • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems • Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication) and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems • Bachelor of Professional Communication and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems. For further information visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/courses/undergraduate/double-degrees.html

For further information visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/scholarships

Postgraduate study Undergraduate degrees also provide qualification for entry to postgraduate study. Postgraduate study options include: • Graduate and Postgraduate Certificates • Graduate and Postgraduate Diplomas • Masters by Coursework • Masters Honours • Masters by Research • Master of Philosophy • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Students who complete an Honours degree may be eligible to progress directly on to a PhD. For further information visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/postgraduate

Janet Saw Bachelor of Multimedia Systems (2006) Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems Honours (2008) Vice-Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship (2008) Originally from Malaysia, Janet quickly settled in Melbourne to undertake her tertiary studies. “Studying at Monash was different from what I had experienced before, and very exciting. It was a whole new way of learning which I adapted to fairly quickly. I enjoyed studying independently, as it allowed me to set my own high standards when working on assignments. The Honours degree not only introduced me to a new and fascinating world of research, but has convinced me to continue towards a PhD in the near future.”

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Useful links

Academic achievement awards

www.infotech.monash.edu/apply/scholarships/

Clubs and Societies

www.monash.edu/students/associations/

Counselling

www.monash.edu/counselling/

English language support

www.monash.edu/lls/

Financial and Medical Services

www.monash.edu/health-wellbeing/index.html

Indigenous Australian Scholarships and Bursaries

www.adm.monash.edu/scholarships/

Industry events

www.infotech.monash.edu/events/

International Baccalaureate (IB)

www.infotech.monash.edu/apply/requirements/undergraduate/academic.html

Monash Alumni

www.monash.edu/alumni/

Monash University Foundation Year

www.monash.edu/mufy/

Peer mentor program

www.monash.edu/health-wellbeing/get-involved/

Safety and security

www.adm.monash.edu/ohse/ & www.monash.edu/study/international/security/

Sir John Monash award

www.mrgs.monash.edu/scholarships/students/monashaward/index.html

Single unit study

www.infotech.monash.edu/apply/requirements/undergraduate/academic.html

Sports and recreation facilities

www.sport.monash.edu/

Student associations

www.monash.edu/students/associations/

Student equity

www.adm.monash.edu/sss/equity-diversity/student-equity/

TeamMONASH™

www.sport.monash.edu/events/team-monash.html

Trips and Tours

www.sport.monash.edu/tripsandtours/

Vice-Chancellor’s Ancora Imparo Student Leadership Program

www.monash.edu/students/leadership/

Volunteering

www.monash.edu/students/careers/volunteering.html

Work experience

www.adm.monash.edu/workplace-policy/employment/categories/professional/ work-experience.html

Ausben Liu Monash College Diploma of Information Technology “Monash College provides excellent academic and social assistance. International students feel very comfortable and confident being students here, as it is a multicultural learning environment where all cultures are embraced.” “Monash College has great teaching staff. They encourage me to ask more questions than ever before. There are also learning advisers who help you improve your learning skills to better prepare you for exams and assignments.”

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Pathways into the degrees

In addition to VCE, graduates of TAFE and other educational institutions have pathways into a Faculty of Information Technology degree. Monash University offers a range of pathway programs that provide an alternative to direct entry into university.

Pathway programs at Monash provide an ideal bridge between school and university, making the transition as smooth and simple as possible. The programs are designed to equip you with the skills needed to meet university entry requirements and succeed in your chosen degree. Depending on the program you choose, you may also have the opportunity to fast track your studies by completing your degree sooner to save time and money. When you successfully complete a pathway program and achieve the required grades, you can gain entry into Monash University. For further information visit: www.monash.edu/study/pathways

Diploma of Tertiary Studies The Diploma of Tertiary Studies (DOTS), offered at Monash’s Gippsland and Berwick campuses, is a one year full-time course designed as an alternative entry pathway to university study. The program is particularly suited to students requiring additional learning support in their first year. For each of the two semesters, students complete one DOTS core unit, plus three Faculty of Information Technology units that relate to the Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems course that is offered on the Berwick or Gippsland campus. Students who are successful in gaining a place in the Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems after completion of DOTS will be eligible to receive up to eight units of credit towards their degree. Domestic applicants must have successfully competed their VCE or equivalent. International students must meet all of the university’s minimum entry requirements, including academic, English language and age. For further information visit: www.arts.monash.edu/humcass/ugrad/ dots.php

Diploma of Information Technology

Transfer to Monash

Monash College is designed as a supportive environment to help students transition to tertiary education. It has small class sizes and additional English language and academic support resources.

Students from other universities are able to transfer to Monash. If previous study is assessed as being equivalent to Monash University units, credit may be granted.

• Part 1 of the diploma is comparable to Year 12 and provides key skills for studies in IT, and • P  art 2 is equivalent to first year of university. On completion of Part 2, and on satisfying entry requirements, Diploma graduates gain direct entry into second year of an IT undergraduate degree.

For further information visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/apply/process/ credit

Beginning a pathway Monash University English Language Centre (MUELC ) The MUELC offers a suite of English language programs for international students.

Flexible intakes in March, June and October mean that many students save time on traditional entry routes by starting their journey to an IT degree earlier. The total course (Part 1 and 2) takes approximately 16 months to complete. The college equips you with the necessary knowledge and study skills for above-average success in your IT degrees at Monash.

The English Language Bridging Program is offered as part of a conditional offer to students who meet the academic requirements for university study but fall short of the English requirement.

For further information visit: www.monashcollege.edu.au

The MUELC also offers IELTS and TOEFL preparation programs and testing services.

TAFE

For further information visit: www.monash.edu/englishcentre

Satisfactory completion of an advanced certificate (Certificate IV or above) or the first year of a TAFE institute (Technical and Further Education) associate diploma to gain admission into an Information Technology degree. For further information visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/apply/ requirements/undergraduate/academic.html

English for Academic Preparation and the Introductory Academic Program are other programs offered to help students prepare of the demands of university.

Enhancement Studies This program gives high-achieving VCE students the opportunity to get a head start on their university journey and study first-year subjects as part of their Year 12 program. For further information visit: www.monash.edu/study/enhancement

Gaining credit for prior study You may be eligible for credit if you have completed post-secondary studies (eg TAFE Diploma, university level studies). For further information visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/apply/process/ credit

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Transferring to another degree All undergraduate degrees share the same common core units allowing students the ability to transfer to another Information Technology degree.

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Flexible Learning

Students have the option of studying either on-campus or off-campus.

On-campus study Our undergraduate degrees are offered oncampus during the day at Clayton, Caulfield, Berwick, Gippsland, Sunway and South Africa campuses, and can be undertaken on either a full-time or part-time basis. On-campus students attend daytime lectures and tutorial or laboratory sessions. You are also provided with comprehensive study materials and have 24-hour access to computer labs.

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Study from home through off-campus learning (OCL) You can also study the Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems via off-campus learning mode from anywhere in the world. With our comprehensive study materials and online support, there is no need to attend on-campus classes. All you require is regular and substantial access to a computer and the internet. You can choose to commence your studies via off-campus learning mode and transfer to on-campus studies or vice versa.

Did you know? Scholarships

Consider the range of scholarships, bursaries and awards available for domestic and international students such as: Faculty of Information Technology International Merit Scholarship • up to the value of A$15,000 Women in Information Technology Bursary • value of A$3000 The Business Information Systems Achievement Award • Commonwealth-supported place contributions paid for the duration of the degree. For further information visit www.infotech.monash.edu/scholarships

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Degree intakes There are intakes for all undergraduate degrees in early March and mid-July each year, for domestic and international students.

Summer semester study The Faculty of Information Technology teaches two standard semesters each year, March to June and July to October. Some units may be offered in an extra summer semester at the Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland and Sunway campuses. This use of the summer semester assists to accelerate your study towards the degree, or as a catch up semester.


Applications

Domestic students are Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents (including holders of Australian permanent humanitarian visas).

How to lodge your application to study on-campus Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC ) Domestic applicants must apply through VTAC to commence study for semester 1. This is for on-campus full-time and part-time undergraduate study. All international students studying Year 12 or International Baccalaureate (IB) residing in Australia who wish to apply for a Monash undergraduate degree must submit an online application directly to VTAC. For further information and closing dates visit: www.vtac.edu.au or call 1300 364 133 For further information on VTAC requirements visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/apply/ requirements

Direct entry Subject to availability of Commonwealth Supported Places, there are normally intakes for the July semester. Domestic students can apply online at: www.adm.monash.edu/admissions/ applyonlineinstruct.html International students can apply directly for full fee-paying places. To commence study for semester 1 or semester 2, apply online at: www.monash.edu/study/iinternational/apply For further information on entry requirements visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/apply/ requirements/undergraduate/academic.html

Monash agents

Course fees

Application forms must be submitted with certified copies of academic transcripts and English qualifications or results. Applications may also be made through Monash agents, which are located in major cities around the world. For more information on Monash agents visit the website.

Australian citizens may apply for an Australian Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP).

For further information visit: www.monash.edu/study/international/agents

How to lodge your application to study through off-campus mode Off-campus mode refers to distance learning for courses offered in Australia. It does not apply to students studying at the Malaysia or South Africa campuses.

For further information visit: www.monash.edu/study/fees International students can apply for an international full-fee paying place. The Australian government also requires international students to have current private health insurance. For further information visit: www.monash.edu/study/international/ courses

For further information and to access the OCL application form visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/apply/process/ ocl.html For more information and application form: Tel: +61 3 9902 6835 Email: gsit@infotech.monash.edu.au For further information visit: www.infotech.monash.edu/courses/ offcampus

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Student work www.infotech.monash.edu/gallery

Examples of the work being developed by our multimedia students.

Stephanie Molk Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems (Honours) (2009) Multimedia Applications major www.stephmolk.com

Daniela Alethea Hammer Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems (Current student) Multimedia Applications major www.aletheart.com

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Information Technology research

Monash Undergraduate Research Projects Abroad (MURPA) MURPA supports a unique summer mode placement in a leading research group overseas. It provides a research experience at the undergraduate level in an international context. Students are placed for a period of eight weeks, allowing them to integrate into the research groups as team members. This fantastic opportunity to work with world-renowned Monash University and University of California in San Diego (UCSD) professors on cutting edge research projects provides a unique chance to experience life in a leading international research laboratory. Students will gain recognition on their academic transcript that will enhance career prospects and be considered favourably should they choose to undertake a postgraduate research career. Up to five Faculty of Information Technology third-year undergraduate students regularly visit the UCSD over the summer break to engage in leading edge research projects before returning to Monash to start and or complete their honours degrees. Many projects are in application of grid, cluster and cloud computing in the fast growing areas of eScience and eResearch.

Seminar series MURPA also involves an advanced seminar scheme, in which students can attend seminars given by world-leading experts before they leave. The seminar scheme is novel, because it uses a cutting edge high definition interactive video link to the University of California, making it feasible to attract some of the world’s best researchers ‘virtually’ to Monash. These seminars also allow students to ‘meet’ potential UCSD mentors and get some information about potential projects. The program gives students the opportunity: • to take a long break in their studies • to obtain research experience • to live and work in an international setting. Also the use of the faculty’s high bandwidth video conference technology in seminars and meetings has had a profound impact on the program. For further information visit: www.messagelab.monash.edu/MURPA

“The program has been an outstanding and valuable international experience for some of our best undergraduate students, and it has generated significant advances in cardiovascular science that were only possible because of the interdisciplinary excellence of our institutions in biomedical engineering and computational science.” Dr Andrew McCulloch, Professor and Jacobs Distinguished Scholar, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego, USA

“The chance to research overseas is so much more than just studying. It is solving interesting problems that I had a large part in specifying, undertaking and solving, with amazing people in an amazing institution. The experience is something I will carry with me to every new endeavour.” Peter Serwylo, MURPA 2008, Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems (Honours) 2008

“From working with my University of California supervisor, Dr Wilfred Li, in a top-rate Lab, I gained the confidence to believe that I could go on to higher study and possibly a research career in a challenging field like Avian Flu Drug Discovery. I also gained from the program a global perspective on my future prospects.”

MURPA students and mentor from left to right: Jonathan McClure, Professor David Abramson, Andrew Paterson, Aisa Na’im and Ben Morgan.

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Berwick campus

Caulfield campus

Clayton campus

Gippsland campus

South Africa campus

Sunway campus

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Campuses

The Faculty of Information Technology is located on six of Monash’s eight campuses: four in Australia as well as Sunway (Malaysia) and South Africa. Each campus has its own unique characteristics and strengths. Monash has an innovative approach to teaching, combining lectures, tutorials, studio work, seminars, web-based materials and laboratory projects. Many courses also include industry experience components. Some practical units are taught in customdesigned, professional studios designed to simulate an industry environment, where the focus is on real problem solving and collaborative learning in groups. These all combine to provide our students, with a stimulating and creative study experience.

Berwick This campus is located in Melbourne’s fastest growing urban corridor. It is situated 40 kilometres south-east of the city (45 minutes drive from Melbourne city centre), and four minutes walk from Berwick train station. The Berwick township is a gateway to the rural areas of eastern Victoria and has a variety of residential, retail shops, restaurants, schools, sporting service and welfare facilities. www.infotech.monash.edu/berwick

Caulfield The Caulfield campus is Monash University’s second largest, with about 15,000 students and staff. It is only 9 kilometres from the city of Melbourne and is well serviced by buses, trains and trams. Served by cafes, banking facilities, fine dining and its own gym, it also has a health service, library and religious facilities. The campus has residential services to assist with student accommodation, as well as international student support services. The shopping, café and nightlife districts of Chadstone, Chapel Street, St Kilda, Southbank and the city are not far away and easily accessible by public transport.

Clayton

South Africa

The Clayton campus is located approximately 22 kilometres from central Melbourne. It is the first and largest Monash campus with libraries, cafés, shops, banking facilities, health services, a sports and recreation centre, and a religious centre. For student, staff and visitors convenience, a free security bus operates at night to transport people within a two kilometre radius of the campus. Specialised services for students include a large range of sporting, cultural and spiritual clubs and societies; financial, medical and counselling advisors, chaplains, disability liaison, child care, residential services for on and off-campus accommodation and overseas student aid.

Monash’s South Africa campus was opened in February 2001 in Roodepoort, 20 kilometres northwest of central Johannesburg. Currently, the campus has facilities for 2500 students and is growing. Monash South Africa offers small classes and a multicultural community with more than 70% of students from other African countries.

www.infotech.monash.edu/clayton

Gippsland The Gippsland campus is located in the town of Churchill, approximately 160 kilometres south east of Melbourne. The campus sits on 63 hectares of landscaped grounds, incorporating picturesque lakes and creeks, gardens, and native bushlands and wildlife. It is only a short drive to some of Victoria’s best snowfields, surf beaches, national parks, and local sporting facilities. Its modern lecture theatres, seminar and tutorial rooms, library and computing laboratories provide a well-equipped and pleasant learning environment within the peaceful surrounds.

www.infotech.monash.edu/southafrica

Sunway Monash’s Sunway campus is located in the modern township of Bandar Sunway, Selangor (about 20 km south-west of Kuala Lumpur) and is the university’s first full campus outside Australia. In 2007 a new 12-acre state-of-the-art campus opened with around 3500 students. The campus will accommodate up to 10,000 students. www.infotech.monash.edu/malaysia

www.infotech.monash.edu/gippsland

www.infotech.monash.edu/caulfield Acknowledgment of Country In the spirit of reconciliation, Monash University acknowledges and pays respects to the traditional owners and elders, both past and present, of the land on which Monash University’s six Australian campuses stand, the Wurundjeri (Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton and Parkville) and Bunurong (Peninsula) peoples of the Kulin nation and the Brayukaloong clan of the Gunnai/Kurnai people (Gippsland). We acknowledge their living culture and unique role in the life of this region and offer our deep appreciation for their contribution to and support of our academic enterprise. www.monash.edu/study/indigenous/ Information Technology – it.monash.edu

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Events and Competitions

The faculty organises a number of events and competitions together with its industry partners. Join in to get to know more about the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. www.infotech.monash.edu/promotion/competitions

Professional Development Sessions for Secondary School Teachers To help bridge the growing digital divide between teachers and tech-savvy students, the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University run professional development sessions for secondary school staff. www.infotech.monash.edu/promotion/competitions/teacher-sessions.html Computer Games Boot Camp The Computer Games Boot Camp is devoted to everything connected to computer games, with team activities, gaming challenges and presentations from industry professionals. www.infotech.monash.edu/promotion/games-boot-camp High School E-Sports League High school students from Years 9 to 12 around Australia are invited to join the E-Sports League. If you enjoy playing games, are interested in becoming a professional gamer or enjoy team-based activities, this activity is for you. www.infotech.monash.edu/promotion/esports-league Step IT Up Step IT Up is an opportunity for Year 10 and 11 students to participate in workshops and discussions covering game development, web design, database, programming and multimedia. www.infotech.monash.edu/promotion/step-it-up IT Challenge The IT Challenge is a multiple category competition for High School Students and celebrated in a final IT Challenge awards night in October 2010. www.infotech.monash.edu/promotion/competitions/it-challenge

At Monash seminar series Bring the family and come along to our Information Technology At Monash seminar where our IT graduates will share information about our leading undergraduate IT degrees, what it is like to study at university and the graduate careers you can expect. For further information visit: www.monash.edu/study/events/ atmonash

Monash Open Day Visit the Faculty of Information Technology and take a look at the wide variety of courses, international opportunities and great facilities. The faculty teaches on four Australian campuses at Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton, and Gippsland. Australia www.monash.edu/openday South Africa www.monash.ac.za/events Sunway www.monash.edu.my/openday

Playstation Portable (PSP) Competition Would you like to receive more information about Monash’s IT courses and events? Complete the on-line form to enter the monthly draw to win a Playstation Portable. https://secure.monash.edu/infotech/promotion/study-at-monash

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Up to A$15,000 Scholarship

International students enrolling into an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree at an Australian Monash University campus may be eligible for the Faculty of Information Technology International Merit Scholarship. Students studying Year 12 or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, must submit a scholarship application through VTAC to be considered for this scholarship. All other students will be automatically assessed for the scholarship. The scholarship is A$3000 or A$5000 per annum for the duration of the degree. This value will be determined by academic results in previous study. For further information or to view the eligibility table visit:

Domestic students can apply for the Industry Based Learning program scholarships. (page 3).

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Find out more Domestic student enquiries: Phone: +61 3 9903 2015 Fax: +61 3 9903 2745 Email: admissions@infotech.monash.edu.au International student enquiries: Phone: +61 3 9903 4788 Email: study@monash.edu Please visit our faculty website at: it.monash.edu

Postal addresses Caulfield campus Faculty of Information Technology Monash University, Caulfield campus PO Box 197, Caulfield East Victoria 3145, Australia Clayton campus Faculty of Information Technology Monash University, Clayton campus Building 63, Wellington Road, Clayton Victoria 3800, Australia Berwick campus Faculty of Information Technology Monash University, Berwick campus Building 903, Clyde Road, Berwick Victoria 3806, Australia Gippsland campus Faculty of Information Technology Monash University, Gippsland campus Northways Road, Churchill Victoria 3842, Australia South Africa campus Faculty of Information Technology Monash University, South Africa campus P/B X60 Roodepoort, 1725, South Africa Tel: +27 11 950 4030

Disclaimer: The information in this brochure was correct at the time of publication, Monash University reserves the right to alter procedures, fees and regulations should the need arise. Students should carefully read all official correspondence, and other sources of information for students (such as websites) to be aware of changes to the information contained in this document. This information was published correct as at June 2010. CRICOS provider: Monash University 00008C

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Malaysia campus School of Information Technology Monash University, Sunway Campus Level 4, Building 2, Jalan Lagoon Selatan 46150 Bandar Sunway Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia Tel: +603 551 46000

Information Technology Undergraduate Course Guide  

Monash University Faculty of Information Technology Undergraduate Course Guide 2010