Master of Information Technology

2 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 077475F

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Course Description

Are you passionate about cutting-edge information and communication technology? Do you to want to use sophisticated computing power to solve real-world problems across areas of business, government, health and society? The Master of Information Technology (MIT) will provide you with advanced technical skills and knowledge to be a leader of IT innovation.

You will learn the fundamental technical skills, which are applicable across a range of IT platforms and will not date as new technologies emerge. Knowledge gained in applied algorithmics, data mining, distributed computing, and human-centred design will allow you to evolve with and adapt to the swift pace of technology. As industry continues to be transformed by IT, a new workforce with transferrable problem-solving skills is in high demand.

The MIT is closely aligned with industry and includes competitive enrolment in a 25 point industry placement.

The course caters equally to those with a limited IT background looking for in-depth technical and theoretical education and those with strong experience in the domain.

The Master of Information Technology is available in four specialisations:

  • Computing

    A flexible option for attaining transferrable technical and problem-solving skills.

    You will work across disciplines and learn how to design, analyse, implement and evaluate IT projects and future needs in the changing context in the IT industry.

    Major strands of study include:

    • IT project and change management
    • Software development
    • Programming languages
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Software design

    Employment opportunities

    Senior IT and network positions, eg: data analyst, business analyst, database developer, web developer, mobile app developer and system programmer.

  • Distributed Computing

    As the world experiences an exponential growth in high-speed broadband and distributed storage and computation, an increasing demand for cloud computing and the need to access large quantities of data quickly and efficiently, experts are required to manage these complex networks.

    Learn to manage large quantities of data through distributed systems. You will develop cloud computing solutions, devise innovative broadband applications, and work on team projects applying distributed computing technologies to e-science and e-business.

    Major strands of study include:

    • Mobile computer systems programming
    • Cloud computing
    • High performance computing
    • Distributed algorithms
    • Parallel computing

    Employment opportunities

    Senior roles in web services, e-business, cloud computing, mobile systems programming and sensor networks, working as project leaders, network analysts, mobile applications developers and more.

  • Spatial

    Spatial information is all around us; from GPS to Google Earth, to mobile location based social media applications such as Foursquare.

    Prepare for a career in the spatial information industry, one of the fastest-growing IT sectors in the world.

    You will learn to analyse, communicate and visualise spatial information in all its forms.

    Major strands of study include:

    • Spatial databases
    • Spatial programming
    • Web and mobile mapping
    • Spatial services

    Plus electives in:

    • Satellite positioning
    • Remote sensing, and more …

    Employment opportunities

    Senior roles in designing mobile location based applications and games, working with spatial ICT to manage infrastructure and transport issues, optimising disaster management and response, working as policy advisors to governments and NGOs.

  • Human-Computer Interaction

    A new specialisation beginning in 2018, pending Academic Board approval. Applications for this specialisation are not yet open.

    A comprehensive course on human-centred design, development and evaluation of interactive technologies. You will acquire expertise in fieldwork techniques, designthinking and user-centred evaluation to create the next generation of interfaces that are useful, usable and satisfying.

    Major strands of study include:

    • User experience (UX)
    • Interaction design
    • Social computing
    • Information architecture
    • Ubiquitous computing

    Employment opportunities

    UI developer, interaction designer, user experience expert, user interface engineer, IT product design, design researcher, web design, mobile design, VR/AR design, game design, front-end engineer and service design expert.

Career outcomes

As critical skills shortages continue in the IT industry, MIT graduates will be well placed to secure exciting roles worldwide, whatever their specialisation. MIT graduates will possess the essential knowledge and skills that will make them globally-mobile and sought-after by industry. A wealth of graduate careers are available in areas such as cloud computing, web and mobile app development, and disaster management and GPS technology, in senior IT roles such as, data analyst, system programmer, cloud computing specialist, user-experience (UX) expert and mobile-location based system designer, and many more.

Professional accreditation

The Master of Information Technology is accredited by the Australian Computer Society and qualifies graduates for international membership of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Association for Information Systems.

Professional accreditation (Spatial stream only)

The Master of Information Technology (Spatial) is also accredited worldwide by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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