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Students develop the skills to design and develop multimedia resources and interactive programs that support a great user experience. Students develop an ability to select and use multimedia resources that facilitate engagement and usability. The Bachelor of Information Technology is accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

3 years (full time)


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Bachelor of Information Technology with a Major in Digital Interaction and User Experience

Information Technology is not just a pathway for your future; your degree could help you shape the future. Technology is everywhere, affects everyone and is never still. If IT is your passion, our Bachelor of Information Technology immerses you in a field that is driving our world forward.

If your dream of developing amazing software, designing multimedia experiences or creating tomorrow’s smart systems, this degree provides the technical and creative skills you need. Whether as a programmer, designer, web developer, systems analyst, database administrator, project manager, ICT network professional or technical support personnel, the Bachelor of Information Technology is the beginning of what could be an amazing future.

This course is compromised of 24 units, each designed to build your capabilities in the areas mentioned above. The structure is aligned with workplace outcomes and local industry requirements.

Year 1 – Term 1

EDUC1001 Language and Learning in your Discipline

ISYS1001 Web Development I

Year 1 – Term 2

COMP1002 Foundations of Computing

COMP1001 Data Communications and Networks

Year 1 – Term 3

PROG1001 Programming I

ISYS1002 Cybersecurity

Year 1 – Term 4

ISYS1005 Systems Analysis and Design

ISYS1004 Contemporary Issues in IT

Year 2 – Term 1

PROG2007 Programming II

DATA2001 Database Systems

Year 2 – Term 2

ISYS2001 Resources for User Interaction

BUSN1007 The Interconnected World

Year 2 – Term 3

BUSN3003 Entrepreneurship and Innovation

MATH1003 Quantitative Methods with Economics

Year 2 – Term 4

ISYS3001 Managing Software Development

PROG2006 Designing the User Experience

Year 3 – Term 1

PROG2001 Developing the User Experience

SOCI1004 Applied Ethics and Sustainability

Year 3 – Term 2

ISYS3004 User Experience Evaluation and Analysis

PROG2002 Web Development II

Year 3 – Term 3

ISYS3007 Information Technology Project A

ACCT1001 Accounting and Finance for Business

Year 3 – Term 4

ISYS3008 Information Technology Project B

STAT2003 Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis

*Units in brackets are prerequisites.

Course duration: 3 years (full time)​

Entry Requirements are

  • Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirement:
  • Senior Secondary Study, pass or higher and the language of instruction and examination was in English (see the ELP Senior Secondary Study Schedule);
  • Completion of Year 12 (best of 5, pass in English and Maths, PNG GPA 2.5)​
  • Completion of senior secondary plus additional further studies​
  • Completion of Year 10 plus additional further studies​
  • Completion of post High School studies​
  • Diploma/Adv Diploma Pathway from IBSU. Must have passed at least 50% of pathway (4 units for Diploma/8 units for Adv Diploma)

The Southern Cross Model

Bachelor of Information Technology Major in Digital Interaction and User Experience

Transition to Southern Cross Model in 2022

Introducing the Southern Cross Model

The Southern Cross Model is based on a new teaching calendar which promotes guided and active learning experiences for our students across locations, courses and levels of offering.

What are the Features of the Southern Cross Model?

  • Teaching is delivered in a 6-week ‘block’ using the existing Study Period calendar, with each block re-named as ‘Terms’. A 7th week for each Term allows time for study days and assessment (e.g. exams where required).
  • A 2- or 3-week break occurs between Terms.
  • All 6 Terms fit into one January to December calendar year.
  • Students are not required to study in all 6 Terms.
  • Full-time students enroll in 2 units per Term. A full-time load remains 8 units per academic year; course progressions are designed so that students complete in a minimum of 4 Terms per year.
  • A purpose-designed teaching delivery model accompanies the 6×6 calendar model.

Why are we introducing the Southern Cross Model?

To offer a distinctively supportive approach to students:

  • To provide a more focused and immersive way for students to learn.
  • Less stress for students: no rush to complete 3-4 assessments at once.
  • A more engaged and rewarding on campus experience for students and staff.


Surveys of students and potential students show positive support for change

Evidence the model provides better support for students:

  • SCU Online has been offered for 7 years in this model and has an increased success rate compared with students in the traditional Session calendar.
  • ‘Block Model’ at Victoria University has produced positive outcomes for student retention and success, as well as better feedback and student engagement.

Literature/evidence that other comparable models in Australia and worldwide have identified equivalent and better learning experiences across a range of measures including student commitment and academic performance.

What does learning look like in the Southern Cross model?

  • Guided, active learning experiences to advance students’ knowledge and skills with the support of others.
  • A range of learning activities including curated online material with opportunities for engaging and getting feedback, as well as classes where you’ll be involved in joint problem-solving, discussions and questioning.
  • Students will be engaged in two forms of learning – self-access learning which is delivered in interactive and guided modules, and class learning that focus on active, guided experiences that extend the materials in the self-access modules.
  • A single weighted unit in the Southern Cross Model will typically be delivered via up to 4 hours of class learning and up to 20 hours self-access learning per week. This may differ in units with specific requirements.


How can we do 13 weeks compressed into 6? 

Unit modules in the Southern Cross Model will have a specific design approach. They are not simply compressed or ‘intensive’ versions of a 12 or 13-week unit. In the new model, learning modules will be developed with materials and assessment that guide students through the curriculum so that the learning activities are meaningful and relevant for the learner. Assessment will be carefully sequenced to support this guided approach.

What units will I be able to enrol in?

Unit Enrolment will open at the beginning of the year, and our Student Service Support team will assist all BIT students to enrol based on their mapped Study Plans.

How will we build relationships with peers?

The Model is designed to offer our students a guided and interactive learning experience. Each unit will develop skills and knowledge through two forms of study – self access, and class learning. Class learning is specifically designed to ensure student engagement with the material through interaction with peers and the academic leading the activities.

Will it take me longer to finish my degree?

No. We will be mapping all study plans such that current students will complete within the normal duration of their degree.

I am part time and was doing 1 unit per session, what is the equivalent in the new model? 

  • We understand your concerns about completing content in a shorter timeframe. Part time students will be encouraged to do one unit in a Term, noting that they may be able to take some Terms as a break.
  • Unit modules in the Southern Cross Model will have a specific design approach – they are not simply compressed or ‘intensive’ versions of a 12 or 13-week unit.
  • In the new model, learning modules will be developed with materials and assessment that guide students through the curriculum so that the learning activities are meaningful and relevant for the learner.
  • The study hours per subject per week will be around 20 hours, the feedback we have had from students already studying in this model is that the study is manageable and achievable even while balancing other work life responsibilities.

When will I know what my study plan is going to be from 2022?

We are carefully mapping study plans for all courses, and will have information on the unit offerings and suggested study plans for students in Early January,2022. At that time, it will be possible for students to consider and begin to discuss the most appropriate enrolment patterns to suit individual circumstances.

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