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Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Security)

Apply strategic creativity and innovation to protect data using ethical hacking to test systems and security protocols.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Berwick
On-line Learning
Location
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
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Berwick
Semester 1
Semester 2
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On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
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This course may be on offer at a partner institution.

Length
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
ATAR
Lowest Adjusted ATAR 50.00

Learn how to defend business government and individual databases that hold sensitive data. Employment in this area has experienced strong growth over the last ten years and is forecast to continue. Your specialisation in security will allow you to be on the frontline of the war in cyberspace and become familiar with methods attackers use. You will learn how to investigate and protect against security breaches on vulnerable private information whilst developing an understanding of the security models provided by the major operating systems involved in modern computer networks. Through core studies and practicals you will delve into networks their protocols and hardware to investigate how these systems can be vulnerable to a malicious attack. Your problem solving skills will come to the fore when ethical hacking testing a system to break-in or to find weak points. As a network architect or an IT security specialist you can look forward to a varied career in information security or IT operations. 

The Federation University Co-operative Model will accelerate your career by putting you at the heart of education and industry. 
Federation Co-op creates a direct connection between students and employers, via paid placements, career preparation and workplace skill development, supported by a leader in student support, skills development and social equity. 
Our industry stakeholders are excited about Federation Co-op as it addresses skill shortages by inviting them to collaborate on our courses, to identify the real skills that our students need to succeed in their chosen industry. 
Co-op means you can succeed wherever you start on your study journey. 
Federation has the know-how to deliver Co-op through our award-winning relationships with industry, including our 25+ year partnership with IBM, and our extensive research into the co-op model’s success in the USA, Canada and Europe for generations of students. 
• Work and world ready graduates.  We prepare our students through mandatory career development units, so you will be ready to enter the workforce during your co-operative placements, and through transferable World Ready Skills, so you are workforce ready when you graduate, regardless of your background before going to uni. 
• Real experience in your chosen profession. Every Co-op student completes a minimum of 60 days’ paid placement relevant to their course – contributing directly to course credits – either full time over one semester, part time over an extended period or in blocks embedded into your subjects. Co-op offers flexibility to suit our students’ commitments and course. 
• Co-design, co-develop and co-delivered with industry. We work with employers, industry, students and alumni to co-design, co-develop and co-deliver a comprehensive set of structured, assessed Co-operative Experiential Learning activities. 
 

  • Network administrator
  • Ethical hacker
  • ICT security specialist
  • Network architect and designer
  • Networking and security officer
  • Product security manager

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 1

Semester 1

UNDERSTANDING THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION
ITECH1100, 15 credit points
IT PROBLEM SOLVING
ITECH1101, 15 credit points
NETWORKING AND SECURITY
ITECH1102, 15 credit points
BIG DATA AND ANALYTICS
ITECH1103, 15 credit points

Semester 2

CLOUD AND ENTERPRISE COMPUTING
ITECH1104, 15 credit points
FOUNDATIONS OF PROGRAMMING
ITECH1400, 15 credit points
Elective (1)

Year 2

Semester 1

SYSTEMS MODELLING
ITECH2002, 15 credit points
WEB DESIGN
ITECH2003, 15 credit points
NETWORK ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
ITECH2301, 15 credit points
Elective Courses

Semester 2

DATA MODELLING
ITECH2004, 15 credit points
IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
ITECH2250, 15 credit points
Elective Courses

Year 3

Semester 1

USER EXPERIENCE
ITECH3001, 15 credit points
PROJECT 1
ITECH3208, 15 credit points
INFORMATION SECURITY
ITECH3215, 15 credit points
Elective Courses

Semester 2

PROFESSIONALISM AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
ITECH3002, 15 credit points
CLOUD AND MOBILE SECURITY
ITECH3100, 15 credit points
PROJECT 2
ITECH3209, 15 credit points
Co-Op Elective

16 contact hours per week

Students will complete 60 days of co-operative industry placement.

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)

Prerequisites 

  • Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics;
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR

This course has a guaranteed ATAR.
If you meet the course pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this course with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 35 in any Business or any Information Technology equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.

 

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory:  Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory course such as the FedUni Federation Access Studies Program (FAST).

Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.

Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies will not be eligible for entry into this course. Applicants in this category should consider a pathway course such as Federation Access Studies (FAST) Program.

English language requirement

Overall IELTS band score of 6.0, with no band less than 5.5, or equivalent.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700810421 (On-line Learning), 3700510421 (Mt Helen), 3701810421 (Berwick)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: CT5

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,948 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.

Scholarships

Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications. If you are seeking alternate entry into the Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Security) you can consider applying for the following courses: Diploma of Information Technology, Diploma of Digital Media Technologies, Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST) Program - designed to provide you an alternate entry into tertiary study. Enrol in single units (courses): ITECH1101 IT Problem Solving (Semester 1) and ITECH1103 Big Data And Analytics (Semester 2). Re-apply with credit to the Bachelor of Information Technology for the next semester. Students can progress to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) as a prelude to a higher degree in research or a professional qualification.

 

Diploma of Information Technology (Higher Education)

 

This course holds Professional Level accreditation with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Information Technology

Course coordinator

Gour Karmakar