Diploma of Applied Technologies (Z1F)

Overview  2020

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Duration

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Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Term 1, Term 3
Launceston
Term 1, Term 3
Cradle Coast
Term 1, Term 3

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

The Diploma of Applied Technologies is a new pathway to a career in two exciting high-tech fields: Cyber Security and Cyber-Physical Systems (robotics and automation). This program has been developed in response to industry demand for graduates with practical skills in these rapidly expanding areas.

Throughout the program, you’ll acquire hands-on experience with real world issues facing almost every industry today, such as automation, information security and data analysis. With its work-based, industry-led delivery and its emphasis on applied technology, the program is a world away from traditional IT degrees. The two year (full time) duration also means that you’ll graduate faster with highly relevant work-ready skills. If you’ve never considered a career in IT but love all things ‘tech’, this program could be for you!

Industry experts have helped to develop the course and are actively involved in the delivery through teaching, site visits, case studies and work placements. This ensures that you’ll be equipped with best practice processes and skills for a rapidly developing career path.

The specialisations currently available are Cyber Security or Cyber-Physical Systems (robotics and automation).

Completing our Diploma of Applied Technology will give you:

  • a pathway to a great career in exciting and rapidly evolving technologies
  • practical skills to take straight into the workplace
  • opportunities to advance in your chosen field
  • an in-depth knowledge of industry requirements
  • the skills to help you meet personal career development goals
  • potential credit towards further study at the University of Tasmania
Cyber-Physical Systems (Robotics and automation)

Cyber-Physical Systems (Robotics and Automation) are systems in which physical processes are monitored and controlled by computer systems. This specialisation covers areas such as sensor technologies, data capture, data analysis and visualisation processes and introduces students to industry applications such as electric grids, robotics, and driverless vehicles. The program provides students with the latest knowledge and skills to make a real impact in this exciting and rapidly expanding area.

NOTE: This specialisation will only be run subject to sufficient numbers

Career Opportunities

New to Cyberphysical systems and never worked in the industry before?

For graduates new to Cyberphysical systems, this qualification could assist you to gain roles which could include service technician, sales consultant, systems technician, site installation technician or project support officer.

Already working in industry and want to fast track or leverage off past experience?

For graduates already working in the information and communications technology industry, the Diploma of Applied Technologies – Cyber Physical systems may enable you to progress into managerial roles, leading a small team, becoming a specialist in the cyber Pphysical systems field.

Cyber Security

This specialisation has been developed to create cyber security technologists who have the technical and project management skills to work across any organisation. Subjects are industry-specific and cover areas such as protecting systems from hackers and detecting & preventing credit card fraud. Our course is industry-specific, taught by industry, so you study subjects important to business – like implementing security technologies to protect against hackers or credit card fraud. Students will complete a project applying principles covered within this course.

Career Opportunities

New to Cybersecurity and never worked in the industry before?

For graduates new to Cybersecurity, this qualification could assist you to gain roles which could include network analysis, sales consultant, security specialist, computer support technician or project support officer.

Already working in industry and want to fast track or leverage off past experience?

For graduates already working in the information and communications technology industry, the Diploma of Applied Technologies – Cyber Security may enable you to progress into managerial roles, leading a small team, becoming a specialist in the Cyber Security field.

In both specialisations, you’ll complete a major project applying the principles you’ve learned.

The program is available for full-time and part-time study across all campuses in Tasmania and is delivered through a combination of online study, face-to-face classes, practical workshops and tutorials.

On completion of the Diploma of Applied Technologies, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply problem solving, design and decision making methodologies to identify and provide innovative solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence.
  2. Reflect on and take responsibility for their own learning and self-management processes, and manage their own time and processes effectively by regularly reviewing of personal performance as a means of managing continuing professional development and lifelong learning.
  3. Perform project management tasks to support the completion of advanced discipline projects.
  4. Identify, select and use technologies and tools relevant to the specialised discipline to generate, manage, maintain and share information.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism, integrity, ethical conduct, professional accountability and an awareness of professional discipline practice in a global and sustainable context.
  6. Apply effective communication skills in a professional context to interpret, evaluate and present technical discipline information using oral, written, visual modes.

Experiential education and work integrated learning approaches are central to the Diploma of Applied Technologies. Students will therefore learn through project and problem-based learning activities such as field work, case studies (local and international), action learning, design thinking, simulated environments, placements, data for decision making, wicked problems and more. These approaches ensure practical experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment and that students have the opportunity to develop work-related skills, knowledge and behaviours.

In the diploma year, students are introduced to learning through practice and exposed to authentic experiences that develop skills and understandings related to industry, community or global needs. Students engage with (i) a range of methods and approaches to practice, (ii) principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios, (iii) reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations, and (iv) ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry.

A key component of the course, which is established in the first year, is a Practice Manual. The Practice Manual contains all portfolio requirements for the course, including the Professional Development Plan (PDP) and is a collection of evidence that highlights personal, academic and professional development. Dedicated teachers are in coaching roles to support you to continuously develop your Practice Manual over the duration of the course. This involves working with you to determine what evidence best highlights your ability to apply theory in practice, and what activities and experiences showcase your achievement in terms of transferable skills, professional attributes, technical skills and knowledge, and so forth.

Career outcomes

Graduation from the Diploma of Applied Technologies can provide an entry opportunity for those who have not worked in technologies, accelerate progression through a graduate’s present organisation, or open up new career paths and opportunities.

Specialisation - Cyber-Physical Systems

On completion of the Diploma of Applied Technologies (Cyber-Physical Systems) you will be able to:

  • Commence employment or enhance your current employment as a cyber-physical systems technologist; or
  • Articulate into further undergraduate study in this area with full credit into the Associate degree in Applied Technologies (Cyber Physical Systems).

New to Cyber-Physical Systems and never worked in the industry before?

For graduates new to Cyber-Physical Systems, this qualification could assist you to gain roles which could include service technician, sales consultant, systems technician, site installation technician or project support officer.

Already working in industry and want to fast track or leverage off past experience?

For graduates already working in the information and communications technology industry, the Diploma of Applied Technologies (Cyber-Physical Systems) may enable you to progress into managerial roles, leading a small team, becoming a specialist in the cyber-physical systems field.

POTENTIAL TYPES OF EMPLOYERS

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Transportation/Automotive
  • Agri technology
  • Smart Infrastructure
  • Defence resources
  • Health Care
  • Green & Renewable technologies
  • Sustainable development: Water, pollution, waste, etc..

Specialisation - Cyber Security

On completion of the Diploma of Applied Technologies (Cyber Security) you will be able to:

  • Commence employment or enhance your current employment as a cybersecurity technologist; or
  • Articulate into further undergraduate study in this area with full credit into the Associate degree in Applied Technologies (Cyber Security).

New to Cybersecurity and never worked in the industry before?

For graduates new to Cyber Security, this qualification could assist you to gain roles which could include network analysis, sales consultant, security specialist, computer support technician or project support officer.

Already working in industry and want to fast track or leverage off past experience?

For graduates already working in the information and communications technology industry, the Diploma of Applied Technologies (Cyber Security) may enable you to progress into managerial roles, leading a small team, becoming a specialist in the cyber-security field.

POTENTIAL TYPES OF EMPLOYERS

  • Banks
  • Local, state and federal governments
  • Consultancies
  • Defence
  • Investment companies
  • telecommunication

Course structure

Please note: delivery of individual specialisations is subject to sufficient enrolment numbers

The Diploma of Applied Technologies is a one-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) degree requiring the successful completion of 8 subjects, comprising of a combination of 8 topic areas, each with an embedded hands-on learning component. The program is offered in two specialisations: Cyber Security and Cyber-Physical Systems.The program is offered over four teaching terms of 10 weeks.

The Diploma of Applied Technologies has been developed in close consultation with industry leaders to ensure that you will be equipped with best practice processes and relevant skills for a rapidly developing career path.

The Diploma of Applied Technologies requires students to develop knowledge and skills through a learning approach based on work integrated learning opportunities such as industry placements, fieldwork, case studies and applied research, where students are given the opportunity to apply discipline knowledge in a work based type setting.

The Diploma of Applied Technologies is offered in blended mode, where students receive access to comprehensive learning materials and a lecturer for each subject of study. There is a workshop component where students attend on campus to practice their skills and also online sessions where students can integrate theory and practice.

Cyber-Physical Systems specialisation

Cyber-Physical Systems are characterised by a close coupling between embedded control systems and physical processes, monitored and controlled by those computer systems.

This is a project-oriented and design based learning course in which students investigate the fundamentals of cyber-physical systems and their application to problems dependent on sensing the environment and the entities within it. The subjects within this course encompass: sensor technologies, data capture protocols, data analysis and visualisation processes and how these underpin decision making, both by machines and humans. Application contexts will include electric grids, robotics, environmental sensor networks and autonomous vehicles. Students will complete a project applying principles covered within this course. The program provides students with the latest knowledge and skills to make a real impact in this exciting and rapidly expanding area.

CORE STUDY AREAS

  • Digital control systems
  • Object orientated programming
  • Project management
  • Design Thinking & Digital Innovation
  • Principles of electrical machines
  • Intelligent systems and robotics
Cyber Security specialisation

Cyber Security has been developed to create cyber security technologists; blended graduates, with technical and professional skills to work across any organisation. By studying cyber security, you’ll have the skills needed by all companies today. Our course is industry-specific, taught by industry, so you study subjects important to business – like implementing security technologies to protect against hackers or credit card fraud. Students will complete a project applying principles covered within this course. The program provides students with the latest knowledge and skills to make a real impact in this exciting and rapidly expanding area of cyber security.

CORE STUDY AREAS

  • Ethical Hacking
  • Data Analysis
  • Project management
  • Design Thinking & Digital Innovation
  • Programming principles
  • Information security
  • Technology and Innovation

For assistance with enrolment, please email U.Connect@utas.edu.au or call 1300 361 928.

Cyber Security

In this unit, you will identify skill sets and knowledge required to work in a chosen science/technology based business/industry and evaluate your own skills, attributes and learning goals in this context. Through case studies, workshops, online materials and tutorials, you…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this subject, students will learn how computer networks are constructed, how they work, and how modern applications use the services provided by modern computer networks. The concept of protocol layering will be explored to learn how computer networks operate,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, you will be introduced to mathematical and statistical methods that support informed decision-making and solution design based on analysis of scientific and technical data. This includes examining how statistical and mathematical methods are used for different purposes…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, you will be introduced to principles, standards and methods of computer programming. This will include a broad overview of various computer languages, technical standards, software development lifecycle (SDLC) approaches, and application architectures. You will examine best practices…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide you with an introduction to the foundations of cyber safety and security, and IT security management at the corporate level. This includes examining management issues encountered as a result of threats, countermeasures, policy and initiatives in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 3

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Design thinking is a creative and collaborative process that focuses on understanding the problem from the user’s perspective. In this unit you will be introduced to design thinking within the context of digital innovation. The activities and assessment tasks in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 3

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students will work in small teams on industry design based projects that enable them to demonstrate problem-solving and design optimisation skills. Each group of students will work on a discipline related project for which they will collectively develop design options,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

AND one of the following

This unit introduces the rationale and basic approaches behind costing and feasibility analysis. Effective business managers determine whether changes or initiatives in business operations are financially feasible, and justify their rationale. You will explore small scale changes involving existing operations,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, you will learn about ‘circular design’ - a system of design that explicitly focuses on enabling the continuous re-use of resources, including waste and by-products, so that they are fed back into the design loop and used…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 4

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will investigate sustainable business practices in natural resource and science reliant industries. This includes practices that promote a sustainable business model that minimises negative impacts on social, economic, environmental and cultural values. Through industry based investigation…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Cyber Physical Systems

In this unit, you will identify skill sets and knowledge required to work in a chosen science/technology based business/industry and evaluate your own skills, attributes and learning goals in this context. Through case studies, workshops, online materials and tutorials, you…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will learn about the fundamentals of electrical circuits and systems. This includes studying voltage, current, impedance, electrical energy, power and resistors, inductors, capacitors, and electrical units and measurements. You will also investigate operational amplifiers, sensors and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, you will be introduced to mathematical and statistical methods that support informed decision-making and solution design based on analysis of scientific and technical data. This includes examining how statistical and mathematical methods are used for different purposes…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This subject is an introduction to object-oriented programming language. The course introduces the fundamentals of analysing a problem and then implementing a solution as a programmable logic controller (PLC) system using an object-oriented language. Students learn about problem-solving strategies, top-down…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, you will learn about the key fundamentals of digital control systems. You will learn about the real-life application of digital control systems as well as picking up vital skills in problem solving and critical thinking. A range…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 3

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Design thinking is a creative and collaborative process that focuses on understanding the problem from the user’s perspective. In this unit you will be introduced to design thinking within the context of digital innovation. The activities and assessment tasks in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 3

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students will work in small teams on industry design based projects that enable them to demonstrate problem-solving and design optimisation skills. Each group of students will work on a discipline related project for which they will collectively develop design options,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

AND one of the following units:

This unit introduces the rationale and basic approaches behind costing and feasibility analysis. Effective business managers determine whether changes or initiatives in business operations are financially feasible, and justify their rationale. You will explore small scale changes involving existing operations,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, you will learn about ‘circular design’ - a system of design that explicitly focuses on enabling the continuous re-use of resources, including waste and by-products, so that they are fed back into the design loop and used…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 4

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will investigate sustainable business practices in natural resource and science reliant industries. This includes practices that promote a sustainable business model that minimises negative impacts on social, economic, environmental and cultural values. Through industry based investigation…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

This Diploma is open to applicants from a broad range of backgrounds.

If you have completed Year 12 or completed Year 10 at least two years ago, you can gain Direct Entry to the Associate Degree in one of the following three ways:

  1. ATAR Entry - An ATAR result of 40 or greater achieved within the last 5 years.
  2. UTAS Pathway Entry – Completed the University Preparation Program or Diploma of University Studies (offered by University of Tasmania).
  3. Vocational Education and Training (VET) Entry - A VET certificate III or higher (in a related field of study) within the last 10 years.

The following two Alternative Entry pathways are also available:

  1. Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) Entry - Completed the TCE (or equivalent) with a minimum of Satisfactory Achievements (SA) in 5 x Level 2 subjects.
  2. Personal Competency Entry – Completed a Personal Competency Statement as part of the application process and met the criteria for entry. This statement can include prior work experience, qualifications (e.g. VET qualifications), skills, competencies and/or previous education.

If you are unsuccessful in meeting the Alternative Entry criteria, you will be offered a place in the University Preparation Program or Diploma of University Studies. Completion of either program will allow you direct entry into an Associate Degree (see UTAS Pathway Entry above).

Further information

It is recommended that you submit supporting documentation (e.g. certificates, qualifications, resume etc.) as part of your application. We will attempt to access certain documents on your behalf (e.g. Year 11 and 12 College results or University academic records). Otherwise, you may be contacted to provide additional documentation when your application is reviewed.

International students

This course is currently not offered to international students.

Articulation into the Diploma of Applied Technologies from other courses will be done in line with the University's standard application for credit process. Applications for credit can be made upon application to the Diploma of Applied Technologies course.

Students wishing to articulate from the Diploma of Applied Technologies into the Associate Degree in Applied Technologies will receive up to one year of credit.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units they enrol in. In 2020, this fee is $46.20 per unit (of 12.5 credit points). In 2020, the maximum charge for full time students is $308.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

Each year the University of Tasmania administers an estimated $7 million in scholarships to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

For more information on scholarships and to view the full range of scholarships available to you, head to the Scholarships website.

Additional costs

In addition to course costs, students may be subject to other costs related to study at university including:

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International
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