Diploma of ICT Professional Practice (P1B)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 1 Year, 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
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2
Online
Semester 1, Semester 2

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 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry responds to global challenges by embracing new, emerging and existing technologies. With the constant need for faster, more efficient ways of doing business and living our lives, upskilling with a Diploma of ICT Professional Practice will allow you to customise your studies, and see you graduate with industry relevant skills and certifications.

Professional industry certifications offer a credible, skills focused means for you to demonstrate advanced competency with a particular sub discipline or technology. The value of professional certification to employers is high, and even for existing employees there is an ongoing need to maintain and build technical skills and knowledge.

This degree will provide you with a broad range of knowledge in key ICT areas including data science, game development, cybersecurity, and Virtual and Mixed Reality. Through the Diploma, you will have the opportunity to attain professional certifications that offer a credible, skills-focused means of demonstrating advanced competency with leading industry technologies and systems. This means you’ll graduate with the necessary qualifications desired by employers.

Led by expert staff that deliver distinctive, rewarding, and place-based learning experiences, the teaching environment aims to provide a university experience that is student-centred and personal, enabling you to realise your individual career goals.

On graduation, you may choose to build on your achievements and broaden your skills and knowledge by continuing your study in the Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology.

  • 1 Apply industry standard principles, tools, techniques, and processes to create and maintain ICT software and systems.
  • 2 Design and implement efficient solutions with consideration to securing and managing data and information
  • 3 Plan and engage in ICT projects in accordance with professional practice and industry standards.
  • The units within the Diploma of ICT Professional Practice integrate real-world learning tasks and hands-on, practical experience. The course stresses workplace-authentic, high-impact learning. Units involve groupwork problem solving, and all coursework is aligned with in-demand industry-certification skills.

    Refine your entrepreneurial skills with project management experience. In KIT203 ICT Project Management and Modelling, you will work alongside an industry client to consult on opportunities to incorporate contemporary ICT into their business model. By identifying new opportunities, this unit will allow you to put project management principles, techniques and tools into practise, ready for workplace scenarios.

    Our ITC staff continually identify opportunities for you to build industry networks beyond the classroom. By applying best-practice, industry standards, this course will grow your soft-skills and professional network to set you up for future employment opportunities.

    Career outcomes

    From contemporary business transactions to online and software-based products, systems and services, our world relies on ICT professionals for maintenance and innovation. That’s why gaining professional certifications through your Diploma of ICT Professional Practice is highly sought after by a range of employers.

    Graduates often enter technical positions such as software programmer, network administrator, systems or business analyst, and web design/development, before progressing into management roles after 3 – 5 years. Advanced level positions can see you formulating insights as a business analyst, testing networks as a systems manager or protecting important assets as a security specialist.

    The employment market for ICT roles promises high growth in the coming years, with an expected of increase of 38.9% (that’s 39,200 additional jobs) by 2026.

    Here are some of the top jobs projected to grow in the next five years:

    • ICT Support and Test Engineers 43.7%
    • Computer Network Professionals 22.2%
    • ICT Managers 17.7%
    • ICT Business and Systems Analysts 12.9%

    * ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2022 and projections to 2026

    Course structure

    The Diploma of ICT Professional Practice is an 8-unit course that students can complete within two semesters but can take up to 3 years to complete.

    Completion of eight prescribed units.

    This unit will explain the relationship between data, information, and knowledge and introduce several different methods/tools for managing, storing, securing, modelling, visualising, and analysing data. This unit will provide an understanding of how data can be manipulated to meet the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Games (whether they be video games, console games, computer games, mobile games, or web games) differ from other media as they elevate the viewer to the level of a participant. Games are an ever-growing cultural phenomenon which has increasing relevance…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    This unit introduces students to fundamentals of distributed networked environments, primarily focusing on wired networks but students will examine some of the different approaches in wireless networks. It provides knowledge of internetworking standards and understanding of the networking architecture, technology…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    This unit explores cybersecurity as it is managed in the business context. It covers the processes of threat and risk analysis, security policy development, incident prevention and response, issues around privacy, professional codes of conduct, and looks at legislative efforts…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

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

    This unit provides both a theoretical and practical overview of project management as it relates to technology-oriented projects. Specifically, this unit will introduce project management principles, techniques and tools that can be used to guide traditional business-oriented ICT projects, as…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    Hobart5 Week Session Jan B
    LauncestonSemester 1
    Launceston5 Week Session Jan B
    OnlineSemester 1

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

    This unit introduces the topic of game design and production. Students will work in teams to design and develop a prototype of their design using an agile development methodology. During the development process students will document aspects of the game's…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    This unit will explore the exciting field of virtual reality, mixed reality and the advanced concepts and technologies for interfacing humans with complex machines. We will discuss their potential impact on the way we think about computers and the way…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Cloud computing forms the backbone of many internet-based applications nowadays. These platforms use advanced operating systems and web service technologies to create and share information. Data stored and exchanged in this cloud-based application follow specific formats. The data exchange can…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Entry requirements

    Applicants who have completed secondary education.

    • This course does not use ATAR as part of the admission process.
    • To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) or an equivalent qualification.

    Applicants with previous higher education study:

    • To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed at least one unit of study (equivalent to 12.5 UTAS credit points) or completed the university preparatory program or equivalent

    Applicants with previous TAFE/VET study:

    • To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed Certificate III or above.

    Applications on the basis of work or life experience:

    • This course accepts applications based on work or life experience.
    • Applicants who have not completed senior secondary, tertiary, or TAFE/VET study, but who have relevant work and life experience can complete a personal competency statement.

    Credit for a maximum of 4 units of study will be provided upon completion of an Undergraduate Certificate or TAFE Certificate IV or above in ICT (or an equivalent field).

    Students can articulate into the BICT with 100 credit points for prior learning. Students who have completed 4 units can exit with an Undergraduate Certificate in ICT Professional Practice.

    Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    Cost shouldn’t get in the way of you studying.

    If you’re a domestic undergraduate student, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place in this course. This means your fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government. You’ll only need to pay the student contribution amount for each unit you study within the course.

    You may also be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. If eligible, you’ll only have to pay your tuition fees once you start earning above a specific amount.

    Further information is available at Scholarships, fees and costs.

    Student contribution

    Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study. This means that how much you’ll pay will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

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

    Scholarships

    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

    How can we help?

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    1300 363 864
    International
    +61 3 6226 6200
    Email
    Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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