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Computer Science & IT

The Diploma of Information Technology addresses a significant market demand for skills associated with the design of distributed computing environments and the networks that underpin them.

Learn about computer technology, hardware and software, as well as computer communications and network management. Study the fundamentals of programming  and theoretical knowledge of computing.

Leading to:

Bachelor of Technology (Computer Systems and Networking)
Bachelor of Information Technology
Bachelor of Computing*

Available majors include:

  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Software Engineering

*Progression hurdle applies for articulation into Bachelor of Computing

Careers include:

  • Analyst (Information Technology)
  • Computer Engineer
  • Information Technology Support Technician
  • Information Technology Support Specialist
  • Information Technology Administrator
  • Network & System Administrator
  • Programmer (Information Technology)
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Designer (Information Technology)
  • Telecommunications Manager

Your Computer Science & IT Pathway

If you have…

✓ Completed Year 12 with an ATAR (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Information Technology (Stage 2)

8 university level units studied over 2 or 3 semesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University

Choose from Bachelor of Technology or Bachelor of Science.

Or if you have…

✓ Completed Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Information Technology (Stage 1)

8 pre-university level units are studied over 2 or 3 trimesters.

Diploma of Information Technology (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

Diploma of Information Technology Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code: 087943M
Students must complete the following six core units and two elective units:

Core Units

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Information and Media Technologies
  • Programming
  • Technical Mathematics

Elective Units (Select two)

  • Economics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Project Management

Diploma of Information Technology Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code: 087943M

Core Units

  • Computer Systems
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Fundamental Concepts of Data Security
  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Integrating Indigenous Science and STEM
  • Introduction to Software Engineering
  • Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers
  • Unix and C Programming


Computer Science & Information Technology Diploma of Information Technology (Stage 2 Units)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Computer Systems

This unit introduces the concepts and practices in Computer System Administration that includes Historical perspective, functions and basic concepts of network operating systems (OS) and real-time OS. The units also introduce the understanding of the role and configuration of network services including remote access and directory services, NOS installation planning, Linux installation and troubleshooting, understanding and implementing basic scripts (BASH) for system/network administration.

Data Structures and Algorithms

This unit aims to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to create computer programs that are capable of efficiently handling, storing and searching data using mathematical techniques applicable to the computing field at large. You will learn general computing structures and algorithms and will implement your code in Python and/or Java.

Fundamental Concepts of Data Security

This unit introduces the core information security principles of confidentiality, integrity and availability. These core principles will be applied to the concepts of information risk management and the analysis and handling of compromised systems. The ethics around computer crime, privacy, and intellectual property are covered in detail. Finally, the unit will cover the criteria and controls for information classification.

Fundamentals of Programming

This unit has been developed as an introduction to programming for science and particularly data science students. It responds to an increasing focus on data analytics and computational science in research and industry. Coding is also one of the valuable tools and skills covered as a valuable skill to apply and extend in your later studies and careers.

Integrating Indigenous Science and STEM

This unit introduces students to the importance of different cultural perspectives in science with an emphasis on the knowledge and experience of Australia’s Indigenous peoples. It also considers how culture shapes knowledge and explores the knowledge of Indigenous Australians in more depth (foregrounding Indigenous voices). The unit also explores how western science has attempted to erase this Indigenous experience and ownership, and the resulting human and environmental consequences. It reviews major global challenges and explores how genuine respect for, and integration of, Indigenous knowledge around the world can offer sustainable solutions. Students are invited to reflect on how the decolonisation of science and broadening perspectives around different knowledge systems can add value to their own scientific careers.

Introduction to Software Engineering

This unit provides students with an overview of Software Engineering
and introduces students to the fundamental concepts underlying Software Engineering. Topics covered include: Software life cycle models, requirements analysis and
specification, measuring software quality, project management issues, software testing and maintenance and agile modelling techniques.

Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers

This unit develops the knowledge and skills necessary to understand both the power and limitations of Linear Algebra and Statistics in consideration of problems arising from engineering-related fields. Descriptive statistics and inferential statistics, vectors, matrices and their use for solving systems of linear equations, lines and planes and their extension into n dimension space would be explored to model and solve problems

Unix and C Programming

This unit introduces students to the ‘C’ programming language and the related concepts and tools used to design, implement, test and debug ‘C’ programs. Topics covered include: ‘C’ Fundamentals. Functions and program structure. Designing programs with derived types. Pointers. Abstract data types. Strings, streams and input/output (1/0). Dynamic memory allocation and ‘C’ programming utilitiers for program construction and diagnosis.

2022 Fees

Australian Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,950 15,600
Diploma (Stage 2) 2,025 16,200

International Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 3,125 25,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,362.50 34,900

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
Diploma (Stage 1)

Year 11 with 50%

Diploma (Stage 2)

Minimum ATAR 50 OR equivalent Foundation Year grades

International Students

Diploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 2 points from 2 GCE A‐Level OR 1 point from 1 GCE A‐Level and 2 points from GCE AS‐Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) Completion of Year 1 Diploma with at least 18 points (minimum of 4 subjects) Minimum of 20 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College

For more information about entry requirements and pre-requisites for Australian and International applicants:

Entry Requirements Pre-Requisites English Requirements

We accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds, as well as students who have completed alternative training. We also accept students with work and/or life experience:

Entry Options Student & ATAR Profiles


Diploma of Information Technology (Stage 1)
February | June | October

Diploma of Information Technology (Stage 2)
February | June | October


Diploma of Information Technology (Stage 1)
2 or 3 Trimesters (8 – 12 months)

Diploma of Information Technology (Stage 2)
2 or 3 Trimesters (8 – 12 months)

Note: This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley campus.

Next Intake February 2022 (Stage 1 & Stage 2)

Apply now for Diploma of Information Technology and you could be on your way to year 2 of the Bachelor of Technology or Bachelor of Science at Curtin within 12 months. 

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