Graduate Diploma in Information and Communications Technology

  • Effective from: 2017
  • Approved Abbreviation: GradDipICT
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 3700
  • AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 085559B

Program Status: CURRENT

This program applies to students who commenced in 2017 or later.

Graduate Diploma in Information and Communications Technology (Grad Dip in ICT) is designed for students from both computing and non-computing backgrounds, to enable them to create pathways into higher studies in Information and Communications Technology and/or commencing a career in ICT. This program is aimed at allowing students to gain knowledge in state of the art developments in the ICT field, apply that knowledge in a professional and ethical framework and develop themselves as lifelong learners.

Study Mode

One and a half years full-time or one year full time depending upon entry qualifications (see Pathways listed under Program Structure) or the equivalent part-time.

Program Advice

Program Advice

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above

Admission

Minimum admission requirements to this program are:

  • A Bachelor qualification in any discipline

Or

  • A Diploma in ICT/Computing/IS fields and five years full-time equivalent work experience in Information and Communications Technologies which includes experience in applying skills in: programming; networking; database design and development; systems analysis and design; and project management.

This program has three Pathways (A, B and C) that vary in length and structure based on previous study and work experience.

Pathway A - One and a half years

Students who have non-Computing, non-ICT or non-Information Systems with Bachelor qualifications are eligible to complete the one and a half year Pathway below.

Pathway B - One year

Students who have non-Computing, non-ICT or non-Information Systems with Honours or Masters qualifications are eligible to complete the one year Pathway below.

Pathway C - One year

Students who have Computing, ICT or Information Systems with Bachelor or Bachelor Honours or Masters qualifications are eligible to complete the one year Pathway below.

Additional Information

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Program Structure

The program length and structure varies based on the student’s previous study background and level, and work experience.

Pathway A Core subjects 

Subject Title Credit Points
INFO 7005IT Project Management10
COMP 7013Network Technologies10
ENGR 7017Professional Practice and Communication10
INFO 7003Advanced Topics in User System Interaction10
COMP 7015Programming Proficiency10
INFS 7007Systems Analysis and Database Management Systems10

Pathway A - And six subjects from Foundation or Specialised subject lists.

Pathway B Core subjects 

Subject Title Credit Points
INFO 7005IT Project Management10
COMP 7013Network Technologies10
ENGR 7017Professional Practice and Communication10
INFO 7003Advanced Topics in User System Interaction10
COMP 7015Programming Proficiency10
INFS 7007Systems Analysis and Database Management Systems10

Pathway B ​- And two subjects from Foundation or Specialised subject lists.

Pathway C Core subjects 

Subject Title Credit Points
INFO 7005IT Project Management10
COMP 7013Network Technologies10
ENGR 7017Professional Practice and Communication10

Pathway C - And five subjects from Foundation or Specialised subject lists.

Foundation subjects

Note: Subjects in this list may be included in the program structure as Core Subjects and cannot be selected as one of the list subjects.

Subject Title Credit Points
INFO 7003Advanced Topics in User System Interaction10
INFS 7004Content Management Systems and Web Analytics10
INFO 7005IT Project Management10
COMP 7013Network Technologies10
ENGR 7017Professional Practice and Communication10
COMP 7015Programming Proficiency10
INFS 7008Systems and Network Security10
NATS 7057Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies10
INFS 7007Systems Analysis and Database Management Systems10
INFS 7009Web Technologies10

Specialised Subjects

Note: Subjects in this list may be included in the program structure as Core Subjects and cannot be selected as one of the list subjects .

Subject Title Credit Points
COMP 7018Advanced Cloud Computing10
PUBH 7001Advanced Health Classifications and Coding10
INFS 7001Advanced Healthcare Data Environments10
INFS 7002Advanced Healthcare Software and Systems10
INFO 7001Advanced Machine Learning10
INFO 7002Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence10
INFO 7014Advanced Topics in Cybersecurity10
INFS 7003Advanced Topics in ICT10
COMP 7002Advanced Topics in Networking10
INFO 7015Applied Cybersecurity10
COMP 7019Applied Machine Learning10
COMP 7020Artificial Intelligence Ethics and Organisations10
COMP 7003Big Data10
COMP 7004Cloud Computing10
INFO 7018Cloud Systems Development10
COMP 7006Data Science10
COMP 7007Information Security Management10
COMP 7008Internet of Things10
COMP 7021Knowledge Representation and Reasoning10
COMP 7009Mobile Computing10
COMP 7011Multimedia Communication Systems10
COMP 7022Natural Language Understanding10
COMP 7012Network Management10
MATH 7011Predictive Analytics10
COMP 7024Programming for Data Science10
MATH 7017Probabilistic Graphical Models10
COMP 7025Social Media Intelligence10
INFS 7006Software Testing and Automation10
MATH 1028Statistical Decision Making10
MATH 7016The Nature of Data10
COMP 7016Visualisation10
INFO 7013Web Engineering10
COMP 7017Wireless Networking10

Equivalent Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of the program for students who may have passed subjects in the list in 2020 or earlier.

INFO 7006 - Intelligent Agents for E-Markets, no longer offered.
INFS 7010 - Workflow Management Systems, no longer offered.
MECH 7004 - Advanced Mobile Robotics, no longer offered as part of this program.
MECH 7005 - Advanced Robotics, no longer offered as part of this program.
MATH 7007 - Genomic Data Science, no longer offered.
INFO 7008 - Modern Software Architectures, replaced by INFO 7018 Cloud Systems Development
ENGR 7018 - Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies, replaced by NATS 7057 Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies

Recommended Sequence 

Students are categorised into three Pathways based on their previous study background and work experience as indicated below and program structure and length is set accordingly. See individual links for detailed program structure.

Pathway A - One and a Half Years

Students who have been admitted with non-Computing, non-ICT or non-Information Systems with Bachelor Qualifications are eligible to complete the two year Pathway below.

Students must complete 120 credit points as follows.

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
COMP 7015 Programming Proficiency 10
INFS 7007 Systems Analysis and Database Management Systems 10
INFO 7003 Advanced Topics in User System Interaction 10
INFO 7005 IT Project Management 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMP 7013 Network Technologies 10
ENGR 7017 Professional Practice and Communication 10
Select two subjects from the Foundation or Specialised subject lists. 20
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
Select four subjects from the Foundation or Specialised subject lists. 40
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points120

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
COMP 7015 Programming Proficiency 10
INFS 7007 Systems Analysis and Database Management Systems 10
COMP 7013 Network Technologies 10
ENGR 7017 Professional Practice and Communication 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
INFO 7003 Advanced Topics in User System Interaction 10
INFO 7005 IT Project Management 10
Select two subjects from the Foundation or Specialised subject lists. 20
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
Select four subjects from the Foundation or Specialised subject lists. 40
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points120

Pathway B - One Year

Students who have been admitted with non-Computing, non-ICT or non-Information Systems with Bachelor Honours or Masters Qualifications are eligible to complete the one and a half year Pathway below.

Students must complete 80 credit points as follows.

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
COMP 7015 Programming Proficiency 10
INFS 7007 Systems Analysis and Database Management Systems 10
INFO 7003 Advanced Topics in User System Interaction 10
INFO 7005 IT Project Management 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMP 7013 Network Technologies 10
ENGR 7017 Professional Practice and Communication 10
Select two subjects from the Foundation or Specialised subject lists. 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points80

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
COMP 7015 Programming Proficiency 10
INFS 7007 Systems Analysis and Database Management Systems 10
COMP 7013 Network Technologies 10
ENGR 7017 Professional Practice and Communication 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
INFO 7003 Advanced Topics in User System Interaction 10
INFO 7005 IT Project Management 10
Select two subjects from the Foundation or Specialised subject lists. 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points80

Pathway C - One Year

Students who have been admitted with Computing, ICT or Information Systems with Bachelor or Bachelor Honours or Masters Qualifications are eligible to complete the one a half year Pathway below.

Students must complete 80 credit points as follows.

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
COMP 7013 Network Technologies 10
INFO 7005 IT Project Management 10
ENGR 7017 Professional Practice and Communication 10
Select one subject from the Foundation or Specialised subject lists. 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select four subjects from the Foundation or Specialised subject lists. 40
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points80

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
COMP 7013 Network Technologies 10
ENGR 7017 Professional Practice and Communication 10
INFO 7005 IT Project Management 10
Select one subject from the Foundation or Specialised subject lists. 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
Select four subjects from the Foundation or Specialised subject lists. 40
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points80

Equivalent Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of the program for students who may have passed subjects in the list in 2020 or earlier.

The subjects listed below count towards completion of the program for students who may have passed subjects in the list in 2020 or earlier.

INFO 7006 - Intelligent Agents for E-Markets

INFS 7010 - Workflow Management Systems

 MECH 7004 - Advanced Mobile Robotics

 MECH 7005 - Advanced Robotics

 MATH 7007 - Genomic Data Science

INFO 7008 - Modern Software Architectures

301041 - Service Oriented Architecture

ENGR 7018 - Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies, replaced by NATS 7057 Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies