C6121 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering

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Plan: C6121 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
Qualification national code: UEE60411
Nominal hours: 2160
Career: TAFE
Duration: 2 years full time or part time over a longer period
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Vocational Engineering (130T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/voceng
CRICOS code: 078615B

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Purpose of the Program

This qualification provides competencies to design, install/validate/evaluate and administer computer equipment and systems, manage risk, estimate and manage projects and provide technical advice/sales.


The objective of this qualification provides enabling competencies to gain theoretical and practical skills in computer hardware and software applications for assembly, installation, testing and maintenance of office personal computers and computer networks. Graduates will work as technical officers or service supervisors.

As a graduate of this program you may become responsible for personal computer support, and administering and upgrading networking facilities in small, medium or large-sized enterprises. The program is well structured to support you in the installation, maintenance and administration of large computer networks and computer infrastructure. Your skills will be applicable to a wide range of business, manufacturing and operational occupations where application of knowledge in computers and software underpins the business operations.

The RMIT program is a blend of practical experience with computer hardware and software applications built on a strong theoretical foundation.

You will achieve competencies in testing, assembly, installation and maintenance of office personal computers and computer networks. You will gain skills in operating a wide range of computer hardware and software such as personal computers, servers and network interconnection devices, CISCO devices and software applications for operating workstations, server operating systems, internet applications, and server applications.

The program offers a specialised articulation stream if you aspire to undertake a degree.

The qualification is structured to deliver competencies, knowledge and skills required by the nationally accredited Electrotechnology Training Package. It includes a number of core and elective competency units in the major study areas.

Areas of specialised study include:

  • Administer Unix-based computers
  • Assemble and test personal computers
  • Client-server networks
  • Commission computer systems
  • Design and implement internetworking systems
  • Electrical principles
  • Embedded systems
  • Engineering applications
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Enterprise networks
  • Install and configure internetworking systems
  • Local area networks
  • Microprocessors
  • Network operating systems
  • Network security
  • Network services
  • Object oriented coding
  • Project management
  • Web services
  • Wireless local area networks

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable students upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification.


Graduates of this program may be eligible to apply for exemptions of up to two years from the following programs:


·         BP263, Bachelor of Engineering (Computer/Network Engineering),  or 

·         BP264, Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Communication Engineering)

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Entrance requirements

Entry to the first year of the Advanced Diploma of  Engineering program requires the successful completion of an approved Australian Year 12 (e.g. VCE) or an equivalent program of study; and/or work experience in the relevant industry sector.

If candidates have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (e.g. through prior paid or voluntary work experience), they can be assessed and have these skills and knowledge formally recognised at any point during the program. There is information on the RMIT University website about the application process for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – refer to:


Equity Admissions Schemes
RMIT understands that people’s backgrounds and circumstances can affect their access to education and training. RMIT’s equity admissions schemes allow applicants to explain the circumstances that have adversely affected their education, and demonstrate their capacity for future academic success.   All of the Advanced Diplomas offer entry through the SNAP and SEAS pathways that identify students in specific disadvantaged categories.

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External accreditation and industry links

This program is provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia. Full accreditation will be sought for this program as soon as it is feasible to do so within the accreditation time lines set by Engineers Australia. Once fully accredited, graduates of the program will be eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia.

The School has a very strong Industry Advisory Committee, which is the main link between the program and industry. Membership includes staff from Computer Systems based locally. The committee meets twice yearly and provides feedback on the currency of our programs, the changing needs of industry and has input into the design of new programs. It also actively contributes to the School through participation in seminars, marketing events, industry awards and scholarships.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.

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