GD188 - Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

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Plan: GD188 - Graduate Diploma in Information Technology
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: Graduate Diploma in Information Technology
Award abbreviation: GradDipIT
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 semesters full time, 4 Semesters part time - Exit Only Award
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
ASCED code: 020100
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

GD188 -- Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology is embedded within Master of Information Technology program. It is designed for non-computing graduates who wish to make a career change and enter into the ever evolving ICT industry. This program is also suitable for IT graduates who wish to upskill to enhance your career prospects. 

GD188 - Graduate diploma in Information Technology is an interim award within MC208- Master of Information Technology program. Upon completion of the first year of the program (96 credit points), including core courses, you will be eligible to exit the program with the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (GD188).

This program develops a skill set that spans from theoretical and algorithmic foundations to cutting-edge developments in computing. As a graduate of this program, you will be knowledgeable and creative; have excellent programming skills; be capable of designing, implementing and maintaining complex software systems; and be able to readily adapt to new advances in the rapidly changing information technology environment and/or continue towards a research degree.

The ISYS1117 Software Engineering Fundamentals course simulates realistic work situations where you will have the opportunity to learn, apply and demonstrate professional software project management practice. You will work in a team on a software engineering project, interacting with a professional software project manager.

This program is delivered on campus; some courses may be available online.

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Articulation and pathways


There is no direct entry to this program. As such, articulation to this program is not available.


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Entrance requirements

This program is not available for direct entry. Entry to this program is via MC208 Master of Information Technology as an intermediate exit point.

Students in the MC208 program who wish to exit the Masters before completion, may be eligible to take out the intermediary award of GD188 Graduate Diploma in Information Technology.


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External accreditation and industry links

The School of Computer Science and Information Technology has substantial links with the ICT industry both within Australia and internationally. Employers and industry professionals are members of our Industry Advisory Committee and have contributed to the initial development and ongoing improvement of the program. Their involvement ensures that the program remains relevant to your needs as a graduate and the needs of graduate employers. The committee meets quarterly and provides feedback on the currency of the 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.

Many of the teaching staff within the program are practising (or have been) industry professionals with extensive industry experience and contact networks. This experience, when integrated into teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment.

Graduates of the GD188  Graduate Diploma in Information Technology program may be elgibile to apply for graduate membership of the Australian Computer Society:

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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

Resources available from the Library
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 or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT 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 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: including specific resources for computer science:

Online learning tools and content
As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT

The School of Science also provides you with access to its specialised computer laboratories both for use during scheduled classes and outside scheduled class times. These laboratories provide access to a range of computer environments including a variety of database products under different operating systems.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. 

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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