AD006 - Associate Degree in Information Technology

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Plan: AD006P24 - Associate Degree 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: Associate Degree in Information Technology
Award abbreviation: AssocDegIT
Total credit points: 192
Career: UGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Future Technologies (520T)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 029900
CRICOS code: 113595F

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Purpose of the Program

The principal objective of Associate Degree in Information Technology program is to create highly employable graduates, capable of working in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) field across the spectrum of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. The program is designed to prepare you for a wide range of career possibilities by developing particular graduate attributes that will be of ongoing benefit to yourselves, industry and society.
You will gain the practical and theoretical skills required to enter the computer industry through a blend of theory and hands-on subjects in hardware and software, Linux, networking, database concepts, virtualisation, cloud, UX design, cyber security, Artifical Intelligence, and programming. You will learn to solve practical problems with laboratory work as a major component. Many of the classes are taught in computer laboratories with a ‘workshop’ approach to studies.
This approach produces graduates who are well regarded in the workplace and/or ready to complete the bachelor degree program in the equivalent area.
In the first year of this program you will be introduced to a wide range of Information Technology industry areas including computer technology, programming, web and networking. In the second year of this program you will build on the knowledge gained from first year to industry level requirements with option courses to facilitate your preferences in the Information Technology sector.

This program also provides a pathway for graduates into relevant bachelor degree programs. This program is available using a blended delivery methodology comprising on campus at RMIT City Campus and online study. This associate degree program fosters learning outcomes in the following areas:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Databases
  • Web Programming
  • UX Design
  • Operating Systems Administration
  • Computer Hardware
  • Cyber Security

This program was developed through a formal consultation process with a number of stakeholders, including the Future Technologies cluster Industry Advisory Committee, academic staff of the school, and current students. This program is designed to provide you with learning outcomes that will enhance your value to the Information Technology industry. These learning outcomes include a range of abilities, skills, knowledge and attitudes appropriate to the Information Technology industry. Capability development is an essential and integral part of the learning associated with each course within this program. 

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
    complete these activities in real or simulated work contexts or situations; and these interactions and the work context provide a distinctive source of feedback to you to assist your learning

INTE2507 Virtualisation (simulated industry project) provides you with capstone experience, which will give you the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt in your program.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you, on graduating from an RMIT program, to apply for credit towards a higher level RMIT qualification. Please refer to the Admissions and Credit Policy here

Successful completion of the following RMIT programs guarantees entry to AD006P24 Associate Degree in Information Technology:

  • C4414 Certificate IV in Information Technology
  • C4424 Certificate IV in Cyber Security

Successful completion of C5402 Diploma of Information Technology guarantees entry to AD006P24 Associate Degree in Information Technology with 96 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 year full-time study).

Further studies:

If you have completed this program (AD006, the Associate Degree in Information Technology) you will have a guaranteed pathway into the following degree programs:

  • BP162 Bachelor of Information Technology with 192 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 2 years full-time study)
  • BP094 Bachelor of Computer Science with 96 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 year full-time study)
  • BP096 Bachelor of Software Engineering with 96 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 year full-time study)
  • BP340 Bachelor of Data Science with 96 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 year full-time study)

Please note that:

  • Students taking COSC2385, COSC2384, COSC2383 (Program option course) & COSC2382 (Program option course) in AD006 will achieve the BP162 Cisco Networking Minor and can take a second minor in the final year of BP162 
  • Students not selecting COSC2383 & COSC2382 as Program option course will not complete a BP162 minor in AD006 and will have the option to complete 1 minor in the final year of BP162 
  • Students wishing to articulate into BP094 or BP096 must meet year 12 mathematics requirements and take MATH1150 and COSC2391 as AD006 Program option course.
  • Students wishing to articulate into BP340 must meet year 12 mathematics requirements and take MATH2200 and COSC2391 as AD006 Program option course.

After successfully completing the first year of the AD006P24 students may be eligible to receive an exit qualification of DP019P24 Diploma of Information Technology

For more information on these pathways, the credits that will be granted and any conditions that apply, refer to the destination program guides.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent. For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English; and a study score of at least 20 in Mathematics (any). 

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5; or equivalent.
For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

Graduates from this program are eligible for membership in the Australian Computer Society at the associate
grade level.
For more information regarding membership click the ACS website here
The program is connected to Industry to the AD006 Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) and through School's
extensive relationships with the IT industry.  Membership includes senior executives from a number of major national IT firms . The committee provides feedback on the currency of the program, the changing needs of industry and has input into the design of new courses.

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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

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study space. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course-related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.

 One-on-one study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, referencing, maths and study skills.
To contact Library staff for help, phone, email or chat via the Ask the Library service.

For recommended texts and databases relevant to computer science, refer to You can find more information on Library resources and services at:  

IT and Wireless  

If you have a laptop or other wireless-enabled device you can connect to RMIT’s fast Wi-Fi. While on campus, no matter how you work or where you work, you’re able to connect, collaborate and create using this secure network. In addition, with myDesktop, you can access your RMIT desktop and applications from home or wherever you have an internet connection.  

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  

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University 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 learners can gain support and  encouragement from the Ngarara William Centre. Ngarara Willim means ‘gathering place’ in the language of the Wurundjeri, the traditional custodians of the land where RMIT stands. Staff can assist learners to engage and re-engage with education. They offer
ongoing guidance with study, living and cultural needs.
If you require assistance with your study and other matter you can access Ngarara Willim Centre:
You can find more information at

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