The world is undergoing an information explosion and digital economy disruptive growth.
With the Australian ICT sector worth almost $100 billion and being Australia’s fifth top-paying industry, employers are looking for graduates with valuable technical skills and hands-on experience to help businesses innovate and better service their customers and therefore become more competitive on the already cutthroat market.
There are three certificates available that offer students the opportunity to gain invaluable skills and knowledge to operate at various levels in the industry.
The Certificate IV in Information Technology trains future ICT specialists by providing a wide range of skills and knowledge they will need to be competent in ICT practices in various organisational contexts. Graduates will be able to apply what learnt to basic networking, testing, system analysis and design, database development, programming, web development and ICT support.
They will be able to determine client business requirements, develop technical designs and apply software methodologies whilst implementing WHS, environmental sustainability and ethical practices as well as contributing to copyright and privacy.
They will be able to choose a specialisation depending on the electives picked out:
- Testing (perform system and integration tests, select software and hardware tools, conduct pre-installation audits, configure an internet protocol network, provide database and software support, manage risks and identify and resolve client ICT problems, optimise system performance and monitor and administer security);
- Interactive digital games (write story and content for digital games, creative visual design, develop 3-D components, create audio and perform basic sound editing);
- Provide IT end-user and technical support (create basic databases, create a data warehouse, monitor physical database implementation, coordinate ICT work teams);
- Networking (install and manage a server, install and configure client-server applications and services, configure a desktop environment, install hardware to a network, create a common gateway interface script, build an enterprise wireless network, configure and test network security);
- Programming (develop client user interface, maintain open-source code programs, write a script for software applications, develop mobile applications, use XML effectively, use regular expressions in programming languages);
- Web development and SEO (design a website to meet technical requirements, produce the basic client-side script for dynamic web pages, maintain website performance, ensure basic website security, customise content management system, optimise search engine, integrate social web technologies, create and style simple markup language documents).
The Diploma of Digital Media Technologies provides future ICT professionals the skills and knowledge needed to work as an independent ICT specialist or as part of a team. It teaches how to design, develop and refine media technologies, code websites and mobile applications, edit digital videos and manage IT projects through dynamic and exciting hands-on experience.
It will give its graduates the opportunity to work in new and emerging areas such as interactive design, online and with tools and equipment such as software and web 2.0 tools.
Those who will complete the course will know how to build a dynamic website, apply intermediate programming skills and intermediate object-oriented languages skills, use structured query language, use a library or pre-existing components, integrate database with a website, design effective user experiences, develop mobile and digital applications, design games, 3-D software and e-learning resources, perform basic vision and sound editing, produce sound recordings, develop and conduct client acceptance test, develop and implement an e-business strategy, match ICT needs with the strategic direction of the enterprise.
The Advanced Diploma of Information Technology qualifies its graduates as high-level ICT experts by providing process improvement, business skills and knowledge that enables them to operate in senior ICT positions effectively.
It builds on the core of management competencies with electives to suit those who desire a broader knowledge regarding management and systems development and uses a theory-based educational approach with a mix of theory and practice, where students are exposed to real-case ICT problems.
Graduates will, therefore, acquire sound technical skills as well as a wide range of soft skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, communication and business analysis.
Modules include identify and implement business innovation, interact with clients on a business level, lead the evaluation and implementation of current industry-specific technologies, manage the development of technical solutions from business specifications, implement quality assurance processes for business solutions, develop contracts and manage contracted performance, plan and manage complex ICT projects and control quality and risks associated with them, evaluate vendor products and equipment, build a data warehouse, develop complex webpage layout, develop advanced mobile multi-touch application, create cloud computing services and ensure compliance of cloud service deployment, design and implement a security system, lead and manage team effectiveness, lead and manage organisational change, implement change management processes, determine suitability of database functionality and scalability, manage copyright, ethics and privacy in an ICT environment.
Once this qualification is completed (after a course of study of at least 2 years), one can require a Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485), which allows to stay in Australia for 18 months with a full-time working permit (one will not need to attend school anymore) and gain first-hand experience after the studies in order to land a Sponsor or even a Permanent Visa in some cases.
Course features (starting date, price and duration): subject to variations according to the enrolment period, course duration, holiday duration, selected city, selected school, enrolment costs and school supplies.
Payment: quarterly instalments
- English at an upper-intermediate level (equivalent to 5.5 IELTS)
- A High School Diploma
- Digital Media Designer
- Digital Media Developer
- Digital Media Producer
- Web Designer – Short-term Skilled Occupation List
- Web Developer – Short-term Skilled Occupation List
- Game Designer
- Mobile App Developer – Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List
- ICT Business Analyst – Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List
- ICT Project Manager – Short-term Skilled Occupation List
- Network Specialist – Short-term Skilled Occupation List
- Software Developer – Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List
- Systems Analyst – Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List
Average hourly pay: $ 30 – 40
Average annual pay: $ 70,000 – 90,000
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