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C20056v2 Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice

Award(s): Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice (DipITProfPrac)
CRICOS code: 084260G
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


The Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice is not a separate course in its own right but is taken in conjunction with one of UTS: Information Technology's undergraduate courses.

Students must obtain suitable employment and work for a minimum of nine months full time, and undertake the academic subjects related to their industrial training. International students can work full time for the duration of the diploma.

The diploma is extremely beneficial for students relating their final year of coursework to the practical needs of the IT industry. This experience is invaluable when applying for graduate career positions.

Course aims

The course aims to develop students' technical and generic work skills in a workplace environment. It also enables students to develop lifelong learning skills and gain a better understanding of the relationship between theory and practice.

Career options

For career options, refer to the main degree undertaken. The diploma increases students' employability by providing at least nine months' work experience before graduation. Many students continue working with their industrial training employer and complete their studies part time.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.0 Engineering and IT take place within the larger context of society and the environment, which encompasses social, economic and sustainability needs
A.1 Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs
A.2 Establish priorities and goals
A.3 Identify constraints, uncertainties and risk of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
A.4 Apply principles of sustainability to create viable systems
A.5 Apply systems thinking to understand complex system behaviour, including interactions between components and with other systems (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
B.0 Engineering and IT practice focuses on problem-solving and design where artifacts are conceived, created, used, modified, maintained and retired
B.1 Identify and apply relevant problem-solving methodologies
B.2 Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications
B.3 Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures
B.4 Apply decision-making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability
B.5 Implement and test solutions
B.6 Demonstrate research skills
C.0 Abstraction, modelling, simulation and visualisation inform decision-making and are underpinned by mathematics, as well as basic and discipline sciences
C.1 Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation
C.2 Develop models using appropriate tools such as computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices
C.3 Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations
D.0 Graduates must have capabilities for self-organisation, self-review, personal development and lifelong learning
D.1 Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals (Manage self)
D.2 Reflect on personal and professional experiences to engage in independent development beyond formal education for lifelong learning
E.0 Engineering and IT practice involves the coordination of a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities to arrive at problem and design solutions
E.1 Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose
E.2 Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multilevel, multidisciplinary and multicultural setting
E.3 Identify and apply relevant project management methodologies
F.0 Graduates must possess skills, knowledge and behaviours to operate effectively in culturally diverse workplaces and a changing global environment
F.1 Be able to conduct critical self-review and performance evaluation against appropriate criteria as a primary means of tracking personal development needs and achievements
F.2 Appreciate ethical implications of professional practice
F.3 Understand cross-cultural issues (regions or workplaces)
F.4 Be aware of global perspectives (needs, rules/regulations, and specifications)

Admission requirements

Applicants for admission must satisfy the selection criteria as specified by the faculty.

This course is normally available to students who are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Computing Science (Honours) (C09119), Bachelor of Science in Games Development (C10229), Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (C10239), Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (C10219), Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (C10327), Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Bachelor of Laws (C10245), Bachelor of Mathematics and Computing (C10158), Graduate Diploma of Interactive Multimedia (C07078) and Master of Interactive Multimedia (C04158).

Students must have progressed to a particular stage of their program of study and completed certain subject requirements before being admitted concurrently to the Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice. Students who have completed all subjects in their course may still enrol in the diploma, but cannot graduate from their course until they finish the diploma.

Non-UTS students who hold an ACS Foundation work integrated learning scholarship may also apply for the Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.


Local students

Application is made directly to UTS by completing the relevant application form.

International students

Application is made through UTS International.

Course duration and attendance

Students are required to obtain approved, full-time employment within the IT industry for a minimum of nine months and complete two sessions of academic study.

Students are required to notify the faculty of any changes to their circumstances that affect their industrial training, including notification of the start and finish dates of their industrial training.

Course structure

In addition to undertaking industrial training, students are required to complete 36 credit points of coursework subjects.

Course completion requirements

STM90990 IT Work Integrated Learning Program 48cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The course program is shown below.

Year 1
Autumn session
31016 Career Management for IT Professionals   6cp
41061 IT Professional Experience 1   3cp
41071 Work Integrated Learning 1   6cp
41062 IT Professional Experience 2   3cp
41072 Work Integrated Learning 2   6cp
Spring session
41063 IT Professional Experience 3   3cp
41073 Work Integrated Learning 3   6cp
41064 IT Professional Experience 4   3cp
41074 Work Integrated Learning 4   6cp
41065 IT Experience Reflection   6cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887) or +61 2 9514 1222