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University Handbook 2013

Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks)

Course code/s: SMITCN - Melbourne

The format of this course is the same as the Master of Information Technology, with the requirement that students take five from the list of specialist networking subjects in addition to the seven core subjects:

Upon completion of this course students should possess:

  • a comprehensive understanding of core areas of Information Technology in the ICT industry;
  • skills and ability necessary to function effectively in project teams;
  • skills and abilities to plan and design Networks; and
  • an understanding of Wireless communication Networks and Network Security.

There are nine core subjects which introduce students to:

  • fundamental and intermediate programming using Java
  • the fundamental IT-related mathematics
  • algorithms and data structures
  • system design engineering fundamentals
  • an industry project.

Admission requirements

To be eligible to enrol in the Master of Information Technology degree, prospective students must have completed a course equivalent to an Australian undergraduate degree.

Exemption or Advanced Standing for previous study

Exemption or advanced standing may be available for previous graduate studies. Students applying for exemption or advanced standing must provide details of the curriculum from the course handbooks together with a copy of their academic transcript.

Professional recognition

Satisfactory completion of the course meets the professional level requirements for membership of the Australian Computer Society.

Course structure

The duration of the course is two years full-time or the equivalent part-time. Students are required to complete:

  • 240 credit points
  • the nine core subjects (135 credit points) listed below
  • a total of five Specialist Network subjects which includes:
  • a maximum of two from the first Specialist Network subjects from the list below and
  • a minimum of three Level 4 Specialist Network subjects from the list below
  • the remaining subjects must be selected from Level 4 or 5 subjects

 Core subjects (135 credit points)

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 or
TE-SEM-2
Object-oriented Programming Fundamentals (PG) CSE4OOF 15
TE-SEM-1 or
TE-SEM-2
Intermediate Object-oriented Programming (PG) CSE4IOO 15
TE-SEM-1 Algorithms and Data Structures (PG) CSE5ALG 15
TE-SEM-1 Discrete Mathematics MAT4DM 15
TE-SEM-1 System Design and Methodologies CSE5SDM 15
TE-SEM-2 System Design Engineering Fundamentals (PG) CSE5DES 15
TE-SEM-2 Professional Environment (PG) CSE5PE 15
TE-SEM-1 Industry Project A* CSE5PRA 15
TE-SEM-2 Industry Project B* CSE5PRB 15

* Students must select either the two-semester Industry Project (CSE5PRA and CSE5PRB) or the 30 credit point one semester Information Technology Project (CSE5ITP).

Select a maximum of two network specialist subjects from the following list

Most subjects have prerequisites.

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Network Engineering CSE5NEF 15
TE-SEM-1 Intermediate Network Engineering CSE5INE 15
TE-SEM-2 Networks Systems and Web Security CSE5NSW 15
Select at least three Level 4 specialist network subjects from the following list
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-2 Real-time and Fault-tolerant Systems CSE4RFS 15
TE-SEM-1 Wireless Network Engineering CSE4WNE 15
TE-SEM-1 Communication Protocol Engineering CSE5CPE 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Network Engineering CSE5ANE 15
TE-SEM-2 Mobile and Pervasive Computing CSE4MPC 15
TE-SEM-2 Performance Analysis of Computer Systems CSE4PCS 15
TE-SEM-2 Pervasive Network Design CSE4PND 15

The remaining subjects may be selected from the lists below.

Level 4 and 5 subjects

Some subjects may not be available every year and some may have prerequisites. Subject to approval, up to two subjects from other areas of the University can be taken (such as level 4 business subjects from within the Graduate School of Management).

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Advanced System Design CSE4ASD 15
TE-SEM-1 Bioinformatics Technologies CSE5BIO 15
TE-SEM-1 C Programming for Engineers and Scientists (PG) CSE5CES 15
TE-SEM-1 Communication Protocol Engineering CSE5CPE 15
TE-SEM-1 Computational Intelligence CSE4CI 15
TE-SEM-1 Database Fundamentals CSE4DBF 15
TE-SEM-1 Data WarehouseConcepts and  Design CSE4DWD 15
TE-SEM-1 Decision Support Systems CSE4DSS 15
TE-SEM-1 Multi-agent Systems CSE4MAS 15
TE-SEM-1 Pervasive Network Design CSE4PND 15
TE-SEM-1 Visual Information Systems CSE4VIS 15
TE-SEM-1 Web Services Engineering CSE5WSE 15
TE-SEM-1 Wireless Network Engineering CSE4WNE 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Bio-Computing CSE5ABC 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Databases CSE5ADB 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Network Engineering CSE5ANE 15
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Quality and Reliability CSE4AQR 15
TE-SEM-2 Biometric Security CSE5BMS 15
TE-SEM-2 Data Mining CSE4DMI 15
TE-SEM-2 Entrepreneurship CSE5ENT 15
TE-SEM-2 Industry Enterprise Practices CSE4IEP 15
TE-SEM-2 Mobile and Pervasive Computing CSE4MPC 15
TE-SEM-2 Performance Analysis of Computer Systems CSE4PCS 15
TE-SEM-2 Real-time and Fault-tolerant Systems CSE4RFS 15
TE-SEM-1 or 2 Thesis A** CSE5TSA 15
TE-SEM-1 or 2 Thesis B** CSE5TSB 30

** Students must achieve an average of at least 70% from the best 90 credit points of subjects completed in the first year of the program.

Please note: Some of these subjects may not be offered in the current year. For a full description of subjects, including the subject name, subject code, credit points, campus/location, teaching period and availability, subject coordinator, class requirements, assessment, prerequisites and readings, please click on the appropriate Subject Code or refer to the Subject/Unit Database at www.latrobe.edu.au/udb_public.