Charles Darwin University

Associate Degree of Information and Communication Technology

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

The Associate Degree of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will prepare you to be part of a rapidly evolving field and continually develop new applications to enhance the world we live in.You will develop your knowledge of the principles and applications in the ICT field and strengthen your personal skills in areas such as problem-solving, decision making, effective communication and teamwork. This course was developed in consultation with and is supported by ICT industry leaders and directly aligns with industry requirements.


The core of this program prepares students with the necessary IT skills so that they are well prepared for work when graduated. The program stresses both the importance of theory and the application of theory into practice through projects and practical exercises. A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCommon Units(2 units)20cpCommon units totalling 20 credit point as detailed below.CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologySelect Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options. Core Units(11 units)110cpCompulsory Core units totalling 110 credit points as detailed below.HIT137 Software NowHIT164 Computing FundamentalsHIT172 Operating Systems and ApplicationsHIT274 Network Engineering Applications (replaces HIT174 from 2020)HIT234 Database Concepts (replaces BIS234 from 2019)HIT226 Mobile Web StructuresHIT237 Building Interactive SoftwareHIT238 The Mobile ParadigmHIT372 Organisation Network Infrastructure (replaces HIT272 from 2019)HIT333 Cyber Security (replaces BIS243 from 2019)PMO201 Project ManagementElectives(3 units)30cpSelect units totalling 30 credit points may be selected from undergraduate units offered by the University.  160Total Credit PointsStudents who commence in or after 2013No more than 10 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in an Associate Degree or Advanced Diploma AQF Level 6 course award.Of the total 160 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 200 level unitsStudents should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.Course Changes from 2020HIT274 Network Engineering Applications replaces HIT174 Network Engineering Concepts as a core unit from 2020. Students who have already completed HIT174 will not be required to complete HIT274. 


  • Engineering and IT

Standard entry requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina International: $29,616 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years
CDU Online International: $29,616 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

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