Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology

The Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology gives you the technical skills in computer systems and programming that can lead to a variety of careers in the information technology (IT) industry including computer game designer, software developer, mobile app designer, web developer, cybersecurity specialist, IT project manager and infrastructure business analyst.

After completing the certificate, you’ll have the foundational knowledge and skills, as well as practical experience, for entry-level positions in the IT industry; for example, as an IT support officer or helpdesk technician. The certificate also provides a pathway for entry into the Diploma of Information Technology at Monash College, which is a pathway to Monash University’s Bachelor of Information Technology.


MCD4700 Introduction to Computer Systems, Networks and Security

This unit will provide an introduction to the concepts of database design and usage and the related issues of data management. Students will develop skills in planning, designing, and implementing a data model using an enterprise-scale relational database system (Oracle). Methods and techniques will also be presented to populate, retrieve, update and implement integrity features on data in the implemented database system. Manipulation of a database necessarily raises issues of data collection/creation and management, data rights (ownership, copyright, access, privacy etc) and data curation, which this unit will also address.

MCD4720 Fundamentals of C++

This unit introduces programming fundamentals and the C++ language to students. The unit provides a foundational understanding of program design and implementation of algorithms to solve simple problems. Fundamental programming control structures, built in and complex datatypes and mechanisms for modularity will be presented in C++. This unit also places a focus on object-oriented design principles, using object-oriented design as a process for program design and problem solving. More advanced object-oriented programming topics such as inheritance and polymorphism will also be covered. Other C++ fundamentals such as pointers and the STL will be presented, as will implementations of algorithms and data structures used in problem solving.

MCD2130 Functions and their Applications OR MCD4490 Advanced Mathematics

MCD2130 Functions and their Applications

The focus of this unit will be on the behaviour of functions and examining some of their applications to the real world. The way that functions will be introduced is by individually describing the characteristics of families of different function types (linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric). The composition of functions through possible combination of different types of component functions will also be investigated. Other operations on functions such as transformations via shifting, scaling and reflection will be presented, along with the existence and meaning of inverse functions.

This initial part of the course will then be used to provide a foundation for examining the rate of change of a function. Principally this involves defining the elementary principles of differential calculus and then utilising these with respect to the types of functions mentioned above. As a final topic an introduction to integral calculus is presented.

MCD4490 Advanced Mathematics

Functions and coordinate geometry: types of functions, composite functions, inverse functions, modelling of periodic phenomena with trigonometric functions, complex numbers. Differentiation and integration: concepts and techniques, applications to related rate of change and optimization problems, areas, volume and centre of mass. Vectors in two and three-dimensional space, application to motion and kinematics.

Elective stream, choose from:

  • MCD4730 Foundations of 3D
  • MCD4290 Engineering Mobile Apps
  • MCD2080 Business Statistics
  • MCD1470 Engineering Practice

More information about subjects is available in the Diploma guide here.

Course Information

Course duration 6 months full-time
Study load Full time or part time
FeeCourse fees are half of the relevant Diploma Part 2 fees published here.
ApplicationHow to apply
Delivery Online or blended
Intake dates February and July
Hours 5-7 hours per unit/ per week

Entry Requirement

  • ATAR score of 60.
  • Pre-requisites: Units 1 & 2 – satisfactory completion of two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics.