Diploma of Information Technology

Key Information

Start Dates

February , June ,October 


8-24 months

Stage 1- 8 to 12 months (if required)

Stage 2 - 8 to 12 months 



Assumed Knowledge


Campus Location

UniSA City East


Stage 1: $14,960

Stage 2: $21,480

SATAC code


Study Mode : On-campus and online options 

Domestic International


Stage 1: $28,520 ($3,565 per module)

Stage 2: $35,280 ($4,410 per module)




  • Provides you with an understanding of fundamental concepts and necessary skills in programming, networking and databases, enabling students to articulate into the range of IT degrees at the UniSA.
  •  Study with confidence in small class sizes and personalised teaching methods
  •  Dedicated academic and personal support services to assist with your success
  •  Student leadership opportunities to grow your skills further 

Degree Pathway Options

Progression into second year UniSA

SAIBT GPA requirment

Yrs at


Bachelor of Information Technology 

SCBachelor of Information Technology (Networking & Cybersecurity)3682Feb/Jul5D6034

Bachelor of Information Technology (Games & Entertainment Design)

SCBachelor of Information Technology (Software Development)3682Feb/Jul5D6035
SCBachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)3683Feb/Jul5D6036

Diploma Structure

All students are required to complete the tertiary preparation modules Mathematics for Study (MMS001) in their first trimester and Language for Study (LGS001) in their second trimester. Although these modules do not count towards the study load or GPA, a non-graded pass is required for the program of study.

This module develops language skills for you to communicate confidently, express ideas effectively and gain a sound understanding of the level of language proficiency required to attend an Australian university. 

This unit provides a foundation in mathematics to provide you with skills to support your future university studies. You are supported to develop core concepts and skills, and to apply these to solve problems.

Stage 1

  •  In this module you will be provided with an understanding and application of essential study skills, covering independent learning skills and styles, active listening, presentation, and group work skills. 

  • You will be introduced to the use of the Internet, social media and associated technologies in society and business. Through the module, you will utilise Microsoft Office along with online tools for effective communication and discuss the ethical and security issues related to the use of Information Communication Technologies. 

  • In this unit you are introduced to the basic principles of communication and its role in society and culture. You will investigate the effects of different forms of verbal and non-verbal communication and describe cultural influences on the communication process. 

  • This module will introduce you to the basic principles of critical thinking. It also assists you in developing skills needed for the tertiary study environment, including academic reading, listening, and notetaking, as well as written formats and referencing. 

  • This module provides you with an introduction to the basic principles of design and their application to various publications. You will use the design process and different software applications to publish material for both print and electronic media and analyse the messages communicated through different design elements.

  • This module introduces you to the basic principles of programming and their use in writing simple programs. You will use the systems development life cycle to write programs combining different data types and programming structures and learn techniques to test successful outcomes.

  • ·This module introduces you to the mathematical concepts required for further studies, particularly in statistics. You will learn to use fundamental arithmetic and algebra to solve problems and apply statistical processes and concepts including sampling techniques and different forms of presentation.

Electives (choose 1)

  • This module analyses the use of media in society and its role in cultural life. You will investigate the different factors, which shape cultures today and discuss how the media affects popular culture, interpretations of the world and contributes to cultural identity.

  • This unit provides you with an understanding and application of foundation concepts in the business disciplines of management and leadership, finance, marketing, and human resources. You will discuss current trends, opportunities, and issues that impact on contemporary business and learn to use appropriate communication for the business environment.

  • ·The module provides you with a professional guide to career planning to ensure success in your future working lives. The module includes understanding modern workplaces and practices, the responsibilities of different agents in the work environment, and the acquisition of knowledge and skills related to employment including interviews and applying for jobs. This course aims to bridge understandings and to prepare you for the professional and wider world.

  • This module will introduce you to the basic concepts of human biology as a foundation for further study in this area. You will develop an understanding of the main body systems and the associated biology, and an awareness and appreciation of the human body in a personal, social, and medical context.

  • In this module you are introduced to the basic concepts of Physics, with a particular focus on motion and heat. You will learn appropriate equations and units for demonstrating different concepts and conduct experiments to analyse and test theories. 

Stage 2

  • This module focuses on modelling, and the utilisation of tools in the problem-solving process. You will also be introduced to programming and will gain the necessary skills to design, implement, test and debug a program. Pre-requisite: Programming.

  • This module invites you to develop your professionalism. You will learn to communicate effectively with each other, tutors and real- world clients. Design Thinking is an approach to making innovative technologies that others have a need for.

  • This module will assist you to develop a solid understanding of Information Technology concepts that will enable you to make decisions in relation to IT infrastructure issues.

  • The course will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills for developing small to medium sized enterprise networks.

  • This course uses a combination of teaching techniques: (1) workshops where you will work in groups using what is called team-based learning, (2) practicals to help develop your programming skills, and (3) tutorials to introduce you to principles and concepts. Pre-requisite: Problem Solving and Programming

  • In this module you will learn to design and construct a relational database for a small organisation. This course aims to develop your problem-solving skills and introduce you to Relational Databases, SQL Programming, and basic web implementation. Pre-requisite: Problem Solving and Programming and Information Technology Fundamentals

  • The outcomes of this course will help you address a problem statement by developing a set of requirements and user experience designs through end-user and stakeholder engagement. Pre-requisite: Information Technology Fundamentals and co-requisite with System Requirements Studio

  • Upon completion of this course you will have achieved graduate qualities that will be highly desirable to employers such as being an effective problem solver, being able to work autonomously and collaboratively as well as communicating effectively in professional practice. This is a NonGraded Pass (NGP) course. You are required to pass all the three assessments to pass the course. Pre-requisite: Information Technology Fundamentals and co-requisite with System Requirements and User Experience

Study Experience

“My experience in SAIBT is amazing! It gives me an opportunity to pursue the career that I want. The staff are also really willing to help with a big smile on their face.”

Wallace Chan

Career Outcomes

Depending on your chosen UniSA specialisation, your career options can include:

  • Business Analyst
  • IT Manager
  • IT Consultant
  • IT Project Manager
  • User Interface Designer
  • IT Solution Specialist

How to Apply

Applying to study at SAIBT is easy. With applications open all year round, you can complete your applications in 3 simple steps.

Apply easily online or seek assistance through an Education Agent. saibt.sa.edu.au/apply.

More information 

To avoid delays with your application, be sure you collate and submit all the required documents:

• Certified* copies of academic transcripts and graduation certificates

• English language test results (e.g. IELTS or PTE)

• A certified* copy of the personal details page and signature page of your passport.

*A certified copy is a copy of the original document that has been certified by an official such as a SAIBT Education Agent or staff member, justice of the peace, notary public, police officer or examining authority)

You may want or need an Education Agent to assist with your application. To find a SAIBT representative: saibt.sa.edu.au/representatives

You will receive your Letter of Offer within a few days of applying. Read it thoroughly and provide all requested documents outlined in page 2. If your offer is ‘conditional’ it means that you need to submit further documents. Conditions and details of what you need to provide will be articulated on your Letter of Offer.

If your offer is ‘unconditional’ this means that you have provided all the information required to meet each of your conditions of enrolment. Complete and submit Section 2 and Section 4 of your Letter of Offer and include proof of payment via email to SAIBT.Admissions@navitas.com, or upload via Studylink.