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Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology – Software Technology

Join the world of cutting-edge software professionals with the latest practices in web and app development, programming, interface design and system optimising.

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3 years full-time

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‘The flexibility to study at my own pace and my own time was perfect and allowed me to finish my degree in around three years, using every [teaching period] I could.’

Jacob, Swinburne Online graduate


Australia will need an additional 650,000 tech workers by the end of the decade.

The Good Universities Guide 2024

Our Information Technology courses have been awarded a five-star rating by the Good Universities Guide for skills development.

‘The flexibility to study at my own pace and my own time was perfect and allowed me to finish my degree in around three years, using every [teaching period] I could.’

Jacob, Swinburne Online graduate


Australia will need an additional 650,000 tech workers by the end of the decade.

Our Information Technology courses have been awarded a five-star rating by the Good Universities Guide for skills development.

The Good Universities Guide 2024

With a focus on web and app development for multi-platform use, the Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology – Software Technology major provides you with the much-needed skills to identify and assist with creation, maintenance and upgrading of various systems and user interfaces. This in turn will allow for the improvement of operations, user experience and workflow – making you a valuable asset to any organisation.

During this course you will gain valuable, relevant information technology skills such as software maintenance, identifying knowledge gaps and user training, programming for a range of platforms and devices, and assisting in choosing appropriate software for specific projects. You will also learn essential workplace skills such as effective communication, stakeholder management and ethical practices to assist with working within software and other teams within an organisation. These skills are taught by industry professionals and combined in industry-linked projects with clients to provide you with vital practical experience.

This course has been streamlined to ensure a focused look at the Software Technology major. Once completed, you can also choose to further focus your degree with an optional Advanced Minor in Cybersecurity or Data Science. Or choose electives to round out your knowledge.

What will you learn?

  • Project Management: Identify the need for ICT intervention, and work with stakeholders to research and implement effective solutions.
  • Software Development: Use your IT expertise to develop programs, apps and other digital tools that will shape the workflow of large organisations.
  • Situation Analysis: Source and apply the generic and specialised software tools used by IT professionals to improve processes and outcomes.
  • Professional Communication: Communicate effectively in a professional context, adapt communication style to a given audience, work efficiently in a team and guide and team members to success.
  • Understanding Technologies: Demonstrate an appropriate knowledge of the technologies that make up ICT infrastructure and articulate the relationships and interdependencies between technologies.
  • Data Management: Understand how to securely store and manage large volumes of user data.

Learn more about our professional accreditations. Download a Course Guide.

Flexible study

What does flexible study mean for me?

Studying at Swinburne Online gives you the freedom to study how it suits you. Decide when and where it fits in with your life and tailor your study journey to your own needs. Get a world-class degree without giving up what’s important.

Flexible study at Swinburne Online

Set a study pace that work with what’s going on in your life. If you’re unsure about how much you can commit to, we can offer part-time options and the option of increasing your unit load as your progress. Interested in fast-tracking your studies? You also have the opportunity to complete up to 12 units per year.

You don’t have to put your life on hold to study. Prioritise what matters to you and fit study around family, work and personal commitments through a course that is flexibly designed for online learners.

Start when it suits. Swinburne Online offers multiple intake dates and flexible unit availability, so you can choose when you begin your studies or if you need to take a break.

Flexible study requires flexible support. As a Swinburne Online student, you’ll have support for extended hours, seven days a week. Student Advisors available to help with anything from tech support to research advice, and dedicated online tutors in each of your units.


Your course structure

The Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology – Software Technology consists of 24 units. All students are required to complete the eight core units, eight Software Technology units, and the option of one or two advanced minors (Cybersecurity or Data Science) or elective units to complete the course requirements. Specialise your knowledge and gain the skills needed to achieve your unique career goals.

In your final year, you will complete a Capstone Industry Project unit that combines your theoretical knowledge with practical scenarios. This unit aims to consolidate and integrate your learning with real-world practice and facilitate a successful transition from academic learning environment to work environment.

Software Technology major

Gain foundational programming and web development skills in core subjects, and choose extend your learning in the areas of advanced web development, mobile app development and IoT programming, as well as a range of in-demand programming languages.

Data Science advanced minor

Learn key concepts and techniques in data science and big data analytics, and data visualisation principles.

Cybersecurity advanced minor

Understand the nature of security threats to IT systems and networks, and how to identify and rectify security breaches.

Studying an ICT course with Swinburne Online is a unique opportunity. Our courses are at the forefront of industry and provide you with the practical skills to success come graduation. View all units in your bachelor’s degree.

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How you'll learn

Gradual release of responsibility model

The Bachelor of Information Communication Technology utilises the gradual release of responsibility (GRR) pedagogical framework – a model of learning that maximises student comprehension and ensures that you will never feel overwhelmed or left behind during your studies. Under this framework, you will be offered optional weekly synchronous sessions in which key skills are discussed and demonstrated, as well as access to the asynchronous discussion boards.

Learning designed for online

Your study journey with Swinburne Online is tailored to the digital space. You’ll study in a dynamic virtual classroom environment and interact with your peers in the custom-built social platform. You will also receive support at the times you need it from advisors who understand studying online.

Your online study journey

You’ll complete each of your units in Canvas, your online classroom, and be guided through coursework by an online tutor with real-world experience in your field of study. Canvas is where you’ll access classes, assignments and discussion boards with your peers.

The Student Hub is your online campus, where you’ll access the support and resources to assist you throughout your study journey. From managing your course to technical support and library resources, you’ll find it all in one easy location.

Swinburne Online will be there for you each step of the way. From enrolment through to graduation, we offer extended, flexible support in each of your units and advisors to assist with any queries.

Entry requirements

  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including certificates IV (completed), diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees).
  • Applicants without a formal qualification may be considered for entry if they have significant and relevant work experience and/or upon completion of the STAT test.

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification. Minimum ATAR requirements may apply.

VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent.

If you are applying as an international student, please view the English Language Requirements.


The estimated annual fee for this course is $8,948*.

*Unit fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

Swinburne Online offers Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for this course to eligible domestic students. A CSP is a subsidy supplied by the Australian government, meaning you do not need to pay a significant portion of your course fees.

Speak to one of our Course Consultants for help and to discuss your eligibility for a CSP in 2023.

With a CSP, the estimated annual fee for this course is $8,948*. This is based on completing eight 12.5 credit point units in one calendar year.

Commonwealth provided loans are available to assist eligible students to pay their course fees and there are a range of university, government and privately funded scholarships and prizes.

Discover more information about HELP loans.

Course fees will be affected by a student’s unit selection and any credit awarded in recognition of previous academic experience.

This course is offered to domestic and offshore international students. Depending on your citizenship, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place.

Domestic students also contribute to student services and amenities via an annual fee.

Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. You may be eligible for Swinburne Scholarships.

Career Outcomes

Stay ahead of the curve with Swinburne Online

Jobs in technology are some of the most well-paid, stable and flexible in Australia. Our graduates work in a range of rewarding roles and industries within tech. The Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology prioritises enhancing your practical capabilities so that you can graduate with a work-ready skill set. You will:

  • work on an ICT capstone project unit
  • learn the workplace skills that underpin and enhance all your technical knowledge
  • learn from industry leaders.

In this dynamic role, you’ll use data analytics to assess processes, determine requirements and deliver data-driven recommendations and reports to key stakeholders.

Manage a team of implementation specialists responsible for the implementation of technical systems, software and hardware.

Analyse existing security procedures and suggest changes for increased efficiency and security.

Ensure that all work completed in IT are assessed in terms of vulnerabilities and exposure to attack.

With an adaptable programming toolkit, collaborate in the design and implementation of web-based applications, troubleshooting issues as they arise.

Design and build apps for iOS and Android devices, and address the unique needs of mobile users.

Create software and applications using computer programming languages, and develop them into impactful tools for individuals and businesses.

Objectively analyse and recommend the correct combination of IT requirements components to achieve specific business goals.

Design and maintain complex data management solutions that are accessible and secure.

Analyse and interpret complex data sets and transform that information into actionable business solutions.


The Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology is provisionally accredited at Professional Level by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).


‘I truly valued the ability to study at my own pace, and to be able to absorb all the concepts in my own space at home.’


Swinburne Online graduate

What are other students asking?
For students undertaking a degree, most of your learning materials are included with a free license provided to you by Swinburne Online. However, in some cases, you will be notified via your student email that you will need to buy specific software or eTexts. For TAFE Business students, all of your learning materials will be available online and are covered by your course fees. You won’t need to purchase any further materials.
When you enrol to study a degree with us, you will nominate how many units you would like to select per teaching period, based on a recommendation from one of our Course Consultants. From here, our enrolments team will allocate you automatically to the units they feel will be best suited to your needs, so you don’t need to worry about choosing units. If you want to choose something different than what you are allocated to, that is no problem, just get in touch with our Student Advisors and they will take care of it for you.
You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you. There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.

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