Bachelor of Information Technology and Data Analytics


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Program Description

  • Gain a solid IT foundation and develop expertise in data analytics.
  • Analyse and visualise rich data sources, spot data trends, and generate data management strategies.
  • Train with software tools used by professionals in the industry.
  • Gain valuable knowledge and insights from our industry partnerships – the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia and the leader in business analytics software – SAS.


Study a 100% online IT and data analytics degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study - access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

Combining two highly sought after areas of technology – data analytics and information technology – this degree will help you enter the workforce, or advance your career in the revolutionary field of IT and big data.

Taught by leading researchers, you’ll learn to analyse and visualise rich data sources, how to spot data trends and to generate data management strategies. Discover how data can be used to achieve organisational objectives, whether it be through cost reductions, faster and more effective decision-making processes, or the development of new products and services.

The flexibility of this degree puts you in control of when and where you study. We provide personalised and extended-hour support so you have the best chance to succeed and thrive in your studies.

What you'll learn

In this degree, you’ll learn the core concepts of IT and then go on to specialise in analytics. You’ll learn the latest tools and technology used by industry in big data analysis, statistics and project management.

You’ll learn to:

  • Perform data exploration using visualisation, statistical techniques and data mining techniques to identify relationships and opportunities
  • Perform predictive analytics on large data sets using an industry-standard software toolset
  • Use the R language for statistical analysis of large and complex data sets
  • In the final year of your degree, you’ll work on authentic industry problems using real business scenarios.

You can tailor your degree to your interests and broaden your career prospects through your choice of electives. You can select four electives from any other University of South Australia Online degrees.

Degree structure

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

First year

  • Critical Approaches to Online Learning
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • Problem Solving and Programming
  • Design Thinking and Digital Innovation
  • Systems Analysis
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • IT Project Management
  • Database Fundamentals

Second year

  • Data Structures
  • Systems Design
  • Web Development
  • Interface Design, Interaction and Experience
  • Elective x4

Third year

  • Statistics Using R
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Data Visualisation
  • Business Analytics
  • ICT Project (Part 1)
  • Predictive Analytics
  • ICT Project (Part 2)

Study Information Technology and Data Analytics 100% online

Cath Moore, Online Course Facilitator and Dale Wache, Academic Developer: University of South Australia Online give an insight into what the IT and Data Analytics degree is about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

Why a Bachelor of Information Technology and Data Analytics

There is an acute shortage of data scientists, with a recent McKinsey Global Institute report1 projecting a 50 per cent gap between demand and supply by 2018. Professionals with strong data management and analytic skills are in demand and projected to increase in the future.

This degree has been designed in consultation with industry including the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia and the leader in business analytics software – SAS.

Employers look for people who can hit the ground running. You’ll learn the same software and technology used in the industry, so you’ll be ready for the workplace when you graduate. During your studies, you’ll develop strong communication skills that will prepare you to present clear ideas and important business decisions to both technical and non-technical stakeholders across all levels of an organisation.

This degree is informed by research and leading-edge developments in the industry, as well as research being carried out through the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). The University of South Australia is the national headquarters for the $88 million CRC in big data. The Data to Decisions CRC is set to boost national security and places the University of South Australia at the forefront of industry and academic research collaboration.

1McKinsey Global Institute. Big Data: The next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity, May 2011

Your career

Technology reshapes the workforce, redefines jobs, and creates new roles never seen before. The explosion in device connectivity, increasing data volumes, combined with the rise of the Internet of Things and the impact of social media are all factors that will fuel exponential growth in IT and big data in the future.

If you’re fascinated by new emerging digital technologies and the world of big data, a career in IT and data analytics can be an extremely rewarding profession. Professionals in this industry are well sought after by businesses in non-IT sectors, in areas like finance, accounting, insurance, healthcare, marketing, and professional services.

A University of South Australia Online IT and Data Analytics degree can help you pursue the following careers:

  • Big data visualiser: use visualisation tools and software to communicate information in different ways; present data in a way that is easy to understand, and spot patterns, trends and correlations; transform, improve and integrate data depending on business requirements; combine data sets across multiple sources; and deliver data in a useful and appealing way to users.
  • Data scientist: understand interfaces, data migrations, big data and databases; take the lead in processing raw data and determine the best types of analysis; mine large volumes of data to understand user behaviours and interactions, and communicate data findings to IT leadership and business leaders to promote innovation.
  • Business data analyst: work with stakeholders, analysts and senior management to understand business strategy and the questions that need to be asked; identify research needs; design experiments and make recommendations based on results; drive complex analytics projects to support the business.
  • Web and software developer: develop, code, test and debug software applications; interpret customer requirements; work with a team to research, design, and write software; and work with others to understand and resolve issues in existing software.
  • Database designer: design stable and reliable databases; develop, test, improve and maintain new and existing databases to help users retrieve data effectively; and work closely with developers to ensure system consistency.
  • Chief data officer: lead the data and analytics priorities for an organisation; manage data as a strategic asset and operationalise data governance, data quality and other controls to sustain the integrity of data; and identify business opportunities through data.
  • Chief analytics officer: assess the most effective operating model and data approach to achieve business objectives; define and drive the enterprise-wide analytics vision across strategy, people, process, data and technology; and be heavily involved in business transformation, change and education needed to embed analytics into the organisational culture.
  • Data engineers: develop, construct, test and maintain architectures such as databases and large-scale processing systems; gather, process and transform raw data from different sources and third parties; and extract data from systems to develop insights and make business decisions.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
  • IELTS speaking [6.0]
  • IELTS listening [6.0]

IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java and in some cases Flash (devices running on Apple's iOS operating system, such as iPads, iPhones, do not run Flash)
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)
  • Some University of South Australia Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

Access free IT software and resources

As a University of South Australia Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible).
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them.
  • Get free access to - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Skype for Business, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime.

How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

1. Submit an online enquiry

If you're ready to apply, the first step is to fill out and submit our online enquiry form. Here you'll be asked a series of questions to see if you're eligible. Following your online enquiry, one of our Degree Advisers will contact you at your preferred time to discuss the application process.

2. Speak to a Degree Adviser and start your application

If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to begin your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

3. Complete your application and send through your documents

In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide the required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

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Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

The University of South Australia’s 100% online degrees give you full control and flexibility over your study choices. With more than 25 years of experience providing online and distance education, yo ... Read More

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