Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Fundamentals

La Trobe University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 102578J

Level of study: Postgraduate


Providing a pathway into a range of postgraduate IT degrees, La Trobe's Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Fundamentals is your first step to a successful career in IT.

With technology taking a front-and-centre role in modern business, IT professionals are in high demand. Industries from media and government to health and education are scrambling to recruit specialists in computing, diagnosis, service and maintenance.

Whether you're working in IT already and want to deepen your knowledge, or you're new to IT and want to break into this fast-growing industry, La Trobe's Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Fundamentals gives you a strong foundation you can use to launch the rest of your career.

Not sure exactly how to secure your dream job? No need to worry – our supportive academic staff will work with you to understand your career goals and help you make them happen.

Delivered in just six months full-time, this course provides you with a solid foundation in IT fundamentals, programming and statistics – highly transferable skills you can apply in a wide range of industries.

From there, you'll be ready to apply for one of our IT Master's degrees, choosing from specialist qualifications in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data science, digital media, information technology or the Internet of Things

You'll learn:

Programming 101

Understand how to design and create software solutions using Python. Learn how to tackle practical problems using real-life scenarios.

Information technology fundamentals

Build foundational skills in computer operation, hardware components, data storage and retrieval, system software, operating systems, file management systems, security and more.

Probability and statistics for data science

Explore the R statistical package and the mathematical type-setting package LaTeX. Study how probability and statistics are applied to data science.

Database basics

Explore the architecture and management of different database systems and models. Design and implement your own commercial standard database system to meet specifications.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8 - Graduate Certificate.

Career outcomes

The Graduate Certificate of Information Technology Fundamentals provides the skills you need for a career in IT – either immediately or after further postgraduate study. Possible roles include:*

Network administrator

Develop, install and provide maintenance support across network and computer systems including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets and other data communication systems.

Web developer

Design, build and maintain websites using both creative and technical skills to continuously improve safety, performance, usability and capacity.

Network architect

Plan and build data communication networks to provide both local and global connections. Analyse and implement new technologies and provide solutions to maintain and improve technical infrastructure.

Software developer/programmer

Design, test and develop software to meet user needs. Write code for programs and applications that adapt and respond to changing business requirements.

Machine learning engineer

Use data science to design and develop machine learning systems that perform statistical analysis and help to drive innovation in artificial intelligence.

*Specific outcomes may depend on the completion of further tertiary studies in IT or a related field.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
18,900 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 0.5 years
Full time
La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086

Entry criteria

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.


La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
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