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School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences

Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice)

This degree combines study with work experience, significantly enhancing your employability skills and expanding your personal and professional horizons.

You are awarded a scholarship of over $42,000 as you study and complete an internship with IBM®.

About the program

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice) is an innovative degree that has been developed in conjunction with industry and is recognised as national best practice by the Australian Computer Society.

This innovative program interleaves a 1600 hour internship experience with IBM® throughout your degree. Your placement hours are flexible, and commence in second year - usually, you will attend placement one to two days a week during semester and more frequently during non-teaching periods.

You are placed into real workplace teams and mentored as you gradually take on more responsibility and contribute as a meaningful team member. The skills you develop in this contemporary work environment helps you become a valued and work-ready graduate.

Internships undertaken may be in areas such as mainframe enterprise systems support and development, project management, web development, programming and help desk support. In this real work environment, the availability of internship areas is determined by the business needs.

When you successfully complete the program you will be encouraged to apply for a graduate position with IBM® or another industry sponsor*.

Program requirements

The first year of the Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice) consists of full-time study – on campus at Mt Helen (Ballarat) or online.

You can commence in the first year, or from second year with credit if you have successfully completed the equivalent of a first year of a Bachelor of Information Technology at Federation University or at another higher education institution.

From second year, your time will be divided between study and your internship on-site with IBM® in Ballarat or Canberra. You will receive a scholarship of up to $38,400# as you engage in 1600 hours work experience.

Your placement hours are flexible, and you will usually attend placement one or two days a week during semester and more days during non-teaching periods. During heavy academic periods when assignments and exams place heavy demands on you, it is possible to negotiate to reduce your workplace attendance.

Full details on how to apply, program requirements and structure can be found in our Course Finder.

If you choose not to study over summer semesters, your degree can be completed over four years.

Further information

If you would like us to contact you to provide further program information, or to organise a tour of the IBM® and Federation University facilities, please call 1800 333 864 or Ask Fed.

* Subject to meeting graduate recruitment requirements

If students engage in fewer than 1600 internship hours, the total scholarship payment may be reduced.

Find out more about our industry-relevant IT programs in our Course Finder