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January, April, June, September

3 year(s) full-time


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10 - 15 hours per week per course

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Key features

  • Gain a solid IT foundation and develop expertise in data analytics.
  • Complete coursework designed with industry including the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia and the leader in business analytics software – SAS.
  • Learn software tools used in the industry and work on real-world projects.
  • Analyse and visualise rich data sources, spot data trends, and generate data management strategies.
  • Course content is available from the start of the term, so you can control your own study timetable.
  • No need to come on campus, all assessments are 100% online.



Study on demand – 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, engage with content from day one of your course, 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.

Study Information Technology and Data Analytics on Demand

Cath Moore, Online Course Facilitator and Dale Wache, Academic Developer: UniSA 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.

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Why Bachelor of Information Technology and Data Analytics

Why this Degree

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 industry, as well as research being carried out through the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). UniSA 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 UniSA at the forefront of industry and academic research collaboration. 

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

Your career


Organisations around the world are boosting their data analytics capabilities to stay competitive and innovative in the market. As a result, demand for professionals with strong data management, IT and analytical skills is expected to soar.2

Graduates of this degree will be employable in a wide range of industries including travel and hospitality, health care, government, and retail and marketing.

Careers to consider:

  • big data visualiser
    use visualisation software to analyse data, draw implications and communicate findings; provide input on database requirements for reporting/analytics; acquire, manage and document data (e.g. geo-spatial); and create visualisations from data, for example GIS data and sales data

  • 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

  • information security analyst 
    report and produce recommendations to prevent security incidents; security control monitoring; implement new security technology, methods and techniques; champion security best practice; and review systems for security risks and compliance issues

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

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • 100% online - no need to come onto campus
  • Four start dates in January, March, June and September
  • Learn in bite-sized 10-week blocks
  • 24/7 access to learning resources
  • Online student support services seven days a week
  • All content available from the start of your course
  • Flexible around your life
  • Plan your study schedule ahead of time
  • One minute online credit check

Why UniSA Online?

Student services

Our graduates get jobs

You will be studying with a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career, or take it to the next level. In fact, we’re ranked in the top ten in Australia for online students who find full time employment1.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

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Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support to help with your studies

Every UniSA Online student will have have access to dedicated support by our Student Adviser team, who have specific knowledge about the degree you're enrolled in. It’s what makes the UniSA Online study experience unique from other online providers. You can be confident that by studying with UniSA Online, you’ll be supported by people who genuinely care about your success.

Online tutor support seven days a week

UniSA Online tutors are available to answer your questions seven days a week – even on week nights. Our tutors specialise in online teaching, and will provide highly personalised support tailored to your needs. They’ll provide guidance on your assignments, as well as provide advice on writing and referencing. If you’ve got a question related to your course, you can expect to receive a response in 24 hours.

24/7 tech support

You don’t need to be a tech expert to study online. Our IT Help Desk are on available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, connection to UniSA wireless, student email and other UniSA Apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support via a range of channels including online enquiry, email and phone.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment is a one-stop-shop for all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

Student services

What others are saying

"It's only early days in my professional career, but already the skills I developed through my coursework have given me an edge in my current role. I really enjoyed the exposure to the 'nuts and bolts' of Data Science techniques with my study, from crafting machine learning algorithms by hand, to working with industry on real world problems with advanced technology stacks."

Richard Shanahan

Master of Data Science


Richard Shanahan

Master of Data Science

Industry facts


Strong growth in the ICT workforce is expected to continue, with an additional 81,000 jobs needed by 2022 to fuel future technology-led growth.1

1Australia’s Digital Pulse - Australian Computer Society, 2017


Employment for ICT managers in Australia is projected to increase by 14,800 (25.4 per cent) by November 20201.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 


The contribution digital technology makes to the Australian economy is forecast to grow from $79 billion (2014) to $139 billion (2020)1.

1 Australia’s Digital Pulse - Computer Society, 2016

What you'll learn

What you 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 tool set
  • 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 UniSA Online degrees.

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.

We have some great tools that will help you organise your study schedule. Your personalised learning planner allows you to keep on top of assessments and study workload while managing work and personal commitments.



All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports

What courses you'll study

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

Year 2
Elective 1
, Note(s): 1,2
Elective 2
, Note(s): 1
UO Systems Design (INFS 2040)
UO Data Structures (COMP 2033)
UO Web Development (INFT 2065)
UO Statistics Using R (MATH 2032)
UO Big Data Analytics (INFS 2039)
Year 3
Elective 3
, Note(s): 1
Elective 4
, Note(s): 1
UO Data Visualisation (INFS 3080)
UO Business Analytics (INFS 3079)

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)

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA 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. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

Online Course Facilitator

I have taught and occupied lead IT discipline and faculty academic roles for 20 years within the higher education sector. My passion for learning and teaching in a fully online environment has been nationally recognised through two prestigious team-based Australian teaching awards for outstanding contributions in: fostering and influencing innovative learning and teaching praxis; and developing and championing a student-centred approach to learning across a fully online degree in Information Systems.

Cath Moore

Online Course Facilitator

Portrait image for Cath Moore
Portrait image for Cath Moore

Cath Moore

Online Course Facilitator


How to apply

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

  1. Check your eligibility
    Take our eligibility checker and answer a few short questions to see if you’re eligible. You’ll be given an option to request a call back, continue your application or save it for later.

  2. Receive your conditional offer
    Once you complete the eligibility checker, you’ll receive an email with your conditional offer to start studying with UnISA Online. It will have all the information you need to complete your application.

  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 required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

That’s it! Once you hit submit, your application will be assessed within three business days.

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