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10 - 15 hours per week per course

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Degree overview

  • Develop a solid foundation in IT, network, database and programming fundamentals, and systems analysis and design. 

  • Analyse and visualise rich data sources, learn to identify data trends and generate data management strategies.

  • Develop the skills to transform data into meaningful insights to identify business opportunities and achieve organisational objectives.
  • Perform predictive analytics on big data sets and become fluent in the R language for statistical analysis.
  • Download contemporary software tools and programs used by industry professionals for free.

  • Study course content that has been informed by professional organisations such as the Association of Computing Machinery, the Australian Computer Society, and the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia.



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, 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

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.



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

Degree structure

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

First year
UO Systems Analysis (INFS 1024)
Second year
UO Systems Design (INFS 2040)
Elective 1
, Note(s): 1
UO Web Development (INFT 2065)
UO Business Analytics (INFS 3079)
Elective 2
, Note(s): 1
Third year
UO Big Data Analytics (INFS 2039)
UO Data Visualisation (INFS 3080)
Elective 3
, Note(s): 1,2
UO Capstone Project 1 (INFT 3039)
Elective 4
, Note(s): 1,2
UO Capstone Project 2 (INFT 3040)

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 the 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

Career outcomes


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 UniSA Online IT and Data Analytics degree can help you pursue the following careers:

  • Data visualisation specialist:
    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.

Learn more about your career in IT and Data Analytics >

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

Your study experience and support

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.

  • Study 100% online - no need to come onto campus
  • Choose from four start dates in January, April, June and September
  • Learn in 10-week blocks
  • Get support seven days a week - including on weeknights
  • Access learning resources 24/7
  • View course content before your term starts
  • Work while you study
  • Plan your study schedule ahead of time
  • Fast-track your studies and receive credit for past study and/or work experience.

Why UniSA Online?

Student services

Our graduates get jobs

UniSA is ranked in the top two in Australia for graduate employability.1 Join a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA Online degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career or take it to the next level.

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.

1 Ranked #2, 2021 QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey – Graduate Employability Skills Indicator. Public universities.

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

Our Student Advisers will be an important part of your student journey – they’ll help you enrol, discuss your study goals, communication preferences, and will be your first point of call for all your general study questions. They’ll link you to an extensive range of support services and resources across the University and will help schedule appointments with specialised services if required.

Online academic support seven days a week

You’ll be supported by our highly experienced academic team of Online Course Facilitators and Online Tutors. Our academics will guide you through your learning and ensure you have an outstanding, high-quality education.

They can help you with your course materials and assessments, provide feedback on your work, assist you with referencing as well as answer any other course-specific queries. You’ll be able to contact your academics via email, online discussion forums and live messages in the online learning environment.You can also communicate in real-time and chat face-to-face with your academics online.

24/7 tech support

Our IT Help Desk is available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, student email, software requirements and other UniSA apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support no matter what time it is.

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

I’ve studied partially online in the past at a different institution, but my experience at UniSA Online has been completely different. It’s amazing because every course has been thoughtfully put together for online students. The support has been fantastic.

My student adviser has been really helpful with answering questions about fees and also put me in touch with the University’s disability services team who helped me put together my access plan.

Nicole Park

UniSA Online student


Nicole Park

UniSA Online student

"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

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 (Microsoft Edge, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)
  • Some UniSA 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 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 LinkedIn Learning - 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 Microsoft Teams, 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.

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 continue your application, save it for later or request a call back from a Degree Adviser if you have any questions.

  2. Gather your relevant documents

    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 log in to 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 required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

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