Advanced Diploma of Information Technology
This qualification provides high level ICT, process improvement and business skills and knowledge to enable an individual to be effective in senior ICT roles within organisations. The qualification builds on a core management base with streaming and electives choice to suit particular ICT and business needs.
The qualification accommodates a number of qualifications from ICA99 Version 3, specifically:
This qualification also provides a logical next step as a capstone qualification for ICT Diploma graduates and could also be entered on a 'discipline transfer' basis for individuals without ICA05 qualifications.
It has 4 specialist streams each with definable vocational outcomes:
Systems or Software Process Improvement Stream Designed to equip people to undertake high level systems and software improvement. These process improvement activities may be ISA15504, ISO9000, CMMI or other equivalent system.
Systems Development Stream Focuses on the development of high level strategic planning and evaluation skills, which underpin ICT technical decision making in the development and execution of web, database and related systems technology solutions for business. It imports several units with research and security assessment, which round out the strong ICT technical and managerial base underpinning this stream.
E-learning Stream A 'blend' based on the common core of innovation, change and project management with the e-learning stream it provides a design and development focus in e-learning. By judicious choice of electives, it can inject the appropriate ICT robustness of technical foundations recommended for online and interactive delivery. Possible job titles include E-learning Business Development Manager, ICT Curriculum Manager, E-learning Developer, Online Training Manager.
Knowledge Management Stream This stream also incorporates a number of imported business units provide knowledge and skills for managing the acquisition, analysis and distribution of information and knowledge. In the context of growing commercial needs in this area, the stream is designed to provide individuals with the fundamental ICT skills to develop, implement and manage a range of systems, procedures and work practices to capture, share and leverage business information and knowledge. Based on a core of strong ICT skills covering fields such as data modelling, database design and warehousing, the stream also recognises other necessary skills by incorporating communication and business strategy and policy formulation. Possible job titles include Business Intelligence Consultant, Information Architect, Knowledge Manager.
The overall qualification structure provides flexibility to pick up studies in areas other than the listed 'streams' such as e-business, marketing, business development and project management based on the wide choice of electives from General Electives list and the opportunity to select up to 25 per cent of total units from any other Training Package.
Vocational outcomes will vary with the fields of studies and streams selected. Guidance is provided within several streams above and additional information (adjusted for the different levels) can be found in Diploma level qualifications in the same area of ICT (software, database and web development).