Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering - UEE60411
DurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time may be available
Get started in the cutting-edge world of computer engineering. This course will provide you with the skills to design, install, validate, evaluate and administer computer equipment and systems.
You’ll learn to manage risk, estimate and coordinate projects, and provide technical advice and sales.You'll gain theoretical and practical skills in computer hardware and software applications for assembly, installation, testing and maintenance of computers and networks.
Upon graduation, you’ll be qualified for work as a technical officer or service supervisor.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
RMIT has a strong Industry Advisory Committee (IAC), which links the program and industry. The IAC includes representatives from local computer systems industries. The committee meets twice yearly and provides feedback on our programs to ensure that they reflect the changing needs of industry.
You’ll also be able to connect with industry representatives through participation in seminars, marketing events, industry awards and scholarships.
This course includes core and specialist units in the major study areas.
Areas of specialised study include:
- administer UNIX-based computers
- assemble and test personal computers
- client-server networks
- commission computer systems
- computational solutions
- design and implement internetworking systems
- electrical principles
- engineering and material science
- enterprise networks
- environmental and sustainability
- install and configure internetworking systems
- local area networks
- network operating systems
- network security
- network services
- project management
- web services
- wireless local area networks
- work-integrated learning
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Program code: C6121
National curriculum code: UEE60411
As a graduate of this course, you’ll be ready to work in the installation, maintenance, and administration of computers systems and network infrastructure. You may become responsible for computer systems support, or administering and upgrading electrical facilities in small, medium or large enterprises.
Your skills will be applicable to a wide range of business, manufacturing and operational occupations where computer systems and network technology underpins the business operations.
This program is provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia. Full accreditation will be sought for this program as soon as it is feasible to do so within the accreditation time lines set by Engineers Australia.
Once it is fully accredited, graduates of the program will be eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia at Engineering Associate level.
Australia is a signatory to the International Engineering Alliance, also known as the Dublin Accord, for engineering technicians. Once it is fully accredited, graduates of the program will be recognised in all countries that are signatories to the accord.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 50% average (check calculator below).
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post-secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.
If you don't meet the entry requirements, there may be other RMIT programs you are eligible for that can lead you to your preferred program. Explore pathway options.
Form: Non-Year 12 applicants may submit additional information if they would like it to be considered.
- For semester 1 intake, this can be completed through the VTAC Personal Statement online.
- For semester 2 intake, this can be completed through the personal statement in the Apply Direct application.
SEAS Form: This is a gender under-represented program and awards SEAS bonus points to female applicants. To be eligible you must submit a VTAC SEAS application and select category 1.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 162 with no less than 154 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
This course offers pathway into further study at RMIT
Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree and helping you get the degree you want.
Graduates of this course will be eligible for exemptions from the Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering) (Honours), subject to meeting the entry requirements. For more information, explore our Pathway finder, or contact Study@RMIT.
Pathways into the Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
The completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation engineering stream may provide a pathway into this program (certain criteria must be met).
Credit and recognition of prior learning
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.
When you successfully complete the Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering you are guaranteed entry in the Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering) (Honours) and will receive three semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 144 credit points).
Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT undergraduate programs.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$6,000* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$18,500* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.
How does a VET Student Loan work?
If your VET Student Loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your VETSL debt. You will start repaying your accumulated VETSL debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
Vet Student Loan cap
If your program is eligible for the VET Student Loan scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference by the due date once you exceed the cap.
It’s easy for you to keep track of your VET Student Loan debt, and you can choose to make upfront payments at any time before the census date.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.