Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering

Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering - UEE60420

VOCATIONAL

Get started in the cutting-edge world of computer engineering with a practical course that has a strong industry focus.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Part-time may be available
Fees:

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Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

IELTS 5.5

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Fees:

AU$19,750 (2023 annual)

Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

Get started in the cutting-edge world of computer engineering.

This advanced diploma 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.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Details

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 student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.

Blended learning options

Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.

Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.

RMIT has a strong Industry Advisory Committee (IAC), which links this diploma and industry.

The IAC includes representatives from local computer systems industries.The committee meets twice yearly and provides feedback on our courses 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.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this diploma and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

This qualification includes core and specialist subjects 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
  • human-machine interface (HMI)
  • industrial networks
  • install and configure internetworking systems
  • local area networks
  • microcontroller OS and coding
  • network operating systems
  • network security
  • network services
  • project management
  • structured programming
  • web services
  • wireless local area networks
  • work-integrated learning.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
Program code: C6176
National curriculum code: UEE60420

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
City Campus
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
C6176
103387H
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Plan code
C6176
CRICOS
103387H
Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
City Campus
2 years full-time
C6176
103387H
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full-time
Plan code
C6176
CRICOS
103387H

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

As a graduate, 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 has been fully accredited by Engineers Australia in October 2021 for a period of 5 years.

Therefore, the graduates of the program are eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia at the Engineering Associate level.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12 (or equivalent)

OR

At least 6 months’ work experience in Engineering, trades or related disciplines

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50% (see 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.

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)
  • C1 Advanced: 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.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

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.

Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry.

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.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

When you sucessfully complete this advanced diploma, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT undergraduate programs.

You can gain entry to this advanced diploma from RMIT Foundation Studies or a range of vocational study programs.

Coming from a partner institution?

RMIT has pathway arrangements with many partner institutions around the world.

If your institution has a pathway arrangement with RMIT you may be able to receive credit and reduce the time it will take to complete your preferred RMIT program.

Find out if your institution has a pathway arrangement with RMIT

If you have qualifications from an institution that is not an RMIT partner, credit into your RMIT program will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

When you successfully complete this advanced diploma you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT undergraduate degree.

Fees

2023 fees

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.

  • 2023 government subsidised place: AU$7,000* per annum
  • 2023 full-fee place: AU$14,750* per annum

*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

Fee finder

Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.

Additional expenses

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022*.
  • 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 Exemption criteria

**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility

Defer your payment

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.

Payments and refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

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 2023 is $326. 

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.

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.

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology advises that:

  • VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements; and
  • a VET student loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

For more information see VET Student Loans or Study Assist.

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. 

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The annual tuition fee for 2023 is AU$19,750.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$39,500.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

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torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.