Be ready for university-level studies in computing, IT and cyber security with ECC's Diploma of Science (Computing/IT).

Course overview

Diploma of Science (Computing/IT) (Year 1) is designed to enhance your learning experience, and provide you with the underpinning knowledge necessary to prepare you for studies in computing, information technology and cyber security at university level.

Diploma of Science (Computing/IT) (Year 2) introduces you to the disciplines of computer science, software engineering, computer security, information technology and other emerging fields.  All computing courses at ECU are developed in consultation with the IT industry and have received the Australian Computer Society’s highest level of accreditation (Level 1). Students who complete the ECC Diploma of Science (Computing/IT) (Year 2) will receive 8 units (120 credit points) advanced standing, the equivalent of the first year, in the respective bachelor’s degree at ECU. A minimum of 50% pass in all units is required for progression to ECU.

Key Information


Year 1: 8 units (8-12 months)
Year 2: 8 units (8-12 months)

Intake dates

Year 1: February, June, October
Year 2: February, June, October

Campus location

ECU Joondalup Campus West


2024 Year 1: A$16,400

2024 Year 2: A$17,600

Domestic International


2024 Year 1: A$26,000

2024 Year 2: A$33,500

Leads ECU

Your Diploma of Science (Computing/IT) can lead into ECU second year of below degrees:.

Diploma of Science (Computing/IT) (Year 1)

CRICOS Code 092035E

The program consists of 8 units of study and can be completed over 2 or 3 trimesters, and provides opportunities for scaffolded learning and the development of core academic and employability skills. Students will study the 5 core units outlined below, plus 3 Year 1 Electives.

This course will provide students entry into ECC Diploma of Science (Computing/IT) (Year 2).

Students will identify, analyse and apply communication, social and intercultural skills for effective interpersonal and workplace relationships.  This unit develops written skills, oral presentation skills and research skills, to prepare students for academic or professional environments.  Students will make connections between learning and future employability through topics such as effective workplace relationships, negotiation, managing conflict, and skills for teamwork and leadership.

This unit develops knowledge and skills in computing systems – software, hardware, digital security, communication networks, internet, information and data management. Students will develop their digital literacy and gain practical skills in specific computing applications from the Microsoft Office Suite.  Students will also be introduced to some basic hands-on skills in program design using Pseudocode.

This unit is designed for students who require a general mathematics background suitable for studies in business, health sciences and computing/IT courses.  Students will learn to use a scientific calculator and develop critical thinking skills to identify, analyse, synthesize and solve mathematical calculations in arithmetic, statistics, algebra, functions and their graphs, optimisation, sequences, series, growth and decay, trigonometry, geometric sequences, series, set theory and interest.

This unit introduces the foundations of academic writing – from library research using databases, selection of approved academic resources, to writing paragraphs and essays, using the APA referencing system and delivering oral presentations using multi-media.  The unit also includes essential study skills to assist with time management, note-taking and the use of memory aids for study purposes.

This unit introduces concepts and skills used by managers to propose, plan, secure resources, budget and lead project teams to successful project completion.  Students will examine and apply fundamental principles, strategies and approaches for project management in a variety of contexts that are universally applicable across organisations and project types.

ICS100  Intercultural Studies

The unit introduces students to intercultural interaction in the contemporary world, focusing on multiple and diverse audiences, modalities, globalisation, cultural symbols and values, language, and interpretations of intercultural sites. Accounting for the international students' experiences, they are given a practical introduction to relevant processes leading to expanding their cultural knowledge. Global citizenship, including intercultural communication skills, is introduced and enhanced, focusing on cultural diversity and contemporary implications for professional practice. Students will explore, report and present on their intercultural communication journey, and its' relevance to their discipline / professional interests.


CPT100 – Information Design

This unit introduces fundamentals of information design and how best to present information using graphics, colour and layout.  Students will investigate principles and elements of visual communication – and learn to apply them in practical workshops. It includes a range of information products (paper-based media, way-finding systems, exhibition installations, desktop publishing and electronic media) and uses desktop publishing to plan, coordinate, evaluate and justify choices in the development of a website and other information products.

SCN110 Foundation Science

This integrated Science unit enables students to investigate science issues in the context of the world around them. It incorporates aspects of biology, chemistry, and physics, and is suited to students wishing to pursue a range of future career and study options. Integrated Science encourages students to be questioning, reflective and critical thinkers about scientific issues. Students develop a range of practical skills and techniques through investigations and fieldwork in context and use scientific evidence to make informed decisions about scientific issues.

Diploma of Science (Computing/IT) (Year 2)

CRICOS Code 092035E

The course consists of 8 units of study and can be completed over 2 or 3 trimesters.

  • Professional Science Essentials
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Systems Analysis
  • Programming Principles
  • Applied Communications
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Systems and Database Design
  • Computer Security

15 Credit Points each unit