Diploma of Information Technology (Systems Analysis and Design)


This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in high order technical skills in information systems and business analysis and design. The qualification has a strong ICT base with the potential for inclusion of a range of broader ICT or business units to suit particular needs.

The qualification places emphasis on client interaction and relationships as well as close attention to organisational and business needs. It has a strong core and fewer elective choices than other Diplomas.

Job Roles

Possible job titles include:

Applications Architect

Business Analyst

Systems Analyst

Systems Architect


Qualification Structure

To attain the ICA50805 Diploma of Information Technology (Systems Analysis and Design) 21 units must be achieved:

17 core units; plus

4 elective units

Achieve 17 Core Units


add topic BSBPMG505A Manage project quality

add topic ICAA5046B Model preferred system solutions

add topic ICAA5050B Develop detailed component specifications from project specifications

add topic ICAA5056B Prepare disaster recovery and contingency plans

add topic ICAA5139B Design a database

add topic ICAA5151B Gather data to identify business requirements

add topic ICAA5153B Model data objects

add topic ICAA5154B Model data processes

add topic ICAA5158B Translate business needs into technical requirements

add topic ICAB5071B Review developed software

add topic ICAB5074B Monitor the system pilot

add topic ICAI5086B Scope implementation requirements

add topic ICAP5039B Match IT needs with the strategic direction of the enterprise

add topic ICAS5102B Establish and maintain client user liaison

add topic ICAS5202B Ensure privacy for users

add topic ICAT5077B Develop detailed test plan

add topic PSPPM502B Manage complex projects

Achieve 4 Elective Units Chosen from the Following Sources (Listed in Recommended Order)

ICA05 Information and Communications Technology Training Package at Diploma or Advanced Diploma (up to 2 units can be selected at Certificate IV); and/or

preferred Training Packages at Diploma or Advanced Diploma (ICT02 Telecommunications; BSB07 Business Services; CUF07 Screen and Media; ICP05 Printing and Graphic Arts); and/or

any other Training Package (to maximum of 2 units) at Diploma or Advanced Diploma based on documented industry or enterprise needs


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

The following units contain the basic fundamentals of ICT knowledge and skills for all qualifications at Certificate III in IT and above. These units or demonstrated equivalence are required for entry into this qualification:

BSBCMN106A Follow workplace safety procedures

ICAD2012B Design organisational documents using computing packages

ICAU1128B Operate a personal computer

ICAU2005B Operate computer hardware

ICAU2006B Operate computing packages

ICAU2013B Integrate commercial computing packages

ICAU2231B Use computer operating system

ICAW2001B Work effectively in an IT environment

ICAW2002B Communicate in the workplace

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary

ICA50805 Diploma of Information Technology (Systems Analysis and Design)

The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills required for a Junior Systems Analyst. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry requirements for this qualification include:


communicating clear concepts and solutions to complex issues in an unambiguous manner to colleagues and clients

using plain English literacy and communication skills in relation to analysis, evaluation and presentation of information for example when developing polices and procedures

using report writing skills for business, requiring depth in some areas, and analysis and evaluation of information, for example when developing supporting documentation


participating in teams concerned with planning and evaluation functions, for example when identifying implementation areas to be developed

Problem Solving

analysing and planning approaches to technical problems or management requirements

holding discussions on quality issues with development staff and establishing agreed actions

Initiative and Enterprise

transferring and applying theoretical concepts and/or technical or creative skills to a rane of situations

Planning and Organising

using project planning skills in relation to scope, time, cost, quality, communications and risk management, for example when reviewing user requirements


taking personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations or organising others


providing learning and development opportunities for the project team


identifying technology needs, sourcing, purchasing, installing, configuring and testing system components including software and hardware