Enrolments: 542,147

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 8,865

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 533,282

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a taster of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free Short Course: The Journey of a DIT Student

Would you like to know what you can expect while completing a Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) degree?

A DIT from Charles Sturt University provides an opportunity for reflection on professional IT practice, and develops knowledge and attributes while resolving problems in ICT fields.

Steven Zobrist was awarded his DIT degree by Charles Sturt University after submitting his thesis. Steve is not just an accomplished student, but one of our most popular teachers over the last decade (in subjects like Microsoft Server Technologies and Network and Information Security). In this short course, Steve is combining some of his many talents to take you through The Journey of a DIT Student.

Having gone through the process himself, Steve has some excellent insights. He wants to share his experience, give advice on how to choose your methodology, and let us in on some handy tips to survive the writing phase and avoid the common pitfalls of submission.

If you are currently undertaking a DIT, or think you might be interested one day, then this free short course is for you.

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Entry-level short course, suitable for those with no or little prior knowledge. May provide foundation knowledge for higher, Masters-level short courses, or for CSU Masters subjects
Duration4 Weeks
Enrolled931 students

Course Schedule

Module 1:

What is a DIT and how is it different from a PhD?

  • The course components of a DIT
  • How to plan your DIT
  • What are the exit points?
    • Grad cert requirements
    • Master requirements

Module 2:

Designing your Research

  • Choosing an area for research
  • Choosing your topic
  • Methodologies
    1. Qualitative
    2. Quantitative
    3. Mixed Methods

Module 3:

Support and Tools

  • Marathon vs Sprint – look after yourself!
  • Steve’s tools and tips
  • Goal setting

Module 4:

Thesis Submission

  • Reviewer selection
  • Timelines
  • Printing
  • Avoiding the easy mistakes


Examination Period

  • Exam Pass Mark: 50%
  • Time Limit: 1 Hour
  • Attempts allowed: 1
  • Format: 40 multiple choice questions

Course Information Q&A

Who presents the webinars?

These webinars are all presented by Steven Zobrist.

Proving that distance is no longer a barrier, Steve delivers his webinars from Switzerland. He completed his Master of Management (Information Technology) at CSU in 2009 and was awarded his DIT degree in mid-2017. His DIT research topic was ‘Virtual Machines in a Chemical Analytical Laboratory.’

Steve has also earned an impressive collection of industry certifications, including CTT+, A+, Network+, Server+ & Security+ from CompTIA, Microsoft Certified Trainer, Microsoft Certified System Engineer, Microsoft Certified Database Administrator and Certified NetWare Engineer.

He now brings his wealth of experience to our free online short course: The Journey of a DIT Student.

Will this short course fully prepare me for a DIT?

No, however this short course is useful preparation for those looking to get the most out of their study, or for those considering applying in the future. The course is designed to help you develop an understanding of what is expected for a DIT, as well as give you a headstart if you decide a DIT is for you in the future.

Why a Doctor of Information Technology short course?

CSU’s IT Doctorate is applied, flexible, and industry relevant, but it is also a significant undertaking. This course will help students avoid common mistakes made during a DIT and allow new DIT students to get more comfortable more quickly.

Is there a final exam?

Yes – the short course exam will be a timed, open book exam that you will sit online.

Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?

Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for course assessment, which comprises the exam and participation marks.

Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Successful completion of three IT Masters free short courses may make you eligible for university credit. As this course pertains to a DIT, it does not qualify. For more information on university credit with IT Masters, please visit this webpage.

Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No — all essential materials are supplied.

Are the webinars recorded?

Yes — the sessions are recorded and you will be able to access them by registering for the course.