A Doctorate, when distance learning is the only option

csu431 430 a doctorate when distance learning is the only optionAmanda Cox believes that users should not have to bear responsibility for their own privacy protection when using social media. So she's studying for her Doctorate at Charles Sturt University into privacy mechanisms within social media, including the ethical use of social media; risks entailed with the implementation and use of social media, businesses' use of social media and the effect of social media on policymaking at an international level.

Social media, she says, has the ability to blur the lines between personal and professional lives. "This phenomenon - and the technology that supports it - is still in its infancy and is evolving at rapid pace. It appears that the creators of these applications have failed to address some of concerns that have been generated by such rapid evolution."

These concerns need to be addressed, she says. "Private companies like Facebook need more oversight, due to unprecedented quantities of sensitive personal data stored."

Amanda is undertaking CSU’s Doctor of Information Technology course, which is offered only by distance education and which is designed to give students maximum flexibility in their study schedule.

They complete the coursework component in part-time mode and then can choose from full-time and part-time study options for the thesis component.

The exclusively distance learning nature of the course is crucial for Amanda who says she was "born with so many conflicting disabilities but that has never stopped me from learning or wanting to learn."

Travelling and studying on a university campus was never an option for Amanda, but she discovered Charles Sturt University's online IT Master’s degree course and signed up in 2004. Having graduated from that she has how set her sights on a Doctorate.

When she graduated she was unable to travel to Bathurst for graduation ceremony so the Head of CSU’s School of Computing and Mathematics, Associate Professor Irfan Altas, organised a flight to her home in Townsville to congratulate her in person, along with CSU adjunct senior lecturer in IT, Martin Hale.

"I thought it was important to recognise all the extra challenges that Amanda had overcome to get her degree finished,” said Professor Atlas. "It really was a privilege to meet Amanda and we’re honoured she chose to study through Charles Sturt University."

In CSU’s Doctor of Information Technology course students complete the coursework component in part-time mode and then can choose from full-time and part-time study options for the thesis component.

During the coursework component students develop a series of IT industry white papers then, for their final thesis, choose “a real world issue or innovation that delivers tangible benefits to the information technology industry.” To ensure industry relevance supervisory teams include an industry based adjunct supervisor who is an expert in the area the student is researching.

Students who don’t want to go the whole hog, produce a thesis and earn a Doctorate can still gain either a Graduate Certificate in Computing Research or a Master of Computing Research, thanks to the structure of the course. It provides exit points at which students can either take a break or leave the course all together.


About IT Masters and Charles Sturt University 
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Relevant: Preparation for the world’s premium IT industry certifications from Cisco, ITIL, Microsoft, the Project Management Institute and Oracle are included as an integral part of the Masters.
Accessible: Study for your Masters Degree in your own home. With over 32,000 students studying globally, Charles Sturt University is Australia’s (and one of the world’s) largest suppliers of distance education.
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