(NEW) Bachelor of Computer Science

Course summary for local students

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Year2015 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Computer Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$8,768* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Information Technology
Tel 03 9244 6699
sebe@deakin.edu.au

www.deakin.edu.au/sebe/it

LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code083695K
VTAC Codes1400514151 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code S306

* to be offered at Burwood (Melbourne) in 2015, and Cloud (online) as of 2016

Course sub-headings

Course overview

While studying in a fast-paced and evolving field, the Bachelor of Computer Science will equip students with the skills to design and develop advanced software and systems, along with the capacity to create and integrate new computing technologies that enhance effective business operation in today’s digital age. With a focus on the technological aspects of IT, including analytics, cloud computing, computer programming, software engineering, and database development and administration, students will develop the knowledge, skills and competencies to build a wide range of applications to solve the technological challenges of today and tomorrow.

Students will also develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, team work and communication through a variety of platforms. Hands-on experiential learning is a key component of this course and students will have access to specialised computer laboratories, the opportunity to study for industry certifications, and to learn from professional industry guest lecturers. Students also have the opportunity to apply for internships and industry based learning placements as part of their course.

Graduates are highly sought-after for employment in a range of areas including software development, system analytics, business analytics, database development, new technology research, project management, solutions architecture and systems programming.

An honours year is available for high-achieving students upon completion of this degree.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

You will be suited to find employment in organisations engaged in software development, Big Data analysis, cloud computing infrastructure. Initial graduates are typically employed as a software developer, software analyst and design, database and web developer, network and systems manager, and IT consultant.  As your experience develops, you will also be well prepared for progression into project management positions.

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 15 core IT units (6 at Level 1**,  5 at Level 2, and 4 at Level 3)
  • 3 elective units
  • Completion of SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • At least one 6-credit point Computer Science major sequence from:  Data Science OR Cloud Computing
  • level 1 - maximum of 10 credit points
  • levels 2 and 3 - minimum of 14 credit points over both levels
  • level 3 - minimum of 6 credit points of which at least 4 must be SIT Course Grouped units 

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Cloud Computing
Data Science

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SIT010Safety Induction Program *

SIT105Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for IT

SIT190Introductory Mathematical Methods **

SIT111Introduction to Computer Science

One SIT-coded unit (major)

Trimester 2

SIT102Introduction to Programming

SIT103Database and Information Retrieval

SIT192Discrete Mathematics

One SIT-coded unit (major)

Level 2

Trimester 1

SIT222Operating Systems Concepts

SIT223Information Technology Professional Skills

SIT232Object-Oriented Development

One SIT-coded unit (major)

Trimester 2

SIT202Computer Networks

SIT221Data Structures and Algorithms

One elective

One SIT-coded unit (major)

Level 3

Trimester1

SIT365Interface Design

SIT322Distributed Systems

One elective

One SIT-coded unit (major)

Trimester2

SIT302Project

SIT306Work Placement ^

One elective

One SIT-coded unit (major)

*Note: SIT010 is a 0 credit point safety induction unit.

** Students who have completed Mathematical Methods 3 and 4 or equivalent may choose to replace SIT190 with an elective unit

^ available from 2016 (offered in Trimester 1, trimester 2 and trimester 3)


Equipment requirements

Students must have access to a suitable computer and a network connection. Information about the hardware and software requirements may be obtained from the School of Information Technology's website www.deakin.edu.au/sebe/it, or by telephone 03 9244 6699.

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Credit for prior learning - specific

The Faculty may grant credit towards a Bachelor of Information Technology for previous tertiary study and other approved forms of post-secondary study or experience.  This previous study need not have led to a complete qualification; for example, a student may be given credit after completing the first year of a course in another faculty or at another institution.  This credit is called advanced standing.  All applications for credit for prior learning must be made initially to the Selection Officer who will advise students of the necessary procedures.

All applications are considered on merit and usually no credit will be given for subjects/courses/units completed more than seven years prior to the request.  For the Bachelor of Information Technology, the maximum credit for prior learning that can be granted is 16 credit points. This may include credit for non-computing studies.

How to apply

Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) mode study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

 

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