(NEW) Bachelor of Computer Science

Course summary for international students

Award granted Bachelor of Computer Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$26,000 AUD
LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code083695K
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Deakin course code S306
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

In the Bachelor of Computer Science, students undertake a comprehensive and systematic study of existing and emerging computational systems and theories and gain the skills to develop and build new and cutting edge software systems and products. Students will develop an understanding of how computing solutions are conceptualised, elaborated, and constructed.  The Bachelor of Computer Science provides students with experience in applying this knowledge in designing and developing new solutions to existing and emerging problems.

Focusing on the technological aspects including analytics, cloud computing, computer programming, software engineering, and database systems, 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, robotics, system analytics, business analytics, database development, cognitive computing systems, new technology research, project management, solutions architecture and systems programming.

This course includes a work placement unit which provides professional work experience with an approved host organisation. Students may also have the opportunity to work on commercial/real-world products, thereby gaining experience in entrepreneurship, and business skills around software production and publishing.

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

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Computer Science is provisionally accredited with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year of study. Each unit you study, has an EFTSL value. You can add each EFTSL together to calculate your study load for each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The annual course fee shown has been provided as a guide only. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course a student enrols in and the study load (EFTSL) of the units undertaken. The EFSTL value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

To calculate the cost of each unit you can multiply the course price by the EFTSL value of all units undertaken.

The course based fees may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on these 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)
  • Completion of STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • At least one 6-credit point Computer Science major sequence from:  Data Science, Cognitive 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
Cognitive Science
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

STP010Introduction to Work Placements *

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

SIT306IT Internship ^

One elective

One SIT-coded unit (major)

*Note: SIT010 and STP010 are 0 credit point units.

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

^ Offered in Trimester 1, trimester 2 and trimester 3


Equipment requirements

For information regarding hardware and software requirements, please refer to the School of Information Technology's website, www.deakin.edu.au/information-technology/students or telephone 03 9244 6699.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au