(NEW) Bachelor of Computer Science

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Computer Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$8,882 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Information Technology
Tel 03 9244 6699


CRICOS course code083695K
VTAC Codes1400514151 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614151 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code S306

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 an internship 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. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is 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 full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline 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 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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:

  • 16 core IT units (which includes a compulsory internship unit)
  • 2 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


SIT365Interface Design

SIT322Distributed Systems

SIT374Project Management

One SIT-coded unit (major)



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

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.