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
LevelUndergraduate
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

Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne) - off campus: N/A
Burwood (Melbourne): 61.60
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

Deakin’s Bachelor of Computer Science will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills required to design and develop innovative software solutions to complex information and technology problems faced by communities, businesses and industries.

The course is ideally suited to those who are passionate about solving problems and creating solutions, curious about how something works, rather than simply what it does and interested in working at the leading edge of technology innovation and development.

This course provides a comprehensive and systematic study of computer systems and networks, data management and information processes, human computer interaction, programming and software development, computing theory, mathematical methods, and algorithm design and analysis.

Choose from major sequences in Data Science, Robotics and Cyber-Physical Computing, or Cognitive Computing to focus your expertise in areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, smart devices and autonomous systems.

As a student you’ll gain hands-on experience and a practical understanding of theory through learning activities in our modern computing laboratories, working with the latest hardware and software technologies alongside our internationally recognised academic staff. Our world-class research programs in computer science feed directly into our classrooms, meaning that you’ll be learning at the cutting edge of industry expectations and capabilities.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Computer Science has been accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), ensuring a high quality of education and providing you with international recognition as an ICT industry professional.

Computer science graduates are in high demand in Australia and internationally and find employment in a variety of roles, such as data scientist, software developer, software engineer, systems or network administrator, database administrator or developer, solutions architect, systems analyst, or project manager. Computer scientists also work in specialist research and development roles, in both public and private organisations.

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

To complete the Bachelor of Computer Science, students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 24 credit points, you’ll need to study 24 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 24 credit points include 16 core units (these are compulsory and includes a compulsory internship unit), 2 elective units (you can choose which ones to study) and 6 units from a major study. You will be required to complete at least one major study as part of this course.

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

Course structure

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

SIT010Safety Induction Program (0 credit point unit)

SIT105Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for IT

SIT190Introductory Mathematical Methods **

SIT111Introduction to Computer Science

One SIT-coded unit (major)

Level 1 - Trimester 2

SIT102Introduction to Programming

SIT103Database and Information Retrieval

SIT192Discrete Mathematics

One SIT-coded unit (major)

 


Level 2 - Trimester 1

STP010Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

SIT222Operating Systems Concepts

SIT223Information Technology Professional Skills

SIT232Object-Oriented Development

One SIT-coded unit (major)

Level 2 - Trimester 2

SIT202Computer Networks

SIT221Data Structures and Algorithms

One elective

One SIT-coded unit (major)

 


Level 3 - Trimester1

SIT365Interface Design

SIT322Distributed Systems

SIT374Project Management

One SIT-coded unit (major)

Level 3 - Trimester 2

SIT302Project

SIT306IT Internship ^

One elective

One SIT-coded unit (major)

 

** 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

Electives

Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).


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

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

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.

Alternate exits

Bachelor of Information Technology (S326)

Work experience

You will have an opportunity to undertake a discipline-specific Industry-Based Learning placement as part of your course. This will provide you with the opportunity to apply and consolidate what you are learning in your course, experience workplace culture and workplace practices, explore career options and develop a professional network before you graduate. Please refer to deakin.edu.au/sebe/students/wil.