Bachelor of Computer Science (Dean's Scholar)

Course summary

The Bachelor of Computer Science (Dean's Scholar) offers a challenging and enriched educational experience for high-achieving students who want to perform above the level normally expected. As a Dean's Scholar student you will also be encouraged to continue your studies through the completion of Honours and research programs.

This degree

Computer scientists focus on computation and its applications, designing methods, tools and writing programs for computer applications. These applications can be in areas such as computer systems to control machinery, information management and big data, applications for mobile devices, stock market trend analysis, game design, visualisation of chemical reactions, neural network design, computational geometry for robot navigation, patient monitoring in hospitals, and much more.

You will be able to choose your major in your second year after studying a common core of subjects that links our computer science, IT and information systems degrees. Find your strengths and interests as you study the fundamentals of computer science and IT: programming, problem solving, network and communications, web technology, data management, system analysis, human–computer interaction, and project management. You’ll also complete a final-year capstone team project.

What you will study

You will complete the normal course requirements for the degree, and receive special privileges as you study, such as the opportunity to complete a research project and direct access to academic mentoring. Places are limited each year. Current students who have achieved a weighted average mark (WAM) of 80 at the end of one year of full-time study in a relevant degree may apply to transfer to the Dean's Scholar degree.

Course information

Study area

Information & Communication Technology



Course Code




IB Score



3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent


On Campus



UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission (where year 12 students are assessed on a combination of their results so far, and a personal interview with UOW staff).

Students with results indicated below will gain an Early Admissions interview for this course.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR Selection Rank of 95 or an IB of 36-37. This includes the effect of ATAR adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

You may be eligible for additional ATAR points, based on factors such as the subject areas you are studying, the area you live in (catchment), and equity and access schemes. Find out more about UOW's ATAR adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.


Students may be granted exemption from certain first year subjects.


Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.


Admission to the Dean's Scholar degree is competitive.
Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia. Assessment of eligibility may also involve participation in an interview process.


The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score





IELTS Academic






TOEFL (Internet-based)






UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


Students may be granted exemption from certain first year subjects.


Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.






On Campus

$15,792 (2018)

$94,752 (2018)

* Session fee(s) are for one session in 2018. The indicative total course tuition fee shown is an estimate based on normal course length and progression, and the 2018 tuition fee.

Admission Profile



This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.



Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.



Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.



ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an auditionor individual subject results).



Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).



Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.



International students All other students.



All students



L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates




2018 Autumn


Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct):29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

2018 Spring


Enrolment & Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Applications Close

International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 29 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate an understanding of core knowledge of computer fundamentals and the ability to apply theoretical basis of computer science to solve a range of practical problems.
2 Design and develop innovative software solutions for a variety of applications.
3 Design, develop, and employ novel approaches and algorithms in solving practical problems.
4 Deploy appropriate theory, practices, and tools for the specification, design, implementation, and maintenance as well as the evaluation of computer-based systems.
5 Function effectively as part of a team to accomplish a set of common goals and objectives and communicate with project stake holders.
6 Adopt a professional and ethical approach to decision making and related social responsibilities.
7 Plan and compose a research-based project or piece of scholarship that demonstrates understanding and critical analysis in computer science.

Course Structure

Students who enrol in the Bachelor of Computer Science (Dean's Scholar) shall accrue an aggregate of at least 144 credit points by satisfactory completion of:

1. The following core subjects:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CSIT111 Programming Fundamentals 6 Autumn, Spring
CSIT113 Problem Solving 6 Autumn
CSIT114 System Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
CSIT115 Data Management and Security 6 Autumn
CSIT121 Object Oriented Design and Programming 6 Autumn, Spring
CSIT127 Networks and Communications 6 Spring
CSIT128 Introduction to Web Technology 6 Spring
CSIT214 IT Project Management 6 Autumn, Spring
CSIT226 Human Computer Interaction 6 Spring
CSCI251 Advanced Programming 6 Autumn, Spring
MATH221 Mathematics for Computer Science 6 Autumn
CSCI235 Database Systems 6 Autumn, Spring
CSCI203 Algorithms and Data Structures 6 Spring
CSIT314 Software Development Methodologies 6 Autumn, Spring
CSIT321 Project 12 Annual, Spring 2018/Autumn 2019
CSIT395 Dean's Scholar Research Project 6 Autumn, Spring

2. To be awarded with a major, a candidate must satisfactorily complete four (4) subjects (24cp) listed for that major.

3. Students not completing a major must complete 12 credit points of CSCI or ISIT 300 level subjects, AND, an additional 12 credit points of either 200 or 300 level CSCI, CSIT or ISIT subjects not listed in the core.

4. To be awarded with a double major, candidates must ensure that four of the subjects selected satisfy the requirements of one major and that a separate set of four subjects satisfy the requirements of a second major, i.e. any subject counted towards one major cannot also be counted towards a second major.

5. Elective subjects, to bring the total to 144 credit points, chosen from the School of Computing and Information Technology Subject List or from the General Schedule. Note: No more than 60 credits points are to be completed at the 100-level.

The Faculty encourages the development of ICT skills and knowledge in the workplace through industry placement. Completion of ISIT200 Industry Placement, which is a minimum of a single 8-week period of approved industry placement, assessed in the form of written reports is highly recommended to all students to complete this placement.

Continuation in the Dean's Scholars degrees will normally be dependent on the student achieving a WAM of at least 80 in each year of study. Students who do not meet the required average will be transferred to the equivalent non-Dean's Scholars degree – Bachelor of Computer Science.

Major Study

Students enrolled in this degree may major in:

Note that certain 300 level subjects, required as part of a major, may have 100 and 200 level prerequisite subjects which are not listed as part of the major.

All candidates are expected to consult with the School and/or Faculty advisers before committing themselves to any particular pattern of study, whether outlined above or not.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

The Bachelor of Computer Science is accredited by the Australian Computer Society as meeting requirements for membership at the "Professional Level".

Why choose this course

UOW has experts encompassing the entire breadth of the underlying sciences, IT, engineering and mathematical methodologies in the ICT industry. We have one of the strongest schools for building, deploying and managing the latest computing technologies and business computing systems.

Working closely with industry partners we ensure all programs remain relevant to industry trends and developments. Students study real-world projects and interact with and learn from industry professionals to ensure their career-readiness upon graduation.

Career opportunities
  • Analyst
  • Animator
  • Computer or Software Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Games or App Developer
  • Investment Banker
  • IT Consultant
  • Network Architect or Engineer
  • Programmer
  • Security Engineer
  • Web Designer or Developer