Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours)

Course summary

The Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) course is a follow-on degree from the Bachelor of Computer Science. It will provide you with an opportunity to develop, to a sophisticated level, established theoretical and practical skills gained during your undergraduate course.

This degree

A weekly seminar in Autumn and Spring Sessions provides training in advanced research skills specific to disciplines within computer science, as well as providing you with the opportunity to exercise these skills in a peer-reviewed environment.

The program of study provides:
  • Scholarly grounding in scientific research
  • High level of research competency
  • Strong foundation in scientific work
  • Advanced research skills in computer science
  • Preparation for future higher level research degrees
If you are considering an Honours degree, you are encouraged to talk to the Program Coordinator well in advance to seek approval for enrolment, discuss your program, and negotiate a thesis topic and supervisors.

The UOW Honours website provides lots of useful information including research opportunities, scholarships and application procedures.

What you will study

You are given the opportunity to undertake research on a topic of your interest. In addition, you will also complete four elective subjects ranging from data mining, software engineering, visualisation, computer security and other subjects.

Course information

Study area

Information & Communication Technology

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

765

Duration

1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

012090E

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for entry into Honours, students must have qualified at this University for a Bachelor degree with an average of at least 75% across the major (or majors) in which the Honours degree will be undertaken with the additional requirement of a Distinction in two of the 300 level subjects required by the major.
Students considering an Honours degree are encouraged to talk to the Program Coordinator well in advance to seek approval for enrolment, discuss their program, and negotiate a thesis topic and supervisors.

FEES

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.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for entry into Honours, students must have qualified at this University for a Bachelor degree with an average of at least 75% across the major (or majors) in which the Honours degree will be undertaken with the additional requirement of a Distinction in two of the 300 level subjects required by the major.
Students considering an Honours degree are encouraged to talk to the Program Coordinator well in advance to seek approval for enrolment, discuss their program, and negotiate a thesis topic and supervisors.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

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

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

70

18

18

17

17

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.


FEES

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.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$16,920 (2020)

$33,840 (2020)

Wollongong

On Campus

$16,920 (2021)

$33,840 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT 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 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 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.

-

-

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

-

-

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 audition or 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).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: 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)


ATAR PROFILE

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 2019

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

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

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

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2020 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 20 July 2020
Session: 3 August - 3 December 2020

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 10 July 2020. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 10 July 2020. Late applications may be considered.

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 24 December 2020*
  • International Applicants: 24 December 2020*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by this date will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Applications received after this date will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

2021 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 19 July 2021
Session: 26 July – 18 November 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 27 June 2021*
  • International Applicants: 27 June 2021*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by this date will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Applications received after this date will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

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:

CLO Description
1 Analyse and evaluate advanced knowledge of computer fundamentals and the ability to apply theoretical basis of computer science to solve a range of practical problems.
2 Interpret information and communicate knowledge, ideas and procedures to both computer science professionals and stakeholders.
3 Analyse critically, evaluate and transform information from research literature and other sources to complete a range of research activities.
4 Develop methodological skills in conducting scholarly research in computer science.
5 Independently plan and compose a substantial research-based project or piece of scholarship that demonstrates in-depth understanding and critical analysis in computer science.
6 Exhibit a capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world related to the field of computer science.

Course Structure

The program of study for Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) is 48 credit points.

Students must complete:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CSCI400 Computer Science Honours Project 18 Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2021
CSIT440 Research Methodology 6 Autumn, Spring
24 credit points of 400-level subjects from the following list.
CSCI410 Software Requirements, Specifications and Formal Methods 6 Autumn
CSCI426 Software Testing and Analysis 6 Autumn
CSCI433 Machine Learning Algorithms and Applications 6 Autumn
CSCI464 Computational Intelligence 6 Autumn
CSCI468 Advanced Network Security 6 Autumn
INFO411 Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery 6 Autumn
CSCI424 Reasoning and Learning 6 Spring
CSCI427 Service-Oriented Software Engineering 6 Spring
CSCI435 Computer Vision Algorithms and Systems 6 Spring
CSCI444 Perception and Planning 6 Spring
CSCI446 Big Data Analytics 6 Spring
CSCI471 Advanced Computer Security 6 Spring
CSCI466 Coding for Secure Communication 6 Not available in 2020

With the permission of the Head of School, candidates may substitute up to 12 credit points of subjects with 300-level Computer Science subjects or 400-level subjects from another discipline.

Honours Grades

The Honours grade for the degree of Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) will be calculated in accordance with Method 1, as defined in the Coursework Rules.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

The University of Wollongong 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
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