Honours - Computer Science

To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the degree in which you are enrolled:


The honours year in computer science has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • reinforcement of the theoretical and the practical aspects of computer science
  • a strong ability to critically analyse and evaluate information and solve problems
  • the ability to work professionally as an individual, particularly in terms of a large research project
  • insight into advanced areas of computer science
  • an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • preparation for future professional roles as a computer scientist.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex computer-based systems including the development of research-oriented systems
  • apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
  • communicate effectively with other computer scientists, researchers and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
  • work professionally as an individual
  • develop computer-based solutions appropriate to the social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
  • engage in the process of continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area of computer science. 

Program of study

Core - Honours Year topics

18 units comprising:

 COMP4700  Honours Thesis  (18 units) OR
 COMP4700A  Honours Thesis  (4.5/18 units) AND
 COMP4700B  Honours Thesis  (4.5/18 units) AND
 COMP4700C  Honours Thesis  (4.5/18 units) AND
 COMP4700D  Honours Thesis  (4.5/18 units)  

Option - CSEM option topics

Plus 18 units of CSEM option topics*

*CSEM Option topics must be selected from Table A (PDF 37KB) , at least half of which will be chosen from those labelled as Computer Science / Information Technology (Group C).  With permission of the Director of Studies, one CSEM option topic may be chosen from CSEM upper-level topics. CSEM upper-level topics must be selected from COMP, ENGR, MATH and STAT topics at 2000-level and above.

CRICOS Provider: 00114A | Updated: 25 Oct, 2011