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Computing, and its many subfields, is about solving problems using computers. It is concerned with the study of information and computation and finding solutions to problems using modern computer systems. Computer science and information technology drives many facets of modern innovation and assists the solving of problems in areas such as medical research, climate change, the environment, and business. It has a significant impact upon the creative industries and in the development of new products and services. Information technology covers everything from designing critical software to managing information systems.
Clearly there is considerable overlap between the subareas but employers are very aware of the difference - many, for example, look for Engineers Australia and/or Australian Computer Society accreditation. Flinders has designed its courses to reflect this. Note that at Flinders, the early years of the courses are similar enabling students to change track if they wish.
Accreditation is important. All ITSE degrees (both undergraduate and postgraduate) are accredited at the Professional level with the Australian Computer Society and the Software Engineering and Computer and Network Systems Engineering awards have Full Professional Accreditation with Engineers Australia.
All Flinders Engineering and ICT awards have the opportunity to undertake a 12 or 20 week practicum built in to the course (for the engineering degrees, it is an accreditation requirement). These are sourced from over 150 local, national and international organisations.