The Bachelor of Computer Science requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time).

The course is offered by the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, within The Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The Faculty also offers the Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) - 4 years.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

Successful completion of either SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Mathematical Studies or Mathematical Methods is normally required for entry to The Bachelor of Computer Science.

Course aims

The course has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • a strong foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of Computer Science
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
  • well developed written and oral communication skills
  • an ability to critically analyse and evaluate information and solve problems
  • an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of Computer Science
  • the ability to work professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams
  • an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • preparation for future management roles as a computer scientist.

The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study or for a career in a computing related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes

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

  • competently use Professional Skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex computer-based systems
  • demonstrate a broad understanding of the computer science discipline
  • apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
  • communicate effectively with other computer scientists and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
  • work professionally as an individual and in a team
  • 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
  • contribute successfully to Project Management.

On completion of The Bachelor of Computer Science, students will be eligible for professional membership of the Australian Computer Society. 

Program of study

To qualify for The Bachelor of Computer Science, a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Students achieving a credit level average or better at the end of third year will be eligible to commence a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree program in Computer Science - a separate one-year award focusing on advanced coursework and a research project.

Students who completed 108 units of The Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) will be deemed eligible for the award of Bachelor of Computer Science and may exit with The Bachelor of Computer Science without transferring through SATAC.

Core - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 COMP1001  Fundamentals of Computing  (4.5 units)
 COMP1101  Fundamentals of Information and Communication Technology  (4.5 units)
 COMP1102  Computer Programming 1  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1201  Electronics  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1401  Professional Skills**  (4.5 units)
 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A  (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units of elective topics from across the University where entry requirements are met.

Core - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising:

 COMP2711  Computer Programming 2  (4.5 units)
 COMP2731  Software Engineering 1  (4.5 units)
 COMP2761  Database and Conceptual Modelling  (4.5 units)
 COMP2781  Computer Mathematics  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2782  Computer Networks and Operating Systems  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2792  Software Engineering 2  (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units of topics taken from Table C:

Core - Year 3 topics

36 units comprising:

 COMP3712  Computer Programming 3  (4.5 units)
 COMP3722   Theory and Practice of Computation  (4.5 units)
 COMP3732  Enterprise Cloud Systems  (4.5 units)
 COMP3751  Interactive Computer Systems  (4.5 units)
 COMP3771  Advanced Database  (4.5 units)
 ENGR3704  Project Management for Engineering and Science  (4.5 units)

Plus either:

 COMP3772   Computer Science Project  (4.5 units)  AND

4.5 units of topics taken from Table C:


ENGR3750  Workplace Preparation (0 units) AND
 Information Technology Practicum*##  (9 units)

##Students choosing this option will be required to overload for 2 weeks at the start of semester 2. Students will enrol in 4.5 units in NS2 and 18 units in Semester 2.

* With the permission of the Director of Studies and with the agreement of the industry partner, the practicum topics may be extended by six months by enrolling in the topic COMP3741 Extended Industry Experience. COMP3741 Extended Industry Experience does not attract fees or HECS payments. Note that under the Fair Work Act, students enrolled in 0-unit Industry Experience topics must be in receipt of appropriate remuneration from the industry partner. Evidence of appropriate remuneration must be demonstrated before enrolment is permitted in the topic. International students, please be aware that your student visa conditions restrict you from undertaking the topic within Australia. Please see the topic coordinator for further details.

**With the permission of the course coordinator students from non-English speaking backgrounds may be permitted to enrol in ESOL1101 English as a Second Language 1.

Combined degrees

The Bachelor of Computer Science may also be studied in a combined degrees program with a: