The Bachelor of Information Technology (Digital Health Systems) (Honours) requires four 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 minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.
Students must achieve a credit level average or better at the end of third year in order to be eligible to continue to the fourth year Honours degree program in Information Technology (Digital Health Systems).
The course has been designed to provide graduates with:
- a strong foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of digital health systems and information technology generally
- a strong, practical 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 complex health information and solve problems
- an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of digital health systems
- the ability to work professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams
- preparation for future management roles as an information technology professional.
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.
On completion of the award, students will be able to:
- proficiently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex computer-based health-related systems
- apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
- communicate effectively with computer scientists, information technology and health professionals 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, cultural, 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 digital health systems
- contribute successfully to project management.
On completion of the Bachelor of Information Technology (Digital Health Systems) (Honours), students will be eligible for professional membership of the Australian Computer Society. Accreditation through the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) is also being sought.
To qualify for the Bachelor Information Technology (Digital Health Systems) (Honours), a student must complete 144 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 the third year will be eligible to continue to the fourth year honours degree program. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement will exit with the Bachelor of Information Technology on completion of 108 units.
Students who have completed 108 units according to the first three years of the program may choose to exit with the Bachelor of Information Technology.
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)
HLTH1003 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care (4.5 units)
HLTH1305 Health Practitioner Practice 1 (4.5 units)
HLTH1306 Health Practitioner Practice 2 (4.5 units)
STAT1122 Biostatistics (4.5 units) OR
STAT1121 Data Science (4.5 units)
ENGR1401 Professional Skills (4.5 units) OR
HLTH1304 Communication and Interprofessional Practice (4.5 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
36 units comprising:
COMP2731 Software Engineering 1 (4.5 units)
COMP2741 Application Development (4.5 units)
COMP2761 Database and Conceptual Modelling (4.5 units)
ENGR2782 Computer Networks and Operating Systems (4.5 units)
HLTH2101 Critical Social Analysis of Health (4.5 units)
Core - Year 3 topics
36 units comprising:
COMP3732 Enterprise Cloud Systems (4.5 units)
COMP3751 Interactive Computer Systems (4.5 units)
COMP3792 Information Technology Practicum* ( 9 units)
ENGR3704 Project Management for Engineering and Science (4.5 units)
ENGR3750 Workplace Preparation (0 units)
Core - Honours year topics
36 units comprising:
COMP7730A Digital Media Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units)
COMP7730B Digital Media Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units)
COMP7730C Digital Media Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units)
COMP7730D Digital Media Honours Thesis ^^ (4.5/18 units)
Plus 9 units taken from Table A chosen from those labelled as Computer Science / Information Technology (Group C) AND
9 units taken from Table D at Level 7000 or above.
* 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.
^The honours grade awarded is determined in accordance with the University's Assessment Policy and Procedures and is calculated from the Weighted Average Mark of all topics at level 7000 and above taken as part of the degree as follows:
85 ≤ WAM - Honours First Class (H1)
75 ≤ WAM < 85 - Honours Second Class Division A (H2A)
65 ≤ WAM < 75 - Honours Second Class Division B (H2B)
50 ≤ WAM < 65 - Honours Third Class (H3)
Where a student has satisfied all requirements for the course but has achieved a WAM of less than 50, the WAM will be deemed 50 for the purposes of calculating the honours classification.
^^ Students must undertake the Honours Thesis topics over a minimum of two semesters.
These are being developed but will include topics that cover:
Data Mining / Exploratory Data Analysis
Decision Support Systems in Medicine
Electronic Medical Records
Health Information Systems
Health Systems Security
Public Policy and Financing Medicine in Australia
other HISA topics
other HIMAA topics