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



The major has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • a foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of computer science
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
  • an ability to critically analyse and evaluate information and solve problems
  • an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of computer science and computer-based systems
  • 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 professional roles as a computer scientist.

The major 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 major, students will be able to:

  • competently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex computer-based systems
  • 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.

On completion of the major in computer science, students will be eligible for professional membership of the Australian Computer Society.

Program of study

Major - Computer Science - Year 1 topics

The following topics must be selected as part of the 36-unit First Year program:


 COMP1001  Fundamentals of Computing  (4.5 units)
 COMP1101  Fundamentals of Information and Communication Technology##  (4.5 units)
 COMP1102  Computer Programming 1  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1401  Professional Skills##  (4.5 units)

##Cognate studies

Major - Computer Science - Year 2 & 3 topics

36 units comprising:

 COMP3772  Computer Science Project  (4.5 units)

Plus 31.5 units selected from:

 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)
 COMP3712  Computer Programming 3  (4.5 units)
 COMP3722  Theory and Practice of Computation  (4.5 units)
 COMP3732  Enterprise Cloud Systems  (4.5 units)
 COMP3742  Intelligent Systems  (4.5 units)
 COMP3751  Interactive Computer Systems  (4.5 units)
 COMP3771  Advanced Database  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2782  Computer Networks and Operating Systems  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2792  Software Engineering 2  (4.5 units)
 ENGR3704  Project Management for Engineering and Science  (4.5 units)
 ENGR3791  Software Engineering 3  (4.5 units)
 ENGR7791  Software Engineering 4  (4.5 units)


Fourth Year Honours Program - Computer Science for students undertaking the Bachelor of Science (Honours) 4 Year or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Enhanced Program for High Achievers.