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


The extended major has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • a strong foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of information technology and information systems management
  • 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 information technology
  • 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 an information technologist.

The extended 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 extended major, students will be able to:

  • competently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex information 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 knowledge in the area of information technology.

On completion of the extended major in information systems, students will be eligible for professional membership of the Australian Computer Society.

Program of study

Extended Major - Information Systems - 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

*With the permission of the course coordinator students in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) may select COMS1001 Academic and Professional Communication, while students from non-English speaking backgrounds may be permitted to enrol in ESOL1101 English as a Second Language 1.

**Students planning to transfer to the Bachelor of Computer Science should select MATH1121 Mathematics 1A as one of their other first year science topics.

Extended Major - Information Systems - Year 2 topics

27 units comprising:

 BUSN3027  E-Business  (4.5 units) or
 ENGR2782   Computer Networks and Operating Systems  (4.5 units)
 COMP2731  Software Engineering 1  (4.5 units)
 COMP2741  Application Development  (4.5 units)
 COMP2761  Database and Conceptual Modelling  (4.5 units)
 COMP2772  Web-Based Systems Development  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2792  Software Engineering 2  (4.5 units)


Extended Major - Information Systems - Year 3 topics

27 units comprising:

 COMP3721  Enterprise Information Security  (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:

 COMP3782  Information Technology Project  (4.5 units) AND
 One CSEM upper-level topic***  (4.5 units)


 COMP3792  Information Technology Practicum  (9 units)

***CSEM upper-level topics must be selected from COMP, ENGR, MATH and STAT topics at 2000-level and above.

Program - Information Systems - Year 4 topics for students undertaking the Bachelor of Science (Honours) 4 Year.