The Information Technology (Honours) requires one year 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.

Admission requirements

A student who has completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of Information Technology, or another qualification which the Faculty Board agrees is equivalent, may be accepted as a candidate for the honours degree provided a sufficiently high standard has been achieved in fulfilling the requirements for the bachelors degree.

In order to be eligible for entry to honours, students would normally be expected to have achieved a grade point average of at least 5 in 36 units of upper level COMP topics. The number of students accepted into honours will also depend on the availability of project supervisors. Offers will be made on the basis of ranked academic merit. 

Course aims

The Honours year in Information Technology has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • reinforcement of the theoretical and the practical aspects of information technology
  • a strong ability to critically analyse and evaluate information and solve problems
  • the ability to work professionally as an individual, particularly in terms of a large research project
  • insight into advanced areas of information technology
  • an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • preparation for future professional roles as an information technologist.

Learning outcomes

On completion, students will be able to:

  • use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex information-rich computer systems, including the development of research-oriented systems
  • apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
  • communicate effectively with other information technologists, researchers and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
  • work professionally as an individual
  • 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 information technology.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Core - Honours Year topics

36 units selected from:

 COMP7700A  Honours Thesis  (4.5/18 units) 
 COMP7700B  Honours Thesis  (4.5/18 units) 
 COMP7700C  Honours Thesis  (4.5/18 units) 
 COMP7700D  Honours Thesis  (4.5/18 units) 

Plus 18 units of CSEM option topics*

*CSEM option topics must be selected from Table A , at least half of which will be chosen from those labelled as Computer Science / Information Technology (Group C).