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


The honours year in computer science has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • reinforcement of the theoretical and the practical aspects of computer science
  • 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 computer science
  • an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • preparation for future professional roles as a computer scientist.

Learning outcomes

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

  • competently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex computer-based systems including the development of research-oriented systems
  • demonstrate a broad understanding of the computer science discipline
  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of some areas of discipline specific knowledge
  • apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
  • communicate effectively with other computer scientists, 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 computer science.
  • plan and execute a research project, applying relevant methodologies and knowledge
  • have developed research skills appropriate to postgraduate research or advanced industrial investigation

Program of study

Core - Honours Year topics

36 units comprising*:

 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**

*Students must undertake the Honours Thesis topics over a minimum of two semesters.

**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).