Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Medical Science

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Medical Science is a combined course of study that will add to your IT qualification skills from medical science, biomedicine, and bioinformatics. The demand for graduates qualified in IT and medical science is expected to soar as medical science research becomes increasingly dependent on IT.

As part of the Bachelor of Information Technology degree you will enrol in one stream, either computer science or information systems, while also studying foundation science followed by senior units of study in the clinical sciences, choosing from anatomy and histology, biochemistry, biology (genetics), history and philosophy of science, immunology, infectious diseases, microbiology, pharmacology, pathology and physiology.

Course outline

Units of study information for this degree (Computer Science stream. Please enquire within the School of IT for more information)

Study plan


The combined Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Medical Science is undertaken full-time over five years. Students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum 48 credit points during first year. A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points. For the Bachelor of Information Technology degree, students will complete core units of study as required by their stream with some electives available within that stream. In their final year students enrolled in the BIT degree, can either pursue the coursework option or the honours option. Successful completion of the honours option will result in an award of a Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) degree.

For the Bachelor of Medical Science, students will complete core units in the first and third years of the combined degree. In fourth year more specialised study is taken at a senior level in medical science.

Majors

Further course information

Progression rules

In the Bachelor of Information Technology, candidates must maintain a credit average in year one and year two level core units. If this level of result is not achieved, candidates will be transferred to the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology degree program with full credit for units of study already completed.

A candidate may also apply to the dean for permission to transfer candidature to the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology. There is no WAM requirement for candidates wishing to transfer to the standard Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology degree.

In the Bachelor of Medical Science, except with the permission of the dean, students may not enrol in an intermediate core unit of study until they have completed 42 credit points of junior units of study.
Further, students may not enrol in a senior unit of study until they have completed 42 credit points of intermediate core units of study.

The Faculty of Science will monitor students for satisfactory academic progress. In this faculty a student shall not have made satisfactory progress in any semester if the student:
(a) fails to complete successfully 50% or more of the credit points in which the student was enrolled for that semester; and /or
(b) fails to complete successfully on the second or later attempt the same unit of study; and/or
(c) fails to complete successfully any compulsory or barrier unit(s) of study, field or clinical work, practicum, or professional experience; and/or
(d) is consequently unable to complete the degree within the maximum permitted time while carrying a normal student load.

A student in the Bachelor of Medical Science who has not made satisfactory progress in any semester will be placed on the faculty’s academic register. Such students will be required to take action as outlined in the University Academic Progression Policy or as otherwise directed by the faculty.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject.
Information Technology electives are often recommended within the stream as they are directly related to, or build a more comprehensive understanding of content taught in, core units of study within that stream.

In this combined degree, electives for the Bachelor of Medical Science are chosen in fourth year from available senior Medical Science electives.

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies and the Faculty of Science both offer one-year exchange programs around the world.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies enjoys strong professional and research links with Australian and global industry, affording unparalleled opportunities for Sydney Engineering graduates. The Bachelor of Information Technology will produce graduates who are IT specialists and possess an excellent combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to influence and reinforce an organisation’s technology infrastructure and to support the people who use it. They will often be responsible for selecting and deploying software products appropriate for an organisation. They may also be involved in creating and managing business applications, web sites, systems and the IT environment in all types of industries.
The Bachelor of Medical Science is an obvious choice for candidates who wish to undertake the University of Sydney’s graduate medical and dentistry programs, available after completion of an undergraduate course.
The degree also forms an ideal base for graduate research in medical science. Candidates planning a career in medical research should plan to study an honours year followed by research for a masters or PhD. Alternatively many graduates choose to undertake an administrative career in private industry or government where a good knowledge of the medical sciences is an advantage.

Course accreditation

The BIT has also been awarded professional level accreditation by the Australian Computer Society http://www.acs.org.au/.

Further study

The Graduate School of Engineering and IT provides a link between postgraduate students in the different engineering disciplines, and offers a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. The faculty's postgraduate coursework and research are focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics.
After completing the Bachelor of Medical Science, graduates may apply to undertake the University of Sydney’s graduate medical and dentistry programs, available after completion of an undergraduate course.
The degree also forms an ideal base for graduate research in medical science. Candidates planning a career in medical research should plan to study an honours year followed by research for a masters or PhD.

About honours

Both the Bachelor of Information Technology and the Bachelor of Medical Science can be awarded with honours. The Bachelor of Information Technology with Honours is available to meritorious candidates who complete an alternative set of units of study in the final year of the degree devoted to studying specialised areas of information technology. During the honours year students will complete several advanced courses, and a semester long research project culminating in an honours thesis and oral presentation. Students may choose projects offered by staff or propose their own research projects. Successful completion of honours within the degree will result in the award of the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) degree.
The Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours comprises a widely recognised and highly regarded additional year of undergraduate study available to students who have recently completed an undergraduate degree. Honours is a unique opportunity for students to explore their research potential with an independent project and generally consists of the following three components: an independent research project supervised by one or more internationally recognised scientists; additional courses in experimental design or technical training; some coursework study including classes. Completing a medical science degree with an honours year opens the door to many employment and scientific research opportunities. For detailed advice see the Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)

Admission

Admission requirements

Flexible Entry Scheme available for this degree http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/futurestudent/flexibleentry

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of September. On-time applications for the July Semester close in May. Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.