Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Commerce

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 Commerce is designed to extend the management component of the Bachelor of Information Technology and further satisfy the increasing demand for IT professionals with business skills.

In this combined degree you will undertake one major from the Faculty of Economics and Business and either of the two streams available within the Bachelor of Information Technology, computer science or information systems. You will learn skills and vocabulary from both disciplines and have the opportunity to undertake project-based units of study and industry internships. The aim is to produce graduates with exceptional skills in both IT and business and help shape them into the future captains and leaders of the industry.

Course outline

Units of study information for this degree (Computer Science stream)

Study plan


The combined Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Commerce 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 electives available in the later years of the degree. 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 Commerce degree, students will complete 6 core units of study (30 junior credit points + 6 senior credit points = 36 credit points) and a major (minimum 36 credit points of senior units of study) from the following subject areas: Accounting; Business Information Systems; Commercial Law; Econometrics; Economics; Finance; Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management; International Business; Management; Marketing; Operations Management and Decision Sciences.

Majors

What is a major?

Within the Bachelor of Commerce a major is usually a three-year defined sequence of study (in some cases, a two-year sequence applies), generally comprising specified units of study in a particular subject area. Majors are included on students' testamurs. The Bachelor of Commerce requires that students complete at least one major. In most cases, a major consists of at least 36 credit points in senior units of study from a single subject area of study.

All students in the Bachelor of Information Technology will enrol in one of two streams: information systems or computer science. Each stream will contain core units specific to that stream and recommend electives within that stream.

Core majors

Optional 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 Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology.

The Faculty of Economics and Business will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of the Bachelor of Commerce. Students will be regarded as not meeting academic progression requirements if they have failed to complete 50% of the units of study in which they have enrolled in a semester (including Summer and Winter School), have failed a compulsory unit of study, have failed a unit of study more than once or will not be able to complete degree requirements within the time limit.

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 commerce electives can be selected from the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies and the Faculty of Economics and Business both offer one-year exchange programs with universities 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.
Bachelor of Commerce graduates can be found working as chartered accountants, business information systems analysts, financiers, industrial relations advisers, human resource managers, marketing officers and market researchers, commercial risk analysts or policy developers, and business operations mangers. Australian government departments at all levels recruit outstanding commerce graduates. Employers value the maturity, interpersonal skills, written and oral communication and teamwork skills of Sydney graduates. Our Careers and Employer Relations Office (CEO) http://sydney.edu.au/business/careers provides access to advice, resources and a wide range of employer activities in the corporate and public sectors.

Course accreditation

The BIT has also been awarded professional level accreditation by the Australian Computer Society.
Depending upon the major or majors completed, Commerce graduates may be eligible for accreditation as professional accountants with the CPA, ICAA; business information systems professionals with the Australian Computer Society; or as professional members of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). Prescribed units of study must be undertaken in specific majors to meet accreditation requirements.

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.
The postgraduate programs available in Commerce draw on the strengths of the Faculty of Economics and Business to assist students to develop the advanced skills and knowledge required for a high-level position in industry, commerce, and government. Our Masters degrees and Graduate Diplomas offer specialised education in one or two of the following areas: accounting, banking, business and security, business and society, business decision sciences, business information systems, business law, business statistics, economics, entrepreneurship, employment relations and human resource management, finance, governance, international business, marketing, organisational analysis and strategy, quantitative finance, strategic management, supply chain and logistics management, taxation and transport management.

About honours

Both the Bachelor of Information Technology and the Bachelor of Commerce 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.
For the Bachelor of Commerce, students must successfully complete an additional honours year of study to be awarded with honours. The honours year provides knowledge and training for candidates in research methods as well as experience in planning, performing and writing up research under the guidance of a supervisor. This year involves a combination of coursework and research toward the writing of a short thesis. For detailed advice see the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) .

Admission

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.

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1

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 2015 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 2014 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 2015, 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.