Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology

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

The Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (BCST) will prepare you to work at the cutting edge of information technology. After you have completed core studies in programming, databases, systems analysis, and professional IT practice, you will pursue a course of study along one of two streams: information systems or computer science.

The information systems stream comprises the study of the direct application of software design and development to the business domain. You will gain an understanding of the principles and techniques involved in the analysis, design, implementation and maintenance of computer systems within a business environment.

The computer science stream involves the study of computers and computer programs. You will excel in this stream if you're more technically-minded and want to contribute to the future development and support of computer technology.

You're encouraged to explore your interests by enrolling in units from a range of other disciplines such as psychology, languages, biology, philosophy, geography or commerce. This study experience provides domain-specific knowledge useful to the application of information technologies in that area.

Course outline


Units of study information for this degree



Study plan



Candidates for the Master of Information Technology complete 72 credit points (cp) made up of at least 18cp of core units of study, 18cp of specialist units of study and 12cp of IT project units and up to 12cp of foundation units, subject to meeting prior learning requirements and timetabling.



Candidates have the option of undertaking a defined major in the Master of Information Technology, which requires the completion of at least 18 credit points of core units in the designated major. This allows students to study one specific area of IT in depth. Majors are available in various areas of study including data management and analytics, digital media technology and software engineering.



After completing 24cp of coursework, candidates will undertake an information technology capstone project. Candidates with a distinction average may be eligible to complete the research path, subject to approval of the head of the school and the dean. The research path comprises a research project of 18cp in one of the majors available in the course. Candidates in the research pathway also complete INFO5993 IT Research Methods.



Classes for the course are generally held in the evening between 6pm and 9pm to accommodate professionals who are employed during the day.


Majors

What is a major?

All students in the Bachelor of Computer Science and 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.

Further course information

Progression rules

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology. In addition to the common triggers used to identify students not meeting academic progression requirements (as defined by the progression requirements of the coursework rule), students must pass any unit of study identified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course.

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.
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology electives are often recommended within the stream undertaken as they are directly related to, or build a more comprehensive understanding of content taught in, core units of study within that stream.

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies offers a one-year international exchange program.

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 IT graduates. The Bachelor of Computer Science and 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.

Course accreditation

The Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology 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.

About honours

Students who have qualified for the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology degree may apply to enter the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours) year. Please note that unlike the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) or the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), honours in the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology requires an additional 48 credit points of study. It is available in either the computer science or information systems stream, depending on the study completed during the degree.
Computer science honours provides specialist training for postgraduate research in computer science, and for IT research and development in industry or business. Information systems honours provides graduates with the analytical and consulting skills for solving problems (or performing research) in a variety of areas in the IT sector. Both consist of advanced coursework related to the research interests of members of the school and a year-long project conducted under the supervision of an academic staff member.
As a specialist degree, the aim of honours is not to cover the full breadth of IT, but rather to introduce students to the cutting edge in selected areas of research and practice. It provides an opportunity to become actively involved in the research carried out by members of the school. Graduates take skills with them into the workplace which give them a competitive edge. Consequently, University of Sydney graduates are much in demand within the industry.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.

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

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. Students with 2U Maths are able to enrol but will have a restricted set of choices in their first year.

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.