Degree requirements

In 2004, the School of Information Technologies made substantial changes to the detailed arrangements for fourth-year students (i.e. those doing Honours in a range of different degrees and those doing a non-Honours fourth year in the BIT degree).

Below we provide information about the structure of study for students undertaking IT Honours in various degrees.

Students undertaking Honours within the BIT, or Honours within the BCST, or Honours in either Computer Science or Information Systems within the BSc

Students who want to enrol in Honours in one of these degrees should apply to the Faculty of Engineering and IT (for BCST/BIT) or the Faculty of Science (for BSc) at pre-enrolment time. Selection will be finalised in January, once end-of-year results are known.

Admission to Honours is competitive; among other conditions, it requires having a Credit average in at least 24 credit points of relevant 3000-level units and you must have completed your pass degree before starting Honours. (That is, you can't do Honours concurrently while filling in some missing units from your first three years of study!)

Any student who is considering Honours should begin to identify an appropriate research topic and supervisor as early as possible. The Honours year starts in February, 2 weeks before lectures begin.

See the "Enrolment Structure" section below for unit of study enrolment advice.

Students undertaking Honours within the BIT/BCom or BIT/BMedSc

BIT/BCom and BIT/BMedSc students must complete at least 144cp before commencing Honours, but are permitted to complete:

  • a minimum of 30cp from 3000-level IT units (including INFO3402 and INFO3600);
  • a minimum of 78cp from units at 3000-level and/or above as listed in the BIT unit of study table.

Once admitted to Honours, students must complete their research project over two consecutive semesters (excluding Summer and Winter semesters), but can complete their Honours coursework during the remainder of their combined degree.

A student's final Honours result will be calculated once their research project and all Honours coursework units are completed.

Students undertaking 4th year coursework (non-Honours) in the BIT

These students should pre-enrol in appropriate subjects, as follows:

  • 12cp from the project unit INFO3600: details of the projects will be arranged in consultation with the unit coordinator; it is expected that many projects will involve participation with an industrial or industry-linked client group.
  • 24cp from 3000-level or above IT-related coursework units: you may enrol in 5000-level units as long as you meet the prerequisites.
  • 12cp from other 3000-level or above coursework units: these need not be IT-related, but if you wish, you can choose IT-related units here as well.

It is expected that you will choose to use much of your fourth year to broaden your range of competencies by taking 3000-level units in fields of IT adjacent to those you completed in the third year of your undergraduate degree. You may elect to complete a second or even third major.

Students completing 4th year in the BE (where Honours is decided based on overall marks throughout the degree)

These students should pre-enrol in the appropriate subjects as controlled by the BE degree rules. Within this framework, you may include electives which are from the 5000-level units taught in the School of IT, as long as you meet the prerequisites. If you wish to have a School of IT academic supervising your (12cp) Engineering thesis, you should speak to your Year Adviser as well as the researcher concerned.

Enrolment Structure

The structure of a full-time Honours year is as follows: (If you wish to undertake part-time Honours, you need special permission from the Dean; consult the Honours Director about this.)

  • 18cp towards a research thesis: made up of the 6cp unit INFO4991 IT Research Thesis A, together with its corequisite 12cp unit, INFO4992 IT Research Thesis B. These units will be recorded as Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory.
  • 6cp from INFO5993 IT Research Methods
  • 24cp of coursework, of which at least 18cp must be 5000-level (6cp may be from 3000-level units): The units of study to be offered are closely aligned with the research groups within the School, and are taught with involvement of several staff members from the relevant group.
  • the zero credit point unit INFO4999 will be used for the overall Honours result, based on coursework and on the thesis, as decided by the Faculty Honours Examiners' Meeting (on recommendation of the School Honours Examiners' Meeting).

Full-time Honours Students:
A typical enrolment arrangement for a full-time Honours student would be:

 

Semester 1 Semester 2

- 3 coursework units
- INFO5993

- 1 coursework unit
- INFO4991
- INFO4992
- INFO4999             

We advise students against mid-year entry to full-time Honours; deferring study for 6 months or enrolling in Honours part-time is far wiser.

Part-time Honours Students:
Students who begin part-time Honours in Semester 1 will typically complete as follows:

 

First Year:

 

Semester 1
- 12cp of coursework

Semester 2
- 12cp of coursework

Second Year:

 

Semester 1
- INFO5993
- INFO4991

Semester 2
- INFO4992
- INFO4999


Students who enter part-time Honours mid-year, would complete as follows:

 

First Year:

 

Semester 2:
- 12cp of coursework

Semester 1:
- 6cp of coursework
- INFO5993

Second Year:

 

Semester 2:
- INFO4991
- 6cp of coursework

Semester 1:
- INFO4992
- INFO4999


Honours outside the School of IT

There may be students who wish to undertake Honours in the BIT from an IT discipline taught outside the School of IT, e.g. Mathematics, Electrical and Information Engineering, Business Information Systems, Computational Science, Bioinformatics. Such students need to raise the issue as soon as possible with the coordinators of Honours in both the School of IT and in the School where they wish to pursue their research.