Courses

Degrees

The School of Information Technologies offers the following degrees:

  1. The Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (BCST) whose normal duration is three years (144 credit points)
  2. The BCST (Advanced) whose normal duration is three years (144 credit points)
  3. The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) whose normal duration is four years (192 credit points)
  4. The Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Arts (BIT/BA) whose normal duration is five years (240 credit points)
  5. The Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Commerce (BIT/BCom) whose normal duration is five years (240 credit points)
  6. The Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Laws (BIT/LLB) whose normal duration is six years (288 credit points)
  7. The Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Medical Science (BIT/BMedSc) whose normal duration is five years (240 credit points)
  8. The Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Science (BIT/BSc) whose normal duration is five years (240 credit points)

In addition, units of study taught by the School of IT form a significant part of other degrees, such as the Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering) and the Bachelor of Science.

Degree tables listing core units of study and degree requirements for the BIT, BCST and BCST Advanced can be found in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies Handbook.

Other combined degrees

The topics taught by the School of IT are available within degrees that combine the Bachelor of Science with another degree such as Commerce, Law, Arts or Engineering.

Streams

The School of IT offers the following streams in each of the degrees above:

  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems

Computer Science involves the study of computers and the programs that run on computers. No previous programming knowledge is assumed, but students are expected to graduate with sound knowledge and skills in the following areas:

languages such as Java, C, C++ and Python;
computer programming, including the study of algorithms, data structures, networks and operating system internals.

This major will appeal to the more technically-minded students who wish to contribute to the future development and support of technology.

Information Systems involves creating computer systems which satisfy individual and organisational needs. Information Systems encompasses issues such as:

strategic planning;
system development;
system implementation;
network design and management;
operational management;
end-user needs and education.

Rather than being about developing and enhancing the performance of computers, Information Systems is about making computer systems work for people.

Students enrolled in the BCST, BCST (Advanced) or BIT must complete at least one of the two offered streams.

Students enrolled in the BSc or BSc (Advanced) degrees offered by the Faculty of Science can select Computer Science and/or Information Systems as their major in their Senior (Third) year.

Honours

The School of IT offers three different Honours degrees:

  • After completing the requirements for a BCST or a pass degree from the Faculty of Science or a degree equivalent to the BCST from another institution, students can apply for enrolment in the Honours program (normal duration, one year), upon whose successful completion they will be awarded a BCST (Honours) degree.
  • After completing the requirements for a BCST (Adv) or a BSc (Adv) degree from the Faculty of Science or a degree equivalent to the BCST (Adv) from another institution, students can apply for enrolment in the Honours program (normal duration, one year), upon whose successful completion they will be awarded a BCST(Adv) (Honours) degree.
  • In their fourth year (after completing 144 credit points) students enrolled in the BIT degree can either pursue the coursework option or the Honours option. A successful completion of the Honours option will result in the award of a BIT (Honours) degree.

In addition, students who have completed a pass degree of BSc, or equivalent, can apply for enrolment in the BSc (Hons) with Honours in Computer Science or in Information Systems, as offered by the Faculty of Science.

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Minor in IT

The School of IT offers a Minor in Information Technology which is defined as at least 18 credit points from SIT-coded units (COMP, INFO, ISYS) at 2000 (second year) level or above. The School will issue a certificate to all students who have completed the requirements for a degree of the University of Sydney and who also complete the requirements for a Minor in IT.

Note: The BCST, BCST (Adv), BIT and combined-BIT degrees, and BSc or combined-BSc students majoring in Bioinformatics, Computer Science and/or Information Systems are excluded from the Minor in IT program.

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