Advice on unit of study choice for first year students in IT degrees

This advice applies to students who enrolled in BCST, BCST(Adv) or BIT degrees in 2013. If you enrolled in an earlier year, the degree rules that apply to you are different, and you should seek individual advice. If you are in a different degree, you should seek guidance from the advisor responsible for that degree.

Overview

  • At the start of the year, students enrol in units of study for both semesters.
  • The normal load is 24 credit points per semester; a student must enrol in at least 18 credit points per semester to be regarded as “full-time” for youth allowance, scholarship and visa requirements. You choose subjects for the whole year when you enrol, but these choices can be changed later.
  • Check the Important Dates website for the last day to add a unit of study and the last day to withdraw a unit of study (without penalty).

All students in the BCST, BCST(Adv), and BIT must enrol in:

  • The degree has two streams, Computer Science and Information Systems. A student has to specialize in one of them or both. There is no difference in subjects chosen in Year 1.
  • Four compulsory (called “core”) first-year units: INFO1103, INFO1105 (or equivalent units such as advanced versions), ENGG1805 and ELEC1601.
  • 12 credit points of first-year (Junior) Mathematics - there is a wide choice for this, depending on the level of the student’s mathematical background (see below).
  • The remaining space in the year can be used for “free elective” study of subjects chosen from Science, Arts, Engineering and IT, or Economics and Business.
    - You are recommended to choose one of INFO1003 or INFO1903 (Adv) as your elective which is a useful foundation in IT.

Here is a diagram of the typical enrolment pattern (each cell represents 6 credit points). However some students choose to re-arrange some of these choices (a few subjects like INFO1103 and INFO1003 are available in either semester, though each student can only complete a subject once).

Year/Sem

Unit/Cp Unit/Cp Unit/Cp Unit/Cp Total Cp
Year 1
Sem 1
INFO1103:
Introduction to Programming
MATH1001: Differential Calculus & MATH1002: Linear Algebra ENGG1805:
Professionalism in Engineering and IT
Free Elective  
  6cp 6cp 6cp 6cp 24cp
Year 1
Sem 2
INFO1105: Data Structures or
INFO1905: Data Structures (Adv)
MATH1003: Integral Calculus &
MATH1005: Statistics
ELEC1601:
Foundations of Computer Systems
Free Elective  
  6cp 6cp 6cp 6cp 24cp
  TOTAL 48cp

Electives Suggestions

Below we show several common combinations of unit of study choice, which are especially suited for students with particular interests or those in particular situations. According to the Faculty resolutions, students are generally not allowed students to do.

 

Situation

Year 1

Unit of Study

 

Students with high ATAR

Sem 1

INFO1903: Informatics (Adv)

 

Sem 2

Free elective

Students interested in a broad coverage of Computing

Sem 1

INFO1003: Foundations of Information Technology

 

Sem 2

PHIL1012: Introductory Logic

Students interested in a broad coverage of Computing

Sem 1

BUSS1001: Understanding Business

Useful electives in higher years include INFS2020: Business Process Modelling & Improvement (sem2), INFS3040: Enterprise Systems & Integrated Business (sem1), INFS3050: Business Intelligence for Managers (sem2); all these INFS units can be done by any student who completed INFO1003 or INFO1903 with us

Sem 2

BUSS1002: The Business Environment

Students interested in IT and Computing Hardware

Sem 1

ELEC1103: Foundations of Electronic Engineering

 

 

 

In later years, these students might wish to use their free electives for units chosen from the Digital and Telecommunications topics in Electrical and Information Engineering, such as (if available): ELEC2302: Signals and Systems; ELEC2602: Digital System Design; ELEC3305: Digital Signal Processing; ELEC3505: Communications; ELEC3607: Embedded Computing.

Sem 2

PHYS1003: Physics 1 (Technological)

 

Students seeking to combine IT study with a side-interest (such as a language, or an arts, social science, or science field)

Sem 1

Free elective

 

 

 

Students can use free elective slots to study a sequence of units to provide knowledge and skills of another topic taught at the university, starting with one first year offering in each semester, and then continuing with second and third year offerings in later years. Some topics, such as languages, offer a variety of first year units depending on background; if you are interested, consult the department offering the subjects for guidance on which to enrol in.

Sem 2

Free elective

 

 

Other IT-related uos in the elective space

If a student wants to study IT-related uos as the electives, he/she can choose:

Semester

Unit Code

Subject

Cp

Semester 1

DECO2101

Digital Image Design & Representation

6cp

 

INFS2030

e-Business Management

6cp

Semester 2

COSC1003

Introduction to Computational Science

6cp

 

COSC1903

Introduction to Computational Science (Adv)

6cp

 

DECO2103

3D Modelling

6cp

 

INFS2020

Business Process Modelling & Improvement

6cp

Mid-year entry students

Students who enrol in July choose units of study for Semester 2 only (their first semester at the university). Below is a suggested Semester 2 enrolment:

Yr/Sem

Unit/Cp

Unit/Cp

Unit/Cp

Unit/Cp

 

Year 1

Sem 2

INFO1103: Introduction to Programming

MATH1003: Integral Calculus &

MATH1005 Statistics

ELEC1601: Foundations of Computer Systems

INFO1003: Foundations of Information Technology

 

 

6cp

6cp

6cp

6cp

24cp

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

24cp

Then in the following year, students will mix first-year and second-year units as shown here.

Yr/Sem

Unit/Cp

Unit/Cp

Unit/Cp

Unit/Cp

 

Year 2

 Sem 1

ENGG1805: Professionalism in Engineering and IT

MATH1001: Differential Calculus &

MATH1002 Linear Algebra

COMP2129: Operating Systems and Machine Principles

INFO2120: Database Systems 1


 

6cp

6cp

6cp

6cp

24cp

Year 2

Sem 2

INFO1105 Data Structures

1 Intermediate Mathematics unit

INFO2110: Systems Analysis and Modelling

INFO2315: Introduction to IT Security


 

6cp

6cp

6cp

6cp

24cp

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

48cp

Notes on Mathematics unit of study choice

Students should complete 6 credit points of Mathematics each semester during their first year. There are a wide variety of alternative units of study offered, suited to different levels of previous experience:

  • “Fundamental” units (MATH101x) assume a background equivalent to HSC
    Mathematics;
  • “Normal” units assume HSC Mathematics Extension 1; and
  • “Advanced” units assume HSC Mathematics Extension 2.

Many (but not all) of the first year-level units are worth 3 credit points each, so the usual pattern is to enrol in TWO Maths units per semester, each worth 3 credit points.

More information can be found on the School of Mathematics and Statistics website

The School does not limit which category of junior maths taken by a student. A student can do either the Fundamental or Normal or Advanced level; it all depends on a student’s background.

 

Fundamental

Normal

Advanced

 

MATH101x

MATH100x

MATH190x

Assumption

Equivalent to HSC Mathematics

HSC Mathematics Extension 1

HSC Mathematics Extension 2

Semester 1

MATH1011: Applications of Calculus

MATH1015: Biostatistics

MATH1001: Differential Calculus

MATH1002: Linear Algebra

MATH1901: Differential Calculus (Adv)

MATH1902: Linear Algebra (Adv)

Semester 2

 

MATH1013: Mathematical Modelling

MATH1014: Introduction to Linear Algebra

MATH1003: Integral Calculus and Modelling

MATH1005: Statistics

MATH1903: Integral Calculus and Modelling (Adv)

MATH1005: Statistics (Adv)

List of potential free electives

See the Faculty Handbooks for Arts, Science, and Economics and Business here.