Bachelor of Design Computing

Overview

This program teaches you to recognise the value of your ideas. You will be trained in ideation - the ability to conceptualise, problem solve and judge various design solutions. Your ideation is matched with skills for implementation; using sofeware and devices to make your best ideas.

Design Computing teaches you to bring ideas into reality. A whatever-it-takes, design-led approach engages you in creative problem solving. It's the approach industry leaders Apple and Google use to dream up new products, services and interactive experiences. This degree prepares you to join these leaders of industry or to start your own business.

Design Computing teaches you the approach necessary to invent elegant, commercially viable products and services. You will learn to manage a trusted team of creators, workingin a studio-model that firmly puts the focuson your expression and your solution. you will be empowered through a toolbox of skills in user experience, interaction design, graphic design, programming and object design. Most importantly, upi will be taught to recognise what tools are needed for specific social and commercial challenges and to use those skillsto produce unique, innovative solutions.

Bachelor of Design Computing enrolment guide

The Bachelor of Design Computing is a three-year degree, or four years with honours. The first year introduces the fundamentals of design, programming, and video production. These units form the basic knowledge needed for a broad range of design computing topics in the second year, and the integrated design computing studio in the third year. The electives allow the student to develop additional skills and knowledge in design computing, computer science, architectural design or engineering.

In order to qualify for the degree, candidates must complete the requirements as specified in the resolutions of Senate and faculty for this degree. All students should read the course resolutions and monitor their progress throughout the degree by reference to them. The following points summarise the resolutions but do not replace them.

Summary of requirements

In order to qualify for the award of the pass degree, candidates:

  • must maintain a full-time enrolment (18 credit points or more per semester; a normal full-time load is 24 credit points per semester; the maximum allowed is 30 credit points per semester)
  • must complete successfully 144 credit points in total
  • must complete successfully 84 credit points from the core units of study described in Table B
  • must complete successfully 18 credit points from Technical Electives from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, from units ofstudy prefixed COMP, ELEC, INFO, ISYS and/or MTRX, or from units of study from the University of Sydney Business School prefixed INFS. At least 6 credit points of this must be at 2000 level or higher
  • must complete successfully 18 credit points of Arts Electives from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney Business School (except units of study prefixed INFS or Faculty of Science. At least 6 credit points of this must be at 2000 level or higher
  • must complete successfully a maximum of 24 credit points from elective units of study from those listed in Table B, or with the permission of the unit coordinator concerned, units of study from the faculty's tables of graduate units, provided they have completed at least 96 credit points with a weighted average (WAM) of at least 70.

Honours

In order to qualify for the honours degree, candidates must satisfy the requirements for the pass degree with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70 and in addition successfully complete 48 credit points consisting of a research thesis. In their third year, students are encouraged to enrol in a preparatory unit of study as an elective, such as an Independent Study unit. Honours may only be undertaken on a full-time basis. For more information about honours see the section of this Handbook about undergraduate honours.

Planning your degree

The program has been designed so that the core units should be taken in a certain order and the elective units fitted with them. The enrolment planner shows progression through the core units of study.

Bachelor of Design Computing enrolment planner

Year 1

Unit of study

Credit points

Semester 1

 

 

DECO1012

Design Programming

6

DECO1006

Understanding Design and Cognition

6

DECO1100

Digital Design Studio

12

Semester 2

 

 

DECO1008

3D Modelling

6

DECO1013

Sound Design and Sonification

6

  Electives 12

 

Total for Year 1

48

 

Year 2

Unit of study

Credit points

Semester 1

 

 

DECO2010

Collaborative Virtual Environments

6

INFO2120

Database Systems 1

6

 

Electives

12

Semester 2

 

 

DECO2200

Interaction Design Studio

12

 

Electives

12

 

Total for Year 2

48

 

Year 3

Unit of study

Credit points

Semester 1

 

 

DECO3100

Information Visualisation Design Studio

12

 

Electives

12

Semester 2

 

 

DECO3200

Human-Computer Experience Design Studio

12

 

Electives

12

 

Total for Year 3

48

 

Course resolutions

 

Bachelor of Design Computing

Bachelor of Design Computing (Honours)


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course Resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course and stream title

CH009

Bachelor of Design Computing

CH042

Bachelor of Design Computing (Honours)

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time only.

3 Admission to candidature

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 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.

4 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for this award are set out in Table B.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the pass degree, a candidate must successfully complete 144 credit points, comprising:
(a)
84 credit points of core unit of study
(b)
at least 18 credit points from Technical Electives from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, from units of study prefixed COMP, ELEC, INFO, ISYS and/or MTRX, or from units of study from the University of Sydney Business School prefixed INFS. At least 6 credit points of these must be at 2000 level or higher.
(c)
at least 18 credit points of electives from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney Business School (except units of study prefixed INFS) or Faculty of Science. At least 6 credit points of these must be at 2000 level or higher. This excludes any core units of study.
(d)
a maximum of 24 credit points of Faculty electives from Table B
(e)
a minimum of 72 credit points must be at 2000 level or higher.

5 Requirements for the Honours degree

(1)
Honours is available to meritorious students who complete an additional year of full time study, after the completion of the pass degree.
(2)
Admission, requirements and award of Honours are according to the resolutions of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.

6 Award of the degree

(1)
The Bachelor of Design Computing is awarded in the grades of either Pass or Honours. The honours degree is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Second Class according to the rules specified in the Resolutions of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.
(2)
Candidates for the award of the Honours degree who do not meet the requirements, and who have not already graduated, will be awarded the pass degree. Students who fail or discontinue the honours program may not re-enrol in it, except with the approval of the Dean.

7 Credit for previous study

Credit transfer is subject to the provisions of the Coursework Rule and the Resolutions of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. All candidates for the Bachelor of Design Computing, not withstanding any credit transfer, must complete DECO3100 and DECO3200 and not less than 12 additional core senior credit points of units of study from Table B.

8 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2014 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2014 and who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2014 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that the requirements are completed by 1 January, 2019. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.