School of Information Technologies


Computers and technology permeate all aspects of business and social life. They are central to solving many of the big challenges facing society and are capable of affecting the lives of millions of people worldwide in a positive way. Professionals and researchers in these areas find innovative solutions, build scalable infrastructure, develop new products, manage data, improve efficiencies and facilitate communication. With a computational perspective on problem solving, designing systems and understanding human behaviour, they can apply these ideas and techniques to a number of disciplines including business, engineering, natural and social sciences and the humanities.

Our degree programs in computer science and technology prepare you to operate as a professional at the cutting edge of information technology. With a combination of teaching and practical experience, you will be able to create, manage or administer applications, websites and systems for new and established organisations across any industry or, depending on your level of study, move into management roles.

At the undergraduate level, the School of Information Technologies offers the following programs.

Degrees


The School of IT offers the following three degrees:

  • The Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (BCST). Its normal duration is three years (144 Credit Points).
  • The BCST (Advanced). The advanced option is for those with substantial programming experience. Its normal duration is three years (144 Credit Points).
  • The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT). Its normal duration is four years (192 Credit Points).


In addition, the school offers the following combined degrees:

  • Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts (BIT/BA) (240 Credit Points).
  • Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Commerce (BIT/BCom) (240 Credit Points).
  • Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Law (BIT/LLB) (288 Credit Points).
  • Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Medical Science (BIT/BMedSc) (240 Credit Points).
  • Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Science (BIT/BSc) (240 Credit Points).

Streams


The School of IT offers these streams in the degrees listed above:

  • The Computer Science stream concentrates on the fundamental aspects of computing and information processing.
  • The Information Systems stream focuses on the application of software design and development to the business domain.


Students enrolled in 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:

  1. 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 degree (normal duration 1 year), and upon successful completion they will be awarded a BCST(Honours).
  2. 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 degree (normal duration 1 year), and upon successful completion they will be awarded a BCST(Adv)(Honours).
  3. In their fourth year (after completing 144 credit points and the requirements of the first three years of study) 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 an 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.

Minors


The School of IT offers a minor in IT. A 'minor' is defined as at least 18 credit points from SIT coded units (COMP, INFO, ISYS), at the Intermediate level (second year) 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 complete the requirements for an IT minor, upon application.

An application form is available at sydney.edu.au/engineering/it/future_students/undergrad/minor.