Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours

Why study the Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours at UNE?

This program is designed to allow well-qualified graduates to extend their studies in a chosen area of Computer Science or Information Technology, either to improve their career prospects or to proceed to higher degree studies.

Honours is an intensive program which combines coursework and a thesis and enables students to research a topic they are passionate about. It also provides the opportunity for the development of an original research project. Students are able to conduct empirical or theoretical research under the guidance of a supervisor who is a specialist in the chosen field.

Completion of the Honours year provides students with an avenue to postgraduate study or into a career as a professional researcher or academic. Honours graduates are able to demonstrate that they can work with minimal supervision and apply their Computing Science/Information Technology skills to a range of areas.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours are well qualified for research careers in universities and research organisations and have a broad and flexible educational preparation for a range of professional careers in public and private enterprises. Examples include technical positions in e-business, internet and networking specialists, specialised financial computer programs, software solution designers, and careers in economic modelling, artificial intelligence, game programming and electronic product design.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 Year Full-time
2 Years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2018 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation BCompSc(Hons)
Course Type Bachelor Honours
CRICOS Code 006334G
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • 2 Years Part-time
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 48
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of New England or an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline*; and

(b) have achieved a GPA of 5 in at least 18 credit points at 300-level in Computer Science.

(c) Normally, candidature for the degree shall commence at the beginning of either Trimester 1 or Trimester 2 of the year following that in which the candidate qualifies in terms of Rule (b).

*Relevant disciplines include:

Computer Science

Information Technology

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Advanced standing shall not be awarded for the thesis component.

Scholarships

The University offers a number of scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Colours

Powder Blue (BCC 193)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours in 2018.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of New England or an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline*; and
(b) have achieved a GPA of 5 in at least 18 credit points at 300-level in Computer Science.
(c) Normally, candidature for the degree shall commence at the beginning of either Trimester 1 or Trimester 2 of the year following that in which the candidate qualifies in terms of Rule (b).

*Relevant disciplines include:

Computer Science
Information Technology

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Advanced standing shall not be awarded for the thesis component.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to two years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points at 400-level, including advanced course work, research methodology and a thesis.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 48 cps
Total 48 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours.

Classes of Honours

There shall be three classes of honours, namely Class I, Class II and Class III. Class II shall have two divisions, namely Division 1 and Division 2.
An exceptionally distinguished candidate who has been awarded First Class Honours may be awarded a University Medal.

Calculation of Honours Result

The ratio of assessment component will equal the ratio of marks within the final grade. The calculation of results can be found in the Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours Handbook.

Submission of Thesis

Submission of the thesis will be 39 weeks from the commencement of the trimester for which a candidate is enrolled.

Examination of Thesis

1. The thesis will be assessed by at least two examiners neither of whom will be the candidate's supervisor.
2. The thesis examination processes are described in the Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours Handbook.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Bachelor of Computing Science with Honours offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced study and research in a range of areas relevant to computing science and information technology. The course provides a capstone to an undergraduate degree, prepares students for postgraduate study and establishes a sound basis for a successful future career.

The course aims to encourage students to:

(i) extend their intellectual range in their chosen area of study;

(ii) develop their research abilities;

(iii) improve their analytical and communication techniques;

(iv) develop the ability to think clearly and evaluate evidence and arguments;

(v) develop personal and professional skills required to work independently and collaboratively; and

(vi) develop an ethical and professional work practice.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills to identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs, establish priorities and the goals, constraints and uncertainties of the system (social, cultural, environmental, business etc), using systems thinking, while recognising ethical implications of professional practice;
  2. apply advanced problem-solving, design and decision-making methodologies to develop components, systems and/or processes to complex problems to meet specified requirements, including creative approaches to synthesise alternative solutions, concepts and procedures, while demonstrating advanced information skills and research methods;
  3. demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills to apply abstraction, mathematics and discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation, using appropriate computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices, ensuring model applicability, accuracy and limitations;
  4. communicate and coordinate proficiently by listening, speaking, reading and writing advanced English for professional practice, working as an effective member or leader of diverse teams, using tools and practices of formal project management;
  5. manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal and team goals, with regular review of personal performance as a primary means of managing continuing professional development; and
  6. demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods to conduct a research investigation by critically analysing a challenging complex or multi-faceted problem, identifying research questions, designing and planning a project, selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools to address a research question, and analysing, interpreting and critically evaluating research findings.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will have an in-depth knowledge of computing science and information technology. They will be able to articulate on aspects of the place and importance of computing science and information technology in both the local and wider community.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to communicate results, information or arguments to audiences ranging from experts in computing science and information technology to those with no computing science or information technology background, using a range of techniques and communication media.

Problem Solving

Students will need to locate, evaluate and apply information from a variety of sources throughout their degree. Students will be taught how to evaluate and interpret information in a useful manner and will be assessed on their ability to deconstruct relevant literature and to integrate theoretical and critical approaches into their work.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to access information from a range of sources and will be able to synthesise and evaluate that information using a range of technologies.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Students will be taught about their social responsibility and ethical conduct throughout the course. An emphasis is placed on their professional responsibilities, as a researcher, to provide balanced and accurate research and data. In addition, students will be taught that they have a social responsibility to question and challenge some 'facts'.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will be able to take personal responsibility for life-long learning by demonstrating a capacity for self-directed learning.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will have an awareness of the need to function effectively both independently and as members or leaders of multidisciplinary teams.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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