COSC400 Honours in Computer Science

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Updated: 14 October 2019
Credit Points 48
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 1 Online
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 1 On Campus
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 2 Online
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 2 On Campus
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 3 Online
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 3 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in BCompSc(Hons)
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COMP400
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Peter Loxley (
Unit Description

The honours year in Computer Science introduces students to subjects of current research. Therefore the preparation of a thesis is a major part of the unit. Two coursework units are completed by an honours student in consultation with his/her supervisor(s) and after discussing the topic with the student. In order to facilitate scheduling, the students intending to do this unit are asked to discuss their proposed subjects with the head of school or unit coordinator.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 25%
Assessment Notes

Coursework Units. Program design includes two coursework units as agreed by his/her supervisor.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 4

Compulsory Assessment 2 75% up to 20,000
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, 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.