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Bachelor of Computer Science

Course code U65

Focuses on the practical and theoretical dimensions of computer science, and prepares students for careers in the fields of computing and software development.

The course emphasises critical thinking and problem solving alongside discipline knowledge and skills, providing students with the opportunity to undertake complex computer science projects both independently and in teams. Students are introduced to concepts including programming, mathematics, networking, databases and security in their foundation year, before specialising in an area of computer science. Advanced topics in computer science, including artificial intelligence and distributed computing, are studied alongside the chosen area of specialisation.

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  • ECU top in teaching quality

    For the fifth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia.

    ECU was also the top-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

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    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

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    ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, showing how the global higher education sector is working towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

U65

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $9,700

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Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

U65

CRICOS code

052112F

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $34,050

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time Online

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1125Professional Science Essentials15
CSP1150Programming Principles15
MAT1252Mathematics for Computing15
CSI1241Systems Analysis15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSG1105Applied Communications15
CSI1101Computer Security15
ENS1161Computer Fundamentals15
CSG1207Systems and Database Design15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSP2348Data Structures15
CSP2104Object-oriented Programming with C++15
Unit from Majorx 230
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSG2341Intelligent Systems15
CSG2344Project Methods and Professionalism15
Unit from Majorx 230
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSI3344Distributed Systems15
CSP3341Programming Languages and Paradigms15
Unit from Majorx 230
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Students not completing Work Integrated Learning enrol in:
CSG3101Applied Project30
Unit from Majorx 2 30
Students completing Work Integrated Learning enrol in:
CSI3345Work Experience Project60

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Majors you can study in this course

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students have the opportunity to seek a Work Integrated Learning placement with an industry partner.

    Attendance requirements

    Students are required to complete a placement which is equivalent to one semester of full-time study. Whilst attendance is negotiated with the WIL host organisation, typically students will be expected to attend 5 days a week for 12 - 13 weeks.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Students, Host and the relevant WIL Coordinator fill in risk management documentation before students commence placement.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad knowledge of concepts, principles and techniques in the discipline of computer science, including computational thinking and the storage, processing and communication of data.
  2. Interpret and analyse complex computer science problems using systems thinking, design thinking and computational thinking.
  3. Apply discipline knowledge, problem solving and creative thinking skills to anticipate challenges and produce solutions to computer science problems.
  4. Demonstrate technological literacy by finding, evaluating and using relevant tools and information from a range of sources.
  5. Communicate computer science knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to technical and non-technical audiences.
  6. Incorporate diverse perspectives, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, and accessibility issues when designing computer-based systems.
  7. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative on complex computer science projects.
  8. Demonstrate autonomous and ongoing learning in the area of computer science to ensure continued relevance of skills and knowledge.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Australian Computer Society (ACS)

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $9,700 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $34,050 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

This course prepares graduates for a range of careers via practical experience in analysing and solving real world problems in computer science and related disciplines, underpinned by strong theoretical concept knowledge. Over the course of the degree students have the opportunity to undertake international study tours, work integrated learning and internships in their chosen field.

Possible future job titles

Computer Programmer, Computer Support Officer, Application Developer, Mobile Application Developer, Systems Analyst, e-Commerce Developer, Software Engineer, Software Designer, Project Manager

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The benefits of doing a work placement while studying

Student stories

  • Mason Crawford

    Computer Science student

    "The benefits of doing a work placement while studying"

    Bachelor of Computer Science student Mason learnt a lot during his Work Integrated Learning placement and was made to feel like he was part of the team right from the start.

  • Matthew Putland

    Matthew Putland

    Bachelor of Information Technology graduate

    "Landing a full-time job before I'd even graduated makes me very proud"

    I learned the practical skills I needed in class and developed them further with the Work Integrated Learning program.

    Before completing the program I had developed a new passion in accessibility and was offered a full-time position as a Digital Accessibility Analyst.

    I owe my knowledge to ECU's lecturers – their passion made their courses interesting and therefore made you want to learn.

  • Joseph Dowden

    Joseph Dowden

    Bachelor of Computer Science (Cyber Security major) graduate

    "I came to realise that ECU had a really good reputation when it came to collaboration with industry."

    During high school while researching courses and universities in my area of interest i.e. Computer Science, I came to realise that ECU offers a great combination of theoretical and applied coursework and had a really good reputation when it came to their collaboration with industry. This led me to enroll for this course. During my final year of study I undertook the WIL (Work Integrated Learning) program and was able to participate in a government placement, an experience that completed my studies perfectly and was the perfect introduction to the industry. It developed my professional persona, introduced me to important connections within the industry and enabled me to practice my technical skills within a professional setting. I began this course with an interest in becoming a software developer, however the course has shaped my interests and I have graduated with a promising future in cyber security.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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