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Computer Systems Major


Computer systems engineering is the synergistic combination of electronic engineering and computer science.

Computer systems engineers have a wide knowledge of digital and analog electronic systems and a detailed understanding of computer architecture, software design and hardware-software interfacing. They are involved in all aspects of computing, from the development of individual microprocessors, to the design of personal, mainframe or supercomputer systems, as well as digital and mixed signal circuit design, real-time and embedded system implementation, and software engineering. Areas covered include the fundamental physical sciences, computer architecture, digital electronics, data communications, interfacing, real-time and embedded systems, robotics, and software development.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

Professional Recognition



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS2456Digital Electronics15
CSI2312Foundations of Software Engineering15
ENS2457Analog Electronics15
ENS2257Microprocessor Systems15
ENS3553Signals and Systems15
ENS3554Data Communications and Computer Networks15
ENS2344Computer Architecture15
ENS3555Communication Systems 115
ENS3551Electrical Networks15
CSG2341Intelligent Systems15
ENS5204Real-Time Embedded Systems15
ENS5251Digital Signal Processing15
ENS5442Robotics 115
ENS5240Industrial Control15
Elective Unitx 115

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

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and in depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the computer systems engineering discipline.
  2. Think critically, and apply established engineering methods and research skills to complex computer systems engineering problem solving.
  3. Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes to conduct and manage computer systems engineering projects, with some intellectual independence.
  4. Demonstrate conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the computer systems engineering discipline and fluently apply engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  5. Demonstrate clear and coherent oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  6. Demonstrate a global outlook and knowledge of contextual factors impacting the computer systems engineering discipline, including respect for cultural diversity and indigenous cultural competence.
  7. Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership (EA 3.6) to implement engineering projects according to relevant standards of ethical conduct, sustainable practice and professional accountability.
  8. Demonstrate responsibility for own learning, professional judgement and an understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

Employment opportunities include the development and design of microcomputer systems, computer networks, complex real-time systems, high performance processors, multimedia systems, and control and automation.

Possible future job titles

Computer Systems Engineer, Embedded Systems Engineer, Electronic Engineer

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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