Course Information

Bachelor of Computer Science

Effective from 01-JAN-2019 : Code U65

The Bachelor of Computer Science focuses on the practical and theoretical dimensions of computing and is designed to prepare students for careers in the fields of computer science and software engineering. 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 will complete a foundation year, introducing concepts including programming, operating systems, networking, databases and security 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.

Disclaimer

This course information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

Work Experience Option

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.

Prerequisites

Students are required to have successfully completed any pre-requisite units, and have completed at least two thirds of the requirements towards the course. Students are also required to have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 per cent or higher across the course, or have a WAM of 70 per cent or higher for the two semesters preceding their application.

Application process

Students should consult the Course Coordinator at the commencement of their second year regarding the Work Integrated Learning processes, timelines and requirements, and to discuss the appropriateness of pursuing the Work Integrated Learning option within their course structure, as well as their eligibility to be considered. Students who meet the prerequisites are to apply in writing to the Course Coordinator no later than the end of their second year of study. Selection will be based on academic performance, the application and a formal interview process. The interview process typically involves an ECU staff member initially, and the industry host before the placement is finalised.

Enrolment process

Approved applicants for Work Integrated Learning must enrol in and complete the requirements for the Work Experience Project unit. This unit represents a full semester study load. Students are advised not to enrol in any additional units while undertaking this unit.

Implications of failing

Failure to successfully complete the Work Experience Project unit could necessitate completing an additional four units. This could add one or two extra semesters to the course duration.

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. Apply discipline knowledge, problem solving and creative thinking skills to anticipate challenges and produce solutions to computer science problems.
  3. Appreciate the role of diversity and a global outlook when designing computer-based systems.
  4. Communicate computer science knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to technical and non-technical audiences.
  5. Demonstrate autonomous and ongoing learning in the area of computer science to ensure continued relevance of skills and knowledge.
  6. Demonstrate technological literacy by finding, evaluating and using relevant tools and information from a range of sources.
  7. Interpret and analyse complex computer science problems using systems thinking, design thinking and computational thinking.
  8. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative on complex computer science projects.

Professional Recognition

This course has been Accredited by: Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Admission requirements

Admission requirement (Band 3)

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 Student Intake Test; or
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.

English Language requirement (Band 3)

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 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 Student Intake Test;
  • 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.

Course Duration

  • Full Time: 3 Years
  • Part Time: 6 Years

Course Delivery

Joondalup Mount Lawley South West (Bunbury) Online
Full Time, Part Time Full Time, Part Time

Course Co-ordinator

Dr Gregory BAATARD

Course Structure

Students are required to complete a Core unit set plus an 8-unit Major:

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1125 *Professional Science Essentials15
CSP1150Programming Principles15
ENS1161Computer Fundamentals15
CSI1241Systems Analysis15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSG1105Applied Communications15
CSI1101Computer Security15
CSG1102Operating Systems15
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
CSG2344 *Project 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:
CSG3303 *Applied IT Project15
CSG3305Applied IT Project 215
Unit from Majorx 2 Elective Unit from selected Major30
Students completing Work Integrated Learning enrol in:
CSI3345Work Experience Project60

* Students will be assessed to see if they have achieved the ECU minimum standard of English language proficiency in this unit. Students who don't meet the minimum standard will be provided with appropriate English language support and development.

Unit sets that can be studied as part of this course


Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

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Course Information

Bachelor of Computer Science

Effective from 01-JUL-2019 : Code U65

The Bachelor of Computer Science focuses on the practical and theoretical dimensions of computing and is designed to prepare students for careers in the fields of computer science and software engineering. 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 will complete a foundation year, introducing concepts including programming, mathematics, networking, databases and security 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.

Disclaimer

This course information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

Work Experience Option

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

Duty of care

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

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.

Prerequisites

Students are required to have successfully completed any pre-requisite units, and have completed at least two thirds of the requirements towards the course. Students are also required to have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 per cent or higher across the course, or have a WAM of 70 per cent or higher for the two semesters preceding their application.

Application process

Students should consult the Course Coordinator at the commencement of their second year regarding the Work Integrated Learning processes, timelines and requirements, and to discuss the appropriateness of pursuing the Work Integrated Learning option within their course structure, as well as their eligibility to be considered. Students who meet the prerequisites are to apply in writing to the Course Coordinator no later than the end of their second year of study. Selection will be based on academic performance, the application and a formal interview process. The interview process typically involves an ECU staff member initially, and the industry host before the placement is finalised.

Enrolment process

Approved applicants for Work Integrated Learning must enrol in and complete the requirements for the Work Experience Project unit. This unit represents a full semester study load. Students are advised not to enrol in any additional units while undertaking this unit.

Implications of failing

Failure to successfully complete CSI3345 Work Experience Project will necessitate completing CSG3101 and 30 credit points of electives, which could add one or more semesters to a student's course duration.

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

Professional Recognition

This course has been Accredited by: Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Admission requirements

Admission requirement (Band 3)

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 Student Intake Test; or
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.

English Language requirement (Band 3)

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 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 Student Intake Test;
  • 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.

Course Duration

  • Full Time: 3 Years
  • Part Time: 6 Years

Course Delivery

Joondalup Mount Lawley South West (Bunbury) Online
Full Time, Part Time Full Time, Part Time

Course Co-ordinator

Dr Gregory BAATARD

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1125 *Professional 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
CSG2344 *Project 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

* Students will be assessed to see if they have achieved the ECU minimum standard of English language proficiency in this unit. Students who don't meet the minimum standard will be provided with appropriate English language support and development.

Unit sets that can be studied as part of this course


Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

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