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Bachelor of Computer Science

Computer scientists design and write programs for computer applications. These applications include computer systems to control machinery, the analysis of stock market trends, games design, visualisation of chemical reactions, neural network design, computational geometry for robot navigation, automatic teller machines and patient monitoring in hospitals.

Computer programming is the science of writing computer software to solve problems. Computer science is the study of algorithmic processes that describe and transform information: theory, analysis, design, efficiency, programming and application.
This degree includes a core of programming subjects as well as electives in database, languages, artificial intelligence, computer security, computer graphics, operating systems, real-time software and software engineering.

A high point of the degree is the third year project where students form teams to develop computer applications. High-achieving students may complete a fourth year Honours degree.

UOW’s Computer Science degree allows you to specialise in software development, distributed systems or digital systems security, as well as study other disciplines including management, visual arts, languages, commerce and mathematics. You can take subjects from another discipline, study a second major or enrol in a double degree.

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge
Approximate UAI: 77
Assumed Knowledge: Any two units of English plus Mathematics.
For entry requirements for students 21 and over or international students, please refer to the relevant prospectus.

Advanced Standing
Information about Approved Credit Transfer Arrangements with domestic providers is available at: www.uow.edu.au/handbook/generalcourserules/UOW028672.html
Information about Approved Credit Transfer Arrangements with international providers is available at: www.uow.edu.au/prospective/international/credit

Professional Recognition
The Bachelor of Computer Science is accredited by the Australian Computer Society as meeting requirements for membership at a "Professional level".

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Computer Science, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 144 credit points by satisfactory completion of:

  1. the following core subjects:
    CSCI102 Systems
    CSCI103 Algorithms & Problem Solving
    CSCI114 Procedural Programming
    CSCI124 Object Programming
    MATH121 Discrete Mathematics
    STAT131 Understanding Variation & Uncertainty
    CSCI203 Algorithms and Data Structures
    CSCI204 The C Family and Unix
    CSCI212 Interacting Systems
    CSCI222 Systems Development
    CSCI321 Project
  2. an additional 24 credit points of 300-level subjects, of which 12 credit points must be CSCI subjects. Note that at least 24 credit points of 300-level subjects, including CSCI321, must be at pass grade or better.
  3. no more than 60 credit points at 100-level.
  4. at least 48 credit points of subjects chosen from the Computer Science Schedule (below) and/or the General Schedule.
  5. no more than 24 credit points (ie 1/6) of subjects at PC grade.

Areas of Major Study

Students enrolled in this degree can major in:

Approved second majors are available in:

All candidates are expected to consult with the School and Faculty advisers before committing themselves completely to any particular pattern, whether outlined above or not.

Computer Science Schedule

Subjects   Credit Points
CSCI102 Systems 6
CSCI103 Algorithms & Problem Solving 6
CSCI114 Procedural Programming 6
CSCI124 Object Programming 6
MATH121 Discrete Mathematics 6
MATH141 Mathematics 1C - Part I 6
MATH142 Mathematics 1C - Part II 6
MATH187 Mathematics 1A - Part 1 6
MATH188 Mathematics 1A - Part 2 6
STAT131 Understanding Variation and Uncertainty 6
CSCI203 Data Structures, Algorithms, Systems 6
CSCI204 The C Family and Unix 6
CSCI205 Development Methods and Tools 6
CSCI212 Interacting Systems 6
CSCI213 Java Programming and the Internet 6
CSCI214 Distributed Systems 6
CSCI235 Databases 6
CSCI236* 3D Modelling & Animation 6
CSCI262 Systems Security 6
IACT201 Information Technology and Citizens' Rights 6
IACT202 The Structure and Organisation of Telecommunications 6
ITCS201 Markup Languages 6
MATH203 Linear Algebra 6
* Please note that this subject runs over both Spring and Summer sessions. Results will not be declared until the end of Summer session, so this subject is not suitable for anyone wishing to graduate in December.
CSCI311 Software Process Management 6
CSCI313 Professional Programming Practices 6
CSCI315 Database Design and Implementation 6
CSCI317 Database Performance Tuning 12
CSCI321 Project 12
CSCI322 Systems Administration 6
CSCI323 Artificial Intelligence 6
CSCI324 Human Computer Interface 6
CSCI325 Software Engineering Formal Methods 6
CSCI333 Compilers 6
CSCI334 Interfacing and Real Time Programming 6
CSCI336 Computer Graphics 6
CSCI337 Organisation of Programming Languages 6
CSCI361 Computer Security 6
CSCI365 CSCI Honours Preliminary Project 6
CSCI368 Network Security 6
CSCI370 Special Topics in Computer Science A 6
CSCI371 Special Topics in Computer Science B 6
CSCI372 Special Topics in Computer Science C 6
CSCI373 Special Topics in Computer Science D 6
CSCI399 Server Technology 6
IACT301 Information and Communication Security Issues 6
IACT302 Corporate Network Planning 6
IACT303 World-Wide Networking 6
IACT304 Principles of eBusiness 6
IACT305 eBusiness Technologies 6
ITCS301 Exploiting Collaborative Technologies 6
CSCI407 Corba and Enterprise Java 6
CSCI408 Distributed Java 6
CSCI425 Topics in Software Engineering 6
CSCI444 Perception and Planning 6
CSCI445 Parallel Computing 6
CSCI446 Multi-Media Studies 6
CSCI450 Software Engineering Requirements & Specifications 6
CSCI457 Advanced Topics in Database Management 6
CSCI463 Advanced Computer Graphics 6
CSCI464 Neural Computing 6
CSCI465 Design and Analysis of Algorithms 6
CSCI466 Coding for Secure Communication 6
CSCI467 Complexity Theory 6
CSCI471 Advanced Computer Security 6
INFO411 Data Mining & Knowledge Discovery 6
INFO412 Mathematics for Cryptography 6
INFO413 Information Theory 6
ITCS429 Concepts and Issues in Healthcare Computing 6
ITCS430 Introduction to Health Informatics 6
ITCS431 Advanced Web Application Development 6
ITCS432 Web Design 6
ITCS436 Detailed Design of Integrated Solutions for eBusiness 6
ITCS450 Patterns for eBusiness 6
ITCS451 Web Services for Dynamic eBusiness 6


Candidates who achieve a credit average or better in the Bachelor of Computer Science or a major in computer science in another degree are eligible to enrol in an additional year of study towards a Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) (BCompSc(Hons)).
To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours), candidates must complete CSCI401. The level of honours awarded at the completion of the course is determined in accordance with University Course Rules.

The program of study for BCompSc(Hons), (ie CSCI401 Computer Science IV Honours) is 48 credit points and will include:

  1. an 18 credit point project;
  2. 30 credit points of 400-/900-level Computer Science subjects;
  3. with the permission of the Head of School, candidates may substitute up to 12 credit points of subjects with 300-level Computer Science subjects or 400-level subjects from another discipline;
  4. attendance at a series of seminars on research methodology in Autumn Session is compulsory (including quantitative and qualitative analysis). Seminars will cover the purpose of research, formulating a research question, conducting a literature review and writing a research proposal. Students will learn how to design an appropriate research plan; requirements for scholarly writing will also be discussed and the process of undertaking a research project will be analysed.

Individual results for subjects attempted will not be released. Instead, the final result for CSCI401 will be calculated from the total results for the project and subjects. Set out below are a sample of subjects which may be taken as part of the BCompSc(Hons):

  • Topics in Software Engineering
  • Perception and Planning
  • Parallel Architectures and Algorithms
  • Multi-Media Studies
  • Advanced Topics in Database Management
  • Advanced Computer Graphics
  • Neural Computing
  • Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • Coding for Secure Communication
  • Complexity Theory
  • Network Security
  • Advanced Computer Security

Joint Honours with Computer Science

CSCI405 – Computer Science Joint Honours comprises one half of CSCI401 and is available to students who wish to undertake a joint honours project. This is particularly suited to students who have undertaken a double major in the BCompSc degree. A thesis topic will be determined in consultation with both academic units.


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