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UAC code482620 - Newcastle
LocationNewcastle
Duration5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 12 years maximum.5 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
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English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 088927C
Program Code40088
Selection Rank
85.00
94.95 (Median SR)
Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Currently enrolled, continuing students looking for the previous version of this program should refer back to the: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Computer) / Bachelor of Computer Science (pre 2017)

For additional information about this degree you can refer to the pages for the corresponding single degrees:
Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours), and Bachelor of Computer Science

Program handbook

Description

Computer scientists work on challenging programming tasks, develop new software technologies and new ways to use computers. The field spans complex problem solving, artificial intelligence, robotics, computer graphics, digital forensics, bioinformatics, web development and data security. Computer science is fundamental to many everyday technologies like mobile phones, learning systems, online shopping, navigation systems, social media, computer games and programmable appliances.

Computer systems engineers are experts in software development, electronic hardware design and networking. They design, build and test computer hardware and interface hardware to other equipment and networks. They also write the software with which the end user interacts.

The Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) program covers the theoretical and practical knowledge required to create a computing system from inception. It enables students to innovate a computer system as part of an existing engineering system such as a controller of industrial plant or equipment. The degree focusses on underlying principles and techniques so that graduates are able to learn and apply new technologies as they emerge in the future.

This combined degree program enables students to gain expertise in both areas, with a special emphasis on the elements where these disciplines interact.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Program Learning Outcomes as per those for the single degree programs

Details

Information correct as at21 Sep 2021 3:37 pm
Program code40088
AQF level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 5 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Callaghan Campus85.0094.95

Find out more about Selection Ranks

Assumed knowledgeHSC Mathematics (Band 5 or above) or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage (Physics or Chemistry preferred).
Recommended studiesHSC Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage (Physics or Chemistry preferred).
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code088927C

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process, adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.

International student visa holder applicants are advised that they are able to enrol in this program for commencement in Semester 1 only (there will be no mid-year intake).

The UAC code for this program is 482620.

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Your degree includes either compulsory or optional courses in maths. To maximise your likelihood of academic success, it is recommended that you select the course which matches your existing knowledge and understanding of maths concepts.

Answer a few questions now to find out what mathematics you should enrol in.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Compulsory program requirements

Requirements for qualification of this award include completion of at least 12 weeks of industrial experience of a nature acceptable to the College Board. Students are encouraged to obtain and to report on a substantial block of this experience at one time, but several shorter periods, of not less than 2 weeks duration, will be accepted. Further information on industrial experience is available here.


Professional recognition

Australian Computer Society

This program is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply for ACS membership.

Engineers Australia

This program is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply for ACS membership.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

400 units

Program duration

5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 12 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

For all combined programs and in accordance with the Program Management Procedure Manual - Coursework, the core and minimum requirements for each single degree component must be met in each combined program. This has been done economically, exploiting overlaps where possible, so that accreditation of either program is not compromised.

The Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Computer Science is a five year program, students are required to complete 400 units, which is comprised of:

  • 350 units of core courses;
  • 20 units of Computer Systems Engineering directed courses*;
  • 20 units of Computer Science major compulsory courses; and
  • 10 units of Computer Science directed courses.

*Please note: 

  • Core Course SENG3400 Network and Distributed Computing has been replaced by 10 units of Computer Systems Engineering directed courses. If you have already completed SENG3400, then you need not complete this 10 units of directed courses.
  • Core Course ELEC3850 Electrical Engineering Design and Practice has been replaced by 10 units of Computer Systems Engineering directed courses. If you have already completed ELEC3850 then you need not complete this 10 units of directed courses.

Students may only undertake a major in Computer Science and Robotics within this combined program (as part of the Bachelor of Computer Science).

'Step out' Information

The program has a duration of 5 years full time (or part-time equivalent). It is possible for a student to 'step out' with a single degree award only and not complete the combined program they are enrolled in. In order to do this, a student would be required to complete all the single degree requirements for their preferred degree and may be required to complete any omitted courses that are not included in the combined degree.

A student wishing to 'step out' with a single degree from this combined program should contact their Program Convenor or Academic Program Advisor (ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au) for further information.

Additional Information: 

  • Students wishing to undertake this program on a part-time basis are advised to contact the Program Convenor or Academic Program Advisor (ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au) for advice on optimum selection of courses for part-time enrolment.
  • Please note that if you undertake courses that are not in your approved program, you will be liable for additional fees for those courses.

Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Additional documents


Transition arrangements

Students should also note that from 2019 onwards, the Software Development major and Data Science major will no longer be available to new commencing students. Students who began their studies in 2017 or 2018 in either of these majors will still be able to complete these majors. The requirements for the majors will still be available in the program plans and the Transition Arrangements available in the "Additional documents" section. If you require additional advice regarding your enrolment, please contact your Academic Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au. 


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to meet the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
COMP1010Computing Fundamentals
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (UNCIE)
10 units
COMP1140Database and Information Management
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (UNCIE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
ELEC1310Introduction to Electrical Engineering
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (UNCIE)
10 units
ELEC1710Digital and Computer Electronics 1
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (UNCIE)
10 units
ENGG1003Introduction to Procedural Programming
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (UNCIE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
10 units
ENGG1500Introduction to Professional Engineering
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (UNCIE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1110Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 1
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (UNCIE)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (UNCIE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (BCA Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1120Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 2
  • Summer 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (UNCIE)
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1510Discrete Mathematics
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS1220Advanced Physics II
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
10 units
SENG1050Web Technologies
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (UNCIE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
SENG1110Object Oriented Programming
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (UNCIE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG1120Data Structures
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP2230Algorithms
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP2240Operating Systems
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP2270Theory of Computation
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC2320Electrical and Electronic Circuits
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
10 units
ELEC2430Circuits and Signals
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC2720Introduction to Embedded Computing
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG2500Sustainable Engineering Practice
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (UNCIE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (BCA Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG2130Systems Analysis and Design
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
SENG2250System and Network Security
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG2260Human-Computer Interaction
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT2110Engineering Statistics
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
10 units
COMP3500Security Attacks: Analysis and Mitigation Strategies
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3240Analog Electronics
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3500Telecommunication Networks
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3540Analog and Digital Communications
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3730Digital and Computer Electronics 2
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG3500Managing Engineering Projects
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
10 units
ELEC4720Programmable Logic Design
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4840AFinal Year Engineering Project Part A
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4840BFinal Year Engineering Project Part B
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
20 units
ENGG4500Engineering Complexity
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units

Computer Systems Engineering Directed Course

Choose 20 units from the following directed courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
SENG2200Programming Languages and Paradigms
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP3260Data Security
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP3330Machine Intelligence
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP3340Data Mining
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP3600Security Standards and Practices in Industry
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3400Signal Processing
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
10 units
ELEC4210Electronics Design
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4740Internet of Things
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units

Computer Systems and Robotics Major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
COMP3290Compiler Design
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP3330Machine Intelligence
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
SENG2200Programming Languages and Paradigms
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP3260Data Security
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP3320Computer Graphics
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP3350Advanced Database
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
10 units
ELEC3400Signal Processing
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
10 units
SENG3320Software Verification and Validation
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4210Electronics Design
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units

Honours

The Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) component of this combined degree program uses the WAM as a measure for determining Honours. Please refer to the Bachelor Honours Policy for further detailed information.

A Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) is available as an additional year to meritorious students. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Academic Program Advisor (ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au). 


Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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