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Honours Degree of Bachelor of Computer Science

Degree Type Honours Bachelor

Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equiv.


CRICOS 015094K

Honours level study in computer science is available to high performing students in a one-year program of additional study taken after the completion of the Bachelor of Computer Science. The Honours Degree of Bachelor of Computer Science involves both advanced computer science courses and a major research project.

Providing a deeper understanding of your chosen specialisation, Honours demonstrates a commitment to further learning and is suitable preparation for students who wish to proceed to postgraduate studies.

The degree produces highly skilled, adaptable graduates who are able to design computer-based solutions to the problems of information management and processing in industry, commerce, science, entertainment, and the public sector and continue further research.

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    CRICOS 015094K
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Graduate entry only.
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $37,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates are highly regarded by employers and have been successful in a wide variety of areas. Employment opportunities exist in areas of administration, business data processing, computer programming, computer science, engineering design, financial software, games programming, graphics programming, information technology management, Internet commerce, defence, and database and information systems management.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Professional Accreditation

    The Honours Degree of Bachelor of Computer Science is accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

    Potential careers

    Computer Programmer, Computer Scientist, Computer Systems Engineer, Instrumentation Engineer, Internet Commerce Worker, Internet - Web Programmer, IT Manager, Network Engineer, Software Engineer, Systems Analyst, Information and Communications Technologist

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Honours Degree of Bachelor of Computer Science is normally made up of six honours courses and an individually supervised project. The supervised project lasts the whole year and counts for 40% of the assessment.  In special cases, the honours degree may be spread over two years.

    The courses offered in the honours degree vary from year to year, depending on the research interests of the academic staff presenting them.  Examples include:

    • Computer Vision
    • Distributed Databases and Data Mining
    • Language Translators
    • Evolutionary Computation
    • Mobile and Wireless Networks

    Honours courses typically have smaller classes and are less formal than undergraduate courses.  Assessment varies and may include writing reports, assignments, and/or exams.

    Honours projects are conducted under the supervision of a member of the academic staff, sometimes in association with one of the School of Computer Science's research groups.  Project topics are selected by discussion with a supervisor during the first week of the degree.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Year 1 COMP SCI 4015A Computer Science Honours Research Project Part A (6 units)

    COMP SCI 4015B Computer Science Honours Research Project Part B (6 units)

    Computer Science Honours Electives (12 units)
    Elective Choices COMP SCI 4100 Software Architecture - Honours (3 units) ^

    COMP SCI 4105 Adaptive Business Intelligence - Honours (3 units) ^ 

    COMP SCI 4109 Modern Heuristic Methods - Honours (3 units) ^ 

    COMP SCI 4110 Special Topics in Computer Science A - Honours (3 units) ^ 

    COMP SCI 4122 Computer Vision – Honours (3 units)

    COMP SCI 4123 Software Process Improvement - Honours (3 units)

    COMP SCI 4177 Solving Engineering Models – Honours (3 units)

    COMP SCI 4191 Commercialising IT Research – Honours (3 units) ^

    COMP SCI 4192 Mobile & Wireless Systems – Honours (3 units)

    COMP SCI 4194 Distributed Databases & Data Mining – Honours (3 units)

    COMP SCI 4807 Advanced Algorithms – Honours (3 units)

    COMP SCI 4112 Special Topics in Computer Science B - Honours (3 units) ^

    COMP SCI 4141 Language Translators - Honours (3 units) ^

    COMP SCI 4144 Computer System Security - Honours (3 units) ^ 

    COMP SCI 4145 Distributed High Performance Computing - Honours (3 units)^ 

    COMP SCI 4803 Mining Big Data - Honours (3 units) ^

    COMP SCI 4195 Evolutionary Computation - Honours (3 units)

    COMP SCI 4801 Introduction to Statistical Machine Learning - Honours (3 units)

    COMP SCI 4802 Introduction to Geometric Algorithms - Honours (3 units)

    COMP SCI 4806 Secure Programming - Honours (3 units) ^
    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting the availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.

    Please refer to the ECMS website for a study plan to guide your enrolment
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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017


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