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Graduate Certificate in Computer Science

Degree Type Graduate Certificate

Duration 6 months full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3GC017

CRICOS 036302M

The Graduate Certificate in Computer Science is designed for students with little experience in computer science, and provides a basic understanding of how software and hardware can be combined to overcome a range of complex challenges. Graduates can seek employment within the information technology industry, including careers in scientific, entertainment, networking, software engineering and defence sectors.

The Graduate Certificate may be an exit point for students unable to complete the full Master of Computing and Innovation or Graduate Diploma in Computer Science program.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3GC017
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelors degree in a field other than Computer Science.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GC017

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 036302M
    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 Bachelor degree from a field other than Computer Science or equivalent.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $14,000 for 6 months

    International applicants

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    Tuition fee International student place: $19,250 for 6 months


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

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    While the graduate certificate alone may not be a sufficient qualification for a career specifically focused on information technology, it will provide a solid grounding in the application of information technology in other disciplines and industry.

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

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Internet Commerce Worker, Internet - Web Programmer, Software Engineer, Computer Programmer, Systems Support, Database Coordinator, Multimedia / Web Designer, IT Manager, Researcher, Scientist, Systems Programmer, Information and Communications Technologist, Computer Scientist

  • 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
    This is a 12 unit program. Students may elect to start in semester 1 or 2.

    Students unfamiliar with object oriented programming and a basic knowledge of computer organisation should enrol in Foundations of Computer Science and Algorithm and Data Structure Analysis in their first semester of study.

    Please note: SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies is assumed knowledge.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Year 1 Elective (12 units)
    COMP SCI 7202 Foundations of Computer Science (6 units)

    COMP SCI 7201 Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7081 Computer Systems (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7207 Web & Database Computing (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7204 Advanced Programming Paradigms (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7088 Systems Programming (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7407 Advanced Algorithms (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7015 Software Engineering & Project (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7026 Computer Architecture (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7305 Parallel and Distributed Computing (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7039 Computer Networks & Applications (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7059 Artificial Intelligence (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7064 Operating Systems (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7076 Distributed Systems (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7089 Event Driven Computing (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7090 Computer Graphics (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7027 Computational Cognitive Science (3 units) ^
    COMP SCI 7000 Software Architecture (3 units)^ 

    COMP SCI 7005 Adaptive Business Intelligence (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7007 Specialised Programming (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7009 Modern Heuristic Methods (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7010 Special Topics in Computer Science A (3 units)^ 

    COMP SCI 7012 Special Topics in Computer Science B (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7022 Computer Vision (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7023 Software Process Improvement (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7409 Search Based Software Engineering (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7041 Language Translators (3 units)^ 

    COMP SCI 7044 Computer System Security (3 units)^ 

    COMP SCI 7045 Distributed High Performance Computing (3 units)^
    COMP SCI 7054 High Integrity Software Engineering (3 units) ^ 

    COMP SCI 7077 Solving Engineering Models (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7091 Commercialising IT Research (3 units) ^

    COMP SCI 7092 Mobile & Wireless Systems (3 units)*

    COMP SCI 7093 Evolutionary Computation (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7094 Distributed Databases & Data Mining (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7401 Introduction to Statistical Machine Learning (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7402 Introduction to Geometric Algorithms (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7306 Mining Big Data (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7307 Secure Programming (3 units)
    *Before enrolling into electives, students are advised to seek course advice from an academic in the School of Computer Science to ensure pre-requisites for level IV electives are met.

    ^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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