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Graduate Diploma in Computer Science

Degree Type Graduate Diploma

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

SATAC Code 3GD021

CRICOS 001331F

The Graduate Diploma in Computer Science is designed for students with little experience in computer science and provides a fundamental understanding of how software and hardware can be combined to overcome a range of complex challenges. Graduates will have a demonstrated ability to design and construct large software systems. Employment may be sought within the information technology industry, including careers in scientific, entertainment, networking, software engineering and defence sectors.

JAVA and C + + are the primary programming languages used in this program. 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.

The graduate diploma may be an exit point for students unable to complete the full Master of Computing and Innovation program.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3GD021
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent in a field other than Computer Science.
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies)
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Please note this program is only available part-time in Semester 2.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GD021

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 001331F
    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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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $28,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500


    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

    Graduates may find employment opportunities in academia, commercial and government sectors, defence, entertainment, computer science and information technology industries. 

    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

    Professional Accreditation

    The Graduate Diploma in Computer Science is designed to provide a professional qualification in computing and information technology, and also provides the necessary academic requirements for membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American-based Association for Computing Machinery.

    Potential careers

    Computer Scientist, IT Manager, Researcher, Scientist, Systems Programmer, 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

    The graduate diploma typically consists of 24 units of material selected from the Level 2 and Level 3 courses, or 12 units if the candidate has already completed the graduate certificate. The course Software Engineering and Project is compulsory for graduate diploma students.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Year 1 COMP SCI 7015 Software Engineering & Project (3 units)

    Foundation Electives (9 units)

    General Electives (9 units)

    Foundation, Advanced or General Elective (3 units)

    Foundation Elective
    COMP SCI 7081 Computer Systems (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7202 Foundations of Computer Science (6 units)

    COMP SCI 7084 Introduction to Software Engineering (3 units)^ 

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

    COMP SCI 7204 Advanced Programming Paradigms (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7207 Web & Database Computing (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7088 Systems Programming (3 units)

    General Elective
    COMP SCI 7407 Advanced Algorithms (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7026 Computer Architecture (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7305 Parallel & Distributed Computing

    COMP SCI 7027 Computational Cognitive Science (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7059 Artificial Intelligence (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 7307 Secure Programming (3 units)
    Advanced Elective
    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 7307 Secure Programming (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7044 Computer System Security (3 units)^ 

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

    COMP SCI 7041 Language Translators (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7409 Search Based Software Engineering (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.

    **Unless exempted by the Faculty, all international students are required to undertake a specialist course ELEC ENG 7057 Engineering Communication & Critical Thinking. This course must be completed in the first semester of study and will be presented in lieu of a Foundation elective.

    May undertake this program full time as per the above study plan.

    This program is able to be completed on a part-time basis only, due to a requirement to complete the course COMP SCI 7202 Foundations of Computer Science (6 units) prior to completing any other courses. Please note in this case the completion of this program will extend to 4 semesters.

    ^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


    Assessment includes written assignments, practical work and/or examinations.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017


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