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Computer Systems Networking and Information Technology

Computer Systems and Networking, Information Technology

Bachelor Double Degree

BB-CSNBIT

Course
Bachelor of Technology (Computer Systems and Networking), Bachelor of Information Technology
Admission criteria
Minimum ATAR 70
Duration
4 years full-time
Credit
800
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

This double degree addresses the market demand for expertise in the design of distributed computing and sensing environments and the networks that underpin them.

Computer Systems Networking and Information Technology

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You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

This course focuses on computer technology (hardware and software), communications and networking that incorporate Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs), as well as network management and the Internet of Things. 

It covers fundamental programming and security knowledge, network programming and other aspects of distributed computing. You’ll learn Python as a tool for programming and Linux skills – starting with the basics and progressing to advanced topics. 

The course addresses the market demand for expertise in the design of distributed computing and sensing environments and the networks that underpin them. It will prepare you for careers in in-demand, specialist areas of ICT; and for valuable industry certifications such as Cisco and Amazon Web Services. Upon completion, you'll have a sound knowledge of computer systems and the processes involved in software development and maintenance.

If you have a high course-weighted average, you may be eligible to enter the Graduate Diploma in Professional Engineering.

Why study

  • This double degree addresses the market demand for expertise in the design of distributed computing and sensing environments and the networks that underpin them. 
  • You’ll graduate with a sound knowledge of computer systems and the processes involved in software development and maintenance.
  • This course will prepare you for careers in in-demand, specialist areas of ICT.

How this course will make you industry ready

This course will provide you with a sound knowledge of computer systems and processes involved in software development and maintenance. You’ll learn Python as a tool for programming and Linux skills – starting with the basics and progressing to advanced topics and includes preparation for valuable industry certifications such as Cisco and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates meet Engineers Australia’s Stage 1 Competency Standard for Engineering Technologists and can apply for relevant membership. Graduates can also apply for accreditation by the Australian Computer Society.

Career information

Careers

  • Computer programmer
  • Computer security consultant
  • Industrial network engineer
  • IT professional
  • Network and system administrator
  • Software engineer / developer
  • Systems designer
  • Telecommunications manager

Industries

  • Applications and software
  • Defence
  • Cyber security
  • Finance and insurance
  • IT analysis
  • Government and public administration
  • Mining and production operational technology
  • Professional, scientific and technical services

What you'll learn

  • apply the theory of computer systems networking within the engineering design method, whilst remaining cognisant of network operational issues
  • define a problem and apply creative thinking to the formulation of a solution; verify and implement the solution
  • access information, evaluate and organise information relevant to computer systems networking
  • document networking information to meet technical and legal requirements; communicate concepts and technical information to lay and professional personnel in written, oral and electronic forms
  • use appropriate tools to design, analyse and verify computer systems networks and their components
  • recognise that the computer systems networking industry changes rapidly, and maintain currency via a spirit of inquiry and relevant further study
  • apply international standards, practices and conventions appropriate to computer systems networking
  • function effectively within a typical multidisciplinary and multi-cultural engineering design team as a team member, manager or team leader, recognising individual human rights
  • commit to and behave in accordance with the professional and ethical responsibilities of engineers

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    At least Mathematical Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematical Methods ATAR is desireable.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    At least Mathematical Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematical Methods ATAR is desireable.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    At least Mathematical Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematical Methods ATAR is desireable.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

• attained an ATAR of 80 and completed the prerequisites; or

• if you have studied Maths Applications ATAR or equivalent 

  • completed 75 credits within one semester with a semester weighted average (SWA) of at least 70%; or
  • completed 100 credits within one semester with SWA of 65% or higher, 
  •  including any unit/s assessed as comparable to meeting the prerequisites (Maths Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR or equivalent); or

• if you have studied Maths Methods or higher:

  • completed 75 credits within one semester with an SWA of 65%; or
  • completed 100 credits within one semester with an SWA of 60% or higher, 
  • plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to MATH1015 or MATH1016 or higher.

 

The Maths Methods prerequisite can be met with:

• Maths Methods ATAR; or

• MATH1014 Foundations of Calculus or higher unit

 

The Physics ATAR prerequisite can be met with:

• Physics ATAR; or

• PHYS1006 Foundations of Physics or higher unit

 

The Chemistry ATAR prerequisite can be met with:

• Chemistry ATAR; or

• CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry or higher unit

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2021

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $7,500*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2021

Semester 1
  • On Campus
Semester 2
  • On Campus

2022

Semester 1
  • On Campus
Semester 2
  • On Campus

2023

Semester 1
  • On Campus
Semester 2
  • On Campus

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  • Curtin course code: BB-CSNBIT
  • CRICOS code: 102589F
  • Last updated on: January 27, 2021