- Computing Major (BAdvSci) (Honours)
- Admission criteria
- Guaranteed ATAR 95
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
The Computing major (BAdvSci) (Honours) can provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in the rapidly evolving information and communications technology industry.
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Computer scientists, software engineers, programmers and other computing professionals are experts on how technology works and how computing can address even the most complicated and intricate problems.
This major is part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), a course designed for high performing students to pursue their interest in Science through a core of research, leadership and entrepreneurship. It provides a flexible and personalised approach to studying Computing with students able to explore the field through for-credit immersive research experiences, industry placement and/or interdisciplinary team-based projects. The major culminates in a capstone experience in which students will have the opportunity to pursue Computing projects that may be based anywhere from pure research right through to translational (entrepreneurial) science.
This major can provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in the rapidly evolving information and communications technology industry.
In your first year, you will develop your programming skills and study the fundamental theoretical knowledge of computing. Topics covered will include C++, Java, Linux and object oriented programming.
In your later years you can tailor a specialised set of skills by taking units in the following areas:
You will develop an in-depth knowledge of software design and algorithm analysis, as well as artificial intelligence, computer communications, databases and graphics. Your study will focus on the knowledge required to build operating systems and design new programming languages. As computer science theory and applications are mathematically based, there is a strong emphasis on mathematics.
Cyber Security focuses on the key concepts and challenges in data and resource protection and computer software security. You will examine the high level (cryptography theory, data access policy development and security program management) and low level (computer forensics, network intrusion detection and incident handling) practical aspects of computer security.
You will develop skills in identifying appropriate applications for specific scenarios, with an understanding of cultural and ethical issues related to protecting individual rights.
You will learn the technological and applied aspects of computing, with less emphasis on theory. You will study system programming, software design and engineering, networking (including the internet and the web), artificial intelligence for decision support, and graphics.
Software Engineers are experts in the principles of design, measurement and analysis applied in the context of the development of software-based systems. You will receive a strong foundation in computer science, with further emphasis on software requirements gathering, design, implementation and testing. You will also focus on communication skills, professional responsibility, ethics, interpersonal relationships, teamwork and time management. In your final year, you will undertake an industry-based project.
Students in this course gain extensive exposure to the practical components of computing, including programming in a range of languages. Work-based learning is ensured through the requirement to engage in immersive industry and/or research experience.
The Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) provides opportunities through second and third year to undertake internal and external internships and immersive work experience, sourced by the student, which can be used for course credit.
This major sits within the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
The majors in Curtin’s Advanced Science (Honours) are unique in Western Australia in their combination of discipline focus, capacity to specialise within that discipline or pursue other interests, and research and work experience within the course. You will have a distinctive set of skills and experience that lay the foundation for a career as a scientist able to work across the range of ‘science’ job: from pure research to translational and entrepreneurial science.
How this course will make you industry ready
This course has been designed with industry to ensure that the skills and knowledge are those required for employers in this dynamic field. Students have the opportunity to interact with potential employers though final year projects in which they will work on real-world problems presented by industry.
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.
Graduates are eligible to apply for Professional Level accreditation of the Australian Computer Society. The Cyber Security specialisation meets the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Association for Computer Machinery and the Australian Computer Society standards related to data encryption, computer security protection and management.
Computing (Advanced Science) graduates may find positions in:
- Game design
- IT administration, analysis or support
- Algorithm design
- Software development
- Cyber security
- Web applications development.
What you'll learn
- Demonstrate initiative, leadership and ethical practice when working independently and collaboratively and as a leader of research; recognise and apply IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)/ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)/ACS (Australian Computer Society) standards and best practices in process software design and development.
- Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the nature of science, its methods and processes, and an advanced ability to apply the theoretical foundations of computing to new application areas; place new technological developments in a historical context for a changing and evolving society.
- Evaluate standard algorithms, techniques, and software technologies in a manner that is appropriate for challenging and multi-faceted problems; think critically and creatively to generate innovative and optimum theoretical and practical solutions.
- Access evaluate and synthesise information from a range of computing sources to optimise the process of software design and implementation.
- Communicate the process of software development effectively in written and oral form to informed professional audiences from both technical and non-technical backgrounds.
- Effectively use emerging and existing technologies to address complex problems, recognising their advantages and limitations.
- Sustain intellectual independence and curiosity by updating their knowledge and engaging in continuous training and research.
- Consider computing problems from a global perspective and recognise the inherent global nature of information and communications technology.
- Work collaboratively and respectfully with colleagues from a range of cultural backgrounds and contribute to society using technology in an ethical, legal, and socially responsible manner.
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)|
|Overall band score||7.0|
Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.
|GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three)||14|
|Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6)||90|
|ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE)||95|
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Other requirements and notes for this course
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
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You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
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Fees & charges
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- Last updated on: December 10, 2019