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Computing

Undergraduate Major

MJRU-COMPU

Major
Computing Major (BSc Science)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Credit
600

Outline

Match your computer career aspirations, with options in computer science, cyber security, IT and software engineering.

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This information is relevant for students commencing study in 2019. If you plan to commence study in 2020, please view the planned offerings, Bachelor of Computing and Bachelor of Information Technology.

Computer scientists, software engineers and other computing professionals are experts on how computing can address intricate problems.

This major will prepare you for a successful career in the information and communications technology industry.

In your first year, you will study the fundamental theoretical knowledge of computing and develop your C++, Java, Linux and object-oriented programming skills. In your second year, you will choose a stream to study. In your final year you will undertake an industry-based project.

You can specialise in one of the following streams:

Computer Science

You will gain in-depth knowledge of software design, algorithm analysis, 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 is mathematically based, there is a strong emphasis on mathematics.

Cyber Security

You will focus on the key concepts and challenges in data protection and computer software security.

You will examine the high- and low-level practical aspects of computer security. High-level aspects include cryptography theory, data access policy development and security program management, while low-level aspects include computer forensics, network intrusion detection and incident handling.

You will develop skills in identifying appropriate applications for specific scenarios, as well as an understanding of cultural and ethical issues related to protecting individual rights.

Information Technology

You will learn the technological and applied aspects of computing, with less emphasis on theory.

You will study system programming, software design, software engineering, networking, cyber security basics and graphics.

Software Engineering

You will learn how to design, measure and analyse software-based systems. You will receive a strong foundation in computer science, with an emphasis on software requirements gathering, design, implementation and testing. You will also continue to develop your communication, teamwork and time management skills.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

How to apply

This major sits within the Bachelor of Science degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Science. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.

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Why study

  • Common first year for all BSc (Computing) students gives greater flexibility and choice.
  • Successful mentoring program for first year students increases pass rates.
  • Excellent pathways into industry or research after graduation. 

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 are eligible to apply for accreditation from the Australian Computer Society.

The Cyber Security stream meets data and security standards set by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic EngineersAssociation for Computing Machinery and Australian Computer Society.

Career information

Careers

  • Computer programmer
  • IT professional
  • Software engineer/developer

Industries

  • Applications development
  • Cyber security
  • Game design and development
  • IT analysis
  • Software development

What you'll learn

  • apply the theoretical foundations of computing to new application areas, with the ability to place new technological developments in an historical context for a changing and evolving society
  • evaluate standard algorithms, techniques, and software technologies in a manner that is appropriate for a given problem and think critically and creatively to generate innovative and optimum theoretical and practical solutions
  • identify, evaluate and synthesise information from a range of computing sources to optimise the process of software design and implementation
  • document software development activities and artefacts and communicate them in written and oral form to both technical and non-technical audiences, and communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the audience and purpose
  • effectively use new and existing technologies, recognising their advantages and limitations
  • sustain intellectual curiosity by updating their knowledge, engage in continuous training and research, and take control of their own learning and development
  • 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
  • contribute to society using technology in an ethical, legal, and socially responsible manner
  • demonstrate initiative, leadership and ethical practice when working independently and collaboratively

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 recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the achievement of the required ATAR within the last two years. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

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

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.
  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

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

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

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.

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

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.
  • STAT entry : Not accepted.
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

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.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of Higher English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma

    AND

    • satisfied the prerequisite.

    The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

    • Maths Applications ATAR; or
    • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
    • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.
  • STAT entry : Not accepted.
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

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 may include 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 may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.

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 met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • the prerequisite.

The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Applications ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
  • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • Maths Applications ATAR or unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Applications ATAR.

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.

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:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-COMPU
  • Last updated on: June 29, 2022