This course information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

U65 Bachelor of Computer Science


The School of Computer and Information Science offers this course designed to prepare students for careers in the fields of computing and software development. The program focuses on the practical and theoretical dimensions of computer science and students select at least one of three major streams of study:

  • Computer Science
  • Games Programming
  • Software Engineering


Students may also select a second major chosen from the above plus:

  • Information Technology
  • Computer Security
  • Internetworking Technologies (CISCO)
  • Network Administration and Design (MCSE)
  • Or a Major selected from outside the School, a Minor study or an Elective program

Standard university admission requirements apply.


Students wishing to complete a Games Programming major must complete a TEE mathematics subject or equivalent.

This course is available on Mt Lawley, and Joondalup Campuses.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following modes of delivery - On-campus, and Online.

On-line: Software Engineering (MACSSE) major only.

The Bachelor of Computer Science degree is a 360 credit point three year full-time award which may be studied in part-time mode.


The degree has three main components:

  1.               a Foundation program of eight units
  2.               a Major program consisting of eight units in a specialised area (listed above)
  3.               a Supplementary program consisting of eight units comprising:   
  • a second Major from the School of Computer and Information Science or from outside the School:  students are recommended to follow this option


  • a Minor area of study, plus electives



  • an Elective program of eight units



Regardless of which pattern students choose, it is required that:

·        Normally no more than twelve of the units (180 credit points) studied should be at first year level

·        Normally four units (60 credit points) should be at third year level


Students must complete the following core units:
CSG1132 Communicating in an IT Environment 15
CSP1150 Programming Principles 15
ENS1161 Computer Fundamentals 15
CSI1241 Systems Analysis 15
CSG1105 Applied Communications 15
CSI1101 Computer Security 15
CSG1206 Operating Systems 15
CSG1207 Systems and Database Design 15

In the second year, students embark on their Major programs.

Major programs consist of eight units (120 credit points) of study taken over two years.

Students may complete one or two Major programs within theSchool of Computer and Information Science. If two majors from within the School of Computer and Information Science are selected, students must choose to complete a project sequence consisting of CSG2207 Project Methods and Professionalism and CSG3303 Project within one major only. Students complete CSG3204 Information Services Management and one elective unit, selected in conjunction with their Course Coordinator, in lieu of the project in their second major.

Where an overlap in the two majors results in fewer than 240 credit points, substitute units must be approved by your Course Coordinator. A minimum of 210 credit points must be directly relevant to the major areas of study

Students who have achieved a course weighted average of 65% at the end of second year (240 credit points) and achieved a Credit grade or better in CSG2207 Project Methods and Professionalism may apply to participate in an industry based full-year project. These students should complete CSG3305 Project 2 in lieu of an elective unit.

Minor and elective programmes must be selected in consultation with your Course Coordinator

Students in this course have the opportunity to seek a Work Integrated Learning placement with and industry partner equivalent to one semester of fulltime study.

Such placements are available to students who have:
• Successfully completed any prerequisite units,
• successfully completed at least two thirds of the requirements towards the degree and,
• have a Weighted average mark (WAM) of 65% or higher across their course, or
• have a WAM of 70% or higher for the two semesters preceding their application.

Students who meet these criteria and who wish to participate in Work Integrated Learning must apply in writing to their Course Coordinator by the end of Week 9 of the Semester PRIOR to the intended placement. Students should seek the advice of the course Coordinator as to appropriateness of pursuing the work placement option within their course structure and also as to their eligibility to be considered.

Selection will be based on academic performance, the application and a formal interview process.

Students considering applying for Work Integrated Learning should note that participation may mean that they cannot complete the requirements for a double major or other potential unit set combinations within their courses.

Successful applicants for work placement must enroll in and complete the requirements for CSI3345 Work Experience Project (for undergraduate students) or CSI5255 Work Experience Project (for postgraduate students). These are 60 credit point units and represent a full semester’s study load. Students are advised NOT to enroll in any additional units while taking either of the Work Experience Project units.

MACSCIComputer Science Major
MACSGPGames Programming Major
MACSSESoftware Engineering Major
MACSCSComputer Security Major
MACSITInformation Technology Major
MACSINInternetworking Technologies Major
MACSNANetwork Administration and Design Major
Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

Last Updated - Higher Education: 30/04/2009 VET: 30/04/2009