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U65 Bachelor of Computer Science


The School of Computer and Security 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
  • Or a Major selected from outside the School or an Elective program

Standard university admission requirements apply.


Applicants will require for the Games Programming  major:

Satisfactory performance in WACE Mathematics 3A/3B or 3C/3D or Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B or 3C/3D or equivalent.  For students without these qualifications the option is available to study MAT1163 as a condition of entering the Games Programming major.  Always consult the course coordinator first before committing to any enrolments in this area.


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.

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 Security Science or from outside the School:  students are recommended to follow this option



  • an Elective program of eight units



Regardless of which pattern students choose, it is required that no more than twelve of the units (180 credit points) studied are at first 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
CSG1102 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 the School of Computer and Security Science. If two majors from within the School of Computer and Security Science are selected, unless undetaking the Work Integrated Learning Program, students must choose to complete a project sequence consisting of CSG2344 Project Methods and Professionalism and CSG3303 Applied IT Project within one major only. Students complete two electives, at least one of which must be at level 3000, 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 CSG2344 Project Methods and Professionalism may apply to participate in an industry based full-year project under the CEED program. These students should complete CSG3305 Project 2 in lieu of an elective unit.

Elective programmes should be selected in consultation with your Course Coordinator, and students interested in participating in the Work Integrated Learning program (see below) should preserve their electives until late in the course.

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.

Students should initially consult with their Course Coordinator at the commencement of their second year regarding Work Integrated Learning processes, timelines and requirements.

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 no later than the end of their second year of study. Students should seek the advice of their Course Coordinator as to appropriateness of pursuing the Work Integrated Learning 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 (the interview process typically involves an ECU staff member to begin with and the industry host before the placement is finalised).

Successful applicants for Work Integrated Learning must enroll in and complete the requirements for CSI3345 Work Experience Project. This is a 60 credit point unit and represents a full semester's study load. Students are advised NOT to enroll in any additional units while taking the Work Experience Project unit. Students should also note that failure to successfully complete CSI3455 could necessitate completing CSG3303 + 3 remaining units instead, which could add one or two extra semesters to the course duration.

Students undertaking a single or double major will enrol in CSI3345 Work Experience Project in place of CSG3303 Applied IT Project + 3 electives and/or approved unit substitutions. Students should ensure that they have sufficient electives or appropriate units for substitution towards the end of their course to make the Work Integrated Learning placement viable within their course structure.
MAAAGOComputer Science Major
MACSGPGames Programming Major
MAAAGTSoftware Engineering Major
MACSCSComputer Security Major
MAAAGRInformation Technology Major
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2013 VET: 20/05/2013