Undergraduate

Bachelor of Computer Science

University of Newcastle

About

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Computer scientists work on challenging programming tasks, developing new software technologies and sophisticated new online systems. Computer science is fundamental to many everyday technologies like mobile phones, learning systems, online shopping, navigation systems, social media, computer games and programmable appliances. The Bachelor of Computer Science produces innovative and resourceful computer scientists who are experts at complex problem solving. They work across fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, computer graphics, digital forensics, bioinformatics, web development, cryptography and data security.

Areas of study: Majors include computer systems and robotics, cyber security, data science, or software development. The program also includes courses in advanced programming techniques, algorithms, artificial intelligence and machine learning, compilers, computer graphics, computer networks, databases and different programming languages, data mining, data security, experimental and theoretical aspects in computer science, fundamentals of software development, human computer interaction, object-oriented technologies, operating systems, software verification, systems, theory of computation and web engineering.

Career opportunities: Data scientist, software architect, computer software program manager, games developer, business intelligence director, application development manager, cyber security adviser or security architect. Computer science is a high-growth industry with a myriad of career opportunities. Jobs exist all over the world in almost every industry, from IT to business manufacturing, defence and many more.

Professional recognition: Accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Practical experience: Our computer science laboratories offer cutting-edge facilities, providing the perfect practical environment to apply your knowledge and test your skills. A Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) course is available in your final year where you complete 100 hours of work placement in an external organisation.

Honours: Available as an additional year (or part-time eqv) to meritorious students.

Fees and charges: Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Advanced (Band 5). Applicants who have achieved less than Band 5 may need additional study and/or assistance to successfully complete the mathematics requirement of the program.

Recommended studies: Mathematics Extension 1 or higher.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Student profile

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Further information

View all details of this course on the University of Newcastle website.

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Honours
Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.

ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2019)

Notes

  1. Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.

Abbreviations

– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria