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C09019v5 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology

Award(s): Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology (BSc(Hons))
CRICOS code: 046619G
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Further study at UTS
Other information

Overview

This course provides the opportunity for students to develop research skills, and provides greater breadth and depth in a specific area of information technology.

The honours program in IT prepares students to be active players in the knowledge economy. The course provides the research skills needed to create knowledge, a much harder and more rewarding task than simply using the knowledge created by other people. Students experience the satisfaction of creating links between the world of cutting-edge knowledge and the IT industry.

Course aims

The honours program aims to provide students with:

  • a sound research methodology for the in-depth study of particular topics in information technology
  • the experience of undertaking a research-oriented project
  • a basis for postgraduate research or a career in industrial research and development.

Career options

This course prepares graduates for a leading role in industry-relevant research.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.0 Engineering and IT take place within the larger context of society and the environment, which encompasses social, economic and sustainability needs
A.1 Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs
A.2 Establish priorities and goals
A.3 Identify constraints, uncertainties and risk of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
A.4 Apply principles of sustainability to create viable systems
A.5 Apply systems thinking to understand complex system behaviour, including interactions between components and with other systems (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
B.0 Engineering and IT practice focuses on problem-solving and design where artifacts are conceived, created, used, modified, maintained and retired
B.1 Identify and apply relevant problem-solving methodologies
B.2 Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications
B.3 Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures
B.4 Apply decision-making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability
B.5 Implement and test solutions
B.6 Demonstrate research skills
C.0 Abstraction, modelling, simulation and visualisation inform decision-making and are underpinned by mathematics, as well as basic and discipline sciences
C.1 Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation
C.2 Develop models using appropriate tools such as computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices
C.3 Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations
D.0 Graduates must have capabilities for self-organisation, self-review, personal development and lifelong learning
D.1 Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals (Manage self)
D.2 Reflect on personal and professional experiences to engage in independent development beyond formal education for lifelong learning
E.0 Engineering and IT practice involves the coordination of a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities to arrive at problem and design solutions
E.1 Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose
E.2 Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multilevel, multidisciplinary and multicultural setting
E.3 Identify and apply relevant project management methodologies
F.0 Graduates must possess skills, knowledge and behaviours to operate effectively in culturally diverse workplaces and a changing global environment
F.1 Be able to conduct critical self-review and performance evaluation against appropriate criteria as a primary means of tracking personal development needs and achievements
F.2 Appreciate ethical implications of professional practice
F.3 Understand cross-cultural issues (regions or workplaces)
F.4 Be aware of global perspectives (needs, rules/regulations, and specifications)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree in information technology, equivalent to the UTS Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (C10148), with a minimum weighted average mark of 65. Admission is subject to the approval of the honours program coordinator and is dependent on the availability of appropriate academic supervision within the university.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Local students

Application is made directly to UTS by completing the relevant application forms.

International students

Application is made through UTS International.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who have previously undertaken relevant study at a recognised tertiary education institution may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL) if the subjects completed are deemed by the faculty to be equivalent to subjects in the course. Study completed more than three years prior to the date of admission cannot be recognised. Limits apply to the number of credit points of RPL granted.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a one-year, full-time or two-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

The honours degree consists of research and advanced coursework.

The research component is spread over the entire course. In the first session (full time), students undertake a research methods subject and review the research literature in their chosen area; in the second session (full time), students undertake a formal research project in their chosen area.

Part-time students should undertake the project subjects in the second year of the program.

Any UTS: Information Technology master's-level subject may be taken by an IT honours student, subject to prerequisites and availability. If it aligns with their research, IT honours students may take advanced-level undergraduate electives or electives from other faculties, with the permission of the course coordinator.

Course completion requirements

32931 Technology Research Methods 6cp
31482 Honours Project 12cp
CBK90304 Electives 24cp
32144 Technology Research Preparation 6cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The programs below show a suggested sequence of subjects for a student commencing the course in Autumn session. They are intended as a guide only and do not take into account such factors as recognition of prior learning, changes in attendance mode and subject availability, or satisfactory academic progress. Students should consult the Timetable Planner to confirm the availability of subjects in the current academic year.

full time
Year 1
Autumn session
32144 Technology Research Preparation   6cp
32931 Technology Research Methods   6cp
Select 12 credit points of electives   12cp
Spring session
31482 Honours Project   12cp
Select 12 credit points of electives   12cp
part time
Year 1
Autumn session
32144 Technology Research Preparation   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
32931 Technology Research Methods   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 12 credit points of electives   12cp
Spring session
31482 Honours Project   12cp

Further study at UTS

This course is designed to be a pathway for eligible students into higher degree by research programs in information technology.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887) or +61 2 9514 1222
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