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C09019v4 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
Assumed knowledge
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
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 behavior 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 specification
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 solution
B.6 Demonstrate research skills
C.0 Abstraction, modelling, simulation and visualization 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 multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting
E.3 Identify and apply relevant project management mothodologies
F.0 Graduates must possess skills, knowledge and behaviours to operate effectively in culturally-diverse workplaces and a chnaging global environment.
F.1 Be able to conduct critical self-review and performance evaluation agiainst 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 weighted average mark of 65 or greater. 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: 6.0 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 500-549 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 60-78 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 50-57; or CAE: 169-175.

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.

Assumed knowledge

Most students come from an undergraduate program in IT at UTS, so they are familiar with the three basic topic areas in IT: software engineering, data communications and project management.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who have previously undertaken study at a university or other recognised tertiary education institutions may be eligible for some academic recognition of prior learning (subject to the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology's approval).

The prior study must have been completed before commencement of this course, but no earlier than three years before commencement. Students must be able to demonstrate that their knowledge is current.

Recognition of prior learning is not normally granted in this course for study completed at a private college except where UTS has an external articulation agreement with the college.

There are no exemptions granted for the networking subjects 31270, 31277 and 31283 without the successful completion of the challenge test for each of the these subjects. A challenge test is granted at enrolment time to students who have completed the CCNA curriculum (or CCNP) at a university and/or TAFE diploma level where the awarding institution is a CISCO Networking Academy. These challenge tests are always held in the week before the commencement of session.

Course duration and attendance

The honours program is offered over one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.

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 example program below is for a student commencing in Autumn session and undertaking the course full time.

Note: Subjects listed as electives are only offered in a particular session (or year) if there is sufficient demand and the necessary resources.

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

Other information

Students enrolled in UTS: Information Technology degrees (undergraduate and postgraduate coursework) are advised to direct all their course-related inquiries to:

Building 10 Student Centre
Building 10, level 2, foyer (Jones St entrance)
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887) or +61 2 9514 1222
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