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C09088v1 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSc)
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB(Hons))

Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Notes

This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. Check with your faculty's student centre.


Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Assumed knowledge
Credit recognition
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Levels of award
Honours
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The primary goal of this combined degree is to prepare lawyers with an expert knowledge of IT qualifying them to work as IT professionals in a legal environment.

The law component of this course provides a thorough grounding in Australian legal practice. The information technology component offers a sound education in all aspects of computing and information technology and allows students to gain a specialisation with an IT major.

Honours relates to the law component only and students must successfully complete both of the research subjects: 76090 Research Methodology and 76040 Research Thesis. Strong research skills are valued highly in contemporary professional practice.

The information technology component adopts a practice-based approach to IT education and the course content is a mix of theory and practice. As well as gaining strong technical skills in IT, students gain skills in business analysis, problem solving, teamwork and communication.

Students have the opportunity to engage in deeper study of the law by studying 76090 Research Methodology and undertaking 76040 Research Thesis. This course can be a pathway to higher degree research programs.

Career options

Lawyers with IT skills are in demand. Career opportunities include lawyer or policy adviser in various government departments, in-house legal counsel to an IT or software company, or specialist in areas such as intellectual property, e-commerce and privacy or internet censorship. Alternatively, graduates can work as IT professionals in legal practice, legal publishing or private law firms.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 A coherent understanding of fundamental areas of legal knowledge including: the Australian legal system, international and comparative contexts, theoretical and technical knowledge; the broader contexts within which legal issues arise and the law operates including cultural awareness, social justice and policy; and the principles and values of justice and ethical practices in lawyers' roles.
2.1 A capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards including: an understanding of approaches to ethical decision making and professional responsibility; and an ability to recognise, reflect upon and respond to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts in ways that evidence professional judgment, promote justice and serve the community.
3.1 A capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively, including the ability to: identify and articulate legal issues in context; apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses; engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives; and think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses.
4.1 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.
5.1 Effective and appropriate communication skills including: highly effective use of the English language to convey legal ideas and views to different audiences and environments; an ability to communicate to inform, analyse, report and persuade; an ability to strategically select an appropriate medium and message; an ability to assess how messages are received and alter communication strategies accordingly; an ability to be responsive and adaptive to the perspectives of collaborators, clients, counter parties and others; and an ability to generate a sustained and logical argument.
6.1 The ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies including: an ability to undertake and initiate self-directed work and learning; well developed judgment and responsibility as a legal professional in a broader social context; the ability to support personal and professional development by: reflecting on and assessing their own capabilities, wellbeing and performance; making use of feedback as appropriate; identifying and accessing appropriate resources and assistance; and making use of resources and support in developing resilience; a capacity to adapt to and embrace change and a commitment to ongoing learning.
IT.A.0 Needs, context and systems - Engineering and IT take place within the larger context of society and the environment, which encompasses social, economic and sustainability needs.
IT.A.1 Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs.
IT.A.2 Establish priorities and goals
IT.A.3 Identify constraints, uncertainties and risks of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
IT.A.4 Apply principles of sustainability to create viable systems
IT.A.5 Apply systems thinking to understand complex system behaviour including interactions between components and with other systems (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
IT.B.0 Problem solving and design - Engineering and IT practice focuses on problem-solving and design where artifacts are conceived, created, used, modified, maintained and retired.
IT.B.1 Identify and apply relevant problem solving methodologies
IT.B.2 Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications
IT.B.3 Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures
IT.B.4 Apply decision-making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability
IT.B.5 Implement and test solutions
IT.B.6 Demonstrate research skills
IT.C.0 Abstraction and modelling - Abstraction, modelling, simulation and visualization inform decision-making, and are underpinned by mathematics, as well as basic and discipline sciences.
IT.C.1 Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation
IT.C.2 Develop models using appropriate tools such as computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices
IT.C.3 Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations
IT.D.0 Self-management - Graduates must have capabilities for self-organisation, self-review, personal development and lifelong learning.
IT.D.1 Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals (Manage self)
IT.D.2 Reflect on personal and professional experiences to engage in independent development beyond formal education for lifelong learning
IT.E.0 Communication and coordination - Engineering and IT practice involves the coordination of a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities to arrive at problem and design solutions.
IT.E.1 Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose.
IT.E.2 Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting
IT.E.3 Identify and apply relevant project management methodologies
IT.F.0 Professional practice within global context - Graduates must possess skills, knowledge and behaviours to operate effectively in culturally-diverse workplaces and a changing global environment.
IT.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
IT.F.2 Appreciate ethical implications of professional practice
IT.F.3 Understand cross-cultural issues (regions or workplaces)
IT.F.4 Be aware of global perspectives (needs, rules/regulations, and specifications)

Key

IT = Information Technology course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Assumed knowledge

HSC or equivalent mathematics; and any two units of English.

Mathematics Extension 1 and English Advanced are recommended.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition 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 the session.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is five years of full-time study. The law component requires attendance of 12–15 hours of lectures a week and timetable constraints require attendance at daytime and evening classes. The IT component normally requires around 12 hours attendance of lectures and seminars a week and attendance at some evening classes may be required. The Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice (C20056) includes at least nine months of paid work experience in the IT industry.

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 240 credit points, allowing students to graduate with the separate degrees of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Bachelor of Laws. The study components for course completion are as follows.

The law component of 144 credit points is made up of:

  • 108 credit points of compulsory core law subjects
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option
  • a 30-credit-point law option, which includes either:
    • 18 credit points of law options, a 6-credit-point research methodology subject, a 6-credit-point research thesis subject, or
    • a 6-credit-point technology law, policy and ethics (Capstone 1) subject, a 6-credit-point applied project in law, innovation and technology (Capstone 2) subject, a 6-credit-point research methodology subject, a 6-credit-point research thesis subject, and either: a disruptive technologies and the law subject, or a local internship.

The IT component of 96 credit points is made up of:

  • 48 credit points of core IT subjects, and
  • 48 credit points of subjects for an IT major.

Industrial training/professional practice

To practise as a lawyer in NSW, students need to successfully complete an accredited legal academic qualification (e.g. Bachelor of Laws) and an accredited course of practical legal training (PLT), which UTS offers through its PLT program.

Students enrolled in this course may complete their practical legal training by undertaking a postgraduate course in PLT, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Students also have the option to undertake the Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice (C20056) once they have secured suitable full-time employment in the IT industry. This incorporates a minimum of nine months' full-time paid work experience with four supporting subjects at UTS.

Course completion requirements

STM91052 Law stream (Honours) 144cp
STM90651 Core subjects (Information Technology) 48cp
CBK90781 Major choice (Information Technology) 48cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram



Course program

The standard program shown is for a full-time student with law options.

All options shown are law options and are to be drawn from those on offer in CBK91100.

Students wishing to study the new major MAJ09444 Legal Futures and Technology need to study 76106 Technology Law, Policy and Ethics (Capstone 1) in the Autumn session of their final year and 76107 Applied Project in Law, Innovation and Technology (Capstone 2) in their final Spring session.

All electives shown are IT electives and are to be drawn from those on offer in CBK90781.

Year 1
Autumn session
31265 Communication for IT Professionals   6cp
31268 Web Systems   6cp
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
Spring session
31266 Introduction to Information Systems   6cp
48023 Programming Fundamentals   6cp
31270 Networking Essentials   6cp
70311 Torts   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
31269 Business Requirements Modelling   6cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
70211 Contracts   8cp
Spring session
31271 Database Fundamentals   6cp
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
70327 Commercial Law   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
C10245 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Bachelor of Laws 240cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
70317 Real Property   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
C10245 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Bachelor of Laws 240cp  
Spring session
71116 Remedies   6cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
C10245 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Bachelor of Laws 240cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
C10245 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Bachelor of Laws 240cp  
Spring session
31272 Project Management and the Professional   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91100 Options (Honours) 18cp  
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
C10245 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Bachelor of Laws 240cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
70108 Public International Law   6cp
76090 Research Methodology   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
C10245 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Bachelor of Laws 240cp  
Spring session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
76008 Jurisprudence 6cp  
76033 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
76057 Judgment and the Rule of Law 6cp  
76081 Gender and Law 6cp  
78039 Wickedness and Vice 6cp  
76040 Research Thesis   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91100 Options (Honours) 18cp  

Levels of award

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) may be awarded with first or second class honours, which does not require an additional honours year. Honours candidates must complete 76090 Research Methodology and 76040 Research Thesis within the course. The rules concerning the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) can be found in undergraduate course information.

Honours

Students interested in research and who excel in their IT studies are eligible to undertake one additional full-time year of study in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology (C09019). The honours year is also available on a part-time basis over two years.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (C10148) may also be awarded with a distinction, credit or pass.

Professional recognition

This course satisfies the requirements for admission to the Supreme Court of NSW as a lawyer, provided students complete a practical legal training program, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

The IT component qualifies for professional-level membership of the Australian Computer Society.

Other information

Further information on the law component or the IT component for current students is available from:

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

Further information for future students on the IT component is available from:

Engineering and Information Technology Outreach Office
telephone +61 2 9514 2666
email it@uts.edu.au