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C10239v1 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSc)
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BA)

UAC code: 609230 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 059726G
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
External articulation
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Levels of award
Transfer between UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information


This course integrates a professional degree in information technology with a major in another country or culture and its language, enhancing professional training and career options.

The information technology component provides a sound education in all aspects of computing and information technology for a career in the profession.

The international studies component offers an in-depth understanding of another culture through academic and experiential learning.

Students must choose one IT major in business information systems management, enterprise systems development, internetworking and applications, or computer and data analytics.

Students also choose a country major for their language and culture studies.

The course adopts a practice-based approach to IT education and the course content is designed with 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. Employers look for graduates with industry experience and, in this course, students are exposed to real IT problems.

The international studies component of this course means that graduates have the added advantage of being well prepared to work in a diverse range of IT careers and companies overseas.

Course aims

The course aims to produce graduates who are able to apply, in the context of any organisation, the knowledge and skills required of:

  • information systems professionals in business units who integrate packaged systems rather than develop systems from first principles
  • information technology professionals who develop systems from first principles
  • network specialists who build, maintain and administer complex network systems, or
  • computing specialists for technical research careers.

The course also aims to:

  • provide sufficient language skills to live and work in another culture, and
  • encourage understanding and appreciation of, and sensitivity towards, diverse cultural perspectives, practices, needs and values, in international and local contexts.

Career options

Depending on the major selected, career options include business analyst, network engineer, network specialist, software developer, software engineer or web developer. Graduates of this course are in high demand with technology companies and industries that use IT such as banking, construction, energy, finance, government, manufacturing, retail and transport. Options are enhanced by international experience, making students more marketable to prospective employers, including multinational companies.

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)
INT.1.1 Graduates will have the capacity to operate appropriately in intercultural professional contexts
INT.1.2 Graduates will demonstrate the application of international knowledge as adaptable, flexible and resourceful practitioners
INT.1.3 Graduates will have a broad and coherent understanding of the historical, political, cultural, social and economic situations in other countries
INT.2.1 Graduates will be able to creatively design and conduct independent, engaged and ethical research in and about other cultural contexts and societies
INT.2.2 Graduates will possess critical problem-solving and research-led analytical skills in international and intercultural change
INT.3.1 Graduates will be able to personally reflect upon the relationship between diverse cultures in Australia while confidently engaging successfully with cultures overseas, particularly in this region
INT.4.1 Graduates will have the capacity to reflect upon and contextualise Indigenous peoples' experiences and circumstances to professional and social situations as and when appropriate
INT.5.1 As informed and engaged international citizens, graduates will demonstrate cosmopolitan openness, with an awareness of, and commitment to, ethical practices
INT.6.1 Graduates will possess a high-level of oral and written communication skills in English and, where relevant, a developed level of oral and written communication skills in at least one language other than English


INT = International Studies course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

Students are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific major, although every effort is made to meet students' preferences.

Current school leavers are advised to complete the Year 12 Engineering and IT Questionnaire. The questionnaire allows applicants to demonstrate their strong motivation to study engineering or IT at UTS and may assist applicants whose ATAR falls short of the required cut-off by up to three points.

Non-current school leavers are advised to complete the employment question on their UAC application as adjustment factors may be applied on the basis of relevant work experience.

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.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics and any two units of English.

HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and English (Advanced) are recommended.

There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program. Entry level to the various language and culture programs depends on students' prior knowledge of the relevant language.

External articulation

Students who gain entry through the UTS INSEARCH pathway are eligible for 48 credit points of credit recognition.

Students who have completed a relevant diploma at TAFE NSW may be eligible for at least 24 credit points of credit recognition. Details are available from the Building 10 Student Centre.

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 a challenge test for each subject. A challenge test is granted at the time of enrolment 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. Challenge tests are conducted in the week before the commencement of the teaching session.

Course duration and attendance

The course is of five years' duration. Students spend two sessions of study at a university or other higher education institution in the country of their major. Students may undertake an extra year with the Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice (C20056).

Course structure

Students are required to complete 240 credit points, comprising 96 credit points in information technology, 96 credit points in international studies and 48 credit points of electives. The 48 credit points of electives can be a combination of a second IT major, or two sub-majors, or one sub-major and four electives, or eight electives. The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies requires undergraduates to study a region or country major over a minimum of three years.

Overseas study

Students spend their fourth year of study at a university overseas.

Industrial training/professional practice

Industrial training is available as an additional year and students enrol into the Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice (C20056) once they have secured suitable full-time employment. This incorporates a minimum of nine months full-time work experience with four supporting subjects at UTS. After completing Year 4 (in-country study), students have the option to undertake the Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice.

Course completion requirements

CBK90005 Country major choice 96cp
CBK90781 Major choice (Information Technology) 48cp
CBK90782 Major/Two sub-majors/Electives 48cp
STM90651 Core subjects (Information Technology) 48cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10239

Course program

An example program is shown below for a student choosing the Germany major for the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Other countries may be chosen from the list of majors in CBK90005; the program has the same structure but with subjects specific to the chosen country major.

A list of the IT majors and IT sub-majors available to students in this course are shown in CBK90782. All students are required to complete one IT major from CBK90781.

In the program shown below, in sessions that include electives, students may choose a second major, two sub-majors (IT or other faculty), one sub-major and four electives, or eight electives.

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

Year 1
Autumn session
31265 Communication for IT Professionals   6cp
31266 Introduction to Information Systems   6cp
48023 Programming Fundamentals   6cp
31268 Web Systems   6cp
Spring session
31269 Business Requirements Modelling   6cp
31270 Networking Essentials   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
31271 Database Fundamentals   6cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
Select 12 credit points of options   12cp
Year 3
Autumn session
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
Select 12 credit points of options   12cp
Spring session
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
31272 Project Management and the Professional   6cp
Select 18 credit points of electives   18cp
Spring session
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 18 credit points of electives   18cp

Levels of award

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology may be awarded with distinction, credit or pass.


Students interested in research and who excel in their 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.

Transfer between UTS courses

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (C10148) or Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice (C10345) may transfer to this course after completing the first year (full-time equivalent) of their current course, subject to achieving a minimum weighted average mark of 65.

Students in this combined degree may transfer to the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice (C10345). International students may transfer to the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (C10148).

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for professional-level membership of the Australian Computer Society.

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