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C10245v3 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Bachelor of Laws

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

UAC code: 609020 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 064382G
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

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

Overview

A combined qualification in IT and law can prepare students to leverage technology for professional gain. This combined degree emphasises practice-based IT skills that can be integrated into a legal career or comprehensive legal skills that can prepare students for the competitive world of IT.

Students study the fundamentals of law (such as ethics, criminal, tort, contracts and constitutional law, among others) and IT (including programming, networking, information and web systems) plus a range of specialist electives that reflect their professional interests. The Legal Futures and Technology major can also build additional technical expertise.

By completing the law component of this combined degree, students meet the academic requirements for admission to practise law in NSW. As well as gaining discipline-specific skills, students also build capabilities in critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration that can serve them well in a wide range of workplace environments.

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

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 visualisation 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 multilevel, multidisciplinary and multicultural 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)
LAW.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
LAW.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
LAW.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 among alternatives; and think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses
LAW.4.1 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues
LAW.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
LAW.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, by making use of feedback as appropriate, by identifying and accessing appropriate resources and assistance, and by making use of resources and support in developing resilience; a capacity to adapt to and embrace change and a commitment to ongoing learning

Key

LAW = Law course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)
IT = Information Technology 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.

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

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

Mathematics Extension 1 and English Advanced are recommended.

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) in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology component 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

The course duration is five years of full-time study. The law component requires attendance of 10–15 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
  • 30 credit points of law options, including either:
    • 30 credit points of law options, or
    • 30 credit points of legal futures and technology options
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option.

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.

For a current listing of subjects in each course refer to the study package directory.

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

STM90691 Law stream 144cp
STM90651 Core subjects (Information Technology) 48cp
CBK90781 Major choice (Information Technology) 48cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10245

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 CBK90922.

Students wishing to study the new major MAJ09443 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
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
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70327 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law   6cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
70108 Public International Law   6cp
Select 12 credit points of electives   12cp
Year 4
Autumn session
70317 Real Property   8cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
31272 Project Management and the Professional   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 12 credit points of electives   12cp
Year 5
Autumn session
71116 Remedies   6cp
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
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  
76902 Law and Literature 6cp  
76012 Criminology 6cp  
76092 Advanced Property 6cp  
76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law 6cp  
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
Select 24 credit points of options   24cp

Levels of award

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

Honours

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

Students who meet these criteria for honours are eligible for transfer into the appropriate undergraduate honours exit course on completion of all coursework. This transfer is managed by the Haymarket Student Centre and occurs just prior to graduation.

Students who undertake the Legal Futures and Technology major and who meet the criteria for honours can choose to undertake honours as part of their degree.

Students interested in research and who excel in their IT studies are eligible to undertake one additional full-time year of honours 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.

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 (PLT) program, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Graduates are eligible to apply 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