University of Technology Sydney

C09019v6 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.1 Historically and Culturally Informed about Indigenous Knowledge Systems: FEIT graduates are culturally and historically well informed, able to co-design projects as respectful professionals when working in and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
B.1 Socially Responsible: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology graduates understand stakeholder needs and demonstrate social, ethical, and cultural awareness when researching and creating innovative solutions for diverse audiences.
C.1 Design Oriented: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology graduates apply advanced understanding in the areas of critical thinking, problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to develop research solutions to complex problems.
D.1 Technically Proficient: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology graduates apply abstraction, mathematics or discipline fundamentals, software tools and up-to-date techniques to critically evaluate, design and implement solutions.
E.1 Collaborative and Communicative: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology graduates work as an effective member of a research team or a leader of work teams, communicating effectively and operating within cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural contexts.
F.1 Reflective: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology graduates critically self-review their professional performance, in collaboration with researchers, to improve themselves, their teams and workplace. They take responsibility and accountability for their own life long learning.

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

42670 Research Foundations 6cp
32931 Technology Research Methods 6cp
31482 Honours Project 12cp
CBK90304 Electives 24cp
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
42670 Research Foundations   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
42670 Research Foundations   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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