La Trobe University

Bachelor of Computer Science

Overview

ATAR*
Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
Duration
3 years full-time or equivalent part time.
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

Behind every simple task - like charging your iPhone or using an elevator - is a complex set of processes and systems. Our Bachelor of Computer Science teaches you how to uncover and understand these hidden processes.

You'll explore the fundamentals of computer science, including key mathematical areas like discrete mathematics, calculus and linear algebra. You'll also establish expertise in programming languages such as C++ and Java, and develop an in-depth understanding of software analysis and design, databases, artificial intelligence, computer architecture, networks and multimedia systems.

This degree can lead to a number of specialised careers including developing IT solutions as a systems analyst, interpreting technical designs as a developer programmer, or writing code as a multimedia and games developer. You'll have the option to obtain an industry-standard CISCO certification, and if you achieve strong results in first year, you may also be eligible for a scholarship.

Depending on your existing qualifications and experience - whether from TAFE, another La Trobe campus or another university - you may be able to transfer credits towards this degree.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.

Subject bonus

A study score of 25 in any Information Technology, Maths: Specialist Mathematics or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

By mastering and applying computer science skills, you could play a key role in improving and simplifying people's lives by making daily - and often laborious - tasks more efficient. This degree can lead to a number of specialised careers including developing IT solutions as a systems analyst, interpreting technical designs as a developer programmer, or writing code as a multimedia and games developer.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Computer Science is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Graduates of the Bachelor of Computer Science may apply for membership with the ACS. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

How to apply for an undergraduate degree.

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Additional information

Students without the appropriate computer science background may be required to commence three weeks early to undertake accelerated first-year computer science subjects. A CISCO certification training program is available for students who pass the network engineering subjects in their undergraduate studies. For more information, contact the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at the beginning of first semester.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: