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Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research and Development) (Honours)

A single four year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

BACR&DH
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Information Technology
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Information Technology

If you want to find out what drives (and how to work for) companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple or Facebook, you are looking at the right degree.

This is a unique, interdisciplinary education package that will prepare you to be a future leader of the information and communications technology revolution.

You will not only learn advanced computing techniques and have the opportunity to complete a unique major, but also develop exceptional professional skills in areas of entrepreneurship and management.

You’ll work alongside distinguished researchers at ANU and NICTA (National ICT Australia), and pursue research projects in your own area of interest.

While some of our students are flying unmanned aerial vehicles 15,000 kilometres away, others are busy writing algorithms to mine through Petabytes of data. If mastering challenging projects is your thing, the ANU Bachelor of Advanced Computing can launch you into a spectacular career.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.http://students.anu.edu.au/applications/

Employment Opportunities

Innovative solutions come to those working in R&D. Graduates can choose to work in ICT R&D in the public or private sector, and in academia.

They can work across a range of industries in a variety of roles. Examples include:

  • Data Mining Specialist
  • Big Data Analyst
  • Human-Computer Interaction Specialist,
  • Software Developer
  • Embedded systems developer
  • Network Architect
  • Systems Analyst
  • Computer Engineer
  • Advanced Software Solutions Engineer
  • Software Architect

Our graduates work in many organisations including:

  • IBM
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Yahoo
  • Intel
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • Accenture Australia
  • Bloomberg
  • National Australia Bank
  • Citigroup
  • Deloitte
  • Unisys
  • Australian Government (Australian Taxation Office, Reserve Bank of Australia, Department of Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy, etc.)

Further Information

The Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research & Development) is four year program that will be accredited by the Australian Computing Society. It is specifically designed for exceptional students who have an interest in undertaking research and development in either industry or an academic environment. The program combines a strong foundation in computer science and mathematics, a specialty advanced computing curricula unique to the ANU, and a project based, research intensive course of study, also unique to the ANU. It provides ample scope for the student to pursue research in individual areas of interest, working with researchers of international distinction in the areas of computer science, engineering and mathematics.

A graduate of the program will have a solid grounding in the fundamentals of computing and relevant mathematics, expertise in the software development process, a a familiarity with business aspects of the ICT industry including product innovation and development, technical knowledge in a selection of contemporary and advanced ICT topics, and a solid experience in research methods in the ICT area.

A graduate of the program will have the skills, knowledge and capability to go onto advanced research programs in Computer Science and related areas, and have the potential to become innovators and leaders in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) discipline.


Admission Requirements

An ATAR of 99 and recommended double major in Specialist Mathematics or a major/minor in Specialist Mathematics will be acceptable.

ATAR:
99
QLD Band:
1
International Baccalaureate:
42

Prerequisites

ACT: Specialist Mathematics (major/minor).

NSW: HSC Mathematics Extension 1.

Bonus Points

Bonus points to do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.  They do not apply to this program.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$33,168.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research and Development) (Honours) requires completion of 192 units, of which:

A maximum of 48 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 192 units must include:

72 units from completion of compulsory courses from the following list:

COMP1130 Introduction to Advanced Computing I

COMP1140 Introduction to Advanced Computing II

COMP2100 Software Construction

COMP2130 Software Design and Analysis

COMP2300 Introduction to Computer Systems

COMP2310 Concurrent and Distributed Systems

COMP2600 Formal Methods in Software Engineering

COMP3120 Managing Software Development

COMP3600 Algorithms

COMP3630 Theory of Computation

MATH1115 Mathematics and Applications 1 Honours

MATH1116 Mathematics and Applications 2 Honours

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

COMP3530 Systems Engineering for Software Engineers

VCUG3001 Unravelling Complexity

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

MGMT3027 Entrepreneurship and Innovation

VCUG2002 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World

ENGN3230 Engineering Innovation

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

STAT1003 Statistical Techniques

STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods

48 units from completion of the Research and Development major

18 units from completion of further 3000- and 4000- courses from the subject area COMP Computer Science

36 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Students must achieve a minimum 80% weighted average mark across all compulsory courses undertaken in each period (Summer/First Semester/Autumn) and (Winter/Second Semester/Spring) in order to continue in the Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research and Development) (Honours). Students who do not achieve a minimum of 80% weighted average mark will be transferred to the Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours) single degree.

To qualify for the degree the Honours component must be completed with first class honours. Students who do not achieved this grade will graduate with the Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours).

Honours

Graduation from the Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research & Development) (Honours) program will require award at 1st class honours level: H1 80 - 100%.

Majors

Specialisations

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP1130 Introduction to Programming and Algorithms (Advanced) 6 units COMP2300 Introduction to Computer Systems 6 units MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1 6 units STAT1003 Statistical Techniques 6 units
COMP1140 Introduction to Software Systems (Advanced) 6 units COMP2600 Formal Methods in Software Engineering 6 units MATH1116 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 2 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units COMP2100 Software Construction 6 units COMP2550 Advanced Computing R&D Methods 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
COMP2130 Software Analysis and Design 6 units COMP2310 Concurrent and Distributed Systems 6 units COMP2560 Studies in Advanced Computing R&D 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units COMP3120 Managing Software Development 6 units COMP3530 Systems Engineering for Software Engineers 6 units COMP3550 Advanced Computing R&D Project 6 units Elective Course 6 units
COMP3550 Advanced Computing R&D Project 6 units COMP3600 Algorithms 6 units MGMT3027 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 4 48 units COMP3630 Theory of Computation 6 units COMP4550 Advanced Computing Research Project 12 units COMP4550 Advanced Computing Research Project 12 units COMP Course 3000/4000 6 units
COMP4550 Advanced Computing Research Project 12 units COMP4550 Advanced Computing Research Project 12 units COMP Course 3000/4000 6 units COMP Course 3000/4000 6 units

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As a high-achieving student in the Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research & Development) (Honours)  (BAC(R&D)) degree you have chosen a unique degree. You will study to become an innovator and a future leader of the ICT revolution by undertaking research with some of the world's leading researchers.  You will undertake an accelarated mode of learning, develop a strong foundation in core computer science and be provided with the tools to develop the next generation of computing applications.

The BAC can be taken as a single degree which inlcudes a number of core and compulsory courses. The single degree also offers 48 units (eight courses) of electives that can be taken from additional computing courses (enabling you to complete a Computing major, minor, or specialisation), or from other university courses.

The BAC(R&D) can also be taken as a part of many double degrees. You may not be able to complete a major in a computing discipline but a minor might be possible. You will be able to specialise in other areas as part of the ‘other half’ of your double degree.

Single degree

  • This degree requires 192 units (each course is typically 6 units)
  • Typically you will study four courses per semester (total of 24 units)
  • You will complete a Research and Development major (48 units)
  • 36 units of electives (six courses). These courses may be used to study another computing major (48 units) or specialisation (24 units), or may be taken from other areas of the university.

Double degree

  • This degree requires 144 units (each course is typically 6 units)
  • Typically you will study four courses per semester (total of 24 units)
  • You will complete a Research and Development major (48 units)
  • There are no university electives in the double degree
  • You can find your double degree with BAC(R&D) from Program and Courses


About this degree

  • Typically you will study 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 courses across your whole degree.
  • The degree comprises compulsory requirements, additional computing electives, research and development projects, internship and electives in the single degree.
  • There are no electives in the double degree but you still may be able to study a computing specialisation (24 units).
  • In your first year in the double degree, MATH1115 and MATH1116 must be taken as part of the other half of your degree unless otherwise specified.

Enrolment Status

While it is possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international study you must always be full-time.

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

  • IF YOU ARE COMMENCING IN JULY YOU SHOULD SEND AN EMAIL TO <studentadmin.cecs@anu.edu.au> FOR ADVICE ABOUT YOUR ENROLMENT OR YOU SHOULD ATTEND AN ENROLMENT ADVICE SESSION AT THE UNIVERSITY IN THE WEEK BEFORE SEMESTER COMMENCES.

  • As the BAC(R&D) is an advanced degree, you will study both first and second year courses in your first year. First year courses are typically '1000-level' courses ie start with '1' while second year courses typically start with '2'. 
  • Students doing double degrees with business degrees do STAT1008 in place of STAT1003 and take an additional Computing elective.
  • You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester
  • You can't study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year
  • You may take 1000-level courses later in your program. But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your BAC(R&D) half of the double degree.



Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

The Research & Development major is a compulsory requirement of both the single and double degrees.  You may be able to study a computing major (48 units) or minor/specialisation (24 units) in the single degree. The ATTACHED DOCUMENT has  more information about first year courses that are suitable for the majors.

It is not possible to complete a computing major (apart from the R&D major)  in a double degree but a specilisation is possible. You do not need to make decisions about minors/specialisations until later in your degree.

Electives

If you are in the single degree, you will have just one university elective to choose. This is in your second semester.

To find 1000-level courses, use the CATALOGUE SEARCH

Suggested electives in your first year can be found in the pdf document that is an attachment in the above section about Majors and Minors.

Some popular choices for electives include:  INFS1001, COMP1720, COMP2400. You can use the catalogue search function to find descriptions of these.



Study Options

Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research & Development) (Honours)

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP1130 Introduction to Programming and Algorithms (Advanced) 6 units COMP2300 Introduction to Computer Systems 6 units MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1 6 units STAT1003 Statistical Techniques 6 units
COMP1140 Introduction to Software Systems (Advanced) 6 units COMP2600 Formal Methods in Software Engineering 6 units MATH1116 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 2 6 units Elective course 6 units

Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research & Development) (Honours)

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP1130 Introduction to Programming and Algorithms (Advanced) 6 units COMP2300 Introduction to Computer Systems 6 units MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1 6 units Other Degree course
COMP1140 Introduction to Software Systems (Advanced) 6 units COMP2600 Formal Methods in Software Engineering 6 units MATH1116 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 2 6 units Other Degree course

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