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Bachelor of Information Technology

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

BIT
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Information Technology
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Information Technology

Look around, Information Technology (IT) is everywhere - your TV, laptop, gaming system, mobile phone, watch, music, movies, kitchen, car, bank and your next gig tickets. It is changing the way we live, learn, work and even socialise.

 

If you are interested in driving this exciting revolution, within a truly globalised and fast changing industry, then the ANU Bachelor of Information Technology is for you.

 

You will get a strong grounding in computing fundamentals to tackle the progressive nature of IT. With IT being an intrinsic part of all industries, knowledge of software development and information systems is highly sought after by the best employers.

 

This degree can also be taken as a flexible double with almost any other degree at ANU.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

All large and small organisations, both public and private, need people to work on their IT systems, or want staff with other professional training who have advanced IT skills.

IT students typically work as programmers, network administrators/managers, systems or business analysts, and web designers/developers. Rewarding career opportunities in technology and management are available to students with this degree plus 3 - 5 years work experience.

The career options for combined degree students are wide and varied with IT skills adding a real competitive advantage.

All students who complete the BInfTech degree are eligible for professional membership of the Australian Computer Society provided they complete a major in Information Systems or Software Development.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion, students will be able to:

1. Analyse well defined problems, and design, implement and evaluate solutions that demonstrate an understanding of the systems context in which software is developed and operated including economic, social, historical, sustainability and ethical aspects.

2. Recognise connections and recurring themes, including abstraction and complexity, across the discipline.

3. Adapt to new environments and technologies, and to innovate.

4. Demonstrate an operational understanding of the foundations of computer science including programming, algorithms, logic, architectures and data structures.

5. Communicate complex concepts effectively with diverse audiences using a range of modalities.

6. Work effectively within a team in order to achieve a common goal.

7. Demonstrate commitment to professional conduct and development that recognises the social, legal and ethical implications of their work, to work independently, and self- and peer-assess performance.

Further Information

The B Information Technology program allows students to approach information technology from either a technical, constructive angle, starting with courses in programming, or from a conceptual, critical or information and organisational management angle. It widens the approach to computing to include the creative and conceptual touch, starting by applying scripting to the application area of new media (video and audio), rather than from learning traditional general purpose programming languages applied to algorithms. The technically oriented student can major in Software Development; whereas the more conceptually oriented student can major in Information Systems.

Students should follow the COMP1030/COMP1040/COMP2140 pathway instead of the COMP1100/COMP1110 pathway if they are undertaking the Information Systems Major, Information Intensive Computing Major or the Human Centric Computing Major.

The Software Development major aims to develop the conceptual and practical skills for software development and the technology of computer systems; the Information Systems major focuses on developing an understanding of organisations, the management of computer systems applications in them, and the accompanying systems analysis and design.

All of the majors are founded on an introduction to the principles of programming, a broad perspective on the computing discipline and profession, and an introduction to the functional structure of computers. They also require a grounding in mathematics and theoretical computer science, which is a means of developing the ability to work with abstractions, a fundamental requirement for understanding and applying ideas in computing.



It should be noted that students commencing this degree in Semester 2 (July) without credit/status for previous post secondary studies, may be unable to complete the Software Development major within 3 years. Students will be able to complete the Information Systems major, or complete the degree without a major.

For students seeking to complete some self-study to improve their Maths prior to attempting MATH1005, Susanna Epp's Discrete Mathematics with Applications textbook (3rd or 4th edition) is recommended, given its style, level and coverage of similiar content. It has also been recommended that for students who have completed a lower level of Mathematics at highschool or through vocational studies review 2x2 matrix arithmetic in preparation for MATH1005.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

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The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on an ATAR equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
28

Prerequisites

ACT: Maths Methods major
NSW:Mathematics
SA/NT: Mathematics 1 (single)
TAS: Mathematics Stage 2
QLD: Maths B or Maths C
VIC: Mathematical Methods 3/4 or Specialist Mathematics
WA: Applicable Mathematics or Calculus
IB: Mathematics (SL) or Mathematics (HL)

Bonus Points

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded. Academic bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Visit the ANU Bonus Points website for futher information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$42,960.00

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 Information Technology requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

30 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

COMP1600 Foundations of Computing

COMP2100 Software Design Methodologies

COMP2300 Computer Organisation and Program Execution

COMP2420 Introduction to Data Management, Analysis and Security

MATH1005 Discrete Mathematical Models

 

6 units from completion of course from the following list:

COMP1100 Programming as Problem Solving

COMP1130 Programming as Problem Solving (Advanced)

 

6 units from completion of course from the following list:

COMP1110 Structured Programming

COMP1140 Structured Programming (Advanced)

 

24 units from completion of a 3000- and 4000-level courses from the following subject areas:

COMP Computer Science

INFS Information Systems, only if completing the Information Systems major

 

A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 24 units from completion of further courses from the following subject areas:

COMP Computer Science

INFS Information Systems, only if completing the Information Systems major

 

A maximum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

MATH1013 Mathematics and Applications 1

MATH1014 Mathematics and Applications 2

MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1

MATH1116 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 2

MATH2301 Games, Graphs and Machines

STAT1003 Statistical Techniques

STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods

 

A maximum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ENGN1211 Discovering Engineering

VCUG2002 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World

VCUG2004 Creating Impact

VCUG3001 Unravelling Complexity

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Honours

The BInfTech program with honours requires an additional year of study after the pass degree of Bachelor of Information Technology. Admission is by invitation based on performance in the best 48 units of 2000- and 3000- level Information Technology and Mathematics courses and generally requires an average performance at better than Credit level. The honours program includes advanced coursework and a major individual project worth 50% of the year. Honours grades are awarded on the result of the whole year's work. For more details refer to http://cs.anu.edu.au/honours/

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Information Technology Honours program requires the completion of 48 units from the completion of INFT4005.

Degree Structure

Year 1

48 units

Semester 1

Coursework

12 units

Research Project

12 units

Semester 2

Coursework

12 units

Research Project

12 units

A single Honours grade and mark is awarded of either first class honours (H1); second class honours, division A (H2A); or second class honours, division B (H2B) on the result of the whole year's work. This is the only grade and mark which appears on your academic transcript.

H1 - 80 - 100%

H2A - 70 - 79%

H2B - 60 - 69%

Majors

Minors

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 COMP1100 Programming as Problem Solving 6 units OR COMP1130; MATH1005 Discrete Mathematical Models 6 units Elective course 6 units Elective course 6 units
COMP1110 Structured Programming 6 units OR COMP1140; COMP1600 Foundations of Computing 6 units Elective course 6 units Elective course 6 units
Year 2 48 units COMP2100 Software Design Methodologies 6 units COMP2300 Computer Organisation and Program Execution 6 units COMP2420 Introduction to Data Management, Analysis and Security 6 units Elective course 6 units
Computing elective 6 units Computing elective 6 units Computing elective 6 units Elective course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Computing elective 6 units Computing Course 3000/4000 level 6 units Computing Course 3000/4000 level 6 units Elective course 6 units
Computing Course 3000/4000 level 6 units Computing Course 3000/4000 level 6 units Computing Course 3000/4000 level 6 units Elective course 6 units

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The ANU Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) program is accredited by the Australian Computer Society. The three year degree prepares graduates to enter the computing industry work force as novice practitioners to develop software or to apply computing in human organisations. The BIT can also be taken as a part of many double degrees.

Single 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 can study a computing major (48 units) or minor (24 units)
  • You have 48 units (eight courses) of electives that can be taken from Computer Science or from any other area of the university.

Double degree

  • This degree requires 96 units (each course is typically 6 units) from the BIT rules
  • Typically you will study four courses per semester (total of 24 units)
  • You can study a major (48 units) or a minor (24 units).
  • There are no university electives in the double degree.
  • You can choose your double degree with BIT from Programs 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 is made up of compulsory requirements  (seven courses) and an additional suite of computing requirements  (nine courses) 
  • You can choose to study a computing major or minor – note that completing a major
  • In the single degree program you will have 48 units (eight courses) of electives.  You may use these to study further computing courses, courses from elsewhere in the university, or a major or minor from another area of the university.
  • In the double degree, you have no electives - your other degree requirements use up all of these. 

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

  • When you enrol for the first time you will typically study '1000-level' courses. These courses have '1' as the first number in their course code, such as COMP1100.
  • You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester though note that you can change your Semester 2 courses all the way until July.
  • You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year, and international students cannot study less than 24u a semester.
  • 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 BIT half of the double degree.
  • In choosing your first year programming courses you will have a choice of doing COMP1030, COMP1100 or COMP1130 in Semester 1, and COMP1040, COMP1100, COMP1110 or COMP1140 in Semester 2. The standard courses are COMP1100/1110 but if you have a strong maths background, and/or significant programming experience, you might like to choose COMP1130/1140. Note that you choose COMP1130 you will be able to drop back to COMP1100 in the first 2 weeks. Similarly if you are not confident in your maths or computing ability, you will be able to enrol in COMP1030 in Semester 1 and then COMP1100 in Semester 2, followed by COMP1110 in Semester 1, 2018.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

You have the option to complete a major as a part of your BIT – note that a major is required for Australian Computer Society Accreditation:

Information Systems Major

Software Development Major




Electives

  • If you are in the single degree then in your first year you have two electives to choose.
  • To find 1000-level (first year) elective courses, use the catalogue search.
  • You have four electives to choose in your first year. These can be additional computing courses (eg: COMP1720, COMP1710, COMP2400, INFS1001),  other electives that may count as COMP courses (MATH1013 MATH1014, STAT1003, STAT1008, ENGN1211), engineering oriented electives (such as PHYS1001 or PHYS1101 or ENGN1218 ).
  • If you have an interest in another area (eg management, mathematics, psychology, languages) then you should explore first year courses in these areas and in particular, look at the majors and minors in these areas. These will give you an idea of the first year courses that you should study.
  • Students whose first language is not English and who feel they would benefit from not only some additional English assistance but who would like to learn more about the Australian academic style (eg essay structure, oral presentations, critical thinking, plagiarism and poor academic practice), might like to seek enrolment in ESEN1101 Essential University English

Study Options

Bachelor of Information Technology - Semester 2 Commencement

This study plan is for those students commencing in semester 2. Due to the different offering of courses, your study plan is different from those students who commence in semester 1.

Bachelor of Information Technology single degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP1100 Programming as Problem Solving 6 units OR COMP1130; MATH1005 Discrete Mathematical Models 6 units Elective course 6 units Elective course 6 units
COMP1110 Structured Programming 6 units OR COMP1140; COMP1600 Foundations of Computing 6 units Elective course 6 units Elective course 6 units

Bachelor of Information Technology double degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP1100 Programming as Problem Solving 6 units OR COMP1130; MATH1005 Discrete Mathematical Models 6 units Other Degree course 6 units Other Degree course 6 units
COMP1110 Structured Programming 6 units OR COMP1140; COMP1600 Foundations of Computing 6 units Other Degree course 6 units Other Degree course 6 units

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