single degree

Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours)

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

BACMP(H)
  • 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

Program Requirements

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

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

The 192 units must include:

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

COMP2100 Software Construction

COMP2130 Software Design and Analysis

COMP2300 Introduction to Computer Systems

COMP2310 Concurrent and Distributed Systems

COMP2600 Formal Methods in Software Engineering

COMP3100 Software Project (12 units)

COMP3120 Managing Software Development

COMP3530 Systems Engineering for Software Engineers

COMP3600 Algorithms

COMP3630 Theory of Computation

ENGN1211 Discovering Engineering

MGMT3027 Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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

COMP1100 Introduction to Programming and Algorithms

COMP1130 Introduction to Programming and Algorithms (Advanced)

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

COMP1110 Introduction to Software Systems

COMP1140 Introduction to Software Systems (Advanced)

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

STAT1003 Statistical Techniques

STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods

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

MATH1013 Mathematics and Applications 1

MATH1115 Mathematics and Applications 1 Honours

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

MATH1014 Mathematics and Applications 2

MATH1116 Mathematics and Applications 2 Honours

12 units from completion of further courses from the subject area COMP Computer Science

Either:

24 units from completion of COMP4550 Advanced Computing Research Project

Or:

12 units from completion of COMP4560 Advanced Computing Project

12 units from completion of 4000-level courses from the subject area COMP Computer Science

 

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

 

HONS4700 Final Honours Grade will be used to record the Class of Honours and the Mark. The Honours Mark will be a weighted average percentage mark (APM) calculated by first calculating the average mark for 1000,2000, 3000 and 4000 level courses. We denote these averages: A1, A2, A3, and A4 respectively. The averages are computed based on all units counted towards satisfaction of degree requirements, excluding non-COMP electives. Finally these averages are combined using the formula APM = (0.1 X A1) + (0.2 X A2) + (0.3 X A3) + (0.4 X A4).

The APM will then be used to determine the final grade according to the ANU Honours grading scale, found at http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/grading-scale.

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 ENGN1211 Discovering Engineering 6 units MATH1013 Mathematics and Applications 1 6 units STAT1003 Statistical Techniques 6 units
COMP1140 Introduction to Software Systems (Advanced) 6 units MATH1014 Mathematics and Applications 2 6 units Elective Course Elective Course
Year 2 48 units COMP2100 Software Construction 6 units COMP2300 Introduction to Computer Systems 6 units Comp Elective Course Elective Course
COMP2130 Software Analysis and Design 6 units COMP2310 Concurrent and Distributed Systems 6 units COMP2600 Formal Methods in Software Engineering 6 units Elective Course
Year 3 48 units COMP3100 Software Engineering Group Project 6 units COMP3120 Managing Software Development 6 units COMP3530 Systems Engineering for Software Engineers 6 units Elective Course
COMP3100 Software Engineering Group Project 6 units COMP3600 Algorithms 6 units MGMT3027 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 6 units Elective Course
Year 4 48 units COMP3630 Theory of Computation 6 units COMP4550 Advanced Computing Research Project 12 units COMP4550 Elective Course
COMP4550 Advanced Computing Research Project 12 units COMP4550 COMP 3000/4000 6 units Elective Course

Admission Requirements

The College has introduced a ‘Special Admission Scheme (SAS)’ for students interested in the Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours) degree. This scheme caters for domestic students who achieve a minimum ATAR of 80 but do not achieve the require ATAR of 90 for direct admission. Further information can be found at:

http://cecs.anu.edu.au/future_students/sas

ATAR:
90
QLD Band:
6
International Baccalaureate:
33

Prerequisites

ACT: Mathematical Methods major.

NSW: Mathematics.

Adjustment Factors

The National Access Scheme 2014

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 all 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.

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

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to http://www.uac.edu.au/eas/  for more 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
$34,944.00

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.

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 program 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.

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.

Computing at ANU - There's more to it than you think

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

The best computing professionals often have knowledge or a wider field than computing alone. BAC graduates will be ideally positioned to shape their chosen sector of the computing industry now and into the future. They will acquire the skills and knowledge to become leaders in the ICT industry.

Opportunities exist in high tech industries, software start-ups computing research and developement as well as specialist computing organisations. Examples include, software developers, data mining specialists for insurance, banking and health sectors, human-computer interction specialists for software services industries, embedded systems developers for defence, and automotive industries.

Further Information

The computing industry has grown very rapidly in the last 40 years, with various specialized areas requiring advanced computational techniques emerging. The pervasiveness of computers and computer-enabled devices is rapidly becoming established in modern society. Humans are interacting with computers in ever more profound and sophisticated ways. Allied with this, computers are having to act more intelligently in many different contexts. As the scale and complexity of these computer systems increases, so too do challenges in their engineering. As the amount of data increases exponentially, new challenges in the mining and warehousing of information emerge. In all areas of computing, increasingly sophisticated algorithms underpin all of the resulting technologies.  The resulting hardware and software systems in these areas are complex; hence a systems engineering perspective on their design and construction is valuable.  

In these areas of computing, another emerging trend is linkages with other disciplines. Valuable perspectives on artificial intelligence are emerging from the study of natural intelligence and biological systems. Psychology is a central element in human-computer interaction. The explosion in the volume and utility of information from bioinformatics is a key driver of large-scale data systems. An engineering approach, with emphasis on both hardware and software, is needed for the design of embedded computing technology. In all cases, reliable and systematic software development remains as a key element.

The Bachelor of Advanced Computing graduate will posses technical knowledge of programming, With these as a foundation, their technical knowledge will have been honed by the study of a selection of advanced computing topics. Professional and practical skills in software development will be gained through a series of courses in software analysis, design and construction, capped off with a group software project, With professional skills developed in the areas of entrepreneurship and management, the graduate will be in a position to apply their in-depth technical knowledge to become innovators in industry.

The best computing professionals are informed by knowledge of a wider field than computing alone. Graduates fulfilling a Major in an area of advanced computing and a cognate interdisciplinary area will be ideally positioned to shape the respective sector of the computing industry as it evolves over the near future. This will also imbue a capacity for lifelong learning by exposure to a broader range of perspectives and of ways of studying.

The degree also offers a research pathway for graduates wishing to pursue careers with a high emphasis on research.

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The Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours) (BAC) is a unique, interdisciplinary program that will prepare you to be a future leader of the information and communications technology revolution.

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 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 rquires a total of 192 units (each course is typically 6 units)
  • Typically you will study four courses per semester (total of 24 units)
  • There are a number of core and compulsory courses
  • 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.

Double degree

  • This degree requires a total of 144 units
  • There are no university electives available in the double degree.
  •  It is unlikely that you will be able to complete a major or specialisation in computing but a minor in a computing area might be possible.


About this degree

  • Typically students will enrol in 24 units per semester. This is four, six unit courses per semester. There are some variations in your later years with higher  unit courses.
  • A major is typically 48 units of courses and a minor and specialisation are  24 units each.
  • In the single degree you will have 48 units (eight courses) of university electives. You may use these to do additional computing courses (enabling you to complete a computing major, minor, or specialisation), or  you may choose to take other courses of general interest from elsewhere in the university. 
  • You may take 1000-level courses later in your program. You should however note that you can only do a maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses in the single degree and 36 units of 1000 level courses towards the BAC in the double degree.
  • In the double degree, you have no free electives - your other degree requirements use up all of these.



Enrolment Status

While it's 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 student 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.

  • If you studied ACT Maths Methods, or are not confident in your Maths ability, please FOLLOW THE ADVICE HERE
  • Students who excel in maths and have done the highest level of maths available to them at school should read the following:

    • You may choose to enrol in MATH1115 and MATH1116 (honours maths) in place of MATH1013 and MATH1014. There is no particular advantage to doing this, and there is additional workload, but students who are passionate and talented may like to choose this option.
  • There are two options for you to choose with your first year computing courses:

    -Students with a good maths background, and who have some experience in programming may choose to undertake COMP1130 in Semester 1 and COMP1140 in Semester 2.

    -Students who do not have the above should enrol in COMP1100 and COMP1110 in place of COMP1130 and COMP1140.

  • Students doing double degrees with business degrees do STAT1008 in place of STAT 1003 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.
  • 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 the BAC half of the double degree.




Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

If you are in a single degree and you are interested in completing a computing major or minor you may need to use your first year electives to do particular subjects. You are encouraged to look at the each major and minor - you can search at the following site.

Electives

If you are in the single degree then there are university electives that you can enrol in. Before chooing these, please read the pdf document that is attached in the above section on 'Majors and Minors'.

To find  description of the elective courses, use the CATALOGUE SEARCH.

Study Options

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP1100 Introduction to Programming and Algorithms 6 units OR COMP1130; ENGN1211 Discovering Engineering 6 units MATH1013 Mathematics and Applications 1 6 units STAT1003 Statistical Techniques 6 units
COMP1110 Introduction to Software Systems 6 units OR COMP1130; MATH1014 Mathematics and Applications 2 6 units Computing Major or University Electve Computing Major or University Electve

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP1100 Introduction to Programming and Algorithms 6 units OR COMP1130; ENGN1211 Discovering Engineering 6 units MATH1013 Mathematics and Applications 1 6 units Course from other degree
COMP1110 Introduction to Software Systems 6 units OR COMP1140; MATH1014 Mathematics and Applications 2 6 units Course from other degree Course from other degree

Academic Advice

For assistance, please email: studentadmin.cecs@anu.edu.au

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Student.Services@cecs.anu.edu.au

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