single degree

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
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Information Technology
  • Academic contact
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Information Technology
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research and Development) (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:

COMP1130 Programming as Problem Solving (Advanced)

COMP1140 Structured Programming (Advanced)

COMP1600 Foundations of Computing

COMP2100 Software Design Methodologies

COMP2120 Software Engineering

COMP2300 Computer Organisation and Program Execution

COMP2310 Systems, Networks and Concurrency

COMP2420 Introduction to Data Management, Analysis and Security

COMP2550 Advanced Computing R&D Methods

COMP2560 Studies in Advanced Computing R&D

COMP3600 Algorithms

COMP3770 Individual Research Project (12 units)


6 units from completion of course from the following list:

MATH1005 Discrete Mathematical Models

MATH2222 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking: Problem-Solving and Proofs

 

6 units from completion of course from the following list:

MATH1013 Mathematics and Applications 1

MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1

 

6 units from completion of course from the following list:

MATH1014 Mathematics and Applications 2

MATH1116 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 2

STAT1003 Statistical Techniques

STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods

 

24 units from completion of one of the following specialisations:

Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence

Systems and Architecture

Theoretical Computer Science

 

24 units from completion of COMP4550 Advanced Computing Research Project


48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU


Students must maintain a minimum 80% weighted average mark across all courses that contribute to the final Honours grade calculation in order to continue in the Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research and Development) (Honours). Students who do not maintain a minimum of 80% weighted average mark will be transferred to the Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours) single degree.


Students must achieve a minimum 80% final Honours mark in order to graduate with the Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research and Development) (Honours). Students who do not achieve a minimum 80% final Honours mark will be transferred to the Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours) single degree program prior to graduating."

COMP4801 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 electives that are neither COMP courses nor courses that are listed within the degree's named specializations. 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

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 COMP1130 Programming as Problem Solving (Advanced) 6 units MATH1005 Discrete Mathematical Models 6 units MATH1013 Mathematics and Applications 1 6 units Elective Course 6 units
COMP1140 Structured Programming (Advanced) 6 units COMP1600 Foundations of Computing 6 units MATH1014 Mathematics and Applications 2 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 COMP2550 Advanced Computing R&D Methods 6 units
COMP2120 Software Engineering 6 units COMP2310 Systems, Networks, and Concurrency 6 units COMP2560 Studies in Advanced Computing R&D 6 units COMP3600 Algorithms 6 units
Year 3 48 units Computing Research Specialisation 6 units COMP3770 Individual Research Project 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Computing Research Specialisation 6 units COMP3770 Individual Research Project 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 4 48 units Computing Research Specialisation 6 units COMP4550 Advanced Computing Research Project 12 units COMP4550 Advanced Computing Research Project 12 units Elective Course 6 units
Computing Research Specialisation 6 units COMP4550 Advanced Computing Research Project 12 units COMP4550 Advanced Computing Research Project 12 units Elective Course 6 units

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs and change admission requirements as needed.


Domestic applicants

Before applying for a program, you should review the general information about domestic undergraduate admission to ANU programs and how to apply, and the program-specific information below.

Applicants with recent secondary education are assessed on:

  • completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and the minimum Selection Rank (from their academic qualifications, plus any adjustment factors) requirement for this program; and
  • co-curricular or service requirement (applies to applicants who complete secondary education in the year prior to commencing at ANU); and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements listed below.

Applicants with higher education study are assessed on:

  • previous higher education studies; or secondary education results if completed less than one full-time equivalent year (1.0 FTE) of a degree; or the result from a bridging or preparatory course; and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements listed below.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are assessed on:

  • previously completed VET qualifications at AQF level 5 or higher (i.e. a Diploma or above); or secondary education results if the VET qualification is not completed; and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements listed below.

Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on:


International applicants

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. A list of commonly observed international qualifications and corresponding admission requirements can be found here . Applicants must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.


Diversity factors & English language proficiency 

As Australia's national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe. If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Further information is available for English Language Requirements for Admission 

ATAR:
98
International Baccalaureate:
40

Prerequisites

ACT: Specialist Mathematics (Major/Minor)/Specialist Methods(Major/Minor), NSW: Mathematics Extension 1. More information about interstate subject equivalencies can be found here.

Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded. 

You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:

  • applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
  • undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
  • achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
  • not previously attempted tertiary study.

Please visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further 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
$47,940.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

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 explore the cutting edge of research in computing and gain skills that will enable you to development software that tackles complex problems then 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. It also is a great pathway to a PhD.

As a degree accredited by the Australian Computer Society you will not only learn advanced computing techniques and have the opportunity to complete a unique specialisation, but also develop exceptional professional skills including communication and teamwork.

You’ll work alongside distinguished researchers at ANU and pursue research projects in your own area of interest.

While some of our students are developing code which controls unmanned aerial vehicles, others are busy writing algorithms to mine through Petabytes of data.  If mastering challenging projects is your thing, the ANU Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research and Development) can launch you into a spectacular career

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

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.)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Define and analyse complex 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. Demonstrate an operational and theoretical understanding of the foundations of computer science including programming, algorithms, logic, architectures and data structures

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

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

  5. Demonstrate an understanding of deep knowledge in at least one area of computer science

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

  7. Work effectively within teams in order to achieve a common goal

  8. 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

  9.  Demonstrate a deep understanding of the fundamentals of research methodologies, including defining research problems, background reading and literature review, designing experiments, and effectively communicating results

  10. Proficiently apply research methods to the solution of contemporary research problems in computer science, and

  11.  Demonstrate an understanding of research processes including research proposals, article reviewing and ethics clearance.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.

Further Information

The Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research & Development) is a four year program that is accredited by the Australian Computing Society. The program has been specifically designed to provide exceptional students with early experience in undertaking research and or development. 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, technical knowledge in a selection of contemporary and advanced ICT topics, and a solid experience in research methods in the ICT area.


Students are required to maintain high grades to remain and complete this program. Students who are unable to maintain these grades may transfer into the Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours) degree program which also has many research and development opportunities.


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


Program Transfers

Current students wishing to transfer into the Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research & Development) are required to achieve at least an 80% average in the university courses they have completed and be deemed suitable by an interview with the program convenor. Generally students would need to transfer into the program before the end of their second year.

Learn more about the degrees offered at the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, read current student profiles to see what campus life is really like, and discover what our graduates have achieved since leaving the College. Visit the College of Engineering and Computer Science website.

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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)

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.



Study Options

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

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP1130 Programming as Problem Solving (Advanced) 6 units MATH1005 Discrete Mathematical Models 6 units MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1 6 units OR MATH1013; University Elective
COMP1140 Structured Programming (Advanced) 6 units COMP1600 Foundations of Computing 6 units MATH1116 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 2 6 units OR MATH1014; University Elective

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

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP1130 Programming as Problem Solving (Advanced) 6 units MATH1005 Discrete Mathematical Models 6 units MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1 6 units OR MATH1013; Other Degree course
COMP1140 Structured Programming (Advanced) 6 units COMP1600 Foundations of Computing 6 units MATH1116 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 2 6 units OR MATH1014; Other Degree course

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