Overview

Crack the code for a rewarding career at the fore of the digital revolution. With a focus on software development, this course is taught by some of the best computer minds in the business. Learn in industry standard labs and choose to specialise with a major in Artificial Intelligence, Cyber security, Data Science, Games Development, Software Development or Internet of Things.

View Bachelor of Computer Science course handbook
Is your course available for Midyear entry?

Starting midyear means getting your study goals under way before the year is over. Semester 2 begins Monday 29 July, 2024.

Your major

More and more, the internet pervades the everyday, through everything from fridges to light fittings. Our Internet of Things major gives you the core skills needed to program a host of devices and develop software solutions. Learn to problem-solve through analysing data from internet-connected devices. And connect with industry experiences through our Work Integrated Learning program. 

Your industry experience

All our bachelor degrees include a guaranteed Work Integrated Learning opportunity, which could be a placement, internship or industry-linked project. In this degree, you'll apply your learning in six projects in professionally focused, industry-linked projects.

Explore Work Integrated Learning

Skills you’ll learn

  • Computer software development
  • Device programming
  • Data analysis from internet-connected devices
  • Problem-solving
  • Software solutions

Your career opportunities

  • Mobile app developer
  • Solution architect
  • Consultant
  • Full stack software developer
  • Data scientist

Key codes

CRICOS course code
088400A
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400234773
VTAC Code (CSP)
3400234771
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Professional accreditations

Why Swinburne?

Ranked top 100 in the world for Computer Science and Engineering

ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

Ranked Top 150 in Computer Science

Times Higher Education World University Ranking by Subject 2023

85.1% of students found employment within 4 months of graduating

5 stars for learner engagement

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Real Briefs, Real Work

When you go to uni you want more than academic study, you want practical time on the tools. Check out the Smart Parking App some of our students created.

Qualifications

One of the following:

  • successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification
  • completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including certificates IV (completed), diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees).

ATAR Guaranteed Entry Score

70.0

2023 lowest rank to receive an offer [before adjustment pts.]

54.65

You’ll be guaranteed a place in this course if you meet or exceed the ATAR Guaranteed Entry Score, provided you meet the course prerequisites.

If your ATAR is below the guaranteed entry score, you can still be offered a place as your ATAR may be adjusted based on subject bonuses, equity schemes or other factors. Use the above ATAR as a guide on your eligibility, and see the course handbook page for more information on entry requirements. 

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

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Course prerequisites

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent
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  • VCE Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of any Mathematics or equivalent.
     

Applicants who do not meet the mathematics prerequisites for this course will be required to successfully complete Swinburne’s MathsLink Further Mathematics bridging program.

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent


Exemptions

Students who have successfully completed VCE Algorithmics (HESS) will receive credit exemption for 2 units (equivalent to 25 credit points) upon admission into either the Bachelor of Computer Science or the Bachelor of Computer Science (Professional) course at Swinburne, including:

  •  12.5 credit points for COS10003 Computer Logic and Essentials
  • 12.5 credit points for one elective unit
Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

View course handbook

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

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Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about credit

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about RPL

Apply for a pathway course

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and/or provides credit (advanced standing) to the second.

Note: This information should be used as a guide for those who have completed a course and are seeking credit into another course. For those yet to commence their course, during the time taken to complete, this information may change. Credit available may vary depending on the major selected within any given degree. Progression to professional degrees may be subject to additional criteria or academic performance.

Learn more about pathways

How credit points work

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Computer Science requires students to complete units of study to the value of 300 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.

8
Core units
+
8
Major units
+
8
Elective units
=
3-year bachelor degree

What your course could look like

Units are listed in a proposed sequence. However this can be amended depending on unit availability, prerequisite requirements and the semester in which you commenced your course.

Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Computer Systems
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS10004
Introduction to Programming
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS10009
Computing Technology Inquiry Project
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS10026
Semester 2
Technology in an Indigenous Context Project
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS10025
Object Oriented Programming
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS20007
Networks and Switching
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
TNE10006
Cloud Computing Architecture
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
COS20019
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Want to see the full range of electives?

Learn about all the electives you can take in the course handbook.

View course handbook
Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Computing Technology Design Project
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
COS20031
Network Administration
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
TNE10005
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Semester 2
Software Development for Mobile Devices
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
COS30017
Computing Technology Innovation Project
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
COS30049
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Professional placement - Major (12 months)
Work Experience In Industry A
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20001
Integrated Professional Placement A - Information and Communication Technology
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
ICT20013
Work Experience in Industry B
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20002
Integrated Professional Placement B - Information and Communication Technology
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
ICT20014
or
Professional placement - Minor (6 months)
Work Experience In Industry A
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20001
Integrated Professional Placement A - Information and Communication Technology
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
ICT20013
Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Computing Technology Project A
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS40005
IoT Programming
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
SWE30011
Software Architectures and Design
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
SWE30003
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Semester 2
Computing Technology Project B
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS40006
Advanced Web Development
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
COS30020
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$8,948

Total fee* ($AUD)

$26,844

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$38,840.00

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply to 2024 unit enrolments for HE Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Undergraduate Full Fee Paying (FFP) only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to you if you are eligible and enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount. You can also choose to pay your fees up front. 

Find out more about fees

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.
Learn more about paying your fees

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

Learn more about SSAF

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

Learn more about scholarships

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Learn more about scholarships

Professional placement fees

Students who participate in a six- or 12-month professional placement will be subject to an increase in total course fees.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Course code
BA-CS
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Course code
BA-CS
CRICOS code
088400A
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Apply through VTAC

International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC. VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. 

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

VTAC Code (CSP)
3400234771
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VTAC Code (IFP)
3400234773
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Hawthorn
Last date to apply
24-July-2024
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29-July-2024
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Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
26-February-2025
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03-March-2025
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Location
Hawthorn
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29-July-2024
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Location
Hawthorn
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03-March-2025
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  • "I chose Swinburne for its prestigious IT courses, which have now opened up a broad range of possibilities for my future. I plan to complete a semester at one of Swinburne’s partner universities in Sweden, then apply for an Industry-Based Learning placement the following year."

    Bailey , Bachelor of Computer Science