The Graduate Diploma in Computer Science requires one year of full time study (or the equivalent part time). The course is offered by the College of Science and Engineering.
The course articulates with the Master of Computer Science and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the awards.
Applicants must normally hold an approved Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in computer science, information technology, ICT-based engineering or a closely related discipline.
Knowledge of at least second year undergraduate level study in computer science is assumed.
The Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The course has been designed to provide graduates with:
- a foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of computer science
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
- well developed written and oral communication skills
- an ability to critically analyse, research and evaluate information and solve problems
- an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of computer science
- the ability to work professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams
- an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
- preparation for future professional roles as a computer scientist
The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study or for a career in a computing related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.
On completion of the course you will be able to:
- competently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex computing systems
- apply skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
- communicate effectively with other computer scientists and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
- work professionally as an individual and in a team
- develop computer-based solutions appropriate to the social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
- engage in the process of research and the continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area of computer science and its specialisations
Program of study
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Computer Science, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.
Core - Year 1 topics
27 units comprising:
COMP7701 Advanced Enterprise Security (4.5 units)
COMP8715 Heuristic Optimisation GE (4.5 units)
COMP8781 Computer Mathematics GE (4.5 units)
COMP9712 Computer Programming 3 GE (4.5 units)
COMP9722 Theory and Practice of Computation GE (4.5 units)
STEM8001 Research Methods and Professional Skills (4.5 units)
Option – Year 1 topics
9 units selected from:
COMP8801 Computer Programming 2 GE (4.5 units)
COMP9752 Computer Game Development GE (4.5 units)
ENGR8792 Software Engineering 2 GE (4.5 units)
ENGR9704 Engineering Management (4.5 units)