Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced) (3634)

  • Approved Abbreviation: BCompSc(Adv)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 3634
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 061245G

This program applies to students who commenced in 2017 or later.

Handbook summary 2017-2023

This program is an advanced version of Bachelor of Computer Science. It provides students with a thorough and in-depth technical understanding of modern decentralised computer systems. This understanding includes how these computer systems are put together, how they work and what are the principles that govern them. Based on this solid foundation, students then have the opportunity to further learn the practical skills needed to design, develop and integrate the decentralised computer systems required by today's large organisations. This program is a three year program with distinct majors which allow students to specialise in different applications of computer science and computer systems. Some of the majors are: Cyber Security, Networked Systems, Cloud Computing, Systems Programming, Artificial Intelligence and others.

Students in the Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced) will follow the same study program that is set out for the Bachelor of Computer Science. However, each student in this program will have an academic mentor and the student will also participate in additional compulsory activities including research projects. To maintain their enrolment in the Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced) students must maintain an overall above 5 Grade Point Average, otherwise they will be transferred to the standard 3506 – Bachelor of Computer Science program. At enrolment students will be required to sign a declaration acknowledging the need to maintain a grade-point average (GPA) of 5.0 or more.

Handbook summary 2024

This program is designed for high performing students who are motivated to explore further in cutting-edge technology. In addition to computer science study which covers programming, data structure, algorithm, security, artificial intelligence, software design and development, the program provides student with independent learning and research training in advanced topics including algorithms, artificial intelligence, software engineering and security. Mentor will be assigned to each student. This program offers majors in Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, Systems Programming, Networked Systems, Technology Entrepreneurship, and a minor in Cloud Computing. 
Graduates of an advanced computer science program will be well-equipped to tackle complex computational problems and contribute to the development of innovative technologies. Career paths include software engineering, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and research in computer science.
Students are required to maintain a grade-point average (GPA) of 5.0 or more at every semester.

Study Mode

Three years full-time.

Program Advice

Program Advice

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Penrith Campus Full Time Internal See above


The Bachelor of Computer Science currently is accredited by Australian Computer Society at the professional level.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students


Assumed Knowledge: HSC Mathematics and any two units of HSC English.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Program Structure 2017 - 2023

If you commenced in 2024 or later please refer to the Structure 2024 tab for details.

In addition to the subjects outlined in the program structure for Bachelor of Computer Science, students in the advanced program must also complete the following three subjects.

Students must enrol in both 1H and 2H sessions.

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
1H sessionCredit Points
COMP 1002 Advanced Computer Science Activities 1 0
 Credit Points0
2H session
COMP 1002 Advanced Computer Science Activities 1 0
 Credit Points0
Year 2
1H session
COMP 2001 Advanced Computer Science Activities 2 0
 Credit Points0
2H session
COMP 2001 Advanced Computer Science Activities 2 0
 Credit Points0
Year 3
1H session
COMP 3001 Advanced Computer Science Activities 3 0
 Credit Points0
2H session
COMP 3001 Advanced Computer Science Activities 3 0
 Credit Points0
 Total Credit Points0

Minor Elective Spaces

Students may select their electives to be used toward obtaining an additional approved minor in Applied Leadership or Critical Thinking.

Applied Leadership, Minor

Critical Thinking, Minor 

Program Structure 2024

The sequence below applies to students who commenced in 2024. If you commenced prior to 2024 please refer to the Structure 2017-23 tab for details.

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
MATH 1028 Statistical Decision Making 10
COMP 1005 Programming Fundamentals 10
INFO 1003 Professional Practice, Communication and Ethics 10
MATH 1006 Discrete Mathematics 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMP 2008 Computer Organisation 10
COMP 2014 Object Oriented Programming 10
INFS 2002 Database Design and Development (Advanced) 10
COMP 2005 Computer Networking (Advanced) 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
COMP 2019 Systems Programming 1 10
COMP 2030 Data Structures and Algorithms (Advanced) 10
Select two electives or major or minor subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
INFS 3020 Artificial Intelligence (Advanced) 10
INFO 3021 Information Security (Advanced) 10
COMP 3009 Distributed Systems and Programming 10
Select one elective or major or minor subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
INFO 3019 Project Management 10
Select three electives or major or minor subjects 30
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMP 3018 Professional Experience 10
INFS 3021 Formal Software Engineering (Advanced) 10
Select two electives or major or minor subjects 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Suggested Elective Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
COMP 3003Cloud Computing Architecture10
COMP 3006Computer Graphics10
COMP 3007Computer Networks and Internets10
INFO 3002Ethical Hacking Principles and Practice10
INFO 3015Internet of Things and Smart Environments10
COMP 3012Introduction to Cloud Computing10
COMP 2025Introduction to Data Science10
COMP 3013Mobile Applications Development10
INFO 3007Network Security10
COMP 3014Networked Systems Design10
COMP 3015Operating Systems Programming10
COMP 3032Machine Learning10
COMP 3033Quantum Computing and Communication10
COMP 3027Robotic Programming10
COMP 3020Social Web Analytics10
COMP 2026Visual Analytics10
COMP 3025Wireless and Mobile Networks10


The majors listed below have been designed specifically for this program and are recommended for Bachelor of Computer Science students.


Note: students may use some of their elective space to complete a Major or the Minor

Major and Minor elective spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or minor (40 credit points).  Western Sydney University offers majors and minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Minor  
Indigenous Australian Studies Major   
Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Western Sydney University also offers the following innovative transdisciplinary Challenge Minors which we encourage those students who have elective space to consider.

Equitable Technologies
Urban Evolution
Migration and Global Change   
Personal Innovation    
Innovating, Creating and Problem Solving 
Eco-Socially Conscious Design and Manufacturing
Water for Life 
Climate Justice
Creative and Visual Communication
Global Workplaces
Innovating For Humans
Creative Living for Cultural Wellbeing
Ideate. Strategise. Innovate. 
Humanising Data

For more information, visit the Challenge Minor website.  

Search for majors and minors

Students can apply for an elective major or minor via Western Now.