Bachelor of Data Science (3769)

  • Approved Abbreviation: BDataSc
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 3769
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 089203J

This program applies to students who commenced in 2022 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For commencement year 2021, please refer to: 3769.1 Bachelor of Data Science

Data is ubiquitous in this digital age and plays an important role in all careers.  A Data Scientist has the required expertise to convert all forms of data into valuable information.  This degree equips its graduates with the skills and knowledge for designing experimental studies, building and fitting models for analysis, visualisation, estimation and prediction, machine learning for prediction, analysis of complex data relationships, storage and retrieval of big data. These skills are essential for the analysis of customer transactions and behaviour, scientific investigations, financial trends, and online behaviour.

Study Mode

Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Laurence Park

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

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above
Surabaya Campus Indonesia Full Time Internal See above

Admission

Assumed Knowledge: HSC Mathematics Advanced 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.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

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.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

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.

Qualification for this award requires the completion of 240 credit points.

Students must complete 160 credit points of core units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Additionally, students must complete

  • one major from the list below, OR
  • two minors from the list below, OR
  • one minor from the list below AND 40 credit points of electives

Recommended sequence

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
NATS 1019 Scientific Literacy 10
COMP 1014 Thinking About Data 10
MATH 1006 Discrete Mathematics 10
COMP 1005 Programming Fundamentals 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
MATH 1014 Mathematics 1A 10
COMP 2025 Introduction to Data Science 10
Select two major, minor or elective subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
COMP 1013 Analytics Programming 10
COMP 2026 Visual Analytics 10
Select two major, minor or elective subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMP 3032 Machine Learning 10
INFS 2001 Database Design and Development 10
COMP 3020 Social Web Analytics 10
COMP 2023 Mathematical Programming 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
COMP 3002 Applications of Big Data 10
MATH 3011 Probabilistic Models and Inference 10
Professional Development  
From Spring 2024 INFO 3008 replaced by INFO 3019 10
Project Management  
Select one major, minor or elective subjects 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMP 3035 Discovery Project 10
Select three major, minor or elective subjects 30
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Equivalent Subjects    

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2021 or earlier.  

MATH 1033 Thinking About Data,  replaced by COMP 1014 Thinking About Data 

MATH 2009 Introduction to Data Science, replaced by COMP 2025 Introduction to Data Science

MATH 1002 Analytics Programming,  replaced by COMP 1013 Analytics Programming

MATH 2014 Visual Analytics, replaced by  COMP 2026 Visual Analytics

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2023 or earlier. 

INFO 3008 Professional Development replaced by INFO 3019 Project Management

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
MATH 1014 Mathematics 1A 10
NATS 1019 Scientific Literacy 10
COMP 1005 Programming Fundamentals 10
COMP 1014 Thinking About Data 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
MATH 1006 Discrete Mathematics 10
COMP 1013 Analytics Programming 10
COMP 2026 Visual Analytics 10
Select one major, minor or elective subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
INFS 2001 Database Design and Development 10
COMP 2023 Mathematical Programming 10
COMP 3032 Machine Learning 10
COMP 2025 Introduction to Data Science 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
COMP 3002 Applications of Big Data 10
MATH 3011 Probabilistic Models and Inference 10
Select two major, minor or elective subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
COMP 3020 Social Web Analytics 10
Select three major, minor or elective subjects 30
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
Professional Development  
From Spring 2024 INFO 3008 replaced by INFO 3019 10
Project Management  
COMP 3035 Discovery Project 10
Select two major, minor or elective subjects 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Equivalent Subjects    

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2021 or earlier.  

MATH 1033 Thinking About Data,  replaced by COMP 1014 Thinking About Data 

MATH 2009 Introduction to Data Science, replaced by COMP 2025 Introduction to Data Science

MATH 1002 Analytics Programming,  replaced by COMP 1013 Analytics Programming

MATH 2014 Visual Analytics, replaced by  COMP 2026 Visual Analytics

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2023 or earlier. 

INFO 3008 Professional Development replaced by INFO 3019 Project Management

Surabaya Campus Indonesia

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1Credit Points
Semester 1  
MATH 1014 Mathematics 1A 10
NATS 1019 Scientific Literacy 10
COMP 1005 Programming Fundamentals 10
COMP 1014 Thinking About Data 10
TBAPancasila 5
Semester 2  
MATH 1006 Discrete Mathematics 10
COMP 1013 Analytics Programming 10
COMP 2026 Visual Analytics 10
INFO 1003 Professional Practice, Communication and Ethics 10
TBACivic Education 5
 Credit Points90
Year 2
Semester 3  
INFS 2001 Database Design and Development 10
COMP 2023 Mathematical Programming 10
COMP 2025 Introduction to Data Science 10
COMP 2004 Computer Networking 10
TBAIndonesian Language 5
Semester 4  
COMP 2020 Technologies for Web Applications 10
COMP 3002 Applications of Big Data 10
COMP 3012 Introduction to Cloud Computing 10
TBAReligion 5
 Credit Points80
Year 3
Semester 5  
COMP 3032 Machine Learning 10
INFO 3019 Project Management 10
COMP 3020 Social Web Analytics 10
INFO 3007 Network Security 10
Semester 6  
INFO 3002 Ethical Hacking Principles and Practice 10
MATH 3011 Probabilistic Models and Inference 10
COMP 3035 Discovery Project 10
 Credit Points70
 Total Credit Points240

Majors (80 credit points)

Minors (40 credit points) 

 In cases where the major or the sub major units are the same as the core units, students will have to do additional elective units to make up for the credit points required to complete their program.

Replaced Majors and Minors

The minors listed below count towards completion of this program for students who began studying these minors prior to the years indicated below.

SM3089 Statistics, Minor, discontinued from 2020