Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Advanced)

  • Effective from: 2014
  • Approved Abbreviation: BICTAdv
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 3684
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 077827J

Program Status: CURRENT
This program applies to students who commenced in 2014 or later

The Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Advanced) is a challenging program that includes advanced coursework, extension project and basic research training. A mentoring program will link the student with experienced academic staff and research groups within the University. This professional ICT program cultivates capable ICT graduates for the high end of ICT professions. This program provides graduates with a comprehensive skill set and knowledge base in networking and IT applications areas of ICT and the ability to apply practical solutions across ICT. It allows students to develop considerable skills in application development (including mobile app development), program design, systems analysis & design, networks, web-design, and the implementation of technology. These attributes can be conceptually grouped into the knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • Investigate - the ability to draw on a solid technological and software core of ICT knowledge and practice in analysing and developing applications;
  • Integrate - the ability to amalgamate the knowledge and skills in developing new applications and new application areas;
  • Innovate - the required skills and knowledge base to keep up to date with the rapid development in technology and practice across the ICT as an extension of their current understandings and the ability to find innovative ICT solutions and move the ICT field forward.

The Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Advanced) is a three year ICT program, with accreditation by the Australian Computer Society being sought. It provides a solid foundation in Networks, Databases, Systems Analysis & Design, Programming, Web Technologies, Project Management, Professional Communications and Operating Systems. It also covers the necessary mathematical and statistical skills, and basic research training as needed by a high end ICT practitioner.

Study Mode

Three years full-time.

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
Campbelltown Campus Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Penrith Campus Full Time Internal See above


The Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Advanced) is accredited with the Australian Computer Society (ACS) at 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 subjects of HSC English.

Minimum ATAR of 90. Students must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) greater than 5.0 to continue their enrolment in this program.

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

Students within the Advanced degree are required to complete five Advanced subjects.

Compulsory Advanced Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
COMP 2016Programming Techniques (Advanced)10
INFS 3018Web Systems Development (Advanced)10
COMP 3019Professional Experience (Advanced)10
Select two of the following:20
Computer Networking (Advanced)
Object Oriented Analysis (Advanced)
Database Design and Development (Advanced)
Human-Computer Interaction (Advanced)
Operating Systems Programming (Advanced)
Total Credit Points50

Recommended Sequence

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

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
COMP 1005 Programming Fundamentals 10
COMM 1026 Principles of Professional Communication 1 10
INFS 1006 Systems Analysis and Design 10
MATH 1028 Statistical Decision Making 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMP 2015 Programming Techniques 10
Select one of the following: 10
Computer Networking  
Computer Networking (Advanced)  
Select one of the following: 10
Database Design and Development  
Database Design and Development (Advanced)  
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
COMP 2020 Technologies for Web Applications 10
COMP 3007 Computer Networks and Internets 10
Select one of the following: 10
Object Oriented Analysis  
Object Oriented Analysis (Advanced)  
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMP 3020 Social Web Analytics 10
INFS 3018 Web Systems Development (Advanced) 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
INFO 3008 Professional Development 10
Select one of the following: 10
Operating Systems Programming  
Operating Systems Programming (Advanced)  
Select one of the following:  
Human-Computer Interaction  
Human-Computer Interaction (Advanced)  
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points30
Spring session
COMP 3019 Professional Experience (Advanced) 10
Select three electives 30
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points230

Majors and Minors

All current majors and minors available to program 3639 Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology are also available to those enrolled in program 3684.2 - Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Advanced).

Please see list below



Minor Elective Spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved minor (40 credit points).

Search for Minors

Students in Advanced programs may use elective subjects toward obtaining an additional approved minor in Applied Leadership or Critical Thinking.

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 

Minor elective spaces

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

Global Sustainability Minor

Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Search for minors

Students can apply for an elective minor via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR) [hyperlink needed]

Replaced Majors and Minors

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

M3102 Cyber Security, Major, replaced by Cyber Security, Major in 2018 (listed above).
M3070 Networking, Major, replaced by Networking, Major in 2017 (listed above).

SM3055 Networking, Minor, replaced by Networking, Minor in 2017 (listed above).