Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Advanced) (3684)

  • 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 2022 or later

The Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Advanced) is a challenging program  that includes advanced coursework, extension projects and basic research training which develops the knowledge and skill sets of capable students for the high end of ICT professions. A mentoring program links  students with experienced academic staff and research groups within the University helping to highlight relevant new and emerging technology developments for use in student work. Students are engaged in a wide variety of application development, industry projects and work integrated learning. To complete the degree, students do a major to specialise in topics, such as, cyber security, cloud computing, multimedia computing. Students also have options to do a minor, such as Ubiquitous Computing, Data Science and Machine Learning. This is a rewarding degree providing graduates with an ever-expanding range of employment options.

Study Mode

Three years full-time.

Program Advice

CDMS@westernsydney.edu.au

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

Accreditation

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

Admission

Assumed knowledge - HSC Mathematics and any two units 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.

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.

Program Structure

If you commenced in 2023 or later please refer to the Structure 2023 tab for details.

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
INFS 1015Systems Analysis and Design (Advanced)10
INFO 3004Human-Computer Interaction (Advanced)10
Select one of the following:10
Computer Networking (Advanced)
Object Oriented Analysis (Advanced)
Database Design and Development (Advanced)
Operating Systems Programming (Advanced)
Total Credit Points60

Recommended Sequence

If you commenced in 2023 or later please refer to the Sequence 2023 tab for details.

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
MATH 1028 Statistical Decision Making 10
INFS 1015 Systems Analysis and Design (Advanced) 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
Human-Computer Interaction (Advanced)  
Select one of the following: 10
Operating Systems Programming  
Operating Systems Programming (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

Majors

Minors

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

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 minor via Western Now.

WesternNow

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).

Program Structure

This structure applies to students who commenced in 2023 or later. If you commenced prior to 2023 please refer to the Structure 2022 tab for details.

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include one major from the list below.

Majors

Recommended Sequence

This sequence applies to students who commenced in Autumn 2023 or later. If you commenced prior to 2023 please refer to the Sequence 2022 tab for details.

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

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
COMP 1005 Programming Fundamentals 10
MATH 1038 Mathematics for Computing 10
INFO 1003 Professional Practice, Communication and Ethics 10
HUMN 1013 Contextualising Indigenous Australia (Day Mode) 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMP 2021 Software Engineering Fundamentals 10
COMP 2016 Programming Techniques (Advanced) 10
COMP 2005 Computer Networking (Advanced) 10
INFS 2002 Database Design and Development (Advanced) 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
COMP 2027Cyber Security 10
Select two major subjects 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMP 3028 Software Construction 10
INFO 3019Project Management 10
Select two major subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
Select two major subjects 20
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMP 3019 Professional Experience (Advanced) 10
Select two major subjects 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Full-time mid-year intake 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
COMP 2021 Software Engineering Fundamentals 10
COMP 1005 Programming Fundamentals 10
COMP 2005 Computer Networking (Advanced) 10
INFS 2002 Database Design and Development (Advanced) 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
MATH 1038 Mathematics for Computing 10
INFO 1003 Professional Practice, Communication and Ethics 10
HUMN 1013 Contextualising Indigenous Australia (Day Mode) 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
COMP 3028 Software Construction 10
INFO 3019Project Management 10
COMP 2016 Programming Techniques (Advanced) 10
Select one major subjects 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
COMP 2027Cyber Security 10
Select two major subjects 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
COMP 3019 Professional Experience (Advanced) 10
Select two major subjects 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
Select three major subjects 30
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Electives 

Please note: elective spaces can be used to complete a Minor.

Major or minor subjects can be used in the elective spaces.

Majors

Minors

It is suggested that students in the Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology who wish to choose a  minor should choose from the list of optional minors below.

Recommended Sequence

This sequence applies to students who commenced in Spring 2023.

If you commenced in Autumn 2023 please refer to the Autumn 2023 Sequence tab for details. If you commenced prior to 2023 please refer to the Sequence 2022 tab for details.

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

 Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
COMP 1005 Programming Fundamentals 10
INFO 1003 Professional Practice, Communication and Ethics 10
HUMN 1013 Contextualising Indigenous Australia (Day Mode) 10
Select one of the following 10
Mathematics for Computing  
Discrete Mathematics  
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMP 2021 Software Engineering Fundamentals 10
COMP 2016 Programming Techniques (Advanced) 10
COMP 2005 Computer Networking (Advanced) 10
INFS 2002 Database Design and Development (Advanced) 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
COMP 2027Cyber Security 10
Select two major subjects 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMP 3028 Software Construction 10
INFO 3019Project Management 10
Select two major subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
Select two major subjects 20
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMP 3019 Professional Experience (Advanced) 10
Select two major subjects 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Full-time mid-year intake 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
COMP 1005 Programming Fundamentals 10
COMP 2005 Computer Networking (Advanced) 10
INFS 2002 Database Design and Development (Advanced) 10
Select one elective  
 Credit Points30
Autumn session
INFO 1003 Professional Practice, Communication and Ethics 10
HUMN 1013 Contextualising Indigenous Australia (Day Mode) 10
COMP 2021 Software Engineering Fundamentals 10
Select one of the following 10
Mathematics for Computing  
Discrete Mathematics  
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
COMP 3028 Software Construction 10
INFO 3019Project Management 10
COMP 2016 Programming Techniques (Advanced) 10
Select one major subjects 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
COMP 2027Cyber Security 10
Select two major subjects 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
COMP 3019 Professional Experience (Advanced) 10
Select two major subjects 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
Select three major subjects 30
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points230

Electives 

Please note: elective spaces can be used to complete a Minor.

Major or minor subjects can be used in the elective spaces.

Majors

Minors

It is suggested that students in the Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology who wish to choose a  minor should choose from the list of optional minors below.