Major Overview

Description

Computing software and systems are becoming increasingly integral to our lives, revolutionising the world in which we live, work and communicate. This major provides its students with the knowledge and skills required to participate in this revolution. Your studies develop your knowledge of theoretical, algorithmic, implementation and systems principles that underpin computer languages and networks. If you wish to play a role in developing new computing technologies or specialise in enterprise-level programming, systems, software engineering or research careers, then Computer Science is the major for you.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) identify appropriate data structures and algorithms to solve computational problems; (2) design, implement, verify, test, and document robust and secure computer programs; (3) apply the knowledge of design and operation of core computer system components to the development of computer systems; (4) explain ethical, social and security aspects and constraints of contemporary computer science practice; (5) apply team-based software development processes; and (6) communicate software and systems requirements analysis, design, implementation, testing and documentation clearly in oral and written formats.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Prerequisites

Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in the first year.
Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two first-year mathematics units.

Incompatibilities

MJD-ESOFT Software Engineering

Courses

Computer Science can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

If you are unsure what else to study alongside this major, please read our Faculty and Industry recommended electives and second majors.

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022

Note:Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 CITS1003 Introduction to Cybersecurity
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CITS3004 Cybersecurity
S2 CITS1402 Relational Database Management Systems
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CITS2232 Databases
Bridging units
Take units if applicable:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals )
or
( Mathematics Methods ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50]
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and STAT1520 Economics and Business Statistics

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):

Students taking the Computer Science major in conjunction with the Engineering Science major substitute CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation (Engineering Science major) with CITS2002 System Programming (Computer Science major). Students replace CITS2211 Discrete Structures (Computer Science major) with MATH1011 and MATH1012 (Engineering Science major)

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 CITS2002 Systems Programming
Prerequisites:
completion of 6 points of programming-based units
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CITS1002 Programming and System
S1 CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms
Prerequisites:
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java and ( Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 CITS2211 Discrete Structures
Prerequisites:
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods and completion of 6 points of programming-based units
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 CITS3001 Algorithms, Agents and Artificial Intelligence
Prerequisites:
CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 CITS3002 Computer Networks
Prerequisites:
CITS1002 Programming and System
or
CITS2002 Systems Programming
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 CITS3200 Professional Computing
Prerequisites:
completion of at least 84 points, including ( CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
or
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java ) and ( CITS2002 Systems Programming
or
CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms
or
CITS2402 Introduction to Data Science )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CITS5206 Professional Computing
S1 CITS3403 Agile Web Development
Prerequisites:
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
or
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
or
CITS2002 Systems Programming
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CITS5505 Agile Web Development
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CITS3003 Graphics and Animation
Prerequisites:
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
or
CITS2002 Systems Programming
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 CITS3005 Knowledge Representation
Prerequisites:
CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms and CITS2211 Discrete Structures
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 CITS3007 Secure Coding
Prerequisites:
completion of 12 points of programming-based units
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/A CITS3402 High Performance Computing
Prerequisites:
CITS2002 Systems Programming
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CITS5507 High Performance Computing and PHYS4022 Advanced Quantum Computing and SHPC4002 Advanced Computational Physics