Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences (Honours)

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The Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences (Honours) is for students who have graduated with a Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences, or a similar qualification. This programme will give you a competitive advantage in the global information communication and technology job market. It can also help you fast-track your progress to doctoral studies.

Advance your understanding of the latest developments in computer and information sciences, and choose from papers that range from artificial intelligence to software systems engineering, and from knowledge engineering to information systems technology. In the second semester you investigate a topic of your choice through your research project.


Quick facts

Programme Code: AK3687
Level: 8
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 26 February and 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Career opportunities

  • Data analyst and knowledge engineer
  • Database architect and curator
  • E-commerce and cloud solutions architect
  • Health informatician and bioinformatician
  • IT strategist and project manager
  • Software engineer and architect
  • Network security architect and analyst

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences (Honours) an applicant must have completed the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences with a B+ grade average or higher in papers at level 7, or equivalent.

A Postgraduate Research Proposal (PGR1 form)

Guidelines to entry


Students in the honours programme take one compulsory research methods paper, and four other papers chosen from one of the following discipline clusters:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Software Systems Engineering

For more information about these discipline clusters, please see the Master of Computer and Information Sciences.

In the second semester of their studies students undertake an honours dissertation – normally a small scale research project – under the guidance of an academic supervisor.


Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points in total.

COMP811 Research Methods 1 (15 points)
COMP829 Dissertation (45 points)

Suggested Areas of Thesis and Dissertation Research

SELECT a further 60 points from the elective options listed below:
COMP800 Neuroinformatics (15 points)
COMP801 3D Technologies: Displays to Printing (15 points)
COMP805 Health Informatics and the Health Sector (15 points)
COMP806 Software Architecture (15 points)
COMP809 Data Mining and Machine Learning (15 points)
COMP810 Data Warehousing and Big Data (15 points)
COMP812 Next Generation Networking (15 points)
COMP813 Artificial Intelligence (15 points)
COMP814 Natural Language Processing (15 points)
COMP815 Nature Inspired Computing (15 points)*
COMP816 Autoidentification (15 points)
COMP817 Geocomputation (15 points)*
COMP818 Intelligent Surveillance (15 points)
COMP819 Ubiquitous Computing (15 points)
COMP820 Video and Image Processing (15 points)
COMP821 Information Security (15 points)
COMP822 Human Computer Interaction (15 points)
COMP823 Readings (30 points)*
COMP824 Special Topic A (15 points)*
COMP825 Special Topic B (15 points)*
COMP826 Mobile System Development (15 points)
COMP835 Server System Development (15 points)
COMP837 ICT Issues in the SME Sector (15 points)
INFS800 Service Relationship Management (15 points)*
INFS804 eSystems Design and Development (15 points)
INFS809 Software Development Methods (15 points)
INFS810 Software Requirements Engineering (15 points)
INFS811 Usage Centred Design (15 points)
INFS812 Bioinformatics (15 points)
INFS813 Information Technology Strategy and Policy (15 points)
PHIL800 Philosophy of Computing Technology (15 points)

*Enrolment subject to approval by the Programme Leader

Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences (Honours)

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Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Please contact the Programme Administrator for programme information and availability of papers.

Last updated: 13-Nov-2017 8.25am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.