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Overview

The Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security (Chief of the Defence Force) is a three-year program at pass level. If eligible, students who have completed the pass degree, may be admitted to an additional one-year Honours program (Program 4517).

This program is built on solid computer science and mathematics fundamentals with a focus on both theoretical foundations and practical approaches to computation and its applications within security.  In this program, students first apply these techniques to gaming and then later learn more about hardware, systems, networking and the Internet, and learn to secure such environments.

The design methods, tools and programming ability gained can be applied to many kinds of computer applications. Students will undertake research projects throughout their program. In final-year capstone individual projects students will be able to select from a wide range of ADF and civilian application domains in which to develop these abilities in computing and cyber security.

Students will use state of the art equipment in all their security and forensics courses in a Cyber Range.

Pass-level students in Computing and Cyber Security (CDF) should complete their programs within three years. Eligible and approved Honours students who are civilian, RAN midshipmen or RAAF officer cadets can continue with their programs at the end of the third year. Army officer cadets, however, at the end of their third year transfer to the Royal Military College, Duntroon. After completing a year of military training they are commissioned as lieutenants and those who are continuing with Honours return to the Academy to complete their program.

The Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security (CDF) program develops students’ lifetime skills including creativity, problem-solving ability, critical thinking and communication skills that will be useful not only in a Cyber Security or Cyber war environment but in all professions. It prepares students to deal with technical issues in a computing environment. It develops intellectual and practical problem-solving skills through studies across a range of computing specialisations.

Campus

Canberra

Study Level

Undergraduate

Typical duration

3 Years

Intake Period

Semester 1, Semester 2

Academic Calendar

UNSW Canberra Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit

144

Award type

Bachelors Pass

Award(s)

Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security - BCompCybSec

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Program Structure

Students must complete 144 UOC as a standalone program.

The Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security (CDF) students must complete a minimum 144 UOC comprising a minimum of 126 units of credit (UOC) from the disciplinary core, 12 UOC from General Education courses, and 6 UOC of free electives. 

Year One: 42 UOC Core courses, 6 UOC Free elective courses;
Year Two: 42 UOC Core courses, 6 UOC General Education courses;
Year Three: 42 UOC Core courses, 6 UOC General Education courses.

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University Medal

Award of Pass with Distinction

Additional Information

Program Rules

1. To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security (CDF), a student shall normally be enrolled for a minimum of six sessions and gain a minimum of 144 UOC (normally 24 UOC in each full time semester). This is composed of 126 UOC of core courses, 6 UOC of free elective courses, and 12 UOC of General Education courses. 

2. A student completing a Standard Program shall complete courses, in the years prescribed, for all Computing and Cyber Security (CDF) students as set out in the relevant schedule.

3. A student completing a Non-Standard Program shall, subject to the Requirements of Rule 2.7 (below), timetabling requirements and the approval of the appropriate Head of School, be permitted to enrol in any one year in courses selected from more than one year of the relevant schedule. 

4. Before a student's enrolment will be accepted for any course, the student must have completed the relevant pre-requisite courses shown in the Course Handbook, except where the Course Authority for the appropriate course approves otherwise. 

5. A student for enrolment for the degree of Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security (CDF) shall hold an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent of no less than 98.

6. To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security (CDF), a student shall normally achieve a sessional Weighted Average Mean (WAM) of 85.

7. To remain within the Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security (CDF) program, a student shall normally maintain a sessional Weighted Average Mean (WAM) of 80.

8. A student of the program Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security may, at the discretion of the Head of School, transfer to the degree of Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security (CDF) upon completion of 24 UOC with a WAM of 80 or greater in Semester 1 or 2 of the Year One program. 

9. Usually, a student who does not comply with the requirements of Rule 2.7 (above) shall be transferred to candidature for the degree of Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security, although exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Head of School. Such review will occur at the end of each semester.

10. Rule 2.9 above shall not usually be invoked for students with potential graduand status. 

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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