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Graduate Diploma in Computer Science

Course code: 0362 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipCompSc ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Information Technology

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

The course has been developed in response to a steady stream of requests from potential students currently in industry, for a diploma-level course in computer science to broaden and develop computing skills and knowledge for specific vocational and occupational outcomes. This course is intended to develop information technology knowledge for those with a first degree in any field other than computing, computer science, information science or equivalent. Students completing the Graduate Diploma in Computer Science are eligible to apply to upgrade their knowledge and qualifications to honours level.

Course objectives

The objective of this course is for students to attain the same level of knowledge and skills as students who complete a major sequence in computer science in the Bachelor of Science degree. Graduates will be able to work as programmers or in other capacities as IT professionals, but will have a sufficient foundation in terms of theoretical knowledge of computer science to be able to continue the honours level of study in the Bachelor of Computer Science or to study in a coursework masters in the IT area.

Course structure

Course requirements

The course consists of 48 points of second and third-year computer science units.

Part-time students are recommended to take 24 points of second-year units during the first year of study and 24 points of third-year units (which includes the third-year project) during the second year of study and must include (all units 6 points):

  • FIT2004 Algorithms and data structures
  • FIT2014 Theory of computation
  • FIT3036 Computer Science project, or FIT3038 Software Engineering project

Besides the above, students choose four other units, where at least three units must be at third-year level, from either third-year core units in the Bachelor of Computer Science, or from the Bachelor of Computer Science approved elective list.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as meeting the standard of knowledge for associate-level membership.

Contact details

Course coordinator

Dr Peter Tischer