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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science
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DescriptionThe course aims to provide students with the opportunity to combine the strong communication skills, critical analysis and problemsolving ability of a science degree with mathematical and computational thinking and the IT skills required to solve complex scientific problems. Students with a distinction average may apply to participate in the Industry Based Learning (IBL) placement stream of the Bachelor of Computer Science. IBL students are awarded a scholarship and undertake a 22week industry placement with participating companies as directed by the University. The student's work during the placement will be structured and assessed as part of the degree. ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will have advanced knowledge and skills in mathematics, computer science and computational science, and in another area of science. Graduates will have improved life and employment skills including generic skills necessary to critically analyse and communicate scientific ideas and information, and a capacity to apply discipline knowledge and critical thinking to define and analyse problems, and develop effective solutions. The industrybased learning (IBL) streamThe IBL placement program of the computer science component of this double degree is available to Australian citizens and permanent resident visa holders who commenced their studies in 2006 or later, but it is not available to international students. A limited number of places will be available. Selection will be made after the completion of second year and will be based on academic performance and an interview conducted by industry partners. IBL students are required to be available during the normal holiday periods in summer and winter for special units and industrybased learning placements. FieldworkIndustrybased learning stream students must undertake an industry placement to complete the requirements of the course. StructureThis course comprises a minor and a major sequence in science, along with a specified number of core, elective and additional units in both science and computer science. For the purposes of this course, computer science units are not considered as science units. RequirementsScience component(1.) 96 points of science units including: (a.) MTH1112 Numbers, logic and graphs or STA1010 Statistical methods for science (6 points) (b.) SCI2010 The practice and application of science (6 points)* (c.) a major sequence in a science area of study (48 points) (d.) a minor sequence in mathematics (24 points) (e.) science elective units to complete a total of 96 points Note: For details of available science minor and major sequences, consult the section 'Science areas of study and sequences  Clayton' in this Handbook available at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2011handbooks/undergrad/sciaosclayton.html. Within the science component students must complete a minimum of four levelthree science units (24 points), and a maximum of six levelone science units (36 points) can be taken overall. Computer science component(2.) 96 points of computer science units including: (a.) 13 core units:
(b.) MTH2051/MTH3051 Introduction to computational mathematics (6 points) (c.) two approved levelthree computer science elective units (12 points)*** Recommended program of studyStage one (all students)
Note: Students with a strong mathematics background and a keen interest in the subject could replace the units MTH1030 and MTH2010 with their advanced versions MTH1035 and MTH2015 respectively. Enrolment in these units is with permission from the head of the School of Mathematics. Stage two (all students)
At the end of stage two, students should have completed two minor sequences  one in mathematics and one in another science area (not including computer science). Stages three and fourMain stream
IBL stream
* Students who have not completed the prerequisite requirements for MTH1030 should complete MTH1020 and MTH1030 at stage one, complete MTH2010 instead of SCI2010 at stage two, and complete SCI2010 instead of one of the science elective units at stage three. ** FIT2002 should be completed in summer semester, otherwise IBL students will need to overload in one semester by one unit. *** Students who complete the 12 point computer science project will only complete one approved levelthree computer science elective. Progression to further studiesStudents may apply for admission to an honours program in science, following the completion of an approved combination of at least 144 points of units including all of the science requirements for the double degree course. Students who are considering doing honours in science prior to completing the double degree should consult with the Faculty of Science regarding their unit selection prior to reenrolling for level three. Alternative exit(s)Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Science prior to the completion of the double degree course must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the science requirements for the double degree course. Students can graduate with a Bachelor of Computer Science after completion of 144 points of study provided all the requirements of this degree have been met. Award(s)Bachelor of Computer Science Bachelor of Science
