Bachelor of Computer Science/Master of Information Technology

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00300K (NT/VIC); 03286A (NSW)

The Bachelor of Computer Science/Master of Information Technology focuses on developing your skills and knowledge in a specialised area of your choice in information technology.As a computer science specialist, your role will be to continue to not only improve technologies vital to the modern world but also educate your community about their importance.You will develop skills and knowledge in the principles and applications of computer science as well as strengthen your problem solving, decision making and communication skills making you a confident and competent candidate for your dream job.During your master’s studies, you will focus on three information technology specialisations; software engineering, cyber security, information systems and data science, so you can follow your interests in related fields.


This combined degree consists of core computer science units, specialist IT units in software engineering, cyber security and information systems and data science, a yearlong thesis and a project. The first three years of study introduce basic computer science skills. The next two years allow students to specialise to a higher professional information technology standard.The course is available on campus or externally by distance learning for those who are not able to attend classes on campus on a regular basis. Access to the internet is required for distance learning, with access to high speed broadband highly recommended.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 400 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCommon Units(2 units)20cpCommon units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologySelect Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing optionsBachelor of Computing Science Core Units(20 units)200cpCompulsory Core units totalling 200 credit points as detailed below.HIT137 Software NowHIT140 Foundations of Data Science (replaces STA101 from 2021)HIT164 Computing FundamentalsHIT172 Operating Systems and ApplicationsSMA101 Mathematics 1ASMA102 Mathematics 1BHIT220 Algorithms and ComplexityHIT226 Mobile Web StructuresHIT234 Database Concepts (replaces BIS234 from 2019)HIT235 Digital Systems and Computer ArchitectureHIT237 Building Interactive SoftwareHIT274 Network Engineering Applications (replaces HIT174 from 2020)PMO201 Project ManagementENG303 Research ProjectHIT326 Database Drive Web ApplicationsHIT332 Embedded and Mobile Systems (on campus attendance required)HIT333 Cyber Security (replaces BIS243 from 2019)HIT339 Distributed Development (replaces HIT337 from 2019)HIT365 C ProgrammingHIT381 Human Computer Interaction Design Undergraduate Electives (2 units)20cpElective units totalling 20 credit points selected from undergraduate units offered by the University.Master of Information Technology Core Units(4 units)40cpCompulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.ENG519 Sustainability (replaces ENG417 from 2021)PRT503 Entrepreneurship for ProfessionalsPRT551 Project Management, Risk and ReliabilityPRT581 Principles of Software Systems (replaces PRT451 from 2020)Master of Information Technology Specialist Electives (5 units)60cpSpecialist Elective units totalling 60 credit points selected from one of the specialist streams.Software EngineeringPRT580 Discrete Structures (replaces HIT400 from 2020)PRT582 Software Engineering: Process and Tools (replaces PRT452 from 2020)PRT583 Process Development Methodologies (replaces PRT453 from 2020)PRT585 Software Engineering Practice (20cp) (replaces PRT455 from 2020)PRT574 Security Assessment in Software DevelopmentInformation Systems and Data SciencePRT541 Information Systems Management (replaces PRT456 from 2020)PRT571 Asset Security and Risk ManagementPRT563 Advanced Data Management (replaces PRT561 from 2019)PRT564 Data Analytics and Visualisation (replaces PRT562 from 2019)PRT547 Information System Practice (20cp) (replaces PRT457 from 2020)Cyber SecurityPRT571 Asset Security and Risk ManagementPRT572 Communications and Network Security EngineeringPRT573 Identity Access Management and Security OperationsPRT574 Security Assessment in Software DevelopmentPRT558 Security Practice (20cp) Research Units(2 units)40cpResearch units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.PRT820 Thesis x 2 (20cp, repeatable) Postgraduate Electives (2 units)20cpElective units totalling 20 credit points selected from Postgraduate units offered by the University. 400cpTotal Credit Points Course Changes from 2021HIT140 Foundations of Data Science replaces STA101 Statistics 1 from 2021. Students who have already completed STA101 will not be required to complete HIT140.ENG519 Sustainability replaces ENG417 Sustainability from 2021. Students who have already completed ENG417 will not be required to complete ENG519.Course Changes from 2020HIT274 Network Engineering Applications replaces HIT174 Network Engineering Concepts as a core unit from 2020. Students who have already completed HIT174 will not be required to complete HIT274. 


  • Engineering and IT, Design and Construction

Standard entry requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 80*.Successful completion of a national qualification at Diploma level or higher.Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma with a GPA of at least 5.Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 162 (or a score of 168 if prior to May 2010).Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program or the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses or a recognised enabling course of at least twelve months duration.* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina International: $29,616 No
  • Full-time : 5 years
  • Part-time : 10 years
CDU Online International: $29,616 No
  • Full-time : 5 years
  • Part-time : 10 years

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