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Computer Systems Networking and Information Technology
BB-CSNBIT

Computer Systems and Networking, Information Technology

Bachelor double degree

This double degree addresses the market demand for expertise in the design of distributed computing and sensing environments and the networks that underpin them.

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  • ATAR
    Guaranteed ATAR 70
  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Technology (Computer Systems and Networking), Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Duration
    4 years full-time
  • Credit
    800
  • CRICOS
    102589F
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Select your preferred campus:

New-to-Curtin applicants for first semester 2023 apply through TISC. See TISC application deadlines.
You may also be able to apply directly to Curtin from 16 January 2023 if places are still available.

2023

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2024

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2025

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

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Why study Computer Systems and Networking, Information Technology at Curtin?

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Outline

Outline

This course focuses on computer technology (hardware and software), communications and networking that incorporate Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs), as well as network management and the Internet of Things. 

It covers fundamental programming and security knowledge, network programming and other aspects of distributed computing. You’ll learn Python as a tool for programming and Linux skills – starting with the basics and progressing to advanced topics. 

The course addresses the market demand for expertise in the design of distributed computing and sensing environments and the networks that underpin them. It will prepare you for careers in in-demand, specialist areas of ICT; and for valuable industry certifications such as Cisco and Amazon Web Services. Upon completion, you'll have a sound knowledge of computer systems and the processes involved in software development and maintenance.

If you have a high course-weighted average, you may be eligible to enter the Graduate Diploma in Professional Engineering.

How this course will make you industry ready

This course will provide you with a sound knowledge of computer systems and processes involved in software development and maintenance. You’ll learn Python as a tool for programming and Linux skills – starting with the basics and progressing to advanced topics and includes preparation for valuable industry certifications such as Cisco and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

What jobs can the Bachelor of Technology (Computer Systems and Networking), Bachelor of Information Technology lead to?

Careers

  • Computer programmer
  • Computer security consultant
  • Industrial network engineer
  • IT professional
  • Network and system administrator
  • Software engineer / developer
  • Systems designer
  • Telecommunications manager

Industries

  • Applications and software
  • Defence
  • Cyber security
  • Finance and insurance
  • IT analysis
  • Government and public administration
  • Mining and production operational technology
  • Professional, scientific and technical services

What you'll learn

  • apply the theory of computer systems networking within the engineering design method, whilst remaining cognisant of network operational issues
  • define a problem and apply creative thinking to the formulation of a solution; verify and implement the solution
  • access information, evaluate and organise information relevant to computer systems networking
  • document networking information to meet technical and legal requirements; communicate concepts and technical information to lay and professional personnel in written, oral and electronic forms
  • use appropriate tools to design, analyse and verify computer systems networks and their components
  • recognise that the computer systems networking industry changes rapidly, and maintain currency via a spirit of inquiry and relevant further study
  • apply international standards, practices and conventions appropriate to computer systems networking
  • function effectively within a typical multidisciplinary and multi-cultural engineering design team as a team member, manager or team leader, recognising individual human rights
  • commit to and behave in accordance with the professional and ethical responsibilities of engineers

Professional recognition

Graduates meet Engineers Australia’s Stage 1 Competency Standard for Engineering Technologists and can apply for relevant membership. Graduates can also apply for accreditation by the Australian Computer Society.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    At least Mathematical Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematical Methods ATAR is desirable.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Alternative pathways

  • UniReady

    If you don’t meet our minimum admission criteria, the UniReady Enabling Program can help you qualify for entry into a range of undergraduate courses.

  • Certificate IV + English Competency

    The certificate IV is the minimum requirement for university entry. It qualifies you for entry to Curtin courses with a 70 ATAR. You must also meet English language proficiency.

  • Indigenous applicant

    If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

  • STAT entry

      

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Pathways

  • STAT entry

      

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    At least Mathematical Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematical Methods ATAR is desirable.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

      

  • STAT entry

      

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    At least Mathematical Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematical Methods ATAR is desirable.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

• attained an ATAR of 70 and completed the prerequisites; or

• if you have studied Maths Applications ATAR or equivalent 

  • completed 75 credits within one semester with a semester weighted average (SWA) of at least 70%; or
  • completed 100 credits within one semester with SWA of 65% or higher, 
  •  including any unit/s assessed as comparable to meeting the prerequisites (Maths Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR or equivalent); or

• if you have studied Maths Methods or higher:

  • completed 75 credits within one semester with an SWA of 65%; or
  • completed 100 credits within one semester with an SWA of 60% or higher, 
  • plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to MATH1015 or MATH1016 or higher.

 

The Maths Methods prerequisite can be met with:

• Maths Methods ATAR; or

• MATH1014 Foundations of Calculus or higher unit

 

The Physics ATAR prerequisite can be met with:

• Physics ATAR; or

• PHYS1006 Foundations of Physics or higher unit

 

The Chemistry ATAR prerequisite can be met with:

• Chemistry ATAR; or

• CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry or higher unit

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    At least Mathematical Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematical Methods ATAR is desirable.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

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Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool
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2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

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