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Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences

Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences for 2018

Why study Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences?

Demand for information technology graduates exceeds supply in most economies – developed and developing. Whether you’re looking to study a wide range of IT units or specialise in a particular IT niche, a globally relevant and recognised IT degree from Monash can get you there.

This degree allows you to major in application development and networks, or business systems, and if you’d like to major in both areas, you can. Studies range from non-technical areas, such as organisational needs, to hardware, software, network and multimedia technologies. You will also learn the development and management skills needed to create and implement computer-based systems.

We prepare you with skills like advanced programming, software engineering and information and network security, so that you leave Monash armed with tools for success in your chosen career.

Students who continue on to our honours programme will polish their knowledge, preparing them for a more specialised career in the IT industry, further study or research.

This programme is offered by Monash South Africa in cooperation with Monash University. Successful completion of this programme leads to a Monash South Africa qualification.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are able to effectively use, develop and manage IT-based systems across various settings, such as business, government and industry. Graduates play leading professional roles in South Africa and overseas as:

  • business analysts
  • database administrators
  • IT consultants
  • network manager
  • specialist programmers
  • systems analysts.
Duration

3 years full-time

Fees for 2019
  • Domestic

    Fees are subject to change annually.

    R 94,750.00 (6,578.22 USD) per annum

  • International

    Fees are subject to change annually.

    R 94,750.00 (6,578.22 USD) per annum

    International fee per 48 credit points
    48 credit points represents a standard full-time course load for a year

Intakes
  • Domestic

    First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)

  • International

    First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)

Attendances

On-campus at South Africa : full-time

Course code

4307

Entry requirements

Minimum entrance requirements

You must be at least 17 years old when you enrol (applications may be made while you are 16).

Our classes are taught and assessed in English. View the English language requirements.

Entrance scores are indicative only and subject to change annually.

COURSE LEVEL ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

South African National Senior Certificate (NSC)

  • Minimum score: 33
  • Subject prerequisites: English (4) and Mathematics (4) or Math Literacy (5)

Minimum entrance requirements for non-school-leavers

If you don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry to the bachelor degree you'd like to study, the Foundation programme MSAFP) can get you there. The programme bridges the gap between your highest qualification and the academic qualifications accepted by Monash South Africa.

Applications

More information can be found by visiting How to apply

Entry requirements

International entry requirements

You must be at least 17 years old when you enrol (applications may be made while you are 16).

Our classes are taught and assessed in English. View the English language requirements.

Entrance scores are indicative only and subject to change annually.

COURSE LEVEL ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Levels

  • Minimum score: 8
  • Subject prerequisites: English and Math pass

Notes: Score A Levels grades as follows: A=5, B= 4, C=3, D=2, E=1. Score AS Level grades as follows: A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5

Examinations taken in maximum of 1 academic year.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Minimum score: 26
  • Subject prerequisites: English 4 (SL) or 3 (HL) and Math pass

Namibia HIGSCE

  • Maximum score: 16
  • Subject prerequisites: English and Math pass

Notes: Total score of six higher level subjects taken in one examination sitting*. Score higher level grades as follows: 1 (ONE), 2 (Two), 3 (THREE) and 4(FOUR), 0 (UNGRADED). Note: Grade 1 (ONE) is the highest and Grade 4 (FOUR) the lowest. Minimum English language requirement met by a maximum result of 2 in First Language English (Higher Level).

*A minimum of 6 subjects are taken in one examination sitting.

SAT

  • Minimum score:
    • 1710 prior to March 2016 (Total score out of 2400)
    • 1230 from March 2016 (Total score out of 1600)
  • Subject prerequisites: English and Math pass

Notes: High School Diploma (Grade 12) AND combined SAT scores of Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing.

Minimum entrance requirements for non-school-leavers

If you don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry to the bachelor degree you'd like to study, the Foundation programme MSAFP) can get you there. The programme bridges the gap between your highest qualification and the academic qualifications accepted by Monash South Africa.

Applications

More information can be found by visiting How to apply

Study areas for Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences

Business information systems

All organisations, from the largest multinational to the smallest start-up, need information technology (IT) to carry them through change and ensure their long-term viability.

As a business information systems analyst, you will be at the forefront of change, guiding organisations toward their goals.

In this major, you will develop a thorough understanding of business information systems, fundamental business IT concepts and how IT can be used to tackle business needs.

With the capacity to communicate with and understand the needs of software developers, business managers and users, you will be in demand to lead communication across all levels of business problem solving.

Computer networks and security

Our world runs on networks. We use mobile devices and the internet every day, and behind these lie a constantly evolving and crucial infrastructure including mobile communications, the cloud and broadband networks. Companies depend on these information networks for mission-critical operations.

In this major, you will gain in-demand technical expertise in computer networks and communication and a deep understanding of how software is controlled across cyberspace.

Greater connectivity has changed the way we live and do business. But it has also brought with it increased risk from threats such as viruses, hackers and cyber criminals.

You will learn how to develop safe software and design and implement security measures to protect information and keep organisations resilient and operational.

Mobile systems

The convergence of pervasive and ubiquitous technologies with the ability of mobile devices to handle several protocols, results in specific design challenges that require an in-depth understanding of the field of mobile systems.

This major specialises in mobile-specific concepts, practices and skills. The range of topics covered in this major include mobile operating systems, mobile networks, mobile data management, mobile programming, mobile HCI, mobile applications, as well as the Internet-of-Things.

You will gain the knowledge and skills to build user-friendly mobile applications for different mobile operating systems, manage client- and server-side content and data, as well as manage ubiquitous and seamless integration of different network types for mobile devices. The integration with the Internet-of-Things will be covered.

Software development

Software does everything from dispensing medicine to controlling flight paths and monitoring and shaping our shopping habits. As a software developer, you will build the applications that underpin contemporary life. Why not join this young and exciting field, which is constantly evolving, as new technologies emerge?

The Monash Software development major will provide you with all the skills you need for a career creating software, including software analysis, design and implementation.

You will learn to analyse an organisation's needs and gain the technological skills needed to create robust and elegant software, from mobile apps to web services and large-scale enterprise systems.

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