Computing and Cyber Security - 4427

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA


Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 3 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 144

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security is a three-year program at pass level. If eligible, students who have completed the pass degree, may be admitted to an additional one-year Honours program (Program 4514).
This program is built on solid computer science and mathematics fundamentals with a focus on both theoretical foundations and practical approaches to computation and its applications within security. In this program, students first apply these techniques to gaming and then later learn more about hardware, systems, networking and the Internet, and learn to secure such environments.

The design methods, tools and programming ability gained can be applied to many kinds of computer applications. In a final-year capstone team project students will be able to select from a wide range of ADF and civilian application domains in which to develop these abilities in computing and cyber security.

Students will use state of the art equipment in all their security and forensics courses in a Cyber Range.
Pass-level students in Computing and Cyber Security should complete their programs within three years. Eligible and approved Honours students who are RAN midshipmen or RAAF officer cadets can continue with their programs at the end of the third year. Army officer cadets, however, at the end of their third year transfer to the Royal Military College, Duntroon. After completing a year of military training they are commissioned as lieutenants and those who are continuing with Honours return to the Academy to complete their program.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security program develops students’ lifetime skills including creativity, problem-solving ability, critical thinking and communication skills that will be useful not only in a Cyber Security or Cyber war environment but in all professions. It prepares students to deal with technical issues in a computing environment. It develops intellectual and practical problem-solving skills through studies across a range of computing specialisations.

Program Structure

The Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security involves a minimum of 120 units of credit (UOC) from the disciplinary core and 24 UOC from electives and General Education courses. The program rules allow students to include a mix of Computer Science and Cyber Security courses with 12 UOC of Level I elective courses from Science, Business, Engineering and the Arts.

The program structure shown in the table below should be read in conjunction with the program rules:

General Education
Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3

Stage I

Plus 12 UOC of free electives

Stage II

Plus 12 UOC General Education courses

Stage III

Academic Rules

1. Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students

A student must comply with the Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students. In the event of a conflict, the rules for the Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security take precedence over the Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students.

2. Program Rules Dictionary

“Level I” means courses at an introductory level, normally taken at Stage 1.
“Level II” means courses at an upper level, normally taken at Stage 2.
“Level III” means courses at an upper level, normally taken at Stage 3.
“Upper-Level” means courses normally taken at Stage 2 and Stage 3.

3. Program Rules

3.1 The degree of Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security shall be conferred as a 'Pass with Distinction' when a Distinction level performance based on a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 75% has been achieved in all courses completed.

3.2 To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security, a student shall normally be enrolled for a minimum of six semesters and gain a minimum of 144 Units of Credit (UOC) including:
(a) A maximum of 48 UOC of Level I courses, with 30 UOC of Core courses;
(b) A minimum of 84 UOC of upper-level Core courses;
(c) A minimum of 12 UOC of General Education courses; and
(d) At least 96 UOC must be taken from Upper-Level courses.

3.3 Students are required to include 12 UOC of General Education courses, usually taken in the second or third year of study.

Students must select one General Education course from each of the following groups:

Group 1: ZGEN2222 Introduction to Strategic Studies, OR ZGEN2801 Strategy, Management and Leadership;


Group 2: ZGEN2240 Introduction to Military Ethics, OR ZGEN2215 Law, Force and Legitimacy


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UNSW Canberra Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students

These regulations apply to all undergraduate degrees and are to be used in conjunction with Academic Rules and Program Information. All rules in this Handbook apply to each student who enters an undergraduate program in 2017. The rules remain applicable until the student exits their program, either by discontinuation or graduation. Students who entered a program in another year should consult the rules and regulations for that year.

Please refer to Faculty Regulations information

Related Program(s)

4514 Information Technology (Hons)