CompCybSec (Hons) - 4517

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Contact: UNSW Canberra, Student Administrative Services

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 1 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 48

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security (Honours)

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security (Honours) degree is intended for students wishing to deepen their knowledge and develop more advanced, independent research skills. The student will undertake courses that will extend their knowledge in their chosen topic area as well as enhancing their research skills. A major project will be undertaken that will result in a thesis dissertation of between 20,000 and 35,000 words. The dissertation may be larger or smaller depending on the project, the production of a specific Computing and Cyber Security artefact and discussion with the Honours supervisor.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

A student must obtain, usually over one year of study, a minimum of 48 units of credit approved by the Head of School.
  • The course work component will normally consist of four discipline-based courses (24 UOC) and two research courses (24 UOC).
  • The thesis component will be examined by two examiners, neither of whom will be the thesis supervisor.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students should have acquired all of the following learning outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of specialised knowledge in computing and cyber security.
  • Plan and execute a piece of research or a professional project with some independence.
  • Reflect critically on existing theoretical knowledge, ideas and practice within computing and cyber security to undertake address the research topic.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and judgement , personal autonomy and accountability in the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and social factors involved in the utilisation of computing in the service of the community in a global environment.
  • Demonstrate communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.

Program Structure

Full-time load:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Part-time load:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Academic Rules

Rules governing the award of the degree of Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security with Honours.

Admission Requirements

To enrol for the award of the degree at Honours level, a student must have:

i) completed a relevant Computing and Cyber Security pass degree; or

ii) gained an equivalent approved award from elsewhere; and

iii) have achieved at least a credit average (65) across the entire undergraduate program including a credit average over the Level III core Computing and Cyber Security courses or equivalent courses.

Calculation of Honours

The Honours year will consist of a combination of course work contributing 50% to the total final mark and supervised academic research exercise / thesis contributing the remaining 50%.

The final grade will be determined by the addition of the marks for the coursework component to the mark awarded for the thesis component.

Class of Honours

The Honours degree is awarded in three classes (Class 1, Class 2 in two Divisions, and Class 3) as follows:
  • Honours Class 1: WAM 85 or greater;
  • Honours Class 2 Division 1: WAM 75 to 84;
  • Honours Class 2 Division 2: WAM 65 to 74;
  • Honours Class 3 or Pass: WAM 50 to 64.
The weighting for the class of Honours is WAM-based.


Students who complete an Honours program and achieve an Honours Class 1 are well placed to apply for higher degree research degree (a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a professional doctorate in Cyber Security (DCyberSec) or a research Masters (MSc) and scholarships such as the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA). Further details on career opportunities for students who complete an Honours degree can be obtained from the School.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

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