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Undergraduate Handbook

Computer Science/Digital Media - 3982

Program Summary

Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Typical Duration: 4 Years
Typical UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC Per Semester: 3
Max UOC Per Semester: 27
Min UOC For Award: 192
Bachelor of Digital Media (Major)
Bachelor of Science

Program Description

The BSc (Computer Science) BDM combined program provides both a technical and creative foundation to the development and use of computer graphics. It also allows specialisation in the final semester in either the technical or creative strand of computer graphics and associated fields.

Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Please contact the School of Computer Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Science for information on the Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes.

Program Structure

The Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Digital Media can be studied by two plans:

Plan COMPA13982
Plan DIGMA13982

Year 1
And ONE of:

Year 2
  • Plus SMAor CSE elective (6UOC)
Note: MATH2400 is now offered in semester 1 only. Students may choose to complete this requirement in one of the following ways until a better arrangement can be made:
  • Add MATH2400 to your semester one 2009 load - this will mean you take 21 units of credit in semester two 2008, and 27 units of credit in semester 1, 2009; OR
  • Substitute MATH2400 in semester two 2008 with MATH1231; OR
  • Substitute both MATH2400 and MATH2859 with MATH3411. Note that the pre-req for MATH3411 is MATH1081.
Please also note that 3982 students have permission from the School of Maths to use MATH1131 or MATH1141 as a pre-req substitution for enrolment into MATH2589.

Enrolment should be possible via myUNSW without assistance. However, if you do experience any difficulties please contact the CSE Student Office for assistance.

Year 3
  • Plus Level 3/4 Computer Science Electives (12UOC)
  • Plus approved SMA or CSE elective (12UOC)
  • Plus Open Elective elective (6UOC)

Year 4
  • Plus Level 3/4 Computer Science Electives (18UOC)
  • Plus approved SMA or CSE elective (6UOC)
  • Plus Open Elective elective (6UOC)

General Education Requirements

Students in this program are exempt from General Education requirements.


Honours (Optional) COMPAH3978

Computer Science Honours takes one year full-time or two years of part-time study.

Normally, students are expected to have attained an average mark of 65 (according to NewSouth Student calculations) to qualify for entry to the Honours year. Students who do not meet this expectation may be admitted in special circumstances. Students who have graduated with a three-year computer science degree from UNSW or another university can apply for admission to Honours. Application forms are available from the Student Office of Computer Science and Engineering in K17 G01. Detailed information about the program is available at the Honours website at:

Academic Rules

Please refer to Program Structure for the Academic Requirements relating to this program.


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

Futher Information and Requirements

Some courses listed here also offer advanced versions

Computing Requirements
Information regarding recommended computing equipment and software for the program is available from the School of Computer Science and Engineering Help Desk.

Professional Recognition

Engineers Australia

The professional body for engineering in Australia is Engineers Australia, which has as its first objective the promotion of the science and practice of engineering in all its branches.

Engineers Australia has its national headquarters in Canberra and functions through a series of divisions, the local one being the Sydney Division. Within each division are branches representing the main interests within the profession, e.g. civil, mechanical, electrical, engineering management and environmental engineering.

Students of an approved school of engineering may join the Institution as a student member (StudIEAust). Student members receive the monthly publication Engineers Australia and for a small fee they also receive The Transactions which contains articles on a particular branch of engineering.

Student members are invited to participate in the Excellence Award for Work Experience, the National Young Engineer of the Year Award and to avail themselves of other Engineers Australia services including the Mentor Scheme and industrial experience guidance.

For more information and membership application forms, contact Engineers Australia, Sydney Division, Level 3, 8 Thomas Street, CHATSWOOD NSW 2067 - telephone 02 9410 5600

The Australian Computing Society

The peak professional body for computing in Australia is the Australian Computing Society (ACS) -

The objectives of the ACS can be found here and include: "advanc[ing] professional excellence in information and communications technology, and further[ing] the study, science and application of information and communications technology."

Again, students who want to join ACS should go to Member Application

Area(s) of Specialisation

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