Computer science provides solutions to the ever-increasing information challenges in the modern world. Organisations need people who can extract information from the massive datasets generated by banking, commerce and social networks and analyse it to affect real change. Big data is a new frontier in the commercial world.
Combining commerce and computer science gives you the skills to harness big data and commercialise digital innovations or intellectual property. Or you can use your theoretical and practical computing expertise to design and build efficient software solutions for the commercial sector. You have the opportunity to explore areas of interest or develop new ones, or combine your majors to develop key skills.
- Combine econometrics or actuarial studies with your computational and mathematical flair to create cutting-edge software for the commercial sector.
- Pair accounting or marketing with computer science to develop new technical products or software designed specifically for accountants and marketers.
- Specialise in data science and learn how to build and use analytical tools and simulation software to visualise and interpret commercial data.
The requirements below detail what you must study in order to complete this double-degree course and receive the awards.
Units are 6 points unless otherwise specified. You must complete 192 points, and:
1. 96 points must be completed in Parts A and B as described below in B2001 Bachelor of Commerce component, of which:
- at least 24 points must be completed at level 3
2. 96 points must be completed in Parts A, B, C, D and E as described below in C2001 Bachelor of Computer Science component, of which:
- no more than 36 points of level 1 units can be completed
- at least 36 points must be completed at level 3
Bachelor of Commerce is a comprehensive course, and in the double degree course you complete commerce specified study and a commerce listed major.
Part A. Commerce specified study (48 points)
This will provide you with a broad foundation for your study of commerce and expose you to several commerce disciplines. This will contribute breadth to your knowledge of commerce and address the graduate course outcomes. It will also give you the opportunity to learn more about each discipline before finalising your choice of major.
a. Students complete 6 units (36 points):
- ACC1100 Introduction to financial accounting or ACC1200 Accounting for managers
- BTC1110 Commercial law
- ECC1000 Principles of microeconomics
- ETC1000 Business and economic statistics
- MGC1010 Introduction to management
- MKC1200 Principles of marketing
b. Students complete one elective unit (6 points) from the Faculty of Business and Economics on the Clayton campus
c. Students complete one capstone, project, international or internship experience unit (minimum 6 points) chosen from the units listed below.
Note: Students who wish to choose a 12 point unit must discuss course progression with the Faculty.
- BEX3150 Sustainability practice and organisations
- BEX3500 Current issues in commerce
- ACX3500 International study program in accounting
- BEX3622 Issues in global business
- BEX3722 Engaging with international business
- BFX3871 International study program in banking and finance
- MKX3521 Global study programs in marketing
Part B. Commerce listed major (48 points)
This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your expertise in one discipline area. You will develop, apply and communicate an advanced level of understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of your major area of study.
You must complete a commerce listed major from your campus of enrolment. A major requires eight units with no more than two units (12 points) at level 1 and at least three units (18 points) at level 3.
Depending on the major you choose, you may have already studied one of the units as part of your commerce specified study. If so, you must complete an additional commerce unit offered at Clayton campus to bring the combined commerce study to at least 96 points from the Faculty of Business and Economics.
If you intend to undertake an honours year, you should ensure you complete the specific units required for honours in your chosen major area of study.
Minors and majors
Refer also to the table of minors and majors which also details if an area of study is available as a minor or major.
Computer science component
Bachelor of Computer Science course is a specialist course that develops through the themes of computer science foundation study, professional skills study, specialist discipline knowledge, problem solving and analytic skills study, and professional skills study which come together in applied practice.
Part A. Foundational computer science study (42 points)
This study will develop your understanding of the role and theoretical basis of computer science and computational methods.
You must complete:
- FIT1045 Algorithms and programming fundamentals in python
- FIT1047 Introduction to computer systems, networks and security
- FIT1008 Introduction to computer science
- FIT2004 Algorithms and data structures
- FIT2014 Theory of computation
- MAT1830 Discrete mathematics for computer science
- MAT1841 Continuous mathematics for computer science or MTH1030 Techniques for modelling
Part B. Professional skills study (6 points)
You must complete
Part C. Specialist discipline knowledge and Part D. Problem solving and analytical skills (36 points)
You must complete one of the following specialisations:
Part E. Applied practice (12 points)
You must complete a full-year project (12 points) relevant to your specialisation, or the industry-based learning units (18 points):
- FIT3161 Computer science project 1 and FIT3162 Computer science project 2
- FIT3163 Data science project 1 and FIT3164 Data science project 2
- FIT3045 Industry-based learning* (18 points)
You may be eligible to exit this double degree course early and graduate with one of the single awards once you have successfully completed a total of a 144 points, including all of the requirements for the relevant single degree component.
- 144 points to exit with the Bachelor of Commerce
- 144 points to exit with the Bachelor of Computer Science
You may be eligible to apply for a one-year honours course once you have successfully completed this double degree, or have completed all of the requirements for one of the single degrees including a total of 144 points. The following honours courses apply:
- B3701 Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
- C3702 Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours)
You are usually eligible to apply for honours if you achieve a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant discipline units at level 3. This sometimes also means you need to have completed specific units.