In our computer systems degree, you’ll find a major focus on industry engagement. In partnership with IT industry giants such as Cisco, VMware and Microsoft, we deliver a course based on current and future industry requirements. 

In this information technology (IT) degree, you will learn:

  • cloud computing
  • virtualisation
  • system administration
  • cybersecurity
  • network administration
  • the emerging area of the Internet of Things (IoT)

Gain hands-on, practical experience using real equipment as well as the theoretical knowledge to be productive in the workforce from day one. You’ll learn using courseware from industry academies, which can also lead to industry certifications. You’ll be ready to demonstrate your value to an employer with this evidence based approach.

Your future careers opportunities may include: 

  • computer network and systems engineer
  • systems administrator
  • cloud and virtualisation engineer
  • security specialist

The Australian Government Job Outlook site rates these as job areas expected to grow strongly to very strongly to 2022. High profile companies such as Telstra, IBM and Dimension Data have employed our recent graduates.

The degree has professional accreditation from the Australian Computer Society.

Course admission profile




Course Code BCS03
VTAC Code Box Hill-5100251092;
CRICOS Code 053076G
Study Areas System Administration
Networking
Study Level Undergraduate
Course Type Bachelor
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
International Fee $18,110.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees No materials fee applies
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies


* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

You must have completed:

  • Australian Year 12 or international equivalent with a pass
  • Year 12 mathematics (or international equivalent) with a pass

A minimum IELTS overall score of 6.0 (Academic) with no band less than 5.5. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 for paper examination; 213 for computer based and 79 for Internet based.

For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.

February and July

Full time: 3 years (classes are conducted on weekdays)

Mode of delivery is face to face.

After successfully completing the first and second year of the Bachelor of Computer Systems, you will be eligible for the Associate Degree of Computer Systems.

Box Hill

Year 12 applicants (VTAC) must:

  • have successfully completed VCE, with a study score of at least 20 in Maths (any) and 20 in English (any). Additional consideration will be given for achievement in physics, chemistry, systems and technology, technological design and development and/or mathematics methods.

Direct Entry (non-Year 12 applicants) must:

  • meet the Maths and English criteria listed under Year 12 applicants. If you do not meet the above Maths and English criteria, you are required to present evidence of current employment or experience in the ICT industry together with evidence of your ability to meet the demands of the program. Mature age students are welcome to apply.

Interview: All applicants will be interviewed. You will be asked a series of questions relating to your suitability for the course. You are expected to demonstrate a clear understanding of career goals and an aptitude for the course of study, including any relevant industry experience.

Successful completion will enable you to pursue higher education programs at other tertiary organisations.

We have established articulation pathways to Honours and Masters programs at several Australian universities. Please contact us for more details.

Direct entry. See how to apply or contact the international office.

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 and Box Hill Institute Graduate Attributes.

Graduates will:

  • gain a solid background of technical skills and knowledge that will allow them to be employed as graduate professionals in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industries. This technical knowledge and skill is accompanied by a comparative and conceptual framework that supports the acquisition of new and emerging technologies. The knowledge is based on the Computing Professional level of the Australian Computer Society Core Body of Knowledge
  • critically engage with the core body of knowledge to analyse, comprehend and synthesise new information, concepts and evidence
  • analyse, design and troubleshoot complex systems, with a particular focus on network, security or data centre issues
  • analyse a complex situation and propose and implement novel solutions requiring professional judgement
  • apply communications and relationships skills and knowledge needed by ICT professionals in corporate settings
  • solve both routine and complex problems in the context of professional practice and/or scholarship
  • create, select, adapt and apply appropriate knowledge, techniques, resources, and advanced computing tools to complex computing activities, with an understanding of parameters
  • investigate, assess and critically evaluate new technologies, applying technical, ethical and business criteria

 

 

After successful completion, you may wish to apply for employment opportunities such as:

  • computer networking engineer
  • internet/intranet network administrator
  • network analyst
  • network design engineer
  • network capacity planner
  • network solutions architect
  • data centre engineer
  • data centre administrator
  • systems administrator
  • systems engineer
  • systems analyst

Some of our graduates have been employed by high profile companies such as IBM, Telstra and Dimension Data.

Australian Government Jobs Outlook service predicts strong growth for Systems Administrators to 2022 with 24,000 positions expected to be available between 2017 and 2022. Over the same period there will be an expected 10,000 jobs for Network Administrators. The current and future demand for Cyber Security administrators is off the scale!

You will complete 20 core subjects and choose 4 electives to make a major stream (networking or virtualisation).

We expect to enrol between 60 and 100 students.

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ICT315 ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION 6.0

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ICT114 MATHEMATICS FOR COMPUTING 6.0

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ICT223 OPERATING SYSTEMS 1 6.0

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ICT212 ADVANCED ROUTING 6.0

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ICT112 NETWORKING AND ROUTING BASICS 6.0

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ICT113 COMPUTER SYSTEMS HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE 6.0

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ICT315 ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION 6.0

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ICT215 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 6.0

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ICT213 MULTI-USER OPERATING SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION 6.0

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ICT321 EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES 6.0

This subject is designed to keep students abreast of current trends and potential future changes in technology. A selection of technologies will be discussed, along with the reasons for their emergence and/or their potential to transform the current technology market. It is envisaged that this subject will be where new technologies will be explored.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 2 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: ICT212 Advanced Routing
ICT213 Multi user Operating Systems
ICT218 Internet Technologies
Assessment: Assessment 1:Write a critical report on an emerging technology in the Information Technology area 20%
Assessment 2:Write a critical report on an emerging technology in IT, science or an engineering area 20%
Assessment 3: Four presentations 60%

ICT122 SWITCHING PRINCIPLES AND WAN TECHNOLOGIES 6.0

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ICT115 OBJECT-ORIENTED DESIGN AND PROGRAMMING 6.0

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ICT320 COMPUTER SYSTEMS PROJECT 6.0

This subject provides students with an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and practical skills learned during the course. Each student will undertake an ICT-based project. The aim of the project will be to develop a new ICT product or enhance an existing system. Each project will go through the various system development life cycle stages including project planning, design, implementation and testing. Students will present their project outcomes and demonstrate working of the project during a seminar arranged by a project coordinator at the end of the semester.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 4 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: ICT318 Strategic Project Management
Assessment: Assessment 1:Project planning and design 25%
Assessment 2:Project progress tracking 15%
Assessment 3:Project presentation and demonstration 15%
Assessment 4: Final Project Report 45%

ICT118 DATABASE AND INFORMATION RETRIEVAL 6.0

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ICT218 INTERNET TECHNOLOGIES 6.0

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ICT318 STRATEGIC PROJECT MANAGEMENT 6.0

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ICT117 SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN 6.0

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ICT219 NETWORK SECURITY 6.0

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ICT224 ENTERPRISE VIRTUALISATION 6.0

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ICT317 ICT SUSTAINABILITY 6.0

The ICT industry global accounts for 2% of all carbon emissions. It is incumbent on the ICT industry to reduce this figure. The ICT Sustainability subject will examine the issues of climate change and investigate possible mitigation techniques. The latest ICT technologies, that will reduce the carbon footprint of the ICT industry will be examined. The subject will incorporate thought leadership which will consider incorporating Green IT into the business environment.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 2 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: ICT212 Advanced Routing
ICT213 Multi user Operating Systems
ICT215 Business Management
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ICT335 INTERNET OF THINGS 6.0

This subject is designed to facilitate a practical and theoretical
examination of the Internet of Things. We will study the Internet of Things, its application, technologies and how it may impact the future.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 2 hours practical x 13 weeks

Assessment 1: Lab Journal 40%
Assessment 2: Discussion Forums 10%
Assessment 3: Research Report 25%
Assessment 4: Exam 25%
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ICT123 COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE 6.0

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ICT119 INTRODUCTION TO CLOUD COMPUTING 6.0

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ICT216 WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES 6.0

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ICT226 INFORMATION STORAGE AND MANAGEMENT 6.0

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ICT322 INTERNETWORKING TROUBLESHOOTING 6.0

This subject introduces the students to effective techniques in finding and solving problems within a medium sized WAN and LAN network design. Various debugging methodologies, diagnosis tools and documentation techniques will be introduced in lectures and consolidated with the use of case studies, real examples and short tests.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 4 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1:Research Report 30%
Assessment 2:Skills exam 30%
Assessment 3:Exams 40%

ICT312 MULTILAYER SWITCHING 6.0

This subject includes Cisco Academy module CCNP "Implementing IP Switching". This subject builds on the concepts of routing and remote access introduced in second year. A strong emphasis will be placed on practical work to enhance these concepts. Students will be exposed to the challenge of designing and implementing a multilayer switching design local area network.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 4 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: ICT122 Switching Principles and WAN Technologies
Assessment: Assessment 1: Research Report 30%
Assessment 2: Skills exam 30%
Assessment 3: Exam 40%

ICT319 NETWORK DESIGN PROJECT 6.0

After completion of this subject, students will gain skill and knowledge necessary to design small and medium-sized computer network including LAN, WAN and wireless network. Student will also learn to transform their technical skill into real life scenario by working on a project involving network design.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 4 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: ICT216 Wireless Technologies
Assessment: Assessment 1:In-class assessment 25%
Assessment 2:Design reports 50%
Assessment 3:Exam 25%

ICT332 DATA CENTRE DESIGN 6.0

This subject builds on the concept of designing a modern data centre. It includes implementation of various virtualisation techniques to reduce required physical equipment, and network and storage consolidation. Additional measures to reduce power consumption and provide effective cooling systems will be discussed to design an energy-efficient data centre. Finally, all other aspects of data centre design including consideration for growth, flexibility, security, business continuity, interconnection technologies, location and optimisation will be considered.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 2 hours practical x 13 weeks
Prerequisites: Nil
Assessment: Assessment 1:In-class assessment 20%
Assessment 2:Research Report 1 30%
Assessment 3:Research Report 2 30%
Assessment 4: Final Exam 20%

ICT334 APPLICATION VIRTUALISATION 6.0

This subject includes Citrix courseware.

This subject explores the various components of an Application Virtualization environment. Curriculum includes Application Virtualization concepts, Application Virtualization Infrastructure, Server role in Application delivery, publish applications, content and desktops to users, Streaming applications, Load management, Client Solutions and securing the Application Virtualized environment.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 4 hours practical x 13 weeks
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ICT333 DESKTOP VIRTUALISATION 6.0

This subject includes Citrix courseware.

This subject explores the various components of desktop and application virtualization environments. For desktop virtualization this includes desktop virtualization issues; VDI (virtualized desktop infrastructure; streaming desktop technologies; and possible desktop client solutions. For application virtualization this includes AVI (application virtualization infrastructure); server role in application delivery; and publishing applications and content to users. Integration of these into an optimised environment is considered along with issues such as load management and security.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 4 hours practical x 13 weeks
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Assessment: Assessment 1:Project Report 35%
Assessment 2:Presentation 15%
Assessment 3:Final Exam 50%

ICT336 NETWORK VIRTUALISATION 6.0

This subject deals with the issues of managing a Virtualised Network environment. This includes many new network concepts. Examples are Software Defined Networks, Northbound and Southbound interfaces, SDN Controllers, Openflow, NSX Virtualised Network Platform, Network Virtualisation and Network Function Virtualisation.

Contact hours are 2 hour lecture and 2 hours practical x 13 weeks

Assessment 1:Research Report 35%
Assessment 2:Presentation 15%
Assessment 3:Final Exam 50%

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