COMPH13978 Computer Science Honours
The Computer Science Honours program is a one year full-time or two year
part-time program. It is typically undertaken after completing the
requirements for The University of New South Wales Bachelor of Science,
or Bachelor of Arts degree, having satisfied the
various Computer Science prerequisites specified below. Applicants from
other universities who have majored in computer science and obtained
the equivalent of a 65 average are also eligible.
Entry to the honours program is by application to the Honours
Normally, students are expected to have attained a
weighted average mark (WAM) of 65 to qualify
for entry to the honours year. Students who do not meet this
expectation may be admitted in special circumstances.
You cannot use the university's on-line system to transfer
to computer science honours. An application form is
Specify COMPH13978 (Computer Science Honours) as your proposed study plan.
You should talk to prospective supervisors about projects as soon as
possible, or you may find that the project that interests you has been
taken by another student.
Students who have graduated with a three year computer science degree
from this or another university can apply for honours, but must
instead fill out an ``Application for admission to
This is so the university can make you an offer of admission.
In 2007, Computer Science Program Director is
Dr Tim Lambert, Room K17 510B (9385-6496) (email lambert.cs AT cse.unsw.edu.au).
The goals of the program are to:
- Provide advanced training in computer science to enable
graduates to competently undertake sophisticated computing tasks in industry
- Provide investigative academic training in preparation for undertaking
postgraduate research, through Masters and PhD programs.
In attaining these goals the following objectives are considered important:
The honours year has two components:
- To expand the scope and depth of training, by course work, in chosen
- To foster the development of personal initiative and group interaction
by encouraging individual and cooperative investigation of topics of interest.
- To foster the development of creativity and project management
by the planning and undertaking of significant project work.
- To promote the development of verbal and written presentation skills.
- To provide an environment for open and free enquiry based on the accepted
tenets of academic scepticism.
- To expose students to the rigour and excitement of novel enquiry.
- formal course work
- thesis project work.
Students who attain a 1st Class, or 2nd Class Division 1 Honours degree
are eligible for direct entry to a PhD or research Masters programs at
most Australian universities. An award of 1st Class Honours is
required for a successful application for an APA (Australian Postgraduate Award), worth approximately $16,000 per annum, to pursue a higher
degree, providing the candidate is eligible for such an award.
The honours year starts on Monday, 26th Feb 2007.
Every student is expected to undertake five courses, at least three of
should be level IV.
Level IV courses have numbers like COMP4xxx or COMP9xxx (except that
COMP9xxx courses that have a COMP3xxx equivalent course are level III).
Two of the five courses can be a level III
computer science. Normally, four of these
courses should be completed in
Session 1, and one in Session 2.
Advanced lecture courses from other Schools may be
substituted for computer science courses with the permission
of the honours coordinator.
The details of each course appear in the Undergraduate handbook and
are also available on the
The thesis project consists of the two courses COMP4910 (session 1) and
COMP4911 (session 2). You can obtain a list of projects from the
school office or the web.
You should consult the thesis home
to learn what the
requirements for the thesis are.
Honours grading is based on the weighted average mark (WAM) of all the
courses in your honours year or all the courses in all four years of
your degree, whichever one gives a higher grade of honours. Courses are weighted by their unit value.
To receive the medal, the thesis must also be outstanding (typically 90+).
You can apply for admission to honours before you have completed third
year if you wish. (This is sometimes needed so students can extend
their visas.) If you are admitted early, you must maintain a 65
average or you will be put back into the computer science major study plan.
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