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Bachelor of Information Technology


Bachelor of Information Technology

Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course title


Bachelor of Information Technology


Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Admission to candidature

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.
Applicants from other Engineering and Information Technologies or Science degree programs at the University of Sydney who have completed at least 48 credit points may be permitted to transfer to the Bachelor of Information Technology degree if their mark averaged over all attempted units of study is 70 or greater.

4 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the courses are set out in the Bachelor of Information Technology units of study table.
To qualify for the award of the pass degree, a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points, comprising:
a minimum of 144 credit points of core and selected core units of study in the chosen stream; and
18 credit points of selected Mathematics and Statistics units, with at least six credit points at 2000-level or above; and
30 credit points of elective units of study;
and ensuring:
(i)  no more than 72 credit points in junior (1000-level) units of study, and
(ii)  at least 84 credit points in 3000-level or above units of study.

5 Streams

Completion of a stream is a requirement of the course. Candidates have the option of completing up to two streams. Candidates must follow the progression of study as prescribed by the table of units of study for the stream. The streams available are:
Computer Science
Information Systems.

6 Progression rules

Candidates must maintain a credit average in 1000 and 2000-level core units. If this level of result is not achieved, candidates will be transferred to the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology degree program with full credit for units of study already completed.

7 Requirements for the Honours degree

Honours is available to meritorious candidates who complete an alternative set of units of study in the final year of the program. Candidates shall complete the requirements for the honours course full-time over two consecutive semesters. Part-time study is permitted if the Head of Department/ Discipline/ Program Coordinator is satisfied the candidate cannot undertake full-time study.
Admission to the honours program is by permission of the program coordinator after the completion of third year. Admission requires an ISWAM of at least 65 in units of study completed to that point.
To qualify for the award of the honours degree a candidate must complete the requirements for the pass degree but include the alternative 24 credit point honours pathway described in the table of units for the degree, 24 credit points in 4000 or 5000-level selected core units of study and achieve a Computer Science Honours Result of 65 or above. Completion of the degree is required in the minimum standard full time duration. The honours mark will be determined by calculating the WAM in all 4000 and 5000-level units completed.
Candidates qualified to enrol in two honours courses may either:
complete the honours courses in the two streams separately and in succession; or
complete a joint honours course, equivalent to an honours course in a single stream, in the two streams.
A joint honours course shall comprise such parts of the two honours courses as may be decided by the Dean.

8 Award of the degree

The Bachelor of Information Technology is awarded in the grades of either Pass or Honours. The honours degree is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Third Class as below:


Honours Mark Range

Honours Class I

80 <= WAM

Honours Class II (Division 1)

75 <= WAM < 80

Honours Class II (Division 2)

70 <= WAM < 75

Honours Class III

65 <= WAM < 70

Honours not awarded

WAM < 65

A candidate who does not meet the requirements for the award of honours but who have otherwise satisfied the requirements of the Bachelor of Information Technology shall graduate with the pass degree.

9 University Medal

A student with an honours mark of 90 or above and a minimum ISWAM of 80 may be awarded a university medal. The medal is awarded at the discretion of the Faculty to the highest achieving students who in the opinion of the Faculty have an outstanding academic record, in accordance with the Coursework Rule.

10 Course transfer

Candidates may apply to the Dean for permission to transfer candidature to the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology. There is no WAM requirement for candidates wishing to transfer to the standard Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology degree.
Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Information Technology who have satisfied the requirements of the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Advanced), Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology or Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Advanced) may elect to transfer to such degree with the permission of the faculty.

11 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2011 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2011 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2011 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement.