The following is an informal summary of the rules and conditions applying to the Honours degree, intended to give a convenient introduction to the nature of the program.
The formal regulations which apply can be found in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies Handbook which should be consulted as the authoritative source.
The Computer Science Honours program provides specialist training for postgraduate research in Computer Science, and for IT research and development in industry or business. The Information Systems Honours program provides graduates with the analytical and consulting skills for solving problems (or performing research) in a variety of areas in the IT sector. Both consist of advanced coursework related to the research interests of members of the School and a year-long project conducted under the supervision of an academic staff member.
As a specialist degree, the aim of Honours is not to cover the full breadth of IT, but rather to introduce students to the cutting edge in selected areas of research and practice. It provides an opportunity to become actively involved in the research carried out by members of the School. Graduates take skills with them into the workplace which give them a competitive edge. Consequently, University of Sydney graduates are much in demand within industry.