Advice on unit of study choice for first year students in IT degrees
This advice applies to students who enrolled in BCST, BCST(Adv) or BIT degrees in 2013. If you enrolled in an earlier year, the degree rules that apply to you are different, and you should seek individual advice. If you are in a different degree, you should seek guidance from the advisor responsible for that degree.
Overview
 At the start of the year, students enrol in units of study for both semesters.
 The normal load is 24 credit points per semester; a student must enrol in at least 18 credit points per semester to be regarded as “fulltime” for youth allowance, scholarship and visa requirements. You choose subjects for the whole year when you enrol, but these choices can be changed later.
 Check the Important Dates website for the last day to add a unit of study and the last day to withdraw a unit of study (without penalty).
All students in the BCST, BCST(Adv), and BIT must enrol in:
 The degree has two streams, Computer Science and Information Systems. A student has to specialize in one of them or both. There is no difference in subjects chosen in Year 1.
 Four compulsory (called “core”) firstyear units: INFO1103, INFO1105 (or equivalent units such as advanced versions), ENGG1805 and ELEC1601.
 12 credit points of firstyear (Junior) Mathematics  there is a wide choice for this, depending on the level of the student’s mathematical background (see below).
 The remaining space in the year can be used for “free elective” study of subjects chosen from Science, Arts, Engineering and IT, or Economics and Business.
 You are recommended to choose one of INFO1003 or INFO1903 (Adv) as your elective which is a useful foundation in IT.
Here is a diagram of the typical enrolment pattern (each cell represents 6 credit points). However some students choose to rearrange some of these choices (a few subjects like INFO1103 and INFO1003 are available in either semester, though each student can only complete a subject once).
Year/Sem 
Unit/Cp  Unit/Cp  Unit/Cp  Unit/Cp  Total Cp 

Year 1 Sem 1 
INFO1103: Introduction to Programming 
MATH1001: Differential Calculus & MATH1002: Linear Algebra  ENGG1805: Professionalism in Engineering and IT 
Free Elective  
6cp  6cp  6cp  6cp  24cp  
Year 1 Sem 2 
INFO1105: Data Structures or INFO1905: Data Structures (Adv) 
MATH1003: Integral Calculus & MATH1005: Statistics 
ELEC1601: Foundations of Computer Systems 
Free Elective  
6cp  6cp  6cp  6cp  24cp  
TOTAL  48cp 
Electives Suggestions
Below we show several common combinations of unit of study choice, which are especially suited for students with particular interests or those in particular situations. According to the Faculty resolutions, students are generally not allowed students to do.
Situation 
Year 1 
Unit of Study 


Students with high ATAR 
Sem 1 
INFO1903: Informatics (Adv) 

Sem 2 
Free elective 

Students interested in a broad coverage of Computing 
Sem 1 
INFO1003: Foundations of Information Technology 

Sem 2 
PHIL1012: Introductory Logic 

Students interested in applying IT to business 
Sem 1 
BUSS1001: Understanding Business 
Useful electives in higher years include INFS2020: Business Process Modelling & Improvement (sem2), INFS3040: Enterprise Systems & Integrated Business (sem1), INFS3050: Business Intelligence for Managers (sem2); all these INFS units can be done by any student who completed INFO1003 or INFO1903 with us 
Sem 2 
BUSS1002: The Business Environment 

Students interested in IT and Computing Hardware 
Sem 1 
ELEC1103: Foundations of Electronic Engineering

In later years, these students might wish to use their free electives for units chosen from the Digital and Telecommunications topics in Electrical and Information Engineering, such as (if available): ELEC2302: Signals and Systems; ELEC2602: Digital System Design; ELEC3305: Digital Signal Processing; ELEC3505: Communications; ELEC3607: Embedded Computing. 
Sem 2 
PHYS1003: Physics 1 (Technological)


Students seeking to combine IT study with a sideinterest (such as a language, or an arts, social science, or science field) 
Sem 1 
Free elective

Students can use free elective slots to study a sequence of units to provide knowledge and skills of another topic taught at the university, starting with one first year offering in each semester, and then continuing with second and third year offerings in later years. Some topics, such as languages, offer a variety of first year units depending on background; if you are interested, consult the department offering the subjects for guidance on which to enrol in. 
Sem 2 
Free elective

Other ITrelated uos in the elective space
If a student wants to study ITrelated uos as the electives, he/she can choose:
Semester 
Unit Code 
Subject 
Cp 

Semester 1 
DECO2101 
Digital Image Design & Representation 
6cp 

INFS2030 
eBusiness Management 
6cp 
Semester 2 
COSC1003 
Introduction to Computational Science 
6cp 

COSC1903 
Introduction to Computational Science (Adv) 
6cp 

DECO2103 
3D Modelling 
6cp 

INFS2020 
Business Process Modelling & Improvement 
6cp 
Midyear entry students
Students who enrol in July choose units of study for Semester 2 only (their first semester at the university). Below is a suggested Semester 2 enrolment:
Yr/Sem 
Unit/Cp 
Unit/Cp 
Unit/Cp 
Unit/Cp 


Year 1 Sem 2 
INFO1103: Introduction to Programming 
MATH1003: Integral Calculus & MATH1005 Statistics 
ELEC1601: Foundations of Computer Systems 
INFO1003: Foundations of Information Technology 


6cp 
6cp 
6cp 
6cp 
24cp 




TOTAL 
24cp 
Then in the following year, students will mix firstyear and secondyear units as shown here.
Yr/Sem 
Unit/Cp 
Unit/Cp 
Unit/Cp 
Unit/Cp 


Year 2 Sem 1 
ENGG1805: Professionalism in Engineering and IT 
MATH1001: Differential Calculus & MATH1002 Linear Algebra 
COMP2129: Operating Systems and Machine Principles 
INFO2120: Database Systems 1 


6cp 
6cp 
6cp 
6cp 
24cp 
Year 2 Sem 2 
INFO1105 Data Structures 
1 Intermediate Mathematics unit 
INFO2110: Systems Analysis and Modelling 
INFO2315: Introduction to IT Security 


6cp 
6cp 
6cp 
6cp 
24cp 




TOTAL 
48cp 
Notes on Mathematics unit of study choice
Students should complete 6 credit points of Mathematics each semester during their first year. There are a wide variety of alternative units of study offered, suited to different levels of previous experience:
 “Fundamental” units (MATH101x) assume a background equivalent to HSC
Mathematics;  “Normal” units assume HSC Mathematics Extension 1; and
 “Advanced” units assume HSC Mathematics Extension 2.
Many (but not all) of the first yearlevel units are worth 3 credit points each, so the usual pattern is to enrol in TWO Maths units per semester, each worth 3 credit points.
More information can be found on the School of Mathematics and Statistics website
The School does not limit which category of junior maths taken by a student. A student can do either the Fundamental or Normal or Advanced level; it all depends on a student’s background.

Fundamental 
Normal 
Advanced 


MATH101x 
MATH100x 
MATH190x 
Assumption 
Equivalent to HSC Mathematics 
HSC Mathematics Extension 1 
HSC Mathematics Extension 2 
Semester 1 
MATH1011: Applications of Calculus MATH1015: Biostatistics 
MATH1001: Differential Calculus MATH1002: Linear Algebra 
MATH1901: Differential Calculus (Adv) MATH1902: Linear Algebra (Adv) 
Semester 2

MATH1013: Mathematical Modelling MATH1014: Introduction to Linear Algebra 
MATH1003: Integral Calculus and Modelling MATH1005: Statistics 
MATH1903: Integral Calculus and Modelling (Adv) MATH1005: Statistics (Adv) 
List of potential free electives
See the Faculty Handbooks for Arts, Science, and Economics and Business here.