Master of Computer Science

Dates flexible
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview

Information and computing technology affects all aspects of modern life and there is a worldwide shortage of ICT professionals. Its applications now include, not only commerce and science, but also health, education, engineering, transport, government, entertainment, sport, and social networking. It has become so complex that only well-educated professionals are capable of developing and applying ICT systems in modern organisations. Even professionals in other disciplines need a sound understanding of ICT to perform their own jobs efficiently and effectively.

Emphasis is placed upon the structured design of algorithms for computer-based implementations of real-life tasks. The interactive execution, analysis and use of programs are discussed together with advanced algorithmic designs and programming techniques, informal notions of program specification and verification, a high-level description of the abstract architecture of the von Neumann machine, numerical and non-numerical applications, and social issues.

Who should take this course

ICT graduates are in high demand and career options include a wide variety of positions in the IT industry, including business intelligence expert, e-business development, information systems manager, IT project manager, software architect, software quality/testing specialist and systems analyst.

Course content

Students are required to complete the following core units as well as up to five directed electives:

  • COSC510 Software Project Management
  • COSC530 Parallel and Distributed Computing
  • COSC540 Computer Networks and Information Security
  • COSC550 Artificial Intelligence
  • COSC560 Advanced Web Programming
  • COSC570 User Experience and Interaction Design
  • COSC580 Algorithms in Machine Learning
  • COSC592 Masters Information Technology Project or
  • COSC593 Computing Science/IT Thesis

About Course Provider

Our aim is to offer you the most flexible study options without losing any of the rigour required in a quality tertiary education. You can study on campus for a traditional face-to-face education experience, or from wherever you are; our new generation of online study is making tertiary education more accessible than ever. Originally named New England University College, UNE was established as a college of the University of Sydney in 1938. It was the second university established in New South Wales and Australia’s first regional university. In 1954 the University became fully independent as the University of New England and pioneered teaching by correspondence to external students.

UNE offers a distinctive on-campus experience which is strengthened by one of Australia’s oldest residential systems. Living in any of the eight colleges offers students the best in modern on-campus living with superb academic support, pastoral care and the opportunity to partake in a wide range of social and sporting activities. UNE is internationally recognised for its innovative approach to online teaching and research excellence with 87% of its research fields rated world standard or above.

Research endeavours are supported through a number of flagship research centres:

  • The Animal and Genetics Breeding Unit (AGBU)
  • The Centre for Agriculture and Law (AgLaw)
  • Centre for Local Government
  • Institute for Rural Futures (IRF)
  • The Paleoscience Research Centre and
  • The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR).

As the biggest regional employer and an externally engaged organisation, the University actively pursues effective partnerships and plays a significant role in Armidale and wider rural and regional communities.

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