Bachelor of Computer Science (Digital Systems Security)
Developed and awarded by University of Wollongong, Australia.
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This programme develops knowledge, strategic thinking, research and communication skills needed to succeed in this rapidly growing industry. You will learn advanced security programming and techniques, and understand strategies in information protection and coding, to ensure correctness, security and data authenticity.
Fight Cyber-crime with Digital Security Skills
As we expand our digital lives, information is crossing borders and networks at a speed and volume that is hard to comprehend. The security of our personal and financial information has hence become a key issue for individuals, industry and government.
Cyber-crime has also posed a real and persistent threat to any organisation whose online system has to offer convenient access to legitimate users, and yet be secure enough to prevent hacking and theft.
The knowledge, research and strategic thinking skills developed through the Digital Systems Security programme are needed to succeed in this rapidly growing industry, ensuring privacy and preventing crimes.
Australian Computer Society (ACS)
The ACS has mutual recognition of qualifications with:
- Singapore Computer Society
- International Federation of Information Processing
- South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation
- Malaysia National Computer Confederation
- Seoul Accord – mutual recognition between ABEEK (Korea), ABET (US), BCS (UK), CIPS (Canada), HKIE (HK and China), IEET (Taiwan), JABEE (Japan)
Study Opportunities (offered at UOW Australia)
Students in the UOW programme at SIM are eligible to transfer to the Wollongong campus but subject to separate application and enrolment process. Graduates can apply to enrol in the Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) programme at Wollongong campus.
Potential careers include:
- e-Security Manager, providing secured access to enterprise information over the Web from both inside and outside corporate networks for e-commerce enterprises
- Cryptographer, developing strong encryption products for Internet communication in business, financial institutions, government and other major organisations
- Database Security Administrator, ensuring identification and authentication for a wide range of corporations
- Software Architect
- Entrepreneur for e-Security businesses
- IT Auditor
- Chief Security Officer
- Designer and developer of secured hardware systems for financial services, defence, government and media
This programme is taught in Singapore by local academics and/or practitioners as well as UOW academics.
Mode of Delivery
The course is intensive and demanding but rewarding and achievable.
Classes include face-to-face lectures, tutorials and lab sessions.
Classes are typically in 3-hour blocks: 7-10pm on weekdays
Classes delivered by UOW academics are conducted in an intensive mode – a continuous block of seven days for each module, and occasionally will be held on Saturday mornings and/or afternoons.
Students typically study two modules per term. Each year comprises of 4 terms.
To be awarded the Bachelor of Computer Science (Digital Systems Security), student must complete, or exempted from completing (depending on their advanced standing status), a total of 23 modules comprising of core modules, elective modules and one final year project.
Core Modules List
- Networks and Communications
- Human Computer Interaction
- Programming Fundamentals
- Problem Solving
- System Analysis
- Data Management & Security
- Object Oriented Design & Programming
- Introduction to Web Technology
- IT Project Management
- Software Development Methodologies*
- Mathematics for Computer Science
- Algorithms & Data Structures
- Advanced Programming
- Database Systems
- Cryptography and Secure Applications*
- Network Security*
- Systems Security*
- Multicore and GPU programming*
- Distributed Systems and Cloud Computing*
- Big Data Management*
- Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery*
- Database Performance Tuning*
- Mobile Multimedia
- Interactive Computer Graphics*
- Game Engine Essentials*
- 3D Modelling and Animation*
- Business Process Management*
- Strategic eBusiness Solutions
- Frontend Web Programming
- Principles of eBusiness
- Management Information Systems*
- Knowledge & Information Engineering
- Introduction to Management
- Accounting Fundamentals in Society
- Business Communications
- Marketing Principles
- Accounting in Organisations
- Managing Human Resources
- Organisational Behaviour
- Organisational Analysis
- Management of Change
- Statistics for Business
- Economic Essentials for Business
- Fundamental Programming with Python
1 Final Year Project
* modules are taught by UOW Academics, supported by local tutors.
The above modules are subject to changes by the university and subject to availability. Not all modules will be offered every term.
Maximum 3 times the duration for completion under a standard full-time load, subject to meeting ongoing course progression rules.
There will not be any refund should the student fail to complete the programme within the maximum allowed period. Students who exceed their candidature period will not be allowed to remain in the programme, unless an extension to the candidature period is approved by the University.
Minimum Class Size
Minimum class size to commence: 24 students
In the event that the minimum number is not met, the intake may not commence. The student shall be informed within one month before programme commencement.
- 3 GCE ‘A’ level / 3 H2 passes plus 1 H1 pass with a minimum aggregate of 9 points where A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (for H1 apply half the value)*
- Diploma: 3-year diploma from local polytechnic or its equivalent.
*Minimum Aggregate scores in the qualifications mentioned are required for entry and will be assessed by UOW.
Applicants may be admitted to different credit exemptions based on their academic results.
English Proficiency Requirements
Applicants with international qualification must meet the University's English requirement:
- IELTS 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0) or
- TOEFL iBT 79 (with each band no less than 18) or
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) 57 (Reading / Writing at least 57 and Speaking / Listening at least 50) or equivalent
Full Programme (3 years): S$33,384.00 for 23 modules, payable over 12 terms
With credit exemption:
0.5 Year credit exemption: S$29,104.00 for 19 modules, payable over 10 terms
1 Year credit exemption : S$24,824.00 for 15 modules, payable over 8 terms
1.5 Year credit exemption: S$20,544.00 for 11 modules, payable over 6 terms
Modules delivered by local academics : S$1,070.00 per module
Modules delivered by UOW academics: S$2,033.00 per module
Final Year Project (FYP) : S$4,066.00 per module
- Fees quoted are valid for Apr 2018, Jul 2018, Oct 2018 and Jan 2019 intakes only.
- Above fees exclude textbooks and repeat fees of failed module. Not all modules will be offered in every term.
- First term fees payable upon acceptance of offer. Subsequent term fees payable before commencement of the term.
- All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.
Scholarships & Awards
- Top graduands from the programme are eligible to receive awards from Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies (CSIT) and Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA).
- CSIT Scholarship (refer to CSIT website for more details)
- SIM Scholarships are available
Exemptions are normally granted automatically to students with relevant background.
Exemptions are normally granted automatically to students with relevant background. Block exemptions may be granted to students with relevant diplomas from the local polytechnics and universities.
All modules previously studied will be evaluated and compared with the requirements of the student’s programme of study and a block exemption granted where appropriate.
To obtain maximum credit exemption, applicants must have GPA of 2.0 or more (out of 4.0). Applicants with GPA below 2.0 will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Click HERE for exemption table
Average teacher-student ratio 1:26
Assessment & Exams
Students are normally assessed by continuous assessments in the following form:
- Class tests
- Laboratory exercises
- Practical laboratory tests
- Tutorial exercises
Some assignments and presentations will be group-based. Assessment may have minimum achievement requirement necessary to pass the module.
Most modules have a final examination at the end of term.
Students are to pass all modules within the current year of study before proceeding to the next year of study. For modules with pre-requisites, students may be required to meet the pre-requisites before undertaking the modules.
Award & Graduation
Students who successfully complete all academic requirements of the programme will be awarded the Bachelor of Computer Science (Digital Systems Security) by the University of Wollongong, Australia.
A degree conferral ceremony will be held in Singapore.