Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences (Honours)

The Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences (Honours) offers students who have graduated with the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences, or a similar qualification, the opportunity to complete an honours year, enabling them to fast track their progress to doctoral studies and also providing them with a competitive advantage in the international information, communication and technologies job market.

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK3687
Level: 8
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 29 February 2016 and 18 July 2016

AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences (Honours) an applicant must have completed the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences with a B+ grade average or higher in papers at level 7, or equivalent.

A Postgraduate Research Proposal (PGR1 form)

Guidelines to entry


Students in the honours programme take one compulsory research methods paper, and four other papers chosen from one of the following discipline clusters:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Software Systems Engineering

For more information about these discipline clusters, please see the Master of Computer and Information Sciences.

In the second semester of their studies students undertake an honours dissertation – normally a small scale research project – under the guidance of an academic supervisor.


Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points in total.

408222 Dissertation (45 points)
COMP811 Research Methods 1 (15 points)

Suggested Areas of Thesis and Dissertation Research

SELECT a further 60 points from the elective options listed below:
408204 Usage Centred Design (15 points)
408207 Ubiquitous Computing (15 points)
408208 Information Technology Strategy and Policy (15 points)
408211 ICT Issues in the SME Sector (15 points)
408212 Service Relationship Management (15 points)
408214 Special Topic (15 points)
408215 Bioinformatics (15 points)
408217 Information Security (15 points)
408221 Research Methods 2 (15 points)
409009 Special Topic B (15 points)
409220 Software Requirements Engineering (15 points)
409221 eSystems Design and Development (15 points)
409224 Artificial Intelligence (15 points)
409225 Nature Inspired Computing (15 points)
409226 Geocomputation (15 points)
409227 Video and Image Processing (15 points)
409229 Human Computer Interaction (15 points)
409231 Autoidentification (15 points)
409232 Software Development Methods (15 points)
409233 Natural Language Processing (15 points)
409234 Intelligence Surveillance (15 points)
COMP800 Neuroinformatics (15 points)
COMP801 3D Displays and Spatial Interaction (15 points)
COMP805 Health Informatics and the Health Sector (15 points)
COMP806 Software Architecture (15 points)
COMP807 Algorithms,  Graphs and Combinatorics (15 points)
COMP808 Logic, Games and Automata (15 points)
COMP809 Data Mining and Machine Learning (15 points)
COMP810 Data Warehousing and Big Data (15 points)
COMP812 Next Generation Networking (15 points)
PHIL800 Philosophy of Computing Technology (15 points)

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Please contact the Programme Administrator for programme information and availability of papers.

Career opportunities

  • Data analyst and knowledge engineer
  • Database architect and curator
  • E-commerce and cloud solutions architect
  • Health informatician and bioinformatician
  • IT strategist and project manager
  • Software engineer and architect
  • Network security architect and analyst

Last updated: 22-Jul-2015 3.18pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.