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Honours in Information Sciences - 860AA

Course Code: 860AA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Technology
CRICOS Code: 054169F
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Delve deeper into Information Science

Have you finished your undergraduate degree in an area of information science and want to know more? Our Honours in Information Sciences program is 1 year of advanced study for high performing students with enquiring minds. 

Your time will be split between advanced course work and an individual research project of your choice. 

If your undergraduate degree was in business informatics, information systems, software engineering, network engineering, mathematics or statistics - an honors year in information sciences will give you the research training needed to take your knowledge to the next level. 

Study Honours in Information Sciences at UC and you will:

  • work with the course advisor, and be mentored by an appointed supervisor, to develop a personal program of study
  • undertake a rigorous program based on course work and dedicated time to working on your personal research project
  • study in advanced areas of information systems, network engineering, software engineering and artificial intelligence
  • be mentored by an appointed academic supervisor for the project component of your study
  • build the project into a formal thesis and seminar presentation
  • undertake your research in association with one of the research institutes or research centres of The Faculty. 

Study opportunities

There are University of Canberra Honours Scholarships, available to students who are offered a place in a University of Canberra Undergraduate Honours degree course. Each is valued at $5000 for one year and assessed upon application. 

Important to know

Places are limited and students are assessed on merit of their previous study records and research project proposal.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the University Student Centre by Email or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, the applicants must
- have completed a Bachelor degree in an area of Information Technology and Engineering, for example, Bachelor of Business Informatics, Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Software Engineering, and Bachelor of Engineering etc., within the previous two years; and
- have achieved the academic performance of credit average or better over the last two years of the Bachelor degree,; and
- be able to submit a satisfactory preliminary research proposal.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) BSE (Hons)
Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) BIT (Hons)
Bachelor of Business Informatics (Honours) B BusInformatics(Hons)

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Research: The unit is research focused. Attendance at regular classes in not required, however on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Knowledge and skills of the cutting edge development in the information technology (IT) industry and application of the knowledge and skills to real life IT systems and their business environments, policies, and management, independently and/or work in a team. Analysis and enquiry;
Working independently and with others.
Solid foundation the relevant theories and the basic principles in IT fields, including business, information systems, system analysis and modelling, system administration, security, networking, software development, and artificial intelligence etc; Analysis and enquiry;
Personal attributes: critical thinking, reflective practice, thriving in an environment of change.
Knowledge, skills, understanding and application of the investigation, analysis, and synthesis to IT systems and their business environments, policies, and management with a high level of professional ethics, responsibilities, values and standards. Analysis and enquiry;
Problem solving;
Professionalism and social responsibility;
Personal attributes: critical thinking, reflective practice, thriving in an environment of change.
Communication skills in listening, reading, speaking, explaining, teaching, and writing from and to audiences of different backgrounds and papers of different scops and levels. Professionalism and social responsibility;
Communication; Problem solving;
Working independently and with others.
Expertise and skills to critique, synthesise and apply new development, skills, knowledge, and standards in the IT fields to real world IT systems, with respect to their business environments, policies, and management. Analysis and enquiry;
Problem solving;
Personal attributes: critical thinking, reflective practice, thriving in an environment of change.
Expertise and skills in research to test established theories against a body of knowledge in IT fields; expertise and skills in designing and testing hypothesis for problem solving and conducting research; expertise and skills in contributing new knowledge and skills to the IT fields; and ability to contribute new knowledge to fields. Analysis and enquiry;
Problem solving;
Personal attributes: critical thinking, reflective practice, thriving in an environment of change.

Course Duration

Standard 2-semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum four semesters.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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