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2012 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computing(13H)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Science, Engineering and Technology
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 4 yrs, Maximum 9 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): Arts: (03)6226 2061, Computing: (03) 6324 3347


This four year (minimum) combined degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computing is offered on the Launceston and Hobart campuses, and the first year at the Cradle Coast Campus, by the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology. The course is studied on-campus, although some Bachelor of Arts units are offered by distance education. Subject to attendance and timetable requirements, part-time studies are also available. Students have a maximum of nine years to complete the course.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing thecourse in 2010. For students who commenced prior to 2010, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2006 should refer to the 2006 Handbook.

Admission & Prerequisites

Applicants are expected to meet the normal requirements set by the University for entry to degree courses. No specific course or subject prerequisites apply.

Course Objectives

Technical competence acquired from the Computing component of the degree will be enhanced by the communication, analytical and problem solving skills acquired from the Arts units. Around the world, employers increasingly seek graduates who can speak and write clearly; who are computer literate and understand how to use technology; who know about other countries, cultures and societies; who can solve problems creatively; and who have developed flexibility of thought.

In addition to the objectives of the Bachelor of Computing program, the Bachelor of Arts component aims, with the emphasis varying according to the particular program chosen, to develop students' abilities in the following areas:

  • written expression, linguistic skills and creative self-expression
  • capacity to analyse and interpret in a dispassionate and objective manner
  • capacity for reasoned criticism and marshalling facts in support of arguments
  • research techniques, data acquisition and analysis
  • evaluating the possible outcomes of alternative courses of action

Career Outcomes

The specific course objectives of the Bachelor of Computing are as follows:

  • to provide a thorough introduction to the theory and practice of computing;
  • to produce computing professionals with the ability to apply new and emerging computing technologies to create solutions in the workplace;
  • to provide a broad base of computing knowledge to support lifelong learning in the field of computing.

Articulation to/from Course

If students have completed the TAFE Diploma of Information Technology they may be granted up to four units advanced standing in the Bachelor of Computing.

Professional Recognition

Students of the combined degree are eligible for student membership of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). On completion of the degree and entry into the computing profession, graduates can apply to become full members these bodies.

Miscellaneous Information

Bachelor of Arts (Advanced Honours)

This program is available to high achieving students in the BA component of the combined BA-BComp.

This is a special program that recognizes high achieving students. Entry to the program requires an ITI score of 90 or greater and in order to maintain a place in the direct entry program students will be required to be awarded the Dean's Roll of Excellence each year. Students not initially admitted to the program but who achieve the Dean's Roll of Excellence at the end of Year 1, 2 or 3 will be invited to be part of the program. At the discretion of the Dean students transferring from other institutions may be eligible to enter the program.

Students participating in this program will be required to fulfill all the normal BA component requirements and will be encouraged to develop their academic potential through participation in targeted research seminars. Individual academic mentoring and advice is also provided.

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