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Master of Science (Computer Science) (MC-SCICMP) // Subject options

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Discipline Core

Students must take the following subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
COMP90049 Knowledge Technologies
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
COMP90048 Declarative Programming
Semester 1
12.5
COMP90015 Distributed Systems
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
COMP90044 Research Methods
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Students who have taken any of these subjects or equivalent as part of their undergraduate studies are exempt from taking those subjects, and will be required to make up an equivalent number of subject points from the pool of Discipline Elective subjects. Students will normally take Research Methods in their second or third semester of enrolment, concurrent with or subsequent to the commencement of their Research Project.

Discipline Electives

Students are required to select either 50 or 62.5 points of discipline elective subjects, from:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
COMP90014 Algorithms for Functional Genomics
Semester 2
12.5
COMP90016 Computational Genomics
Semester 1
12.5
COMP90017 Sensor Networks and Applications Not available in 2019 12.5
COMP90018 Mobile Computing Systems Programming
Semester 2
12.5
COMP90020 Distributed Algorithms
Semester 1
12.5
COMP90024 Cluster and Cloud Computing
Semester 1
12.5
COMP90025 Parallel and Multicore Computing
Semester 2
12.5
COMP90042 Web Search and Text Analysis
Semester 1
12.5
COMP90043 Cryptography and Security
Semester 2
12.5
COMP90046 Constraint Programming Not available in 2019 12.5
COMP90050 Advanced Database Systems
Semester 1
12.5
COMP90051 Statistical Machine Learning
Semester 2
12.5
COMP90053 Program Analysis and Transformation Not available in 2019 12.5
COMP90057 Advanced Theoretical Computer Science
Semester 2
12.5
COMP90054 AI Planning for Autonomy
Semester 2
12.5
COMP90045 Programming Language Implementation
Semester 1
12.5
COMP90056 Stream Computing and Applications
Semester 2
12.5

Or additional non-project postgraduate subjects that complement students' research projects, where approved by the course coordinator.

Professional Skills

Students must take one to two subjects from the following:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MAST90044 Thinking and Reasoning with Data
Semester 1
12.5
MAST90045 Systems Modelling and Simulation
Semester 1
12.5
MAST90007 Statistics for Research Workers
Winter Term
12.5
SCIE90013 Communication for Research Scientists
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
EDUC90839 Science in Schools Not available in 2019 12.5
SCIE90012 Science Communication
Semester 2
12.5
SCIE90017 Science and Technology Internship
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
PHYC90045 Introduction to Quantum Computing
Semester 2
12.5

*Students who enrol in ENGR90021 Engineering Communication must take 12.5 pts only of Professional Skills subjects, and may not take SCIE90012 Science Communication.

Research Project

Students are required to undertake a 75 pt Research Project, normally to commence in the second semester of their course, in the research theme where they have focused their discipline elective subject selection. The Research Project will be carried out under the supervision of academics in the Department of Computing and Information Systems. Students will gain research experience in Computer Science by completing a thesis of approximately 25,000 words (contributing 90% of the grade for the Research Project subject) and giving an oral presentation of their project work prior to submission of the thesis (contributing the remaining 10% of the Research Project grade). The thesis will be examined internally within the Department of Computing and Information Systems.

The research project will be taken over three consecutive semesters and will begin on the Monday of the second semester of enrolment (semester 1 or 2) and continue until the end of the final semester of research project enrolment. The research project work continues over summer and winter breaks, minus recreation leave of 4 weeks per year

For how long and at what time within the enrolment the actual period of leave is to be taken needs to be negotiated with a student's supervisor.

The thesis will be due for submission at the end of the formal examination period of the final semester of research project enrolment (usually fourth semester) if an earlier date is not specified.

Students may enrol in a combination of research project subjects and coursework subjects as long as once the Research Project is commenced, the consecutive enrolment requirement is met and to ensure they have completed a total of 75 points for the research project by the end of their course.

You should consult your supervisor to discuss an appropriate study plan prior to enrolling in your subjects. In particular, it is important that you agree an appropriate combination of research project points and coursework point enrolment each semester.

Students will first enrol in Computer Science Research Project Pt 1, and then progress through to Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Students may only progress through Computer Science Research Project subjects upon successful completion of the earlier project component.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
COMP90060 Computer Science Research Project Pt1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
COMP90061 Computer Science Research Project Pt1
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
COMP90062 Computer Science Research Project Pt1
Semester 1
Semester 2
37.5
COMP90063 Computer Science Research Project Pt1
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
COMP90064 Computer Science Research Project Pt2
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
COMP90065 Computer Science Research Project Pt2
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
COMP90066 Computer Science Research Project Pt2
Semester 1
Semester 2
37.5
COMP90067 Computer Science Research Project Pt2
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
COMP90068 Computer Science Research Project Pt3
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
COMP90069 Computer Science Research Project Pt3
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
COMP90070 Computer Science Research Project Pt3
Semester 1
Semester 2
37.5
COMP90071 Computer Science Research Project Pt3
Semester 1
Semester 2
50