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Major: Computing

Major Details



Department of Computing
Faculty of Science and Engineering

This major must be completed as part of an award. The general requirements for the award must be satisfied in order to graduate.

Requirements for the Major:

Completion of a minimum of 24 credit points including the following prescribed units:

Credit points

100 level

6cp from
COMP units at 100 level
ISYS units at 100 level

200 level

6cp from
COMP units at 200 level
ISYS units at 200 level

300 level

Computing Industry Project (3)
9cp from
COMP300 - COMP350
ISYS300 - ISYS350
Technology Management (3)


Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
Units marked with a P are PACE units.
Additional Information
Overview and Aims of the Program This Major is designed to give students a background in Computing, more specifically in the fields of programming, web technology or information systems.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. examine and critically evaluate practices in relation to one ore more IT disciplines (K, T)
2. critically evaluate contemporary and emerging Information Technologies (K, T, J)
3. use modern Computing technologies to analyse, design, create and evaluate IT solutions (K, T, P, I, C)
4. demonstrate an understanding of core IT knowledge in one or more areas such as programming, databases and systems analysis (K, T, P, I, C)
5. conduct a project applying industry-standard methodologies and practices, including as part of a team (K, T, P, I, C , J)
6. effectively communicate the results of system development processes to a range of audiences (C, E)
7. understand, identify and address ethical issues arising in Computing (K, T, P, E, J).
Learning and Teaching Methods The Computing Major is designed to provide a general background in Computing and Information Technology that will be relevant to the modern workplace or research environment.

The learning activities in the degree are designed to provide opportunities for students to meet all of these standards. The academics involved with this program are active researchers, which enables them to integrate cutting-edge research into the units that they teach. The majority of the units in this program have practical components supported by small-group teaching sessions in our computing laboratories. Some units utilise small groups where students work in a team to achieve a goal. Communication skills are developed through oral presentations.

The theoretical components of units are presented in lectures and develop the underlying theory, in addition to developing analytical and problem solving skills. All units have weekly face-to-face activities. Assignments are used for formative and summative purposes. As knowledge in IT is continually evolving, learning and teaching methods support the capacity for students to become independent learners.

The major culminates with a Capstone unit that involves students being part of a small team assigned to an industry partner to carry out an industry relevant project. Students work autonomously under the guidance of academic staff and using industry staff as 'clients'. The project allows students to apply in an integrated manner the knowledge and skills they have developed in their studies on a substantial design, analysis or development problem.
Assessment Units in Computing all have at least three different types of assessment. These assessments are designed not just to test discipline-specific knowledge, but all aspects of professional competency include professional practice, project work, design and communication skills. In addition to formal assessments, students are provided with informal feedback from staff and their peers throughout the semester.

Assessment types are very diverse and include:
• assignments - test the understanding of a learning outcome by means of small size problems
• programming assignments - allow students to demonstrate their competency in developing software of varying complexity
• reports and documents - beside essay style questions to analyse and critique different topics they also assess relevant skills involving documentation such as requirements documentation and project plans
• oral presentations - test students ability to communicate the results of their work
• group reports - are used when group projects or group laboratory work is conducted
• final exams - the majority of the units will have a final examination where the ability to synthesize and apply knowledge is assessed
• quizzes and in-class tests - assess student learning part-way through the unit and provide feedback to students on learning progress
• tutorial assessment - assess students work in formal tutorial sessions where students receive the support of tutors and other staff.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability The Computing major will be suitable for careers in a variety of Information Technology areas such as deployment and maintenance, development, systems administrator, web developer and business analyst.

The program is focused on the development of work-ready graduates. It includes teamwork, communication skills, and professional and ethical conduct. The capstone unit in the final year involves working with a team of students in order to mimic the workplace environment.

Several indicators show that graduates in Information Technology are in high demand in the Australian workforce.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148