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  • Objectives
    The course has been designed to provide graduates with: * a strong foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of computer science and digital media production, including the use of advanced tools in the area; * an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them; * well developed written and oral communication skills; * an awareness of social, economic and environmental aspects of both digital media development and computer science; * the ability to work professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams; * an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so; and * preparation for future management roles as a professional developer or computer scientist. Learning outcomes On completion of the award, students will be able to: * competently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex computer-based systems, specifically in the digital media arena; * apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner; * communicate effectively with other professionals and the wider community using a wide range of technologies; * work professionally as an individual and in a team; * develop computer-based solutions and digital media artefacts appropriate to the social, political, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied; * engage in the process of continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area of computer science; and * contribute successfully to project management.
  • Entry requirements
    The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements. Knowledge of either SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Mathematical Studies or Mathematical Methods is assumed.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Science in Computing and Digital Media
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Science in Computing and Digital Media prepares students for the growing and dynamic area formed by the convergence of computer science and digital media including animation, computer games, computer graphics and information visualisation.

    The primary focus of the degree is to provide a strong foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of computer science and digital media production, including the use of advanced tools in the area.

    Students will be prepared for future roles as a professional developer or computer scientist with the ability to use professional skills and knowledge in the development of complex computer-based systems, specifically in the digital media arena.

    Why study Computing and Digital Media at Flinders?

    The Bachelor of Science in Computing and Digital Media at Flinders:

    * provides students with the opportunity to combine an intensive study of the Digital Media with Computer Science
       
    * has been developed with substantial input from the digital media and computer game development industries
       
    * builds on Flinders' strengths in Digital Media and its longstanding strengths in Screen Studies (especially Film) and Computing
       
    * is a combined effort between our Screen Studies Department, Drama Centre (a partner in South Australia's Helpmann Academy) and School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, providing students with the opportunity to interact and work with those pursuing a diverse range of careers from performers and directors through to game designers and IT professionals
       
    * provides practical experience in digital media design and production throughout the degree. In the final year students undertake a Digital Media Technical project where they further build on the skills and practical experiences developed during the course.

    Combined degree options
    Combine with     Duration
    Bachelor of Innovation and Enterprise (Science and Technology)      4 years

    Refer to Science and Technology combined degrees for further information.
    Professional recognition

    It is expected that this new course will be accredited by the Australian Computer Society at the Professional level.
    Career opportunities

    What can I do with my Bachelor of Science in Computing and Digital Media degree?
    Study a language

    Flinders also offers all students the opportunity to major in a language in conjunction with any undergraduate course. The Diploma in Language is designed to provide students with competence in a chosen language that adds greater portability to their qualifications. You will complete a total of 1 extra year of study and graduate with both your chosen degree and the Diploma in Language. You can apply for this at time of enrolment.

    The Bachelor of Science in Computing and Digital Media requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time).

    The course is offered jointly by the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology and the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Science in Computing and Digital Media a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

    First Year ***

    36 units comprising:

    Semester 1

    COMP1001
        

    Fundamentals of Computing
        

    4.5

    MATH1121
        

    Mathematics 1A *
        

    4.5

    MDIA1001
        

    Essential Multimedia
        

    4.5

        

    Elective **
        

    4.5

    Semester 2

    COMP1102
        

    Computer Programming 1
        

    4.5

    MATH1122
        

    Mathematics 1B *
        

    4.5

    MDIA1002
        

    Inter-media
        

    4.5

        

    Elective **
        

    4.5

    * Students who have achieved a mark of at least 18 in SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics, or at least 6 in International Baccalaureate Mathematics HL, have the option of doing the corresponding topics MATH1141 Advanced Mathematics 1A (instead of MATH1121) and MATH1142 Advanced Mathematics 1B (instead of MATH1122).

    ** PHYS1101 Physics 1A, COMP1101 Information and Communications Technology 1A, and ENGL1001 Professional English are highly recommended.

    *** Students who successfully complete the level 1 topics are able to transfer to either the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Digital Media major) or the Bachelor of Computer Science with minimal loss of time.

    Second Year

    36 units comprising:

    Semester 1

    COMP2231
        

    Data Modelling
        

    6

    MDIA2001
        

    Multimedia Production
        

    6

        

    Either
        

    COMP2211
        

    Application Development, OR
        

    6

    COMP2221
        

    Computer Programming 2
        

    6

    Semester 2

    COMP2212
        

    Web-based Systems Development
        

    6

    MDIA2002
        

    User-Centred Design
        

    6

    MDIA2104
        

    Creating Digital Texts
        

    6

    Third Year #

    36 units comprising:

    Semester 1

    COMP3251
        

    Interactive Computer Systems
        

    6

        

    plus two topics selected from the following:
        

    COMP3201
        

    Advanced Application Development
        

    6

    MDIA2101
        

    3D Computer Aided Design
        

    6

    MDIA3001
        

    Information Environments #
        

    6

    MDIA3003
        

    Interaction Evaluation #
        

    6

    Semester 2

    COMP3xxx
        

    Computer Game Development #
        

    6

    COMP3xxx
        

    Digital Media Technical Project #
        

    6

        

    plus 6 units selected from the following:
        

    MDIA2102
        

    3D Effects
        

    6

        

    Upper level selective ***
        

    6

    *** Upper level selective refers to any COMP, MDIA, CREA or SCRN topic at Level 2 or above subject to prerequisites and the permission of the Course Coordinator.

    # The third year of the program of study will become available in 2010 (topics not available marked #). Students can, however, negotiate a third year schedule for 2009 by talking to the course coordinator.

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