Learn to use information technology to innovate and drive solutions for the digital economy.  Gain financial support, career mentoring, professional work experience and advanced expertise through a combined Co-op scholarship and Honours degree. 

 

Faculty
UNSW Business School
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Bachelor of Information Systems (Co-op) (Honours)
Commencing Terms
Term 1
Duration (Full Time)
4 Year(s)

Overview

The digital age transforms the way we do business, and information systems underpin the digital innovation that helps businesses succeed. Information systems professionals are relied upon to drive innovation, collaborate to understand data and solve problems, and safeguard business data in a global digital economy. 

Through the Bachelor of Information Systems (Co-op) (Honours), you'll become an adaptive thinker, ready to solve problems with new technologies in agile business environments. You'll learn about the digital future of business through courses focusing on digital transformation or enterprise systems, while gaining experience with the latest tools and technology, like java programming or database management using Oracle.

The combined Co-op Program scholarship and Honours degree provides additional opportunities through financial support, personal mentoring, leadership training, and up to three work placements in leading global organisations. 

Key features

The Bachelor of Information Systems (Honours) combined with a Co-op scholarship offers exclusive opportunities to learn in the classroom and the boardroom, and deepen your expertise. 

Financial assistance
Support your studies with financial assistance. The Co-op Program provides a scholarship of $19,600 per year for four years (and it’s tax-free).

Work experience included
Complete up to three internships, a total of 18 months industry training. You’ll trial working at our Co-op Program sponsor organisations, which include leading global organisations like Deloitte, WiseTech Global and Salesforce.

Personal career mentoring
For your first work placement, you’ll be assigned a Co-op Program graduate to guide you and help your decision-making.

Leadership training
Build professional development and leadership skills through challenging, practical and social camps and interactive workshops.

Learn to innovate
Discover how to challenge the status quo and shape a better future through the innovative use of information systems technologies.

Honours level studies
Deepen your expertise with through a supervised research project. You'll focus on a business problem, analyse solutions, and present your findings.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

UNSW Business School is a global leader in business education and consistently ranks as one of Australia's top business schools. We rank #1 in Australia in Information Systems by the Association of Information Systems, and #1 in Information Science by Shanghai Global Rankings by Academic Subject 2021.

Alongside a rigorous education, you'll grow professionally and socially through the UNSW Co-op Program’s scholarship, work placements with leading global organisations, personal mentoring and leadership training.

 

Program Code
3964
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
424640
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
192
Indicative Enrolments
47

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Entry requirements

The Bachelor of Information Systems (Co-op) (Honours) features sponsored professional development and has limited places available. In addition to meeting the required ATAR (or equivalent), you’ll need to respond to a questionnaire and sit for an interview with UNSW Co-op Program.

ATAR equivalent ranks are derived from the following: 

  • Australian interstate Year 12 qualifications (e.g., OP rank)

  • New Zealand NCEA Level 3

  • Equivalent overseas qualifications e.g., International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, GCE A-Levels

  • Post-secondary or tertiary qualifications

  • An alternative entry qualification

2021 Lowest Selection Rank
96.00 + Co-op
2021 A levels
19 + Co-op
2021 IB Diploma
38 + Co-op
2021 Lowest ATAR
95.9
    1. The 2021 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021.
    2. The 2021 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. The 2021 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. The 2021 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
  • At UNSW, we are committed to ensuring prospective students have all the information they need in order to make informed decisions about their study options.

    To assist you in gaining a better understanding of how Admissions works at UNSW, we have provided you with a summary of ATAR offers and the student profile.

    We hope this information will help you identify the degree that is right for you.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics advanced

Adjustment Factors

Admission pathways

If you did not meet the entry cut-off for this degree, consider studying a different undergraduate degree (either at UNSW or another university). Aim to achieve good marks for your first year of study, and then apply for transfer into this degree. Visit UNSW Future Students to find out what other options may be available.

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Admission pathways


UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more
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English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Bachelor of Information Systems (Co-op) (Honours) is a four year program consisting of 22 courses, three industry placements and three researched theses (making 192 Units of Credit/UOC).

The program includes:

  • Interdisciplinary business courses 
  • Information systems core courses
  • Your chouce of one of three electives streams
  • Level 2 and 3 prescribed electives 
  • General education courses from other faculties
  • Supervised research project

Professional development courses and experiences:

  • Industry training – You’ll complete three work placements with our Co-op Program sponsor organisations.

  • Personal career mentoring – For your first work placement, you’ll be assigned a Co-op Program graduate to guide you and help your decision-making.

  • Leadership training – Build professional development and leadership skills through challenging, practical and social camps and interactive workshops.

  • Global work/study opportunities - You can participate in an international student exchange, international business case competitions and study tours.

Study areas

    • Information Systems in Data Analytics
    • Information Systems in Programming
    • Information Systems in Organisations
    • Generalist: any two prescribed electives

    Please note, courses are subject to change. For current information, visit the Information Systems (Co-op) (Honours) Handbook.

Full program structure

Some courses need to be studied in your first and second year, so you’re prepared for courses that can only be studied in later years. Your study options are full-time or part-time. Each university year has three terms and an optional summer study period. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one course in a summer term.

Below is an example of what you could study in four years full-time.

First year

  • 7 Level 1 core courses 

  • 1 Level 2 core course

Second Year 

  • 3 Level 2 core courses

  • 2 General education courses

  • Industry Placement 1 with personal mentoring

Third Year 

  • Industry Placement 2

  • Industry Placement 3

  • 4 Level 3 core courses

Fourth Year 

  • 2 Level 4 core courses

  • 2 Level 4 elective courses

  • 3 Supervised research thesis courses

For a three-year, non-scholarship degree, visit the Bachelor of Information Systems.

 

Future careers

Your exclusive access to internships with industry-leading Co-op Program sponsor organisations offers the opportunity to kick-start your career as you study. 

Information Systems professionals are equipped across a wide range of industries, organisations and entrepreneurial ventures. You'll graduate with skills, experiece and expertise in information systems and business processes that will put you in high-demand.  

Potential careers

  • Business Analyst
  • IS/IT Architect
  • IS/IT Consultant
  • IT Infrastructure Developer
  • Management Consultant
  • Network Developer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Manager

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) at the Professional Level, preparing you for professional practice in information and communications technology (ICT).

Double degrees

It's unusual to study a double degree while participating in the Co-op program, but not impossible. Discuss your options with a member of the Co-op team if you can:

  • demonstrate strong academic achievement,
  • fulfil all Co-op requirements, and
  • get approval from your sponsors.

(Please note, the Bachelor of Laws is already a double degree program and cannot be added as a second degree to the Co-op study plan.)

How to apply

Domestic students are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens. If this is you, apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) as normal and also directly with the UNSW Co-op Program.

Co-op Program application
Your application to the UNSW Co-op Program will include a questionnaire and interview. Make sure you apply with the UNSW Co-op Program by 30 September the year before you want to start university. If successful, you’ll be awarded a Co-op scholarship, making you eligible for the degree.

UAC application
Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

 

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$7,950*

Commonwealth Supported Place: Student Contribution Band 2

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the university and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships

The Co-op Program is a scholarship open to high achieving high school leavers, offering A$19,600 each year for four years to recipients. The scholarship is tax-free and paid fortnightly over the duration of the program. You may still be eligible to apply for additional scholarships.

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This degree gave me industry experience in technology extremely early on in my degree.
Student, Holly Lin

Holly Lin

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