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Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Advanced)

Approved Abbreviation: BICTAdv

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3684.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 077827J

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2014 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2013, please refer to: 3684.1 Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Advanced)

The Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Advanced) is a challenging course that includes advanced coursework, extension project and basic research training. A mentoring program will link the student with experienced academic staff and research groups within the University. This professional ICT course cultivates capable ICT graduates for the high end of ICT professions. This course provides graduates with a comprehensive skill set and knowledge base in networking and IT applications areas of ICT and the ability to apply practical solutions across ICT. It allows students to develop considerable skills in application development (including mobile app development), program design, systems analysis & design, networks, web-design, and the implementation of technology. These attributes can be conceptually grouped into the knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • Investigate - the ability to draw on a solid technological and software core of ICT knowledge and practice in analysing and developing applications;
  • Integrate - the ability to amalgamate the knowledge and skills in developing new applications and new application areas;
  • Innovate - the required skills and knowledge base to keep up to date with the rapid development in technology and practice across the ICT as an extension of their current understandings and the ability to find innovative ICT solutions and move the ICT field forward.

The Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Advanced) is a three year ICT course with accreditation by the Australian Computer Society being sought. It provides a solid foundation in Networks, Databases, Systems Analysis & Design, Programming, Web Technologies, Project Management, Professional Communications and Operating Systems. It also covers the necessary mathematical and statistical skills, and basic research training as needed by a high end ICT practitioner.

Study Mode
Three years full-time.

The Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Advanced) is accredited with the Australian Computer Society (ACS) at Professional level.


Assumed knowledge - HSC Mathematics and any two units of HSC English.

Minimum ATAR of 90. Students must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) greater than 5.0 to continue their enrolment in this course.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Students within the Advanced degree are required to complete five Advanced units.

Compulsory Advanced Units

  • 300903 Programming Techniques (Advanced)
  • 300902 Web Systems Development (Advanced)
  • 300900 Professional Experience (Advanced)

A further two units to be chosen from

  • 300946 Computer Networking (Advanced)
  • 300888 Object Oriented Analysis (Advanced)
  • 300941 Database Design and Development (Advanced)
  • 300901 Human-Computer Interaction (Advanced)
  • 300943 Operating Systems Programming (Advanced)

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequences below.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

300580Programming Fundamentals
100483Principles of Professional Communication 1
300585Systems Analysis and Design
300700Statistical Decision Making

Spring session

300903Programming Techniques (Advanced)

Choose one of

300565Computer Networking
300946Computer Networking (Advanced)

Choose one of

300104Database Design and Development
300941Database Design and Development (Advanced)

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

300582Technologies for Web Applications
300095Computer Networks and Internets

Choose one of

300144Object Oriented Analysis
300888Object Oriented Analysis (Advanced)

And one elective

Spring session

300958Social Web Analytics
300902Web Systems Development (Advanced)

And two electives

Year 3

Autumn session

300578Professional Development

Choose one of

300698Operating Systems Programming
300943Operating Systems Programming (Advanced)

Choose one of

300570Human-Computer Interaction
300901Human-Computer Interaction (Advanced)

And one elective

Spring session

300900Professional Experience (Advanced)

And three electives

Majors and Sub-majors

All current majors and sub-majors available to course 3639 Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology are also available to those enrolled in course 3684.2 - Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Advanced).

Please see list below


M3102Cyber Security

Please note from 2019 M3102 Cyber Security is replaced by M3116 Cyber Security

M3116Cyber Security
M3068Entertainment Computing
M3097Health Informatics
M3074Mobile Computing

Please note from 2022 M3109 Networking is replaced by M3131 Networking

M3126Technology Entrepreneurship


SM3101Cloud Computing
SM3052Entertainment Computing
SM3090Health Informatics
SM3054IT Support
SM3057Mobile Computing
SM3053Social Media Analytics
SM3077Systems Security
SM3056Web Application Development (for Computing Students)

Please note from 2018 SM3055 Networking is replaced by SM3095 Networking


Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for Sub-majors

Students in Advanced courses may use elective units toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major in Applied Leadership or Critical Thinking.

SM3082.1 Applied Leadership

SM3083.1 Critical Thinking

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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