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UoN 2010/1304 I CRICOS Provider No.00109J

CONTACT

Contact us for more information on our programs in computing and IT Visit us online www.newcastle.edu.au Phone us on 02 4921 5000 (Callaghan Campus) or 02 4348 4030 (Ourimbah Campus) Email us at EnquiryCentre@newcastle.edu.au

Computing AND IT

CHOOSE

www.newcastle.edu.au


Welcome Do you want to follow in the footsteps of Sergei Brin and Larry Page, the creators of Google? Do you dream of flying high in Hollywood as an animator in film and TV? Or are you keen to drive the IT strategies of the world’s biggest organisations? Well, welcome to the University of Newcastle. It is here that your journey to a career in computing and IT (information technology) begins. Our exciting degree programs in computing and IT give students the tools and practical knowledge to become creative, innovative, well-trained graduates, fully equipped to turn visions into reality and take on all the challenges of the digital world. We invite you to explore the possibilities.

Real-world experience We are a research-intensive University. This means that during your studies, you’ll experience a high level of contact with our teaching and research staff, many of whom are acknowledged as international research leaders working to solve realworld problems. You’ll learn from the continual wisdom of their experience.

STUDY

WHY

Deciding where you will complete your computing or IT degree is a significant decision to make and being informed is very important. To help you, we have put together some information about the Computing and IT programs at the University of Newcastle. Be rewarded

Strong industry recognition University of Newcastle computing and IT graduates are sought after worldwide, with their skills recognised as among the best. Our degree programs in computer engineering, computer science, Information technology and software engineering are all accredited by their respective peak national professional bodies, and once out in the field, our graduates are able contribute significantly to the Australian economy through their work in the nation’s IT industry.

Computing and IT: A creative and challenging career A profession in computing and IT will allow you to use your vision and creativity to contribute to the world by working on solutions to the IT challenges we face in the new century. Vast and exciting opportunities exist for computing and IT professionals, particularly for those who have completed their degrees at wellrespected institutions like the University of Newcastle. In this light, we encourage you to consider a career in computing and IT and to complete your degree at the University of Newcastle.

The University of Newcastle is committed to rewarding high achieving HSC students. Commencing in 2009, the HSC Bonus Points Scheme is for applicants applying to specific programs at the University of Newcastle. Visit the University’s website for details on which HSC Subjects and Bands attract bonus points in specific programs: www.newcastle.edu.au Be recognised The University of Newcastle is one of only four Australian universities to have been ranked in the world’s top 100 for engineering, technology and computer science. This was set out by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking System in 2007 – a universally accepted system that assesses universities worldwide and ranks them according to performance. This ranking means that University of Newcastle computing and IT graduates are highly regarded on an international and national level.

WITH

US?

World-class training With a reputation for high quality training and research, the University of Newcastle focuses on real-world solutions: understanding and shaping the world, and finding smart solutions for society’s problems – from the everyday to the more out-of-the-square. This fluid interaction between teaching and research directly benefits our students. Optimum opportunities Our degree programs lead graduates to employment in highly regarded fields. Our Top 100 ranking gives students an advantage in the professional market and employers are always keen to interview our graduates. Additionally, our employment rate extends well beyond the national average. Scholarships We offer a range of scholarship options to provide students with financial support while they study. To receive a scholarship, you must complete an application. For the full list of available scholarships and information about applying, go to www. newcastle.edu.au. Closing dates vary so keep an eye out to ensure you don’t miss out!

Professor John Carter Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Professor Bill Hogarth Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Why the seahorse? The University’s emblem since 1965 has been a mythical seahorse, based on the naval coat of arms of Lieutenant John Shortland, who chartered and named Hunter’s River in 1797. Our seahorse today looks back to our heritage and the history of Newcastle; and it looks ahead, recognising our status as one of Australia’s most forward-looking universities.


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The Computing & Information Technology Industry

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Why is Computing and Information Technology so important?

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Computer Science

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Computer Engineering

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Information Technology

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Software Engineering

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Why study with us

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The Computing AND Information Technology Industry

Why is Computing and Information Technology so important?

After a few floundering years brought about largely by the dotcom crash in the early 2000s, the IT industry in Australia is once again booming as a strong economy and heavy investment in IT infrastructure by major industries underpins growth across the sector. Yes, India does a lot of the world’s outsourced basic coding. BUT … The world wants the creativity, problem solving and high-level skills of computing and IT graduates. With over 200,000 people currently employed in the Australian IT industry, there were still average vacancies running at 23,000 in June 2008 according to Federal Govt statistics. The rapid rate of technological change means that employment opportunities for qualified personnel continue to outstrip supply and graduates with degrees in computer engineering, computer science, information technology and software engineering are in high demand and University of Newcastle graduates entering the industry are extremely highly regarded.

There are very few activities that don’t use computers to improve or enhance the way we work, the way we use our leisure time, or the way we interact. This means that computing and IT professionals are found not only in the IT sector but also across all areas of business and industry. However, the IT industry is currently experiencing a fairly significant skills shortage. Recruitment specialists are finding it increasingly difficult to balance supply and demand of various IT skills and positions. Results from Graduate Careers Australia’s 2007 survey of graduate recruiters revealed that many graduate employers continue to have difficulty sourcing IT graduates. Hence, with demand so strong, a career in computing and IT is a smart option in terms of employment prospects.


COMPUTER SCIENCE

Graduates can expect starting salaries in the mid-$40,000 range, and after one year some graduates receive total packages of around $60,000 or more.

What is computer science?

Careers in computer science

Computer science encompasses the design and implementation of software with an emphasis on developing new techniques and methodologies. This field spans a wide range of areas, including algorithmic problem solving, artificial intelligence, robotics, computer graphics, bioinformatics and data security.

Computer science graduates can gain jobs in a wide range of fields. Some career opportunities include:

Computer scientists work on challenging programming tasks, supervise other programmers, devise new ways to use computers and develop effective solutions for computing problems. The hallmark of a computer scientist is a set of generic skills including the ability to solve problems, effective communication, the capacity to work in a team and an appreciation of life-long learning. Where do we find computer scientists? Computer science graduates work in businesses across the world, including in software development companies, financial institutions, government departments and research organisations. In these businesses, their roles vary, with common tasks encompassing programming, systems analysis, design and the management of computer resources.

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Computer games development

Graphics and animation development for movies and TV

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Development and enhancement of defence and security systems

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Development of adaptive robotics systems

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Systems engineering

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Health informatics

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Internet web engineering

Graduates can expect starting salaries in the mid-$40,000 range, and after one year some graduates receive total packages of around $60,000 or more. With demand at a high in Australia, and around the world, employment prospects are excellent. The Bachelor of Computer Science program at the University of Newcastle prepares you for employment anywhere in the world with no further study required.


COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Employment prospects for computer engineering graduates are excellent, with strong demand both in Australia and abroad.

What is computer engineering? The rapidly growing field of computer engineering is the use of digital and computing technologies to solve problems, mainly in business, in areas such as information processing, data transfer, communications, commerce and travel. With society now so dependant on computer systems for solutions to emerging problems and challenges, computer engineers are becoming pivotal in the modern world and are engaged in many facets of engineering, science and other technology-based disciplines. Computer engineers are skilled to develop both hardware and software for electronic and microprocessor based systems which can be applied in a range of areas. Areas of focus for computer engineers are electronics design, digital electronics, computer architecture, embedded systems, signal processing and systems software.

Careers in computer engineering Computer engineers can be found in various industries working on projects such as: Computer design and development: In this area, computer engineers design, develop and analyse computer systems from simple desktops to complex aviation computers

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n Instrumentation and control: Computer engineers find jobs designing, developing, maintaining and managing in these industries n

ICT infrastructure: With many small and large organisations using the ICT infrastructure to run their daily business activities, many computer engineers are employed to develop, support and manage infrastructures

n Defence applications: Defence related organisations employ computer engineers in a range of specialised applications

Healthcare systems: Computer engineers find employment in this industry in different specialised positions

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Where do we find computer engineers? Computer engineers generally find employment in areas such as embedded microprocessor systems, digital control systems, image processing, digital signal processing, tracking and surveillance, measurement and sensing, data processing systems, software engineering, biomedical engineering, power systems and heavy industry.

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Communication networks/internet: Working in a range of computer networking and internet related organisations jobs for computer engineers include research and development (R&D), applications development and systems management

Employment prospects for computer engineering graduates are excellent, with strong demand both in Australia and abroad. Many students studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Computer) at the University of Newcastle are even offered employment before they complete their degrees.


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Graduates are in every industry, from IT companies to manufacturing, health care, media companies, transport and tourism. All areas need software applications.

What is information technology?

Careers in information technology

Information technology (IT) is the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computerbased information systems into a wide range of application areas. The systems range from financial systems for major companies used by customers across the web to personalised tools used on mobile phones. The focus of the IT professional is to use the computer technology and software tools to provide the functions that individuals and corporations require on a daily basis.

Some examples of where graduates of Information Technology have been employed include:

IT professionals know how to use the tools made available by digital technology to answer the needs of users. This goes from their commercial working life in constructing major databases; to their private entertainment with IT professionals helping the new digital media industries to use the software tools for creating animation and visual effects not possible without them. Where do we find information technology specialists Information technology (IT) represents one of the most wide-ranging areas of employment for new graduates, with many finding work in IT companies from the biggest multinationals to tiny startups or in the IT departments of any major organization. While some work in very technical positions, many work as analysts, consultants and project managers in a variety of organisations both nationally and internationally. Also increasing numbers of graduates are commencing their own IT businesses, many before they graduate. Graduates are in every industry, from IT companies to manufacturing, health care, media companies, transport and tourism. All areas need software applications.

Business analysts and system architects for major international IT companies n

n Software developers for companies and government organisations in mining, healthcare, retailing, and a range of manufacturing n Database administrators for transport companies and major government organisations

Animators and effects coordinators in digital media companies

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Website developers for a broad range of organisations

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Computer games development

Graphics and animation development for movies and TV

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Knowledge management specialists, project managers, system analysts and programmers on major software applications for commercial software vendors

Help desk and network support staff for local corporations

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SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

Many students studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Software) at the University of Newcastle are even offered positions before they complete their degrees.

What is software engineering?

Careers in software engineering

Software engineering is the science of analysing, designing and implementing complex computer software systems. In simple terms, Software engineers develop the tools and systems that are used in the worlds of business and industry, or configured by IT Specialists to meet their client’s needs.

Employment can be expected in areas like:

To develop such tools Software engineers employ the modern techniques of software development, together with engineering know-how, to design and develop correct, robust, sustainable and adaptable software systems, and accompanying documentation. They use technical skills such as object-oriented analysis and design, software process improvement, web engineering, design patterns, and software architecture to develop substantial software solutions in a timely and budget-conscious manner. Where do we find software engineers? It is feasible to expect that in the future, many of society’s interesting and exciting problems will be solved by large software applications, making this another career that can take you all over the globe, while also offering diverse opportunities nationally. Software engineers are employed in many areas, including industry, government, commerce and research.

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Software product development

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Telecommunications

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Internet & web engineering

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Consulting

Employment prospects for graduates are excellent. Some employers offer scholarships or cadetships for trainees and many students studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Software) at the University of Newcastle are even offered positions before they complete their degrees.


Welcome Do you want to follow in the footsteps of Sergei Brin and Larry Page, the creators of Google? Do you dream of flying high in Hollywood as an animator in film and TV? Or are you keen to drive the IT strategies of the world’s biggest organisations? Well, welcome to the University of Newcastle. It is here that your journey to a career in computing and IT (information technology) begins. Our exciting degree programs in computing and IT give students the tools and practical knowledge to become creative, innovative, well-trained graduates, fully equipped to turn visions into reality and take on all the challenges of the digital world. We invite you to explore the possibilities.

Real-world experience We are a research-intensive University. This means that during your studies, you’ll experience a high level of contact with our teaching and research staff, many of whom are acknowledged as international research leaders working to solve realworld problems. You’ll learn from the continual wisdom of their experience.

STUDY

WHY

Deciding where you will complete your computing or IT degree is a significant decision to make and being informed is very important. To help you, we have put together some information about the Computing and IT programs at the University of Newcastle. Be rewarded

Strong industry recognition University of Newcastle computing and IT graduates are sought after worldwide, with their skills recognised as among the best. Our degree programs in computer engineering, computer science, Information technology and software engineering are all accredited by their respective peak national professional bodies, and once out in the field, our graduates are able contribute significantly to the Australian economy through their work in the nation’s IT industry.

Computing and IT: A creative and challenging career A profession in computing and IT will allow you to use your vision and creativity to contribute to the world by working on solutions to the IT challenges we face in the new century. Vast and exciting opportunities exist for computing and IT professionals, particularly for those who have completed their degrees at wellrespected institutions like the University of Newcastle. In this light, we encourage you to consider a career in computing and IT and to complete your degree at the University of Newcastle.

The University of Newcastle is committed to rewarding high achieving HSC students. Commencing in 2009, the HSC Bonus Points Scheme is for applicants applying to specific programs at the University of Newcastle. Visit the University’s website for details on which HSC Subjects and Bands attract bonus points in specific programs: www.newcastle.edu.au Be recognised The University of Newcastle is one of only four Australian universities to have been ranked in the world’s top 100 for engineering, technology and computer science. This was set out by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking System in 2007 – a universally accepted system that assesses universities worldwide and ranks them according to performance. This ranking means that University of Newcastle computing and IT graduates are highly regarded on an international and national level.

WITH

US?

World-class training With a reputation for high quality training and research, the University of Newcastle focuses on real-world solutions: understanding and shaping the world, and finding smart solutions for society’s problems – from the everyday to the more out-of-the-square. This fluid interaction between teaching and research directly benefits our students. Optimum opportunities Our degree programs lead graduates to employment in highly regarded fields. Our Top 100 ranking gives students an advantage in the professional market and employers are always keen to interview our graduates. Additionally, our employment rate extends well beyond the national average. Scholarships We offer a range of scholarship options to provide students with financial support while they study. To receive a scholarship, you must complete an application. For the full list of available scholarships and information about applying, go to www. newcastle.edu.au. Closing dates vary so keep an eye out to ensure you don’t miss out!

Professor John Carter Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Professor Bill Hogarth Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Why the seahorse? The University’s emblem since 1965 has been a mythical seahorse, based on the naval coat of arms of Lieutenant John Shortland, who chartered and named Hunter’s River in 1797. Our seahorse today looks back to our heritage and the history of Newcastle; and it looks ahead, recognising our status as one of Australia’s most forward-looking universities.


UoN 2010/1304 I CRICOS Provider No.00109J

CONTACT

Contact us for more information on our programs in computing and IT Visit us online www.newcastle.edu.au Phone us on 02 4921 5000 (Callaghan Campus) or 02 4348 4030 (Ourimbah Campus) Email us at EnquiryCentre@newcastle.edu.au

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