Bachelor of Computer Science (Big Data)

University of Wollongong

Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Bachelor's Degree, single major

Awarded by
Awarded by

University of Wollongong

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time & Part-time, (Full-time, 3 years | Part-time, 3 years)

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Campus

Application Dates
Application Dates

Oct 2024 : 29 Apr to 22 Jul 2024 (for international students) | 6 May to 22 Jul 2024 (for local students)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$22,497.60 to S$39,240.00

* Exclude application fee, preparatory or bridging course fee, and other fees. Refer to the Fees & Financial Aid section for details.

Programme Outline

Awarded & Developed by: University of Wollongong, Australia

With Big Data, you can solve problems in science, society and business including population growth, transport, security, medical technology, trade and commerce.

All sectors will have a demand for creative people with a background in quantitative analysis who can look for strategic insights in massive data sets, using techniques in data mining, data visualisation, data analysis, data manipulation and data discovery.

  • Students in the UOW programme at SIM are eligible to transfer to the Wollongong campus but subject to separate application and enrolment process.
  • Top graduands from the programme are eligible to receive awards from the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).
  • Accreditations by Australian Computer Society (ACS)


Learning Outcomes

This programme provides understanding in the structure of data and the role it plays in delivering solutions to complex problems in science, society and business.

You will study subjects in data mining, big data management, database performance tuning, distributed systems and cloud computing.

Further Studies & Career Prospects

Graduates can apply to enrol in the Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) programme at Wollongong campus.

Computer scientists focus on the theoretical foundations and practical approaches to computation and its applications. They design methods and tools and write programs for computer applications.

These applications can be in areas such as computer systems to control machinery, information management and big data, applications for mobile devices, stock market trend analysis, game design, visualisation of chemical reactions, neural network design, computational geometry for robot navigation, patient monitoring in hospitals, and much more.

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Why study at SIM x University of Wollongong

SIM is the leading private education institution in Singapore.
Excellent value with lower tuition costs in SIM, with opportunities for overseas exchange and transfer.
UOW achieved a 5-star rating in the 2018 Good Universities Guide for Guide for Overall experience; Skills development; Student support; Teaching quality; Learning resources and Learner engagement. 
UOW is consistently rated in the top 200 universities in the world for the quality of our graduates. 
Learn more about University of Wollongong

Intake Dates

Oct 2024 Intake (Full-time & Part-time)


Oct 2024 to Sep 2027 (Standard Entry, 3 years)


Oct 2024: 29 Apr to 22 Jul 2024 (For international students) 6 May to 22 Jul 2024 (For local students)

The completion date may vary depending on the exemptions granted (if any).

Maximum 3 times the duration for completion under a standard full-time load, subject to meeting ongoing course progression rules.

There will not be any refund should the student fail to complete the programme within the maximum allowed period.

Students who exceed their candidature period will not be allowed to remain in the programme, unless an extension to the candidature period is approved by the University.



  • This programme is taught in Singapore by local academics and/or practitioners as well as UOW academics.
  • The course is intensive and demanding but rewarding and achievable.
  • Classes include face-to-face lectures, tutorials and lab sessions.
  • Classes delivered by UOW academics are conducted in an intensive mode – a continuous block of seven days for each module.
  • Students typically study two modules per term. Each year comprises of 4 terms.
  • Minimum class size to commence: 24 students
  • In the event that the minimum number is not met, the intake may not commence. The student shall be informed within one month before programme commencement.

View a list of lecturers


Full-time Programme:

  • Average teacher-student ratio 1:55
  • Classes are typically in 3-hour blocks: 8:30 – 11:30am, 12noon – 3pm, or 3:30 – 6:30pm on weekdays and may be held on Saturday mornings and/or afternoons (subject to timetable). 

Part-time Programme: 

  • Average teacher-student ratio 1:26
  • Classes are typically in 3-hour blocks: 7 – 10pm on weekdays and may be held on Saturday mornings and/or afternoons (subject to timetable). 

Assessment & Attendance

  • Students are normally assessed by continuous assessment in the following form:
    • Assignments
    • Class tests
    • Laboratory exercises
    • Practical laboratory tests
    • Presentations
    • Projects
    • Tutorial exercises
  • Some assignments and presentations will be group-based. Assessment may have minimum achievement requirement necessary to pass the module.
  • Most modules have a final examination at the end of term.
  • Students are to pass all modules within the current year of study before proceeding to the next year of study.
  • For modules with pre-requisites, students may be required to meet the pre-requisites before undertaking the modules.

Full-time Programme:

  • Attendance requirement
    • Local students: 80%
    • International students: 90%

Part-time Programme:

  • Attendance requirement: 80%

Requirements to Graduate

Students who successfully complete all academic requirements of the programme will be awarded the Bachelor of Computer Science (Big Data) by the University of Wollongong, Australia.

A degree conferral ceremony will be held in Singapore.


To be awarded the Bachelor of Computer Science (Big Data), student must complete, or be exempted from completing (depending on their advanced standing status), a total of 23 modules comprising of core modules, elective modules and one final year project.

  • Networks and Communications
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Problem Solving 
  • System Analysis 
  • Data Management & Security 
  • Object Oriented Design & Programming 
  • Introduction to Web Technology 
  • IT Project Management 
  • Software Development Methodologies*
  • Mathematics for Computer Science 
  • Algorithms & Data Structures 
  • Advanced Programming 
  • Database Systems 
  • Big Data Mining Techniques and Implementation* 
  • Big Data Management* 
  • Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery*
  • Database Performance Tuning*

* Modules are taught by UOW Academics, supported by local tutors.

  • Contemporary Topics in Security*
  • Cybersecurity*
  • Ethical Hacking* 
  • Systems Administration*
  • Web Server Programming* 
  • Interactive Computer Graphics* 
  • Game Engine Essentials* 
  • Mobile Multimedia 
  • 3D Modelling and Animation* 
  • Cryptography and Secure Applications* 
  • Network Security* 
  • System Security* 
  • Multicore and GPU programming* 
  • Business Process Management* 
  • Strategic eBusiness Solutions 
  • Frontend Web Programming 
  • Principles of eBusiness
  • Management Information Systems* 
  • Knowledge & Information Engineering 
  • Introduction to Management 
  • Accounting Fundamentals in Society 
  • Business Communications 
  • Marketing Principles 
  • Accounting in Organisations 
  • Managing Human Resources 
  • Organisational Behaviour 
  • Organisational Analysis 
  • Management of Change 
  • Statistics for Business 
  • Economic Essentials for Business
  • Industry and Trade in Asia 
  • Strategic Systems Management
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Fundamental Programming with Python
  • Distributed Systems and Cloud Computing*

* Modules are taught by UOW Academics, supported by local tutors.

View list of modules and descriptions (PDF 455 KB) 

View detailed programme structure (PDF 522 KB) 

The modules are subject to changes by the university and subject to availability. Not all modules will be offered every term.  


Admission Criteria

Accepted Entry Qualifications

The following qualifications are accepted:

  • 3 GCE ‘A’ level / 3 H2 passes plus 1 H1 pass with a minimum aggregate of 9 points where A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (for H1 apply half the value)*
  • Diploma: 3-year diploma from local polytechnic or its equivalent.

Applicants may be admitted to different credit exemptions based on their academic results.

  • Exemptions are normally granted automatically to students with relevant background.
  • Block exemptions may be granted to students with relevant diplomas from the local polytechnics and universities.
  • All modules previously studied will be evaluated and compared with the requirements of the student’s programme of study and a block exemption granted where appropriate.
  • To obtain maximum credit exemption, applicants must have GPA of 2.0 or more (out of 4.0). Applicants with GPA below 2.0 will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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* Minimum Aggregate scores in the qualifications mentioned are required for entry and will be assessed by UOW.

Equivalent International Qualifications

View information on international qualifications (PDF 574 KB)

English Language Requirements

Applicants with international qualification must meet the University’s English requirement:

  • IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; or
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 70 with a minimum score of 18 in Reading & Writing and 17 in Speaking & Listening; or
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic overall score of 54 with minimum score of 54 in Reading & Writing and 47 in Speaking & Listening or equivalent.

Note: IELTS Indicator, TOEFL (iBT) at home test and Pearson (PTE) Academic Online not accepted.

Fees & Financial Aid

First term fees payable upon acceptance of offer. Subsequent term fees payable before commencement of the term.

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Programme Fees 

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Fees quoted are valid for Apr 2024 intake only. Fees exclude textbooks and repeat fees of failed module. Not all modules will be offered in every term.

International students:

  • Modules delivered by local academics: S$1,340.70 per module
  • Modules delivered by UOW academics: S$2,223.60 per module
  • Final Year Project (FYP): S$4,447.20 per module

Singaporeans & PRs:

  • Modules delivered by local academics: S$1,177.20 per module
  • Modules delivered by UOW academics: S$2,223.60 per module
  • Final Year Project (FYP): S$4,447.20 per module

Credits Exemption

Estimated Fees

No credit exemption
(Full Programme Fees)

For 23 modules, payable over 12 terms
For Singaporeans & PRs: S$36,624.00

0.5 Year credit exemption

For 19 modules, payable over 10 terms
For Singaporeans & PRs: S$31,915.20

1 Year credit exemption

For 15 modules, payable over 8 terms
For Singaporeans & PRs: S$27,206.40

1.5 Year credit exemption

For 11 modules, payable over 6 terms
For Singaporeans & PRs: S$22,497.60

Mandatory Fees

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Student Development Fee

Payment applicable to all students embarking on a full-time Diploma or Undergraduate programme at SIM. This fee goes towards activities that will help in students’ personal growth and equip them with functional skills that enhance their employability.

Payable with the programme fees’ first instalment.


International Student Induction Fee

Payable by new full-time international students. This fee covers pre-arrival and arrival support, including activities to enhance the international student learning experience.

As applicable, payable with the programme fees’ first instalment.


Application Fee

Payable for each application form that is submitted. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will be refunded fully only if the intake does not commence. Unpaid applications will not be processed.

Local applicants: S$109

International applicants: S$545 (not inclusive of Student’s Pass application)