Bachelor of Computer Science (Digital Systems Security)

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

Jan 2024 : 19 Aug 2023 to 30 Oct 2023 (international students) | 19 Aug 2023 to 30 Oct 2023 (local students)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$21,384.00 to S$37,152.00

* 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

As we expand our digital lives, information is crossing borders and networks at a speed and volume that is hard to comprehend. The security of our personal and financial information has hence become a key issue for individuals, industry and government.

Cyber-crime has also posed a real and persistent threat to any organisation whose online system has to offer convenient access to legitimate users, and yet be secure enough to prevent hacking and theft.

The knowledge, research and strategic thinking skills developed through the Digital Systems Security programme are needed to succeed in this rapidly growing industry, ensuring privacy and preventing crimes.

  • 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 Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies (CSIT) and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).
  • Accreditations by Australian Computer Society (ACS)


Learning Outcomes

This programme develops knowledge, strategic thinking, research and communication skills needed to succeed in this rapidly growing industry. 

You will learn advanced security programming and techniques, and understand strategies in information protection and coding, to ensure correctness, security and data authenticity.

Further Studies & Career Prospects

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

Potential careers include:

  • e-Security Manager, providing secured access to enterprise information over the Web from both inside and outside corporate networks for e-commerce enterprises
  • Cryptographer, developing strong encryption products for Internet communication in business, financial institutions, government and other major organisations
  • Database Security Administrator, ensuring identification and authentication for a wide range of corporations
  • Software Architect
  • Entrepreneur for e-Security businesses
  • IT Auditor
  • Chief Security Officer
  • Designer and developer of secured hardware systems for financial services, defence, government and media

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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.
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Intake Dates

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


Jan 2024 to Dec 2026 (Standard Entry, 3 years)


Jan 2024: 19 Aug 2023 to 30 Oct 2023 (international students) | 19 Aug 2023 to 30 Oct 2023 (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 (Digital Systems Security) by the University of Wollongong, Australia.

A degree conferral ceremony will be held in Singapore.


To be awarded the Bachelor of Computer Science (Digital Systems Security), 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
  • Cryptography and Secure Applications*
  • Network Security*
  • System Security*
  • Multicore and GPU programming*

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

  • Distributed Systems and Cloud Computing*
  • Big Data Mining Techniques and Implementation*
  • Contemporary Topics in Security*
  • Cybersecurity*
  • Ethical Hacking*
  • Web Server Programming*
  • Systems Administration*
  • Big Data Management*
  • Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery*
  • Database Performance Tuning*
  • Mobile Multimedia
  • Interactive Computer Graphics*
  • Game Engine Essentials*
  • 3D Modelling and Animation*
  • 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

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

  • Algorithms and Problem Solving
  • Applied Programming
  • Databases
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Interacting Systems
  • Internet Technologies
  • Introduction to W3 Technologies
  • Object and Generic Programming in C++
  • Procedural Programming
  • Professional Practice and Ethics
  • Security Engineering
  • Software Development Methods and Tools
  • Systems
  • Systems Development
  • Understanding Variation and Uncertainty

View list of modules and descriptions (PDF 441 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.

View credit exemption table (JPG 34 KB)


* 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.

Payment to SIM can be made through SIMConnect using Credit Card (Visa or Master), PayNow, eNETS, OCBC Interest-free Instalment Plan (min. S$500) and cheques.

Programme Fees 

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Fees quoted are valid for Oct 2023 intakes 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$1,269.00 per module
  • Modules delivered by UOW academics: S$2,106 per module
  • Final Year Project (FYP): S$4,212.00 per module

Singaporeans & PRs:

  • Modules delivered by local academics: S$1,134.00 per module
  • Modules delivered by UOW academics: S$2,106 per module
  • Final Year Project (FYP): S$4,212.00 per module

Credits Exemption

Estimated Fees

No credit exemption
(Full Programme Fees)

For 23 modules, payable over 12 terms
For Singaporeans & PRs: S$34,992.00

0.5 Year credit exemption

For 19 modules, payable over 10 terms
For Singaporeans & PRs: S$30,456.00

1 Year credit exemption

For 15 modules, payable over 8 terms
For Singaporeans & PRs: S$25,920.00

1.5 Year credit exemption

For 11 modules, payable over 6 terms
For Singaporeans & PRs: S$21,384.00

Mandatory One-time Fees

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Student Development Fee

A one-time 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

A one-time 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$97.20

International applicants: S$486.00 (not inclusive of Student’s Pass application)