Computing drives innovation in every aspect of contemporary life and is an essential component of many disciplines. The Computing sequence at ACU will develop your knowledge and skills in information technology, take you on an exploration of data communications and database systems, and introduce you to practical problem solving and programming.
As most parts of the world are now integrated with digital technology, the opportunity to exploit the power of code has expanded beyond the confines of dedicated software programmers and is now available to people in almost any career. From sport and music to fashion and art, most industries now have a strong digital component. Learning some code could get you noticed in your chosen industry and the knowledge and skills you will gain in the Computing minor will expand your career opportunities across the growing number of fields that require a strong foundation in computing.
For aspiring secondary-school teachers of Computer Science or Information Technology (an area characterised by chronic shortages, to the great detriment of Australia’s capacity to innovate in the expanding knowledge economy), ACU is the only teacher-training institution in Sydney that offers a Computing specialisation.
As an ACU Computing graduate what valued skills will you possess?
Upon completion of your specialisation, you will have:
- an understanding of the principles, concepts and techniques associated with the technology of computers and digital communication systems
- advanced skills with computer applications such as word processors, spreadsheets, databases and presentation software
- the knowledge and skills to facilitate basic networks and to configure and use Internet tools such as email, web browsers, discussion boards, online chats, and file transfer protocol (FTP) to conduct effective communication
- an understanding of the concepts and technologies associated with platform-independent structured and object-oriented programming
- an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of database management systems and their implementation in information systems
- the ability to identify and handle ethical, social and legal issues in relation to software development and use
- the skills to design, program, test and evaluate software systems
- the ability to draw together, analyse and critically evaluate information and interpret and utilise data
- the capacity to adapt to rapid changes in technology
- the skills to question assumptions, think logically, solve problems and present reasoned arguments
- the ability to communicate effectively, work collaboratively as part of a team, manage time, learn independently and assume responsibility for complex tasks
Where to from ACU?
- Graduates from the Computing specialisation are well-positioned to move into entry-level roles in programming, computer sales support, network administration, database administration and computer helpdesk/user support.
- A Computing minor specialisation can give you a distinct advantage in any industry, given the ubiquity of digital technology in all aspects of modern life
- When combined with an appropriate tertiary teaching qualification, the Computing minor is a pathway to becoming a secondary-school Computing teacher