Computer Systems and Networking
|Guaranteed ATAR||70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.|
|Location||Bentley, Sarawak or Sri Lanka This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||3 years full time|
Computer systems and network administrators are responsible for the upkeep, configuration and reliable operation of computer networks, which form the backbone of modern information systems.
This course has been designed to help you fully understand computer network design and development technologies so you can pursue career opportunities in this rapidly expanding field. The course integrates current developments in wired and wireless networking, offering a comprehensive view of the industry.
You will develop skills in network design and management, the convergence of IT and telecommunications, embedded systems, computer hardware and software, real-time systems and IT technical support. Your focus will be on the design and support of distributed computer and telecommunications networks.
A feature of this course is certification-based training with IT leaders such as Cisco, through Innovation Central Perth at Curtin. By the time you graduate, you will have the skills to expand the capabilities of networks already in place and to build new ones.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students
Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.
Details of the types of ‘bonus points’ commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.
ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period
View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.
Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- At least Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.
Desirable WACE coursesMathematics: Methods ATAR or Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.
English language proficiency
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? -
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the
student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
The course is recognised by the Australian Computer Society, and you're able to become a graduate member of Engineers Australia as an Enginering Technologist.
If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering to discuss eligibility for recognition of prior learning.
This course can help you become a:
- Systems Designer (Information Technology)
- Analyst (Information Technology)
- Systems analyst
- IT support specialist
- Telecommunications manager
- Network and system administrator.
- It offers a carefully designed curriculum to students to learn various CISCO components within the CISCO regional academy located in the department to obtain CISCO Certified Network Associate and other CISCO qualifications.
- Graduates from this course enjoy excellent employment prospects as system administrators, network operators, help desk consultants, for example.
Laboratory sessions are based on industry standard certification preparation. This, combined with the theoretical foundations, will give you a unique understanding of real networks and how they’re used in industry today.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
- More about studying at Curtin
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- Our admission appeals and grievance process
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