Students who are entering university in 2009 have a variety or new courses and new majors within existing courses to choose from. Climate and Environment, and Computer Science will be available as majors in the Bachelor of Science, and there are four new majors within the Bachelor of Computer Science and the Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. Primary teaching will be offered as a combined degree at UWA for the first time in 2009.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (THREE-YEAR) - NEW MAJORS
Climate and Environment is a new major available to students who enrol in the three-year Bachelor of Science course. This major includes the study of climate processes and variability, controls of climate change, and the significance and relevance of these to the wider environmental and agricultural sciences. Students will also focus on the policy, planning and social science implications of climate change issues at the regional and global scale. Graduates with a major in Climate and Environment will have the competence to effectively translate basic climate science, climate change and related issues into an environmental-social science problem solving context.
Computer Science will also be able to be studied by students in the Bachelor of Science as a single major. This major is a broad study of computing science within a general Science degree.
Primary teachers play a unique role in society by preparing their students for life-long learning and participation in society. In 2009 UWA is offering a combined degree program which enables students to complete a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with a Master of Teaching. This extended teacher training programme will ensure graduates have an in-depth knowledge of the theory and the practical skills required for primary teaching.
NEW MAJORS IN THE SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE & SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
The School of Computer Science & Software Engineering will offer four new majors in the Bachelor of Computer Science and the Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. These majors are suitable for anyone contemplating a career in the engineering and development of software systems across a wide range of application domains.
The Systems major focuses on software systems and their function, with emphasis on databases and networking systems.
The Web Technologies major focuses on the web as the environment for computation and information management.
The Entertainment Technologies major focuses on the tools and concepts for computer and web-based games applications and allied multi-media systems.
The Computation focuses on the design of algorithms, programming languages, computational models and the theory of computing. Important issues include algorithmic complexity, the expressiveness and conciseness of languages, and the matching of computational models to classes of applications. Important application areas include artificial intelligence, theorem-proving and system design. CS would be an ideal major for a career in research.
Information about all of UWA's undergraduate programs is available on our courses website.