GC110 - Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Research

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Plan: GC110 - Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Research
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Research
Award abbreviation: GradCertCompScRes
Total credit points: 48
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 semester full time or 1 year part time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Computer Science & Information Technology (140H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/compsci
ASCED code: 020199
CRICOS code: 050938B

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Purpose of the Program

This is a research certificate with coursework in Research Methods (12 credit points) and Minor Thesis/Project (36 credit points). Other coursework may be included in certain situations.

This certificate is generally undertaken as a preliminary step for admission to the MR047 Master of Computer Science (Research) or DR089 Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science programs.

You are required to formulate your own research topic, which should broadly conform to the research interests of the School. The independent investigation required for a research degree demands high standards of organisation and academic achievement.

You are expected to put forward original ideas and support them with evidence, and must complete a minimum period of independent graduate research in which original contributions are made to knowledge in the discipline.

Completion of the certificate involves submitting a minor thesis for critical review by a panel of experts in the field of study. The thesis should be of approximately 20 to 50 pages in length and of publishable quality.


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Articulation and pathways

There are no articulation arrangements for this program.

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including the (MR047) Master of Computer Science (Research) and the (DR089) Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science), subject to each program’s entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

The basic criterion for selection is that you have significant experience in computer science, such as an undergraduate degree, a postgraduate coursework degree and/or work experience. Experience is assessed by the School, via email or in-person interviews.

Students who have research experience should consider the MR047 Master of Computer Science (Research) or DR089 Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science programs.

Other requirements include:

  • GPA of 3.0 and above
  • Consistently good grades
  • Strong programming background
  • Preferably a strong computer science background, though not necessary

Please note: the above are just basic criteria. Each application is treated on a case-by-case basis.

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External accreditation and industry links

This program is accredited at the professional level by the Australian Computer Society, which accredits Information and Communication Technology related programs that are offered by Australian universities, both onshore and offshore.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library including specific resources for computer science: http://rmit.libguides.com/compsci.

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

The School of Computer Science and Information Technology http://www.rmit.edu.au/compsci also provides you with access to its specialised computer laboratories both for use during scheduled classes and outside scheduled class times. These laboratories provide access to a range of computer environments including a variety of database products under different operating systems.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students.


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