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Study a Bachelor of Computing Systems (BCS) at Unitec

Bachelor of Computing Systems

Prepare yourself for an IT career with hands-on learning in a fun, modern and well-resourced computing facility. Develop your understanding of data communications, networking, IT management, web and software development, business intelligence and systems analysis, and design, and cybersecurity.

360 (3.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for three years or part-time options available

Programme overview

Do you want an exciting role in the ever-changing computing industry? The Bachelor of Computing Systems provides you with a strong undergraduate learning experience that will underpin your readiness to work in the computing industry.

This programme is designed to build professional adaptive skills that will prepare you for the inevitable technical disruption and changes you will encounter in the IT industry, as well as progressively honing your technical skills and developing smart interpersonal skills to prepare you for the working environment. In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete an IT-related project in industry so that you can build up your working experience – a key advantage when looking for employment and presenting your CV to employers. 


  • Industry based project in your final semester. This project is designed to further integrate knowledge gained throughout the programme in a practical situation that uses a wide range of skills.
  • Student Exchange programme: option to spend one or two semesters studying overseas
  • Numerous scholarships for both school leaver applicants, as well as for established second and third year students
  • Flexible study structure so you can fit study around your life
  • An applied computing qualification that equips you with the ability to cope with technological changes in this fast moving industry
  • Emphasis on practical assessments and case study scenarios
  • Upon successful completion of this programme you can go onto further study in Postgraduate Diploma in Computing and Master of Computing programmes. 

Study pathways

You can choose from four pathway options designed to help you hit the ground running when you graduate:

Computer networks and cloud computing. Computer networks, real and virtual, are the connectors of the computing world. Organisations need people to help them manage their networks and 25% of computing jobs are in this area. Cloud computing is a relatively new development and is increasingly taking over the market. This pathway also gives you the opportunity to gain industry recognised Microsoft and Cisco certifications, including those in Cloud Computing.

Software development. Software development regularly rates as one of the top jobs in the world. This dynamic and changing pathway gives graduates the knowledge to design and develop software solutions and products.

Business intelligence. The amount of data and speed at which it is collected by organisations has reached unprecedented levels in recent years. But data without analysis is just a storage problem. Business intelligence combines business, databases, data warehousing, data mining and software development to find ways for organisations to use this data for future planning. Business intelligence is pivotal in helping organisations understand their business, compete effectively and excel in their field. Through these courses, you’ll learn how to create and manage data warehouse solutions that fit into the strategies of complex enterprises in the ever-changing market, and how to develop effective data models and reports to help business decision-making.

Cybersecurity. Every person who touches a computer keyboard or a smartphone screen could be a cyber threat. People with cybersecurity skills are needed by both the private and public sectors and there is a huge demand for graduates in this field. The cybersecurity pathway can give you the knowledge to help you protect computers, networks and data from these threats.

You can also create a personal study pathway with the help of your programme leader with our BCS pathway progression diagram.

Already have computing experience?

If you already have work experience, education, or skills and knowledge which are highly relevant to computing, then you may be able to get formal recognition for it and reduce how long it will take to finish your study. Find out more about how to fast track your study through an Assessment of Prior Learning form.


To help you on your IT career we have a number of scholarships available for both domestic and international students.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including:

  • 14 credits in two different approved subjects; and
  • 14 credits from up to two subjects (approved or non-approved).

2. 15 credits at NCEA Level 2 in Mathematics
3. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
4. 14 credits at NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau

If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don't have NCEA? We also accept:

  • Unitec's Certificate in Foundation Studies: Whitinga Level 3 with a relevant pathway;
  • A relevant qualification at Level 4 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Hardware Fundamentals (ISCG5400) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with a good working knowledge of information technology hardware.
Operating System Fundamentals (ISCG5401) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) The aim of this course is to provide students the understanding fundamental concepts of operating systems (OS), functionalities and architectures of operating systems, and how they are designed to meet requirements from users, hardware, and software. Students will gain hands-on experience on using MS Windows and Linux system commands and programs to explore various topics covered by the course.
Programming Fundamentals (ISCG5420) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce students to the basic principles of designing and developing small computer programs within the context of programming language.
Introduction to Databases (ISCG5423) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an introduction to database systems.
Information Systems Concepts (ISCG5424) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an introduction to information systems and the role they play within industry. The main purpose of the course is to enable a student to engage with a range of information system elements and to make choices for future specialist study.
Professional Skills for IT Practitioners (ISCG5430) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course aims to develop the student’s professional competencies using relevant Information Technology (IT) software to enhance their interpersonal and research skills in creating, retrieving, using and disseminating information in a range of settings.
Courses Credits Aim
Project Planning and Control (ISCG6411) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with a knowledge of the requirements of project planning by using project management techniques and tools, monitoring and controlling projects, using project management software, and applying reviewing techniques.
Courses Credits Aim
Capstone Project (ISCG7431) 60 credits (0.5 EFTS) To provide students with the opportunity to research, select, integrate, and apply a range of techniques and technology in the solution of a complete realistic problem. Wherever possible students should undertake a project on behalf of a client or situated in an industrial or business environment.
Courses Credits Aim
Networking Fundamentals (ISCG5403) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with a good working knowledge of the concepts of Networking and Data Communications fundamentals.
Programming Principles and Practice (ISCG5421) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To advance the knowledge of programming beyond an introductory level, in the context of a programming language.
Courses Credits Aim
Data Communications and Networks (ISCG6401) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the students with the knowledge of the concepts of data communication and networking.
Network Administration and Support (ISCG6402) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an insight into various local area network configurations.
Network Operating Systems Management (ISCG6403) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the knowledge and skills required to install, manage and maintain small Linux networks.
Fundamental Concepts in Cyber Security (ISCG6407) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with a clear understanding of fundamental concepts of cyber security as well as develop the knowledge needed to understand security risks and mitigation mechanisms associated with the implementation and management of IT infrastructure.
Systems Analysis and Design (ISCG6414) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse, design and document simple and complex information systems using object oriented analysis and design modelling tools, techniques and standards.
Internet and Website Development (ISCG6420) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the students with knowledge of advanced concepts of the Internet and website design and development.
GUI Programming (ISCG6421) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the student with the concepts of and practice in the use of event driven programming in the context of a selected language and a standard interface using windows, icons, menus and pointers.
Database Design and Development (ISCG6423) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To apply the principles of data management with database technology.
Data Warehousing (ISCG6425) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce students to concepts of data warehousing and decision-making, data warehouse design and implementation, data sourcing and data quality, Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) procedure, and on-line analytical processing (OLAP). Students will gain hands-on experience using Microsoft SQL server for implementing data warehouses.
Data Structures and Algorithms (ISCG6426) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course introduces the fundamental data structures and algorithms used in software development, extending the object-oriented concepts taught in the pre-requisite subject Programming Principles and Practice. The course will cover searching and sorting, linked data structures such lists and trees as well as hash tables. Upon completion of this course students will be able to implement a variety of data structures and algorithms, and will have an expert knowledge of the scalability and design trade-offs of these algorithms.
Courses Credits Aim
Computer Systems Security (ISCG7400) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an insight into computer systems security and carry out advanced tasks in planning, operation and monitoring of comprehensive systems security.
Advanced Data Communications (ISCG7401) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the students with knowledge and application of latest development in data communications and networking.
Network Design and Implementation (ISCG7402) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an insight into various large network technologies.
Computer Forensic Investigations (ISCG7404) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to plan and conduct a digital forensic investigation.
Advanced Cyber Security (ISCG7407) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with a deep understanding of the principles of information security in cyber space, enabling them to analyse various phases in the Cyber Attack Cycle and plan prevention mechanisms into their network design.
Malware Analysis (ISCG7408) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To give students an insight into the fundamental concepts of malware analysis, the knowledge needed to understand the security risks of malware infections and the mitigation mechanisms required to be implemented and managed for securing IT infrastructure.
Testing and Quality Assurance Management (ISCG7413) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) Students will apply testing and quality assurance methods and techniques in the development of ICT solutions.
Web Application Development (ISCG7420) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with knowledge and skills for developing client-server and web-based applications in the Intranet/Internet environment.
Mobile Software Development (ISCG7424) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the ability to investigate and use advanced techniques that extend the standard software development environment so that the student is competent in approaches required in the development and deployment of software applications for mobile devices.
Agile and Lean Software Delivery (ISCG7427) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To equip participants with the mindset, knowledge, tools and techniques to succeed in agile software development projects. To help participants to understand Agile and Lean principles and practices, and allows participants to gain experience in working in an Agile environment using industry leading Agile team collaboration tools.
Cloud Application Design and Development (ISCG7444) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course explores the best practices and emerging principles for the design & development of cloud-based applications.

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