Bachelor of Computer Science (Big Data)


Programme Overview

Developed and awarded by University of Wollongong, Australia.

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This programme provides understanding in the structure of data and the role it plays in delivering solutions to complex problems in science, society and business. You will study subjects in data mining, big data management, database performance tuning, distributed systems and cloud computing. 

Course Start Date & End Date

4 intakes a year (Jan, Apr, Jul & Oct)

Jan 2019 Intake
Standard Entry (3-year): Jan 2019 – Dec 2021

Apr 2019 Intake
Standard Entry (3-year): Apr 2019 – Mar 2022

Jul 2019 Intake
Standard Entry (3-year): Jul 2019 – Jun 2022

Oct 2019 Intake

Standard Entry (3-year): Oct 2019 – Sep 2022

Note: The completion date may vary depending on the exemptions (if any) granted.


Full Programme Fee (3 years): S$33,384.00

  • Fees quoted are valid for Jan 2019 and Apr 2019 intakes only
  • Above fees exclude textbooks and repeat fee of failed module

Application Fee applies
All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Scholarships & Awards

SIM scholarships are available


Closing Date

April 2019 intake - 18 Jan 2019


Unlock solutions to biggest challenges with Big Data

With Big Data, you can solve problems in science, society and business including population growth, transport, security, medical technology, trade and commerce.

All sectors will have a demand for creative people with a background in quantitative analysis who can look for strategic insights in massive data sets, using techniques in data mining, data visualisation, data analysis, data manipulation and data discovery. 


Australian Computer Society (ACS)

The ACS has mutual recognition of qualifications with:

  • Singapore Computer Society
  • International Federation of Information Processing
  • South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation
  • Malaysia National Computer Confederation
  • Seoul Accord – mutual recognition between ABEEK (Korea), ABET (US), BCS (UK), CIPS (Canada), HKIE (HK and China), IEET (Taiwan), JABEE (Japan)

Study Opportunities (offered by UOW in Australia)

Students in the UOW programme at SIM are eligible to transfer to Wollongong campus but subject to separate application and enrolment process. Graduates can apply to enrol in the Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) programme at Wollongong campus.

Career Prospects

Computer scientists focus on the theoretical foundations and practical approaches to computation and its applications. They design methods and tools and write programs for computer applications. These applications can be in areas such as computer systems to control machinery, information management and big data, applications for mobile devices, stock market trend analysis, game design, visualisation of chemical reactions, neural network design, computational geometry for robot navigation, patient monitoring in hospitals, and much more. 

Teaching Faculty

This programme is taught in Singapore by local academics and/or practitioners as well as UOW academics.

Mode of Delivery

The course is intensive and demanding but rewarding and achievable.

Classes include face-to-face lectures, tutorials and lab sessions.

Classes are typically in 3-hour blocks: 8:30 – 11:30am, 12noon – 3pm, or 3:30 – 6:30pm.

Classes delivered by UOW academics are conducted in an intensive mode – a continuous block of seven days for each module, and occasionally will be held on Saturday.

Students typically study two modules per term. Each year comprises of 4 terms.

Programme Structure 

To be awarded the Bachelor of Computer Science (Big Data), student must complete, or exempted from completing (depending on their advanced standing status), a total of 23 modules comprising of core modules, elective modules and one final year project.

Core Modules List

  • Networks and Communications
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Problem Solving
  • System Analysis
  • Data Management & Security
  • Object Oriented Design & Programming
  • Introduction to Web Technology
  • IT Project Management
  • Software Development Methodologies*
  • Mathematics for Computer Science
  • Algorithms & Data Structures
  • Advanced Programming
  • Database Systems
  • Distributed Systems and Cloud Computing*^
  • Big Data Mining Techniques and Implementation*#
  • Big Data Management*
  • Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery*
  • Database Performance Tuning*

Electives List

  • Contemporary Topics in Security*
  • Cybersecurity*
  • Ethical Hacking*
  • Systems Administration*
  • Backend Web Programming*
  • Interactive Computer Graphics*
  • Game Engine Essentials*
  • Mobile Multimedia
  • 3D Modelling and Animation*
  • Cryptography and Secure Applications*
  • Network Security*
  • Systems Security*
  • Multicore and GPU programming*
  • Business Process Management*
  • Strategic eBusiness Solutions
  • Frontend Web Programming
  • Principles of eBusiness
  • Management Information Systems*
  • Knowledge & Information Engineering
  • Introduction to Management
  • Accounting Fundamentals in Society
  • Business Communications
  • Marketing Principles
  • Accounting in Organisations
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Organisational Analysis
  • Management of Change
  • Statistics for Business
  • Economic Essentials for Business
  • Industry and Trade in Asia
  • Strategic Systems Management
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Fundamental Programming with Python

1 Final Year Project 

* modules are taught by UOW Academics, supported by local tutors.

^for students from Oct 2018 and Jan 2019 intake with 1.5-year exemption only.

#for students from Oct 2018 and Jan 2019 intake with 0.5-year, 1-year or no exemption.

For module descriptions, click HERE.
For detailed programme structure, click HERE.

The above modules are subject to changes by the university and subject to availability. Not all modules will be offered every term.

Candidature Period

Maximum 3 times the duration for completion under a standard full-time load, subject to meeting ongoing course progression rules.

There will not be any refund should the student fail to complete the programme within the maximum allowed period. Students who exceed their candidature period will not be allowed to remain in the programme, unless an extension to the candidature period is approved by the University.

Minimum Class Size

Minimum class size to commence: 24 students

In the event that the minimum number is not met, the intake may not commence. The student shall be informed within one month before programme commencement.

Entry Requirements

  • 3 GCE ‘A’ level / 3 H2 passes plus 1 H1 pass with a minimum aggregate of 9 points where A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (for H1 apply half the value)*
  • Diploma: 3-year diploma from local polytechnic or its equivalent.

*Minimum Aggregate scores in the qualifications mentioned are required for entry and will be assessed by UOW.

Applicants may be admitted to different credit exemptions based on their academic results.

For information on Overseas Qualifications, click HERE

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants with international qualification must meet the University's English requirement:

  • IELTS 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0) or
  • TOEFL iBT 79 (with each band no less than 18) or
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 57 (Reading / Writing at least 57 and Speaking / Listening at least 50) or equivalent

Course Fees

Full Programme (3 years): S$33,384.00 for 23 modules, payable over 12 terms

With credit exemption:
0.5 Year credit exemption: S$29,104.00 for 19 modules, payable over 10 terms
1 Year credit exemption   : S$24,824.00 for 15 modules, payable over 8 terms
1.5 Year credit exemption: S$20,544.00 for 11 modules, payable over 6 terms

Modules delivered by local academics  : S$1,070.00 per module
Modules delivered by UOW academics : S$2,033.00 per module
Final Year Project (FYP)                        : S$4,066.00 per module

  • Fees quoted are valid for Jan 2019 and Apr 2019 intakes only.
  • Above fees exclude textbooks and repeat fees of failed module. Not all modules will be offered in every term.
  • First term fees payable upon acceptance of offer. Subsequent term fees payable before commencement of the term.
  • All fees inclusive of prevailing GST. 

Application Fee applies

Scholarships & Awards

SIM GE Scholarships available

Exemption Eligibility

Exemptions are normally granted automatically to students with relevant background. Block exemptions may be granted to students with relevant diplomas from the local polytechnics and universities.

All modules previously studied will be evaluated and compared with the requirements of the student’s programme of study and a block exemption granted where appropriate.

To obtain maximum credit exemption, applicants must have GPA of 2.0 or more (out of 4.0). Applicants with GPA below 2.0 will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Click HERE for exemption table


Lecturers & Teaching Modules

Average teacher-student ratio 1:55

Assessment & Exams

Students are normally assessed by continuous assessments in the following form:

  • Assignments
  • Class tests
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Practical laboratory tests
  • Presentations
  • Projects
  • Tutorial exercises

Some assignments and presentations will be group-based. Assessment may have a minimum achievement requirement necessary to pass the module.

Most modules have a final examination at the end of term.

Academic Progress

Students are to pass all modules within the current year of study before proceeding to the next year of study.  For modules with pre-requisites, students may be required to meet the pre-requisites before undertaking the modules.

Attendance requirement

Local students: 80%
International students: 90%

Award & Graduation

Students who successfully complete all academic requirements of the programme will be awarded the Bachelor of Computer Science (Big Data) by the University of Wollongong, Australia.

A degree conferral ceremony will be held in Singapore.