Digital curriculum

Preparing students for jobs in the digital economy with training in industry-relevant computing and data science skills

Our flagship four-year Bachelor of Engineering Honours course will be refreshed starting from 2021 with computing as a core component for all streams, and a sequence of projects over the four years. One of these projects, in the second year, introduces students to data science and has them work on a team project that applies data science to an inter-disciplinary problem.

Further changes to be implemented from 2023 will allow greater flexibility in the curriculum, and introduce the concept of breadth specialisations in areas such as Engineering Data Science, Computer Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Humanitarian Engineering. These will be open to almost all BEHons streams, and the first three in particular will be directly within the remit of DSI. For the first time, a mechanical engineering graduate will be ready to apply data science to solve key challenges in their domain, an aeronautical engineer will have the opportunity to learn about how digital electronics work, etc. Such cross-disciplinary training in various aspects of digital engineering is exactly what is needed in the engineer of the future, and the DSI will be at the forefront of this revolution in engineering education in Australia and beyond.

Besides the Bachelor of Engineering, DSI will also impact the courses led by the School of Computer Science. A Cybersecurity and an Innovation and Entrepreneurship major/minor will be introduced to the Bachelor of Advanced Computing from 2021, and a brand new Master of Digital Health and Data Science is in the final stages of preparation for implementation in 2022. These courses, together with existing ones such as the major in Computational Data Science, cover all the topics that underpin the digital future and give our graduates the right skills to be valuable contributors to the digital economy.

Most of our Bachelor degrees can be combined with a partner degree so that students can complete two degrees in a shorter time than what’s needed in two consecutive courses. This exposes students to a breadth of knowledge that employers consistently say is what is lacking in traditional Engineering and Computing graduates.

In short, the DSI is preparing students for jobs in the digital economy of the future with training in both industry-relevant computing and data science skills, and 21st-century skills.

Curriculum and degrees


Prof Stefan B. Williams – Director, Digital Sciences Initiative
Faculty of Engineering, University of Sydney NSW 2006 Australia
+61 2 9351 8152