Computing Science

Computing Science

Note: With effect from academic year 2019, this programme will be offered as a joint degree by SIT and the University of Glasgow. Find out more about the Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computing Science.

Programme Overview
Computing Science is the study of information, computation and computational thinking. It is wide-ranging, from programming, programming languages and engineering large software systems, to the design and evaluation of human/computer interfaces, algorithms, computer and network systems, as well as information retrieval and storage systems.

The programme will be a broad computing science programme whose main themes are security, connectivity, mobility, and usability. It gives you the opportunity to study a broad range of core computing science topics including Cyber Security, Mobile Human-Computer Interaction, Multimedia Systems & Applications.

Graduates from Computing Science will have good prospects for working in a variety of careers within the IT industry. These can range from highly technical, systems-level development such as application developers, consultants as well as many other IT-related roles. Some of our students also go on to do research degrees. This is also a suitable background for becoming a teacher of Computing or, indeed, to work in other areas where logical problem-solving and system design skills are valued.

Learn about UofG's Bachelor of Science in Computing Science.

Eligibility and Exemption

Polytechnic Diploma

Nanyang Polytechnic

  • Business Enterprise IT*
  • Business Informatics*
  • Financial Informatics*
  • Engineering Informatics
  • Information Security
  • Information Technology
  • Multimedia & Infocomm Technology

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

  • Engineering Science*
  • Information Technology*
  • Network Systems and Security*

Republic Polytechnic

  • Business Applications*
  • Business Information Systems*
  • Infocomm Security Management*
  • Information Technology
  • IT Service Management*
  • Mobile Software Development

Singapore Polytechnic

  • Computer Engineering*
  • Infocomm Security Management*
  • Information Technology (Information Systems or Enterprise Systems or Solutions Development options)*

Temasek Polytechnic

  • Big Data Management & Governance
  • Computer Engineering*
  • Cyber and Digital Security
  • Digital Forensics
  • Game Design & Development (formerly known as Game & Entertainment Technology)
  • Info-Communications*
  • Information Technology
  • Mobile & Network Services
  • Mobile & Wireless Computing*

* Applicants holding these diplomas must either have taken a Data Structures and Algorithms option, or successfully complete a short pre-sessional course to be accepted on the programme. Other relevant diplomas not listed will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Study Trip

Students studying in the University of Glasgow (UoG) degree programmes are required to complete a four-week attachment in Glasgow at the home campus of the University of Glasgow, U.K., where they will undertake a 10-credit group design/practical module, experience a different culture and interact with students there. Some industrial visits and guest lectures may be organised by the University of Glasgow. The estimated cost ranges from S$4,500* to S$5,500*.

Note: Estimated costs are dependent on the prevailing currency exchange rate and flight ticket prices.


Year 1
SIT4036 Team Project 3

To design and implement, in a team, a software system that solves a (more-or-less) well-understood problem; to achieve a deliverable product in the form of a piece of working software.

SIT4032 Professional Software Development 3

The aims of the course are to: 
introduce students to modern software development methods and techniques for building and maintaining large systems;
provide an opportunity for the students to apply these methods and techniques presented to them in the context of an extended group-based software development exercise; 
make the students aware of the professional, social and ethical dimensions of software development; 
instil in the students a professional attitude towards software development.

SIT4021 Advanced Programming 3

To develop practical expertise in, and understanding of, concurrent programming in Java;
To explore a variety of different concurrency control mechanisms;
To substantially develop the knowledge of C gained during summer preparatory reading;
To develop the students' experience and understanding of programming in a low-level language;
To develop the ability to craft efficient and effective code in a pointer-rich language;
To introduce concurrent programming in C using the PThreads library;
To further develop the ability to select and re-use existing software components and libraries;
To enhance the students' skills in engineering software as interacting sub-systems, using interfaces and libraries to manage medium sized software development projects.

SIT4022 Algorithmics 3

To develop the student's skills in the design and analysis of algorithms; 
To study algorithms for a range of important standard problems; 
To introduce the student to the theory of NP-completeness together with its practical implications;
To make the student aware of fundamental concepts of computability.

SIT4038 Database Systems 3

This module aims to develop the software engineering and database administration skills required for designing, creating, running and developing a relational database application and its associated application software suite. This will include extension of pre-existing systems and arrangements for extending operational systems; understanding of how conventional programming languages interact with databases; understanding of the fundamental concepts, theories and methods of the relational data model; and an introduction to Information Retrieval concepts and techniques.

SIT4028 Interactive Systems 3

The aims of the course are:
to offer students the opportunity to become familiar with one of the most important interaction paradigms;
to enable students to become skilled in the use of techniques and tools for modelling, implementing and evaluating interactive systems;
to enable students to apply the theories, techniques and tools presented in the course via challenging exercises which combine design, implementation and evaluation.

SIT4030 Networked Systems 3

To introduce the fundamental concepts and theory of communications;
To provide a solid understanding of the technologies that support modern networked computer systems;
To introduce low-level network programming concepts;
To provide our students with the ability to evaluate and advise industry on the use and deployment of networked systems.

SIT4031 Operating Systems 3

To introduce the students to the styles of coding required with an OS; 
To give a thorough presentation of the contents of a traditional OS, including the key abstractions;
To show the range of algorithms and techniques available for specific OS problems, and the implications of selection specific algorithms for application behaviour; 
To develop an integrated understanding of what the computer is doing, from a non-naive view of hardware to the behaviour of multi-threaded application processes; present the alternatives and clarify the trade-offs that drive OS and hardware design.

SIT4033 Programming Languages 3

This course aims to:
provide a conceptual framework that will enable students to understand familiar programming languages more deeply and learn new languages more efficiently;
show how the syntax of a programming language can be formalized;
explain the functions of compilers and interpreters, how they interact, and how they work;
show how to implement a compiler using compiler-generation tools.

SIT4037 Professional Skills & Issues

This course introduces the legal, professional and social issues involved in the widespread development and use of computational devices, and stimulates students to develop their own, well-argued positions on many of these issues.

Year 2
SIT4027P Individual Project 4

The aim of the individual project is to allow students to undertake a substantial piece of individual work, involving planning, specification, design, execution, evaluation, presentation and report-writing.

SIT4039 Big Data: Systems, Programming and Management 4

Big Data is nowadays manifested in a very large number of environments and application fields pertaining to our education, entertainment, health, public governance, enterprising, etc. The course will endow students with the understanding of the new challenges big data introduces and the currently available solutions. These include (i) challenges pertaining to the modelling, accessing, and storing of big data, (ii) an understanding of the fundamentals of systems designed to store and access big data, and (iii) programming paradigms for efficient scalable access to big data.

SIT4023 Cyber Security Fundamentals 4 (formerly known as Cyber Security 4)

This course provides an introduction to the foundational aspects of computer security, such as algorithms and protocols. It also covers ways in which these systems can be attacked and techniques for thwarting these attacks.

SIT4024 Distributed Algorithms & Systems 4

Distributed systems are ubiquitous in commerce and industry, from the international banking network to process control in large industrial sites. This course builds on the introductions to operating systems and networked systems in level 3, specifically focussing on the software engineering issues raised by distributed systems and algorithms for use in distributed systems.

The key feature of this course will be the assumption that a distributed system is one in which: partial failure is to be expected; local and remote operations differ greatly in cost; and an element of message passing is required for communication.

SIT4045 Human Computer Interaction 4

The aim of this course is to give the students an overview of advanced topics in Human-Computer Interaction, covering the key areas of multimodal interaction, novel interaction techniques, interactions for users with different abilities and collaborative media. These are all key issues for designing future interactive systems. There will also be a significant piece of coursework where the students will have to design, implement and test a multimodal interactive application. This will give them valuable experience in developing using these new forms of interaction. A further aim is to enable students to assess the potential of new interaction techniques to solve interaction challenges.

SIT4047 Mobile Human Computer Interaction 4

Mobile Human-Computer Interaction gives students an overview of the fields of mobile HCI and ubiquitous computing, and an understanding of the practical challenges associated with embedded software development for mobile interactive systems, and associated services.

SIT4053 Web Science 4 (formerly known as Multimedia Systems & Applications 4)

Multimedia has become an indispensable part of modern computer technology. It is part of everyday life be it broadcasting material, educational or entertainment materials and/or personal videos or images. Better solutions are needed due to the growth and proliferation of multimedia in our daily life. The course will focus on advances in the development of multimedia systems and will be delivered with an emphasis on the practical side. It will introduce the theoretical and practical skills needed in handling multimedia data.

SIT4034 Safety-Critical Systems Development 4

This course encourages students to apply engineering techniques to support the development of safety-critical applications. It also encourages students to consider the particular methodological and professional issues that surround the development of safety-critical systems.

SIT4058 Functional Programming 4

Functional programming is introduced using Haskell. The standard programming techniques, as well as some advanced topics, are covered and applied to realistic programming problems.


Campus Location
SIT@RP Building
SIT@RP Building

Republic Polytechnic
43 Woodlands Avenue 9, Singapore 737729