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B InfoTech or B CompSci?

By M.R.Chambers ·
Hi, I'm an Australian student starting university next year, but I'm having trouble deciding which course to do. I've narrowed my choice down to a Bachelor of IT through Charles Sturt Uni, or a Bachelor of Computer Science through NewCastle Uni. What I would like to know is: is there any clear advantage of one course over another? I don;t know what area of computing I want to go into: I've considered programming, general consultancy, research and design, etc but don't know which would suit mebest. Which of the above degrees would give me the best employment opportunities?

I've even considered doing a combined BCompSci/BMaths through Newcastle but I'm releuctant to do that unless there is a VERY clear advantage: too much extra (and hard) work and time if there isn;t a major advantage.

Also, what other career paths are out there? I know there are hundreds of them but don;t know what they're like and what they involve.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
M.R.Chambers

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by tbradley In reply to B InfoTech or B CompSci?

Talk about your tough nut. Both fields have their career advantages, but you have to seriously sit back and consider what your talents are, and how far you are willing to reach out to grasp the brass ring.

IT is the nuts and bolts, and you can be working and making money even while in university, if you want. Look at your talents. Are you handy with taking apart systems, putting them together, and just in general making things work... then IT might be the best solution.

On the other hand, if you are the sort who loves to Hack, or take programs apart to see how and why they work, the pure Comp Sci path may be better.

Or, like most of us, you're a little of both. The hardest path may very well be the best then, if you have the motivation.

Unfortunately, you asked a question that has no clear answer, and the brass ring is just as shiny regardless of which way you go. I don't see a whole lot of difference between top performers in either branch, yet I will make this one statement. There is not a whole lot of room for mediocre programmers, yet there is a vast market for variously talented IT types, from the hack who puts units together in his garage, to the one who plans million dollar upgrades for major corporations.

Again, look at your talents. I will advise this, take 3 to 1 of the field you feel most comfortable with. If after a year, you can shift that ratio, and if you take an extra year to complete, you will at least be assured of coming out of the University with a degree that you wanted, not one that you thought everyone wanted for you.

Either way, good luck

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by M.R.Chambers In reply to B InfoTech or B CompSci?

Thank you all for your answers, they have helped quite a bit. I have decided to go for the B InfoTech degree after all: I couldn't decide on the basis of just the courses (they were too much alike) so I looked at other aspects of the degrees and the universities, and the IT degree came out on top.

Again, thank you for taking the time to help, it was greatly appreciated.

M.R.Chambers

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by Steed In reply to B InfoTech or B CompSci?

Both are good degrees to do and you will not find it difficult to get a job after you graduate. When I first started my degree ( Computing Science ) I didn't know what I wanted to do either. This was not a problem because Computing or Computer Science gives you a pretty broad range of knowledge. Most of the people who did my course at Newcastle Uni ( England ) have gone into software, which, I know now doesn't interest me much. What you need to do is look around at various publications and see what jobs are out there and what they're looking for in terms of qualifications. Also, try to figure out where the industry is going and which path you want to take. I'm a Network Administrator at the moment. My ideal path would be: Net Admin, Net Manager, IT Manager, Consultant, Technical Architect. But then i'm motivated by money. Go and speak to Lecturers and Career Guidance Officers at your local Uni, people you know in IT, people you don't know in IT. 90% of the people who drop out of Uni in the first year drop out because they've chosen the wrong course. Don't make that mistake.

All the best.

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by i4tech In reply to B InfoTech or B CompSci?

b. comp sci: would make you strong in basic computer fundamentals, like data structure, algos, theory which are very essential for your long survival in computer field.

b infotech : will make u master in info field
which is somehow more related to net..and going for this will cover some aspects of comp.sci but not expect in depth fundas .

if you thinking for system programing , research or netwok prog then only prefer b comp sci.(u cant think for this jobs once u opt for b.info)

if u r thinking for internet,html or web prog then u may prefer b info.(u can still enter in this field after b.compsci..)

note: it is easy to shift to b.info aspect if u once clear b.comp sci bcoz b.info is just extension to b.compsci...but vice versa is not always true.
conclusion : go 4 b.compsci(real essence)

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