Bachelor of Engineering (Software)
480550 - Newcastle (Callaghan)
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Faculty of Education and ArtsFaculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentFaculty of Science and Information Technology
Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery
Face to face on campus.
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Software engineers are concerned with all aspects of building large, complex, software systems for applications in most areas of society including commerce, engineering, government and research. Software engineering is closely related to computer science, however is directed more towards the development of software systems rather than the theories and principles of computing.
You will complete specialist studies in computer engineering, computer science or software engineering. Minor studies include computer architecture, distributed processing, object oriented technologies, real time systems, software architecture, software process and metrics, software verification, system software, user interface design and web engineering. Throughout the program, theoretical studies are complemented by practical laboratory and field exercises. You will have the opportunity to undertake a full-year, team-based, industry-related project in your final year of study and must also complete 12 weeks of industrial experience throughout the program.
Employment prospects for graduates are excellent, with strong demand locally and throughout Australia. Graduates work as software engineers in all areas of industry, government, commerce, engineering and research. They find employment in software product development, banking and finance, defence and security, industrial systems, telecommunications, internet and web engineering, marketing and consulting.
Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.
You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit
Mathematics (Band 5 or above) or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage. Applicants who have achieved less than Band 5 or have not completed a science-related subject may be admitted but may need additional study and/or assistance to successfully complete the mathematics requirement of the program
Mathematics (Band 5 or above) or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to a new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.
The B Engineering (Software) program uses the WAM as a measure for determining honours, and shall grade on the WAM equivalent to the following grades (in accordance with the Embedded Honours Models Structures Policy - 000743):
A minimum WAM of 77 and a minimum mark of 75 in the research courses (at least 30 units) for Honours Class 1; a minimum WAM of 72 and a minimum mark of 65 in the research courses (at least 30 units) for Honours Class II, Division 1; a minimum WAM of 67 and a minimum mark of 65 in the research courses (at least 30 units) for Honours Class II, Division 2;
Performance is based on a three year WAM where 2000, 3000 and 4000 level courses are weighted by 2, 3 and 4 respectively.
Requirements for qualification for the award of the Bachelor of Engineering include completion of at least 12 weeks of industrial experience of a nature acceptable to the Faculty Board. Students are encouraged to obtain and to report on a substantial block of this experience at one time but several shorter periods not less than 2 weeks duration will be accepted.
Further information is available at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/faculty/engineering/for-students/industrial-experience/
This degree program is accredited by Engineers Australia, the Australian Computer Society and other affiliated international bodies.
International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment may experience difficulty in pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student to contact the Program Convenor to discuss the issue.
Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester commences. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and Faculty staff will work together to ensure adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
NB: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the program and courses they undertake. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/ctl/lsp/
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support
The software engineering program, is a 4-year program comprising 320 units and is available at Callaghan Campus.
As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements.
Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the "Further Information" section (located towards the top of this Handbook page), in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Hub.
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