The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
80.30
84.85 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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UAC code

482700
Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Fees

AUD35,505 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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Duration

4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40056
CRICOS code: 021335C

Currently enrolled, continuing students looking for the previous version of this program should refer back to the: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software) (pre 2017)

Program handbook

Description

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, it is directed more towards the development of software systems rather than the theories and principles of computing.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Comprehensive, theory based understanding of engineering fundamentals and/or the underpinning natural and physical sciences as applicable to the engineering discipline
  • Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  • Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
  • Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
  • Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
  • Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
  • Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
  • Effective oral and/or written communication in professional and lay domains.
  • Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
  • Professional use and management of information.
  • Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
  • Effective team membership and team leadership.

Details

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Program code40056
AQF level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 4 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian

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Assumed knowledgeHSC Mathematics (Band 5 or above) or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage (Physics or Chemistry preferred).
Recommended studiesHSC Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage (Physics or Chemistry preferred).
Term typeSemesters
Fees
  • International students - AUD35,505 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Contributing schools
  1. School of Engineering
  2. School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
  3. School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code021335C

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.

Enrolling in mathematics - Maths placement test

Your degree includes either compulsory or optional courses in maths. To maximise your likelihood of academic success, it is recommended that you select the course which matches your existing knowledge and understanding of maths concepts.

Answer a few questions now to find out what mathematics you should enrol in.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


Credit transfer

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 the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Compulsory program requirements

Requirements for qualification of this award 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 on industrial experience is available here.


Professional recognition

Australian Computer Society

This program is accredited by the Austrlian Computer Society.

Engineers Australia

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia, the Australian Computer Society and other affiliated international organisations, through the Washington Accord. Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software) are eligible to apply for membership to Engineers Australia.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

320 units

Program duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

In the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) program students are requried to complete 320 units, which is comprised of:

  • 260 core courses;
  • 10 units of mathematics core courses, 
  • 10 units of directed courses; and 
  • 40 units of elective courses. 

Elective Pathway

An elective pathway gives students the opportunity to broaden their skills and knowledge in their own or another engineering discipline; or specialise in areas such as business, maths or science; or undertake study overseas. Students should be aware of the 120 unit maximum for 1000 level unit courses when selecting their elective pathway.

Mathematics Pathways

Students with a Band 3 or 4 in the NSW HSC course Extension 1 Mathematics OR who have completed NSW HSC Extension 2 Mathematics (or their interstate/international equivalents) are able to complete the higher level MATH1210 Mathematical Discovery 1 course in lieu of MATH1110.

Students who do not meet the enrolment requisite for MATH1110 must take MATH1002 Foundational Studies in Mathematics. For these students MATH1002 will count for 10 units of electives with 30 units total remaining. Students undertaking this pathway will need to be aware of the 1000 level unit restrictions when enrolling in their remaining elective courses.

Additional Information: 

  • Students wishing to undertake this program on a part-time basis are advised to contact the program convenor for advice on optimum selection of courses for part-time enrolment.
  • Please note that if you undertake courses that are not in your approved program, you will be liable for additional fees for those courses. This is in addition to the fees associated with your normal program of study.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

Elective pathways

These pathways have been created to provide guidance for Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) students wishing to specialise in a study area with their elective courses.

  • Business and Legal Studies 213.9 KB Pathways in Accounting, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Marketing.
  • Creative Industries 156.2 KB Creative Industries and Communication and Media.
  • Engineering and Built Environment 1017.7 KB Introductory and advanced topics in multiple engineering and built environment disciplines.
  • Humanities 196.0 KB History, Language, Philiosophy, Sociology and Anthropology.
  • Mathematics 168.8 KB Discrete Modelling, Signal Processing, Differential Equations and Operations Research.

Additional documents


Transition arrangements

2019 Arrangements:

Please note: Core course SENG3400 Network and Distributed Computing has been replaced by ELEC3500 Telecommunication Networks.  

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 "Additional documents" section in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Program Advisor (ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au). 


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
COMP1010Computing Fundamentals
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
COMP1140Database and Information Management
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENGG1500Introduction to Professional Engineering
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (BCA Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
MATH1510Discrete Mathematics
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG1050Web Technologies
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
SENG1110Object Oriented Programming
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG1120Data Structures
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP2230Algorithms
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP2240Operating Systems
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG2500Sustainable Engineering Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
SENG2050Web Engineering
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG2130Systems Analysis and Design
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
SENG2200Programming Languages and Paradigms
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG2250System and Network Security
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG2260Human-Computer Interaction
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
ELEC3500Telecommunication Networks
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG3500Managing Engineering Projects
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (BCA Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
SENG3150Software Project 1: Requirements Engineering and Design
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG3160Software Project 2: Software Implementation, Testing, and Maintenance
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG3320Software Verification and Validation
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG4500Engineering Complexity
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
SENG4211ASoftware Engineering Final Year Project Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG4211BSoftware Engineering Final Year Project Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
20 units
SENG4400Enterprise Software Architectures
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG4430Software Quality
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units

Mathematics Core Courses

Choose either MATH1110 or MATH1210.

MATH1110 Option

Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this option.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
MATH1110Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 1
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1210 Option

Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this option.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
MATH1210Mathematical Discovery 1
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
COMP3260Data Security
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP3290Compiler Design
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP3320Computer Graphics
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP3330Machine Intelligence
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP3340Data Mining
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP3350Advanced Database
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
COMP4110Special Topic A
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP4120Special Topic B
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP4130Special Topic CNot currently offered10 units
COMP4240Special Topic GNot currently offered10 units
SENG4150Special Topics in Software EngineeringNot currently offered10 units
SENG4160Directed Studies in Software EngineeringNot currently offered10 units

Electives

Students who do not meet the enrolment requisite for MATH1110 must take MATH1002 Foundational Studies in Mathematics. For these students MATH1002 will count for 10 units of electives.

Complete 40 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

40 units

Honours

The Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) program uses the WAM as a measure for determining Honours. Please refer to the Bachelor Honours Policy for further detailed information.


Additional information

Additional Information (Prospective Students)

All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International students

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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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.