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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.
Currently enrolled, continuing students looking for the previous version of this program should refer back to the: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software) (pre 2017)
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.
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Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
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|Assumed knowledge||HSC Mathematics (Band 5 or above) or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage (Physics or Chemistry preferred).|
|Recommended studies||HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage (Physics or Chemistry preferred).|
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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.
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.
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 College Board. Students are encouraged to obtain and to report on a substantial block of this experience at one time, but several shorter periods, of not less than 2 weeks duration, will be accepted. Further information on industrial experience is available here.
Australian Computer Society
This program is accredited by the Austrlian Computer Society.
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
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
The Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) is a four year program, students are required to complete 320 units, which is comprised of:
- 270 core courses;
- 10 units of directed courses; and
- 40 units of elective courses.
No more than 120 units can be taken at 1000 level; and at least 40 units must be taken at each level from the 2000 level and above for this program.
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.
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. Students undertaking this pathway will need to be aware of the 1000 level unit restrictions when enrolling in their remaining elective courses.
- Students wishing to undertake this program on a part-time basis are advised to contact the Program Convenor or Academic Program Advisor (ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au) 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.
Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.
You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.
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.
- Transition Arrangements 2021 169.4 KB
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 Academic Program Advisor (ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au).
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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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|COMP1010||Computing Fundamentals||10 units|
|COMP1140||Database and Information Management||10 units|
|ENGG1500||Introduction to Professional Engineering||10 units|
|MATH1110||Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 1||10 units|
|MATH1510||Discrete Mathematics||10 units|
|SENG1050||Web Technologies||10 units|
|SENG1110||Object Oriented Programming||10 units|
|SENG1120||Data Structures||10 units|
|COMP2240||Operating Systems||10 units|
|ENGG2500||Sustainable Engineering Practice||10 units|
|SENG2050||Web Engineering||10 units|
|SENG2130||Systems Analysis and Design||10 units|
|SENG2200||Programming Languages and Paradigms||10 units|
|SENG2250||System and Network Security||10 units|
|SENG2260||Human-Computer Interaction||10 units|
|ELEC3500||Telecommunication Networks||10 units|
|ENGG3500||Managing Engineering Projects||10 units|
|SENG3150||Software Project 1: Requirements Engineering and Design||10 units|
|SENG3160||Software Project 2: Software Implementation, Testing, and Maintenance||10 units|
|SENG3320||Software Verification and Validation||10 units|
|ENGG4500||Engineering Complexity||10 units|
|SENG4211A||Software Engineering Final Year Project Part A||10 units|
|SENG4211B||Software Engineering Final Year Project Part B||20 units|
|SENG4400||Enterprise Software Architectures||10 units|
|SENG4430||Software Quality||10 units|
Choose 10 units from the following directed courses.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|COMP3260||Data Security||10 units|
|COMP3290||Compiler Design||10 units|
|COMP3320||Computer Graphics||10 units|
|COMP3330||Machine Intelligence||10 units|
|COMP3340||Data Mining||10 units|
|COMP3350||Advanced Database||10 units|
|COMP4110||Special Topic A||10 units|
|COMP4120||Special Topic B||10 units|
|SENG4150||Special Topics in Software Engineering||Not currently offered||10 units|
|SENG4160||Directed Studies in Software Engineering||Not currently offered||10 units|
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. Students undertaking this pathway will need to be aware of the 1000 level unit restrictions when enrolling in their remaining elective courses.
Choose 40 units of courses from a recommended Elective Pathway. An Elective Pathway gives you the opportunity to broaden your skills and knowledge in your own or another engineering discipline; or specialise in areas such as business, maths or science; or undertake overseas study.
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.
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.
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.
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 College 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.
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