Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software) (BE(Hons)(Soft))

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This program provides study of both the theory and practice of engineering principles while providing students with a choice of majors, allowing them to study one of Smart Technologies, Defence Systems or a minor in Entrepreneurship. All Engineering students will complete a selection of common first year courses before branching out into their disciplines, majors and/or a choice of thematic minors. Emphasis is placed on understanding and mastering the underlying principles and techniques of software engineering so that graduates will be able to learn and apply new technologies as they emerge in the future. The early years of the program build a scientific and engineering foundation of computing, mathematics and digital electronics, in preparation for the more specialised software engineering courses. The third and fourth years have a strong emphasis on group software development projects with close industrial connections.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software) is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 4 years.

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia and graduates of the program qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Contribute to the design of creative, sustainable, economic and safe solutions, which satisfy the objectives of clients and stakeholders.
2. Demonstrate a broad, theory-based understanding of the mathematical, natural and physical sciences underpinning engineering practice, and evaluate the differences between theoretical and applied system behaviour.
3. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the computer and information sciences that underpin engineering practice.
4. Demonstrate a substantial and contemporary body-of-knowledge of engineering methods, tools and processes for a specific discipline, complemented by relevant knowledge from related disciplines.
5. Professionally and ethically conduct themselves and their work, respecting the communities and cultural norms within which that work is carried out.
6. Communicate objectively and effectively, in written and oral forms, to lay and expert audiences.
7. Apply critical and independent thinking to make sound judgements, based on evidence, theory and logical reasoning.
8. Maintain and develop knowledge of advancements in engineering practice and research in the specific discipline, and apply this knowledge innovatively when devising solutions.
9. Be an effective, emotionally and culturally intelligent team member, with leadership potential.
10. Apply a systems approach to managing and developing solutions to complex problems.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software)

There shall be a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software).

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 96 units, comprising:

  1. Courses to the value of 96; Core courses and Research Project up to the value of 78 units and Elective courses to the value of 18 units with the option of a major in one of the following:
    • Defence Systems
    • Smart Technologies
  2. An Entrepreneurship minor can be presented within the program
  3. A total of 8 weeks of approved engineering work placement is required. Students will need to enrol into the ENG 3100 Engineering Internship UG (0 units) course to complete this requirement.  
  4. Unless exempted, International students are required to take ENG 1011 Introduction to Engineering EAL in lieu of ENG 1001 Introduction to Engineering as advised by the Faculty.
  5. Students who have not undertaken SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) will be required to enrol in Mathematics IM, followed by Mathematics IA with Mathematics IB taken in Summer Semester to complete the Mathematics requirements at Level I. The satisfactory completion of Mathematics IM is in addition to the normal requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).
Core Courses

Software Engineering Core

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
COMP SCI 1102 Object Oriented Programming 3
COMP SCI 1106 Introduction to Software Engineering 3
COMP SCI 2000 Computer Systems 3
COMP SCI 2103 Algorithm Design & Data Structures 3
COMP SCI 2201 Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis 3
COMP SCI 2205 Software Engineering Workshop I 3
COMP SCI 2206 Software Engineering Workshop II 3
COMP SCI 2207 Web & Database Computing 3
COMP SCI 3001 Computer Networks & Applications 3
COMP SCI 3004 Operating Systems 3
COMP SCI 3308 Cybersecurity Fundamentals 3
COMP SCI 3318 Software Engineering in Industry 3
COMP SCI 4023 Software Process Improvement 3
COMP SCI 4092 Mobile and Wireless Systems 3
COMP SCI 4405 Research Methods in Software Engineering and Computer Science 3
COMP SCI 4411 Event Driven Computing 3
ELEC ENG 1100 Analog Electronics 3
ELEC ENG 1102 Digital Electronics 3
ENG 1001 Introduction to Engineering 3
ENG 1002 Programming (Matlab and C) 3
ENG 3004 Systems Engineering and Industry Practice 3
MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA 3
MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB 3
MATHS 2107 Statistics & Numerical Methods II 3

Research Project

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
COMP SCI 4414A Software Engineering Research Project A 0
COMP SCI 4414B Software Engineering Research Project B 6

Specified Electives

Courses to the value of 3 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
COMP SCI 3012 Distributed Systems 3
COMP SCI 3305 Parallel and Distributed Computing 3
COMP SCI 3317 Using Machine Learning Tools 3


Courses to the value of 3 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
COMP SCI 2005 Systems Programming 3
COMP SCI 2203 Problem Solving & Software Development 3
ELEC ENG 2100 Digital Systems 3
ENTREP 1011 Entrepreneurial Foundations and Mindset 3
POLIS 1104 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3

Electives - No Major

Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
COMP SCI 3007 Artificial Intelligence 3
COMP SCI 3012 Distributed Systems 3
COMP SCI 3307 Secure Programming 3
COMP SCI 3314 Introduction to Statistical Machine Learning 3
COMP SCI 3315 Computer Vision 3
COMP SCI 3316 Evolutionary Computation 3
COMP SCI 3317 Using Machine Learning Tools 3
ELEC ENG 3088 Computer Architecture 3
ELEC ENG 3108 Telecommunications Principles 3
ELEC ENG 4107 Autonomous Systems 3
ENTREP 3000 Innovation and Creativity 3
ENTREP 3011 Startup Methodologies 3
ENTREP 3015 Entrepreneurial Leadership 3
ENTREP 3900 eChallenge 3
ENTREP 3901 Tech eChallenge 3
MECH ENG 3032 Micro-Controller Programming 3


Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
COMP SCI 4407 Advanced Algorithms 3
COMP SCI 4408 Modelling and Analysis of Complex Systems 3
COMP SCI 4409 Search Based Software Engineering 3
COMP SCI 4412 Secure Software Engineering 3
COMP SCI 4416 Applied Machine Learning UG 3
COMP SCI 4417 Applied Natural Language Processing UG 3
ENG 4020 Complex Systems Engineering 3