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Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Software)

Be prepared for the industries of tomorrow

Gain the versatile skills required to design, code and manage software.

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  • Top 60

    Ranked 56th globally for engineering and technology by the 2019 QS University Rankings by Subject

  • 1st for employability

    Our graduates are ranked 1st in Australia and 5th globally for employability by the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings

Overview

Create the software and games of tomorrow. Through the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Software) you will learn first hand how to design and develop computer games, business applications, operating systems and network control systems. Combining technical knowledge with industry experience, you will be ready to transform the digital world.

As a software engineering student, you will learn all aspects of software production, from strategy and design to coding, quality and management. You will develop knowledge in computer systems, data structures and programming, the foundation for further studies in software design, development, security and management.

During your four-year degree, you will be taught by experts in the software engineering discipline and learn about programming and computer languages, data structures, algorithms and databases, data-centric computing, operating systems and software project management.

A 12-week internship will provide you with invaluable industry experience and enable you to network with practising professionals. In your fourth year you will complete an embedded honours thesis, which enables you to design an independent research project and specialise in an area that interests you.

The skills and experiences you gain will prepare you for a role as a software engineer, development manager, applications programmer, analyst, consultant or software innovator. As a rapidly evolving industry, there is an enormous opportunity to become an innovative leader in the digital revolution.

Subject areas

All majors below are optional. Best aligned majors include Computer Engineering, Power Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering. Additional study will be required if you select a major that is not best aligned with this stream. Certain majors may have limited capacity.

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What you'll study

Sample study plan: Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Software)

A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points, with a maximum of 48 credit points during the first year. Students undertake an Honours thesis in the final year.

There are over 20 engineering majors to choose from. The majors that best align with this degree and their study plans are:

This course includes mandatory completion of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP). The program requires completion of 600 hours of professional engagement experiences integrated continuously throughout the degree. It is designed to allow students to contextualise their learning, enhance their own professional development, and build the foundations of a strong professional engineering career. The professional engagement activities are spread over 3 flexible stages. This involves

  • a minimum of 70 hours of non-engineering focused activities (casual or part-time work, volunteering, employment skills, mentoring and/or development of transferable skills) and
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering focused activities (industry projects, site visits, guest lectures, interviews, seminars, conferences and/or research)
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering work experience in industry in stage 3 (typically final year).

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Year Sem  Unit of study 
The Professional Engagement Program (PEP) is embedded throughout each semester of the degree.
1 1 Introduction to Programming Software Fundamentals elective Integrated Engineering 1 Mathematics
  2 Introduction to Computer Systems Object-Oriented Programming Mathematics Software Fundamentals elective
2 1 Discrete Mathematics and Graph Theory Analysis and Design of Web IS Data Structures and Algorithms Systems Programming
  2 Data and Information Management Software Construction and Design 1 Agile Software Dev. Practices Software fundamentals elective
Integrated Engineering 2 (2 credit points)
3 1 Software Construction and Design 2 Software specialist elective Software specialist elective Software specialist elective
Integrated Engineering 3 (2 credit points)
  2 Internet Software Platforms Software Development Project Principles of Security and Security Engineering Software specialist elective
4 1 Thesis Enterprise Scale Software Architecture Software Quality Engineering Elective
Integrated Engineering 4 (2 credit points)
  2 Thesis Object-Oriented Application Frameworks Elective  

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and Physics. If you attempt engineering without this prior level of knowledge of Mathematics you may experience difficulty, so you are strongly advised to undertake an appropriate bridging course

Admission criteria

Admission this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are available for educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in Australia. For details including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering offers one-year exchange programs with partner universities in Europe, Asia and North America.

In addition to your Professional Engagement Program (PEP) commitments, there are opportunities to join a diverse range of engineering student societies and engage in outreach activities, industry placements and competitions throughout your degree.

Combined courses

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia and by other major professional engineering institutions. Our graduates are also recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.

Career Pathways

  • Software analyst and engineer
  • Information security specialist
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Control systems
  • Database programmer and management
  • Information technology
  • Internet programming
  • Language compliers
  • Web developer
  • Multimedia and telecommunication software systems
  • Real-time software engineering
  • Reliable biomedical systems

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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