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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Software)

Degree Type Honours Bachelor

Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324311

CRICOS 082124J

Software engineering is a systematic and disciplined approach to developing software. It concerns the application of computer science and engineering principles and practices to the development and maintenance of high quality software, delivered on time and within budget.

Students study both the theory and practice of engineering principles and have a choice of electives enabling them to follow special interests in computing hardware and software. There is a focus on student understanding and mastering of the underlying principles and techniques of software engineering. Consequently, graduates are able to learn and apply new technologies as they emerge in the future.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 324311
    2017 CSP ATAR 80.95
    2017 CSP IB 28
    2017 Adelaide Approved Score 80
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
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    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies) & Physics.

    IB: Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) & Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2016). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324311

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 082124J
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 27
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 19
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 15
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] 85%
    SAT [US] 1270
    Abitur 3.1
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies) & Physics.

    IB: Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) & Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    International Qualifications Mathematics and Physics
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,175

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $39,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates are highly regarded by employers and have been successful pursuing careers in a wide variety of areas such as communications, manufacturing, web design, defence, consumer electronics, power generation, finance, commerce, banking and information technology.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

    The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software) is also accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). The program is designed to provide a professional qualification in computing and software engineering. It also provides the necessary academic requirements for membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American-based Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

    Potential careers

    Internet Commerce Specialist, Instrumentation Engineer, Information and Communications Technologist, Computer Scientist, Computer Programmer, Software Engineer, Business Analyst, Manager / Business Management, Network Engineer, Consultant, Project Officer, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer, Project Manager, Information Analyst, Engineer

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Global Learning Experience

    It is recommended that students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software) program study overseas during levels 2 and 3. Both semester and year long exchange is possible.

    To discuss your options further, please contact the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
  • Degree Structure

    In the early years of the program students 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 focus on group software development projects with close industrial connections.

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Year 1 a) SEE BELOW NOTES (3 units)*

    ELEC ENG 1100 Analog Electronics (3 units)

    MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (3 units)#

    STATS 1000 Statistical Practice I (3 units)

    b) SEE BELOW NOTES (3 units)*

    COMP SCI 1106 Introduction to Software Engineering (3 units)

    MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB (3 units)#

    ELEC ENG 1102 Digital Electronics (3 units)
    Year 2 c) SEE BELOW NOTES (3 units)*

    COMP SCI 2005 Systems Programming (3 units)

    COMP SCI 2207 Web and Database Computing (3 units)

    COMP SCI 2205 Software Engineering Workshop I (3 units)

    d) COMP SCI 2201 Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis (3 units)*

    COMP SCI 2000 Computer Systems (3 units)

    COMP SCI 2203 Problem Solving & Software Development (3 units)

    COMP SCI 2206 Software Engineering Workshop 2 (3 units)***
    Year 3 COMP SCI 3001 Computer Networks & Applications (3 units)

    COMP SCI 3303 Engineering Software as Services I (3 units)

    COMP SCI 3004 Operating Systems (3 units)

    COMP SCI 3013 Event Driven Computing (3 units)

    COMP SCI 3304 Engineering Software as Services II(3 units)

    Level III or IV Elective (6 units)

    Level III Elective (3 units)
    Year 4 COMP SCI 4405 Research Methods in Software Engineering and Computer Science (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 4034 Engineering Management IV (3 units)

    COMP SCI 4023 Software Process Improvement (3 units)

    COMP SCI 4404 Software Engineering Research Project (6 units)

    ELEC ENG 4064 Business Management Systems (3 units)

    Level IV Elective (6 units)
    #Students who have not passed SACE Stage 2 Specialist Maths are required to enrol in MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM as a prerequisite to enrolling in MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA. The satisfactory completion of MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM is in addition to the normal requirements of this program. Students may manage their enrolment by enrolling in MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM in semester 1, followed by MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA in semester 2, and MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB in summer school.

    Do not need to complete COMP SCI 1101 Introduction to Programming and therefore must complete the following courses in the order listed a) COMP SCI 1102 Object Oriented Programming b) COMP SCI 1103 Algorithm Design and Data Structures c) Level II Elective d) COMP SCI 2201 Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis

    *STUDENTS WITH NO PRIOR PROGRAMMING EXPERIENCE: Complete the following courses in the order listed a) COMP SCI 1101 Introduction to Programming b) COMP SCI 1102 Object Oriented Programming c) COMP SCI 1103 Algorithm Design and Data Structures d) COMP SCI 2201 Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis

    Students must refer to the course planner for elective choices. Electives may be any University of Adelaide undergraduate course for which the student meets the pre-requisites, is available to be taken by the student and has compatible timetabling.

    Unless exempted by the Faculty, all international students are required to take Engineering Communication. At the commencement of study, the Faculty will advise which course is to be replaced by ENG 3003 Engineering Communication EAL.

    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting the availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.

    Please refer to the ECMS website for a study plan to guide your enrolment


    Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, project work and exams.

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Last updated: Friday, 12 Jan 2018