Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2013 academic year unless otherwise specified.
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- Undergraduate Information
- Postgraduate Information
- How To Find Out More
- Related Subjects and Careers
- List of Courses
This subject is taught by the School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Almost all aspects of the modern world involve computers. The critical component of computers, which allows them to be used in so many different ways and for so many different applications, is the software.
Designing and implementing software systems is the task of the software engineer, who must manage the enormous complexity of software systems, ensure efficiency and make sure the design is useful. The increasing interconnectedness of software systems makes these problems continually challenging.
Victoria’s Software Engineering programme gives students the expertise needed for solving these problems. Software engineers must not only have a range of technical expertise, but must also be able to work with other people— other engineers, clients and systems users.
The courses in the Software Engineering programme address these issues. Students learn about the processes for managing software projects involving many people and work together to solve problems and develop experience. The final-year courses explore a range of advanced topics in Software Engineering, building directly on the research expertise of the academic staff.
Software Engineering can be taken as a specialisation in the Bachelor of Engineering (BE).
Software Engineering students must complete the following components to obtain their BE (SWEN):
This consists of the following courses, which provide the necessary foundation for a BE (SWEN):
- ENGR 101 - Engineering Technology
- COMP 102 - Introduction to Computer Program Design
- COMP 103 - Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms
- SWEN 102 - Introduction to Software Modelling
- MATH 161 - Discrete Mathematics
- PHYS 114 - Physics 1A or PHYS 115 - Physics 1B or PHYS 122 - Introduction to Physics and Applied Physics
- MATH 177 - Probability and Decision Modelling or STAT 193 - Statistics for Natural and Social Sciences
To gain entry to Part 2, students will need to pass their Part 1 courses with at least a B average.
This is the core component of the BE, and is made up of various 200, 300 and 400-level courses:
- ENGR 301, 302, 401, 489
- NWEN 241, SWEN 221, 222, 223, 224, 301, 302, 303
- At least one of COMP 261 or NWEN 242
- At least one other course from COMP 301-399, NWEN 301-399, SWEN 304
- At least three courses from SWEN 401-440, at least one further course from SWEN 401-440, NWEN 401-440, COMP 421-425
This consists of three courses outside of your specialisation which form a coherent unit. This is an opportunity to explore some other interest you may have outside of the BE.
This consists of 800 hours of approved work experience in an engineering environment.
Information about postgraduate study in Software Engineering can be found on the School of Engineering and Computer Science's postgraduate study pages.
How to Find out More
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Related Subjects and Careers
List of Courses
|On this page:|
|100 Level Courses|
SWEN 102 – Introduction to Software Modelling
|200 Level Courses|
SWEN 221 – Software Development
SWEN 222 – Software Design
SWEN 223 – Software Engineering Analysis
SWEN 224 – Formal Foundations of Programming
|300 Level Courses|
SWEN 301 – Structured Methods
SWEN 302 – Agile Methods
SWEN 303 – User Interface Design
SWEN 304 – Database System Engineering
|400 Level Courses|
SWEN 421 – Formal Software Engineering
SWEN 422 – Human Computer Interaction
SWEN 423 – Object-Oriented Paradigms
SWEN 424 – Model-Driven Development
SWEN 425 – Design Patterns
SWEN 430 – Compiler Engineering
SWEN 431 – Advanced Programming Languages
SWEN 432 – Advanced Database Design and Implementation
SWEN 433 – Web Information Systems Engineering
SWEN 434 – Data Warehousing
SWEN 438 – Special Topic in Software Engineering 1
SWEN 439 – Special Topic in Software Engineering 2
SWEN 440 – Directed Individual Study
SWEN 441 – Directed Individual Study