Admission requirements for 2020 are currently under review, please note the admission requirements listed on this page relate to 2019 admissions.

2020 admission requirements will be published by 1 May 2019.

single degree

Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)

A single four year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

BSENG(H)
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Information Technology
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Information Technology

Software Engineering is about building effective software systems that address complex problems in a broad range of domains including transport, communications, finance, medicine, science, entertainment and the arts.

The Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) is a four-year program accredited by Engineers Australia and the Australian Computer Society.  Graduates will obtain skills and capabilities for professional software engineering practice, innovation and research. We adopt a systems approach to software engineering that not only covers the technical aspects of professional practice, innovation and research, but also the complex socio-technical context in which these activities occur. This includes approaches to dealing with uncertainty and risk, design, modern management practices, ethics and communication.                  

BSEng students develop these skills and capabilities through a balance of theoretical study, practice in team projects with industry partners, and work experience. Students also have the opportunity to develop their innovation and entrepreneurial capabilities by working on their own start-ups with industry entrepreneurs as part of their degree.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates work as accredited, professional software engineers and are highly sought after by both large international organisations and local firms.

They are employed in a variety of roles, including but not limited to:

  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Consultant
  • Software Architect
  • Programmer
  • System Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Application Developer
  • Database Analyst
  • Network Architect

Our graduates work in many organisations including:

  • IBM
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Yahoo
  • Intel
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • Accenture Australia
  • Bloomberg
  • National Australia Bank
  • Citigroup
  • Deloitte
  • Unisys
  • Australian Government (Australian Taxation Office, Reserve Bank of Australia, Department of Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy, etc.)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

1.     Define and analyse complex problems, and design, implement and evaluate solutions that demonstrate an understanding of the systems context in which software is developed and operated including economic, social, historical, sustainability and ethical aspects.

2.     Recognise connections and recurring themes, including abstraction and complexity, across the discipline

3.     Adapt to new environments and technologies, and to innovate

4.     Demonstrate an operational understanding of systems engineering and the foundations of computer science including programming, algorithms, logic, architectures and data structures

5.     Apply an advanced understanding of software engineering practices in requirements engineering, system level architecture, data management, security, design, construction, evaluation, and project management.

6.      Communicate complex concepts effectively with diverse audiences using a range of modalities

7.     Lead and work effectively within multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural and distributed teams in order to achieve a common goal

8.     Demonstrate commitment to professional conduct and development that recognises the social, legal and ethical implications of their work, to work independently, and self- and peer-assess performance.

9.     Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of research methodologies, including defining research problems, background reading and literature review, designing experiments, and effectively communicating results.

10.  Apply research methods to the solution of contemporary research problems in software engineering.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

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The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on an ATAR equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
87
QLD Band:
7
International Baccalaureate:
31

Prerequisites

ACT: Mathematical Methods (Major)/Further Mathematics (Major)/Specialist Mathematics/Specialist Methods (Major), NSW: Mathematics or equivalent. More information about interstate subject equivalencies can be found here.

Adjustment Factors

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 10 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 98 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$42,960.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) requires completion of 192 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 192 units must include:

96 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

COMP1600 Foundations of Computing

COMP2100 Software Design Methodologies

COMP2300 Computer Organisation and Program Execution       

COMP2310 Systems, Networks and Concurrency

COMP2120 Software Engineering

COMP2420 Introduction to Data Management, Analysis and Security

COMP3120 Managing Software Development

COMP3500 Software Engineering Project

COMP3530 Systems Engineering for Software Engineers

COMP3600 Algorithms

COMP4130 Managing Software Quality and Process

COMP4450 Advanced Computing Research Methods

COMP4800 Industrial Experience

ENGN1211 Discovering Engineering

ENGN3230 Engineering Innovation

MATH1005 Discrete Mathematical Models

 

6 units from completion of course from the following list:

COMP1100 Programming as Problem Solving

COMP1130 Programming as Problem Solving (Advanced)

 

6 units from completion of course from the following list:

COMP1110 Structured Programming

COMP1140 Structured Programming (Advanced)

 

Either:

12 units from completion of COMP4500 Software Engineering Practice

 

12 units from completion of further 4000-level courses from the subject area COMP Computer Science

            Or:

            24 units from completion of COMP4540 Software Engineering Research Project

 

Either:

6 units from completion of further courses from the subject area COMP Computer Science

 

Or:

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

MATH1013 Mathematics and Applications 1

MATH1014 Mathematics and Applications 2

MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1

MATH1116 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 2

MATH2301 Games, Graphs and Machines

STAT1003 Statistical Techniques

STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods

 

Either:

6 units from completion of further 3000- and 4000-level courses from the subject area COMP Computer Science

 

Or:

             6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

VCUG3001 Unravelling Complexity

VCUG3002 Mobilising Research

48 units from the completion of elective courses offered by the ANU

 

COMP4801 Final Honours Grade will be used to record the Class of Honours and the Mark. The Honours Mark will be a weighted average percentage mark (APM) calculated by first calculating the average mark for 1000,2000, 3000 and 4000 level courses. We denote these averages: A1, A2, A3, and A4 respectively. The averages are computed based on all units counted towards satisfaction of degree requirements, excluding non-COMP electives. Finally these averages are combined using the formula APM = (0.1 X A1) + (0.2 X A2) + (0.3 X A3) + (0.4 X A4).

The APM will then be used to determine the final grade according to the ANU Honours grading scale, found at http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/grading-scale.

Majors

Minors

Specialisations

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP1100 Programming as Problem Solving 6 units OR COMP1130; MATH1005 Discrete Mathematical Models 6 units ENGN1211 Discovering Engineering 6 units Elective Course 6 units
COMP1110 Structured Programming 6 units OR COMP1140; COMP1600 Foundations of Computing 6 units Computing elective 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units COMP2100 Software Design Methodologies 6 units COMP2300 Computer Organisation and Program Execution 6 units COMP2420 Introduction to Data Management, Analysis and Security 6 units Elective Course 6 units
COMP2120 Software Engineering 6 units COMP2310 Systems, Networks and Concurrency 6 units COMP3600 Algorithms 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units COMP3500 Software Engineering Project 6 units COMP3120 Managing Software Development 6 units Computing / VC elective 3000 or 4000 level 6 units Elective Course 6 units
COMP3500 Software Engineering Project 6 units COMP3530 Systems Engineering for Software Engineers 6 units Computing Elective 4000 level 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 4 48 units COMP4500 Software Engineering Practice 6 units COMP4130 Managing Software Quality and Process 6 units COMP4450 Advanced Computing Research Methods 6 units Elective Course 6 units
COMP4500 Software Engineering Practice 6 units ENGN3230 Engineering Innovation 6 units Computing Elective 4000 level 6 units Elective Course 6 units

Back to the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) page

The Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)  (BSEng) is a four year single degree accredited by Engineers Australia and the Australian Computer Society.  The degree allows you to focus your study on Software Engineering and the software lifecycle, whilst also having the opportunity to explore other interests in computing, engineering, science or any discipline offered at ANU.  You will learn how to develop software, work for real-world clients, manage teams, design innovative solutions and implement them.

The BSEng can be studied as a double degree with a number of other degrees.

Single degree

  • This degree requires 192 units (each course is typically 6 units though some may be 12 units or higher)
  • Typically you will study four courses per semester (total of 24 units)
  • Majors and minors are not compulsory in the BSEng
  • You have 48 units of university electives (eight courses).  These courses can be used to study a computing specialisation, or a major or minor from another area of the university including Engineering.
  • You can study a maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses

Double degree

  • This degree requires 144 units  of the compulsory Software Engineering requirements (each course is typically 6 units though some may be 12 units or higher)
  • Typically you will study four courses per semester (total of 24 units)
  • Majors and minors are not compulsory in the BSEng
  • There are no university electives in the double degree and therefore it is not possible to complete a computing specialisation expect in certain circumstances in the double degree with the BSc.
  • Typically you can do a maximum of 72u 1000 level courses in your double degree
  • You can find your double degree with the BSEng from Program and Courses

About this degree

  • The degree is made of up compulsory requirements, additional computing electives,  and 48 units (eight courses) of electives
  • In the single degree you have 48 units of university electives (eight courses).  These courses can be used to study a computing specialisation, or a major or minor from another area of the university including Engineering. 
  • In the double degree, you have no university electives - your other degree requirements use up all of these

Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. There are maximum time limits for completion of the degree on a part-time basis. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

  • When you enrol for the first time you will typically study '1000-level' courses. These courses have '1' as the first number in their course code, such as COMP1100.
  • You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester though note that you can change your Semester 2 courses all the way until July.
  • You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year, and international students cannot study less than 24u a semester.
  • You may take 1000-level courses later in your program. But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your BSEng half of the double degree.
  • In choosing your first year programming courses you will have a choice of doing COMP1100 or COMP1130 in Semester 1, and COMP1110 and COMP1140 in Semester 2. The standard courses are COMP1100/1110 but if you have a strong maths background, and/or significant programming experience, you might like to choose COMP1130/1140. Note that you choose 1130 you will be able to drop back to 1100 in the first 2 weeks.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

Majors, minors and specialisations are not compulsory in the BSEng and are only possible in the single degree. You can study an advanced Computing specialisation (third and fourth year courses), the Information Systems major, or any other major/minor from across the university using your university electives in a single BSEng. Computing specialisations, majors and minors:

Intelligent Systems Specialisation

Theory Specialisation

Systems Architecture Specialisation

Information Systems Major

Information Systems Minor

Electives

If you are in the single degree then in your first year you have two electives to choose.

  • To find 1000-level (first year) elective courses, use the catalogue search.
  • If you enjoy and are good at  mathematics and do not plan to do a major from another area of study, then you are encouraged to consider doing the following:
  • Semester 1: MATH1013 Maths and Applications 1, or MATH1115 Maths and Applications 1 (Hons)
  • Semester 2: MATH1014 Maths and Applications 2, or MATH1116 Maths and Applications 2 (Hons)
  • Suggested electives in your first year if you are interested in Engineering are:
  • Suggested electives if you are interested in Information Systems:
  • If you have an interest in another area (eg management, mathematics, psychology, languages) then you should explore first year courses in these areas and in particular, look at the majors and minors in these areas. These will give you an idea of the first year courses that you should study.
  • Students whose first language is not English and who feel they would benefit from not only some additional English assistance but who would like to learn more about the Australian academic style (eg essay structure, oral presentations, critical thinking, plagiarism and poor academic practice), might like to seek enrolment in ESEN1101 Essential University English
  • If you have an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship, creating your own business and/or using computing to tackle complex challenges and opportunities of local, national and global significance, then you should consider the Minor or Major in Innovation and Professional Practice - https://cecs.anu.edu.au/master-innovation-and-professional-practice

Study Options

Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) single degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP1100 Programming as Problem Solving 6 units OR COMP1130; ENGN1211 Discovering Engineering 6 units MATH1005 Discrete Mathematical Models 6 units University elective 6 units
COMP1110 Structured Programming 6 units OR COMP1140; COMP1600 Foundations of Computing 6 units Computing elective 6 units University elective 6 units

Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) double degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP1100 Programming as Problem Solving 6 units OR COMP1130; ENGN1211 Discovering Engineering 6 units MATH1005 Discrete Mathematical Models 6 units Course from other degree 6 units
COMP1110 Structured Programming 6 units OR COMP1140; COMP1600 Foundations of Computing 6 units Computing elective 6 units Course from other degree 6 units

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