Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Gain skills in robotics and cyber-physical systems to prepare yourself for a career creating and developing the smart software and systems of the future.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Create the smart software and systems of the future by studying Deakin’s Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours). This course arms you with the skills needed to build disruptive technologies that create change, making you a sought-after expert ready to solve tomorrow’s business problems through creative computing solutions. Explore a broad range of exciting study areas, including robotics, algorithms, programming and software architecture, and apply your skills in world-class facilities.

You will have access to Deakin’s $1.2 million Robotics and Internet of Things (RIoT) Lab, where you will acquire specialist skills in robotics, cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things. Gain practical experience and learn how to work successfully in a team with project-based learning activities and contribute to real-world projects alongside professional engineers during 450 hours of industry placement.

Want to be at the forefront of robotics, computing and smart technologies?

Rapid advancement in sensing hardware, computers and smart devices has created a growing demand for software engineers who can develop complex software systems for the modern world. From Mars rovers to smart homes and cities, robotic surgery and precision agriculture, software engineers combine software systems and embedded hardware to create solutions for the future that fill a vital role in the development of smart and innovative technologies. Deakin’s Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) prepares you to take advantage of this demand. You will develop specialised skills in robotics, cyber-physical systems and the Internet-of-Things (IoT), all while getting hands-on with the latest software engineering tools that allow you to push beyond the limitations of traditional technologies.

Your ideas and creativity will flourish in our state-of-the-art facilities. You will have a range of devices, robotics and drones on hand in our RIoT Lab. You will work alongside hardware designers and app developers to drive the development of computing solutions that interact with people, environments and other technologies.

The Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2) provides innovative products, technologies and solutions for industry across all sectors. As a software engineering student, you will have the opportunity to interact and work with professional software engineers and data scientists on campus as part of your degree.

Through practical experience in the RIoT Lab, a strong focus on project-based learning at A2I2 and exciting internship opportunities, you will benefit from constant exposure to real-world software engineering situations. So, whether your dream role involves developing drones, creating smart devices or pioneering AI innovations, you will graduate with the industry skills needed to thrive.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours), students must attain 32 credit points, which must include the following:

  • Twenty-four (24) core units (28 credit points), including minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 60 days Professional Engineering Practice in SEP499
  • Four (4) credit points of elective units
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of SEJ010 Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • A maximum of 10 credit points at Level 1
  • A minimum of 22 credit points combined over levels 2, 3 and 4
  • A minimum of 6 credit points at level 4

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

24

Core units (equalling 28 credit points)

4

Elective units

32

Total

Core

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Safety Induction Program (0 credit point unit)
  • Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning (0 credit point unit)
  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Computer Systems
  • Engineering Physics
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Data Capture Technologies
  • Software Engineering 1: Robotics Project
  • Object-Oriented Development
  • Data and Information Management

  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Design Fundamentals (2 credit points)
  • Embedded Systems Development
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Software Engineering 2: Developing Internet-Of-Things Applications (2 credit points)
  • Secure Networking
  • Concurrent and Distributed Programming

  • Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • User Centred Design
  • Robotics Application Development
  • Team Project (A) - Project Management and Practices ^ ~
  • Plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Software Architecture and Scalability for Internet-Of-Things
  • Advanced Embedded Systems
  • Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery ^ ~
  • Plus one elective unit (one credit point)


    Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Research Project A (2 credit point unit)
  • Developing Secure Internet-Of-Things Applications
  • Plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Year 4 - Trimester 2

  • Research Project B (Thesis) (2 credit point unit)
  • Professional Engineering Practice ^ #
  • Plus one elective unit (one credit point)

     ^ Offered in Trimester 1, trimester 2 and trimester 3.  Students are encouraged to complete this unit in Trimester 3 of the third year of study. 

    ~ Note: Students are recommended to undertake SIT374 and SIT378 in consecutive trimesters. Students should seek advice from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SIT374 and SIT378 consecutively.

    # Must have successfully completed STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)

    Electives

    Recommended elective units:

  • Mobile Systems Development
  • Real World Analytics
  • Modern Data Science
  • Interactive Application Design for Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Development for Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Advanced Digital Forensics
  • Software Quality and Testing
  • Machine Learning
  • Cloud Automation Technologies
  • Bayesian Learning and Graphical Models
  • Deep Learning
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)
    Year

    2022 course information

    VTAC code
    1400510341 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400610341 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    S464
    CRICOS code?
    092212D Burwood (Melbourne)
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Student Equipment Purchases

    The learning experiences and assessment activities within this course require that students have access to a range of technologies beyond a desktop computer or laptop. Access to high cost specialist equipment, such as robots, is provided. Students will be required to purchase minor equipment, such as small single board computers, microcontrollers and sensors, which will be used within a range of units in this course. This equipment is also usable by the student beyond their studies. Equipment requirements and details of suppliers will be provided on a per-unit basis. The indicative cost of this equipment for this course is AUD$500.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Workload

    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    International students: Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin’s Cloud Campus. To participate in the mandatory campus based scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive week, it is suggested that you apply for a tourist visa to enter Australia. Please be advised that Deakin University cannot guarantee that you will be granted a tourist visa by the Australian Government.

    International students studying through the Cloud Campus may not be granted a visitor visa to complete mandatory onsite components of the course.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    The course includes a compulsory work placement that requires you to undertake at least 30 to 60 days of suitable practical experience.

    Entry requirements

    Senior certificate of education

    If you are currently studying Year 12 or completed Year 12 in the previous two years and have not attempted higher education or VET/Polytechnic study since, your selection is based on the following.

    VCE Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Higher education study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics; or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Polytechnic study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics; or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics; or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in any English, Maths: Mathematical Methods, Maths: Specialist Mathematics, Physics or Systems Engineering equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 10 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.
    Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about international student fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC and Deakin

    International students who are currently completing an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect – Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Apply through Deakin

    All other international students apply directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Graduates will be equipped to find employment in diverse areas of software engineering. You’ll be able to develop and implement state-of-the-art smart devices, systems and applications for industries including transport, health, agriculture and manufacturing.

    You may pursue a career as a software engineer, software developer, programmer, embedded systems developer, robotics programmer or systems architect. Software engineers also work in specialist research roles; with experience, your career can move into project management and business development, in roles such as CIO and CTO, from start-ups to multinational corporations.

    Professional recognition

    This course has been designed in accordance to Engineers Australia’s and the Australian Computer Society’s professional accreditation requirements. Deakin has been awarded accreditation for the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).  Deakin's Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) is also accredited by Engineers Australia.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Develop a broad, coherent knowledge of the software engineering discipline, with detailed knowledge of the application of software engineering principles and approaches.  Use knowledge, skills, tools and methodologies for professional software engineering practice.  Design software components, systems and computing processes to meet application requirements, within realistic economic, environmental, social, political, legal and ethical constraints.

    Communication

    Communicate in a professional context to inform, motivate and effect change, and to drive sustainable innovation, utilising a range of verbal, graphical and written methods, recognising the needs of diverse audiences.

    Digital literacy

    Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, analyse, evaluate, select, process and disseminate both technical and non-technical information.

    Critical thinking

    Evaluate information and evidence, applying critical and analytical thinking and reasoning, technical skills, personal judgement and values, in decision processes.

    Problem solving

    Apply theoretical constructs and skills and critical analysis to real-world and ill-defined problems and develop innovative computing solutions.

    Self-management

    Apply knowledge and skills to new situations in professional practice and/or further learning in the field of software engineering with adaptability, autonomy, responsibility and personal accountability for actions as a practitioner and a learner.  Apply understanding of reflective practice and self-critique skills within broad parameters to plan for their own future continuing professional development.

    Teamwork

    Contribute effectively as a skilled and knowledgeable individual to the processes and output of a work unit or team.  Work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams, employing effective communication, self- and team-management skills to achieve shared goals.

    Global citizenship

    Apply professional and ethical standards and accountability for own learning to in the development, design, construction and management of localised computing solutions.

    Approved by Faculty Board 27 June 2019