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BE(Hons) - Software Engineering as a specified programme

The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is the basis for a professional career in engineering, and at Waikato you're provided with plenty of opportunities to apply what you’ve learnt in real-life work situations.

When you study software engineering, you'll be learning about how to use a scientific and disciplined approach to designing and developing complex software systems. You'll also learn how to operate and maintain such systems.  From ATM machines to smart phones to cars - many aspects of modern society are driven by software which we expect to operate correctly and be reliable and flexible at all times.


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Key information

Years: 4
Points: 480
BE(Hons) Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,580 (approx) per year
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Fees (International): $35,700 per year (any of years 1-3)
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Network Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Software Architect
  • Software Consultant
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Test Engineer

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) BE(Hons) in Software Engineering

If no point value is listed, papers are worth 15 points.  This structure applies to study starting in 2019.

Year 4

COMPX526, COMPX552 or COMPX554

COMPX539 or COMPX548

500 Level
COMPX Paper (see footnotes)

500 Level
COMPX Paper (see footnotes)

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  • Compulsory
  • Elective
  • Placement

Grace Waters Grace’s highlight of studying at the University of Waikato was the culture within the School of Engineering. “You felt like you were part of a community. The lecturers knew your name and wanted to help grow you.”

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Software engineering is the scientific, disciplined and quantifiable approach to developing, operating and maintaining complex software systems. These software systems include operating systems, networks, real-time and embedded systems, distributed and parallel systems, as well as engineering, scientific and business application software. The Software Engineering programme at Waikato emphasises the software engineering process, formal methods for software engineering, and human-computer interaction. The programme starts from scratch, and teaches programming skills using C# and Microsoft Visual Studio, before moving on to Java and even further to more modern languages. The final year project assimilates material taught in the earlier years with material from related disciplines such as electronics and industrial sources. It prepares students well for professional practice as well as continuing, or further, education and research.

Software Engineering is available as a specified programme for the BE(Hons).

To complete the specified programme in Software Engineering, students must follow the following programme.

Year 1

Students must take the following papers: COMPX101, COMPX102, ENGEN170, ENGEN180, ENGEN183, ENGEN184 and MATHS135.

And 15 points from the following: APHYS111, CHEMY100, CHEMY101, CHEMY102, ENGEN110, ENGEN111, ENGEN112, PHYSC100, PHYSC101.

Year 2

Students must take the following papers: COMPX203, COMPX204, COMPX223, COMPX241, COMPX242, COMPX361, ENGEN201, ENGEN270 and ENGEN271.

Year 3

Students must take the following papers: COMPX301, COMPX304, COMPX307, COMPX324, COMPX341, COMPX374, ENGEV342, ENGEN301, and ENGEN371.

Year 4

Students must take ENGEN570 and ENGEN582, 30 points from any 500 level COMPX paper, one of COMPX526, COMPX552 or COMPX554, and one of COMPX524, COMPX539 or COMPX548.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
APHYS111Physics in Context19A (Hamilton)
This is an introductory paper in physics for students who have not studied physics or mathematics at NCEA level 2 or 3. It is intended to support a major in other science subjects. Emphasis is placed on describing everyday physics concepts using correct terminology. Examples of physics in action are drawn from many science areas. T...
CHEMY100Chemistry in Context19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This is an introductory paper for students with a limited background in chemistry. There is a strong emphasis on teaching chemical concepts through real-world examples relevant to different science and engineering disciplines.
CHEMY101Structure and Spectroscopy19A (Hamilton), 19A (Secondary School - Unistart) & 19C (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Secondary School - Unistart)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
COMPX101Introduction to Computer Science19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper introduces computer programming in C# - the exciting challenge of creating software and designing artificial worlds within the computer. It also covers concepts such as the internals of the home computer, the history and future of computers, cyber security, computer gaming, databases, mobile computing and current researc...
COMPX102Object-Oriented Programming19B (Hamilton), 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 19S (Hamilton)
This paper continues from COMPX101, expanding upon data organisation and algorithms, and introducing code contracts, computer architecture, Boolean algebra, assembly language, program analysis and object-oriented programming.
ENGEN103Engineering Computing19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga) & 19T (Hamilton)
This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as C# and Python. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers within the School of Engineering.
ENGEN110Engineering Mechanics19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper covers aspects of engineering mechanics.
ENGEN111Electricity and Electronics19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga) & 19T (Hamilton)
Students are introduced to underlying concepts in electricity such as current, voltage and power, and apply these concepts in a laboratory by making circuits and measuring them with common laboratory instruments.
ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
Introduction to engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors and biomaterials) and their atomic structure and mechanical properties. Includes; elastic and plastic deformation, fracture mechanisms, failure in service, iron-carbon phase diagram, redox reactions in corrosion, production of polymers, ce...
ENGEN170Engineering and Society19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
Introduction to the role of engineering in society in particular understanding of Treaty of Waitangi, history of science, engineering and technology, philosophy and ethics and public participation, participatory design, sustainability.
ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
Introduction to the engineering design process and computer aided design, fundamental principles of engineering analysis, open ended problem solving, engineering economics and the skills of a successful engineer. Includes a design-build-test experience.
ENGEN183Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
A study of introductory statistics and the fundamental techniques of algebra including Gaussian elimination, vector and matrix algebra, complex numbers, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, as well as basic statistical notions and tools, with engineering applications.
ENGEN184Calculus for Engineers19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga), 19S (Hamilton) & 19S (Tauranga)
A study of the fundamental techniques of calculus, including differentiation and integration for functions of one real variable, with engineering applications.
MATHS135Discrete Structures19A (Hamilton)
An introduction to a number of the structures of discrete mathematics with wide applicability in areas such as: computer logic, analysis of algorithms, telecommunications, networks and public key cryptography. In addition it introduces a number of fundamental concepts which are useful in Statistics, Computer Science and further stu...
PHYSC100General Physics19A (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to the core ideas in physics. Topics covered include kinematics, mechanics, fluids, electric and magnetic forces and fields, electric circuits, optics, modern physics and relativity, taught in a problem solving context.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX203Computer Systems19A (Hamilton)
This paper provides an overview of the operation of computer systems. The central theme is the way in which the hardware and software co-operate to allow the execution of programs written in a high-level language.
COMPX204Practical Networking and Cyber Security19B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an overview of the technologies and protocols involved in computer communications and cyber security. Practical work includes network programming.
COMPX223Database Practice and Experience19A (Hamilton)
This paper approaches the subject of databases from a practical perspective - how do I create a database and how do I retrieve/update data. Both aspects are heavily addressed in this paper. Database creation and querying, using SQL, will be introduced in lectures as you will master practical skills associated with a commercial Data...
COMPX241Software Engineering Development19A (Hamilton)
Students will learn how to program in Java and design, analyse, and apply commonly used data structures. Broader software engineering practices will be developed through a group project.
COMPX242Software Engineering Process19B (Hamilton)
This paper covers object-oriented programming, primarily as seen in Java, but also touching on alternative approaches. It introduces software development methodologies and the use of support tools, particularly repositories and a testing framework. Project work starts with GUI develoment in Java and works through to the constructio...
ENGEN201Engineering Mathematics 219B (Hamilton)
Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to partial differential equations. Fourier series.
ENGEN270Engineering Professional Practice 119A (Hamilton)
Preparation for success in the engineering workplace including CV preparation, interview techniques, job seeking skills, online profile, workplace and engineering business cultures and norms, ethics, communication and management structures.
ENGEN271Engineering Work Placement 119C (Hamilton), 19S (Hamilton) & 19T (Hamilton)
First work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX301Design and Analysis of Algorithms19A (Hamilton)
This course gives a survey of advanced algorithms and analysis of their performance, along with heuristic methods that include basic Artificial Intelligence techniques.
COMPX304Advanced Networking and Cyber Security19B (Hamilton)
A study of computer networks with a focus on Internet protocols and security. The aim of this paper is to develop a practical understanding of the operation and programming of core internet protocols, application protocols, and transmission technologies.
COMPX307Functional Programming19B (Hamilton)
The design, implementation and use of programming languages, in particular the use of functional languages to implement imperative languages will be studied. Assignments will involve challenging programming problems.
COMPX324User Experience Design19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
An introduction to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) where students develop skills and techniques for the design and evaluation of modern computer interfaces.
COMPX341Software Engineering Methodology19A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the central ideas of risk analysis and testing as ways of developing high quality of software leading to good practice in test development.
COMPX361Logic and Computation19B (Hamilton)
The syllabus includes: further development of predicate logic with application to program verification; mathematical induction including structural induction; finite state automata and regular languages; Kleene's Theorem; Turing machines, the Church-Turing thesis, universal Turing machines and the Halting problem; formal grammars a...
COMPX374Software Engineering Industry Project19B (Hamilton)
Students work in small groups to build a medium sized software project. They develop requirements and specification, design the system structure and user interface, carry out documentation preparation, implementation, and maintenance.
ENGEN301Engineering Mathematics 319A (Hamilton)
Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.
ENGEN371Engineering Work Placement 219C (Hamilton)
Second work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of third year.
ENGEV342Sustainable Engineering19A (Hamilton)
This paper covers sustainability in engineering design within the context of quality standards, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX502Cryptography19B (Hamilton)
An introduction to cryptographic methods.
COMPX514Carrier and ISP Networks19B (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in computer communications, at an advanced level.
COMPX518Cyber Security19A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the key topics in the important field of cyber security. It will cover a range of topics relating to defensive security (e.g. malware analysis, social engineering, intrusion detection and prevention), offensive security (e.g. pen testing, Web app security) and preventative security (e.g. cryptography, applied ...
COMPX521Advanced Machine Learning19A (Hamilton)
This paper exposes students to more advanced topics in machine learning. Rule induction, numeric prediction, clustering and state-of-the-art ensemble learning methods are among the topics covered.
COMPX523Data Stream Mining19A (Hamilton)
Data streams are everywhere, from F1 racing over electricity networks to news feeds. Data stream mining relies on and develops new incremental algorithms that process streams under strict resource limitations.
COMPX527Cloud Computing Technologies and Security19B (Hamilton)
This paper explores cloud computing's underlying enabling technologies (e.g. virtualisation) and business models. It also covers key research topics in cloud computing security, trust and data privacy.
COMPX532Information Visualisation19A (Hamilton)
This paper aims to provide an awareness of the potential offered by information visualisation techniques, a familiarity with the underlying concepts, and an understanding and ability to effectively design and apply information visualisations in a given context.
COMPX536Advanced Graphics and Computer Games19A (Hamilton)
A lecture and laboratory based paper on the use of 3D immersive computer game engines. Topics will include 3D modelling, texturing, lighting effects, use of pixel shaders, game physics, scripting of game play, and use of games engines for non-game program development.
COMPX539Usability Engineering19A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the design and evaluation of interactive computer systems with a focus on user studies. Topics covered include: scenarios, ethnography, designing and performing user studies, and ethical issues involved in studying human-computer interaction.
COMPX540Software Engineering Methodologies19B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on modern software design and development methodologies, with emphasis on the 'lightweight' methods. The paper will also examine safety-critical aspects of software engineering, in particular how safety analysis fits into the software lifecycle.
COMPX542Web Search: Technical and Social Issues19A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the operation of web search engines, the development of web spam and techniques for combating it, and social issues raised by centralised search engines.
COMPX550Location Based Systems as Context-aware Systems19A (Hamilton)
This course will introduce techniques of location-based and context-aware systems (such as GPS and personalisation). Participants will develop a location-based system and evaluate its qualities as an information system. The lecturer has extended experience with research in location-based systems - course participants will get hands...
COMPX552Model Checking19A (Hamilton)
This paper shows how reactive systems can be modelled and analysed using finite-state machines and temporal logic, and how model checking tools can be used to verify crucial properties of safety-critical systems. It also provides an introduction into the algorithms and data structures used to model check very large finite-state sys...
COMPX553Extremely Parallel Programming19A (Hamilton)
This paper covers advanced parallel programming for large-scale parallelism. A variety of programming techniques will be covered, with application to cluster computers, GPU computing, many-core computing and cloud computing.
COMPX554Specification Languages and Models19B (Hamilton)
This paper deals with various aspects of modelling systems using advanced best practice methods from the software engineering field. It will introduce at least one of the main software modelling languages, Z, including its semantics, logic and associated tools.
COMPX555Bioinformatics19B (Hamilton)
An introduction to bioinformatics, open to students majoring in computer science or biology. It includes an overview of molecular biology, genomics, script language programming, algorithms for biological data, an introduction to machine learning and data mining, and relevant statistical methods.
COMPX560Turing Topics in Computer Science19C (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in computer science, at an advanced level.
ENGEN570Engineering Professional Practice 219Y (Hamilton)
Role engineers in industry, business and society, contract law and legal responsibility, Treaty of Waitangi considerations, intellectual property, teamwork and leadership skills, responsibilities of a professional, ethics with industrial case studies.
ENGEN582Honours Research and Development Project19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
This is the final year Honours, research and design "capstone" project.

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