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.
During your studies at Waikato, you'll develop an understanding of reliable processes and formal methods for software engineering. You'll learn how to use systematic techniques to test software systems. You'll develop the skills you need to be able to prove that safety-critical systems operate correctly under all possible operating conditions.
You'll work with a range of software systems, from operating systems and networks to real-time and embedded systems. You'll learn about distributed and parallel systems. You'll also develop knowledge and skills relating to engineering, scientific and business application software.
There's a strong connection between critical, complex systems and the people who use them or are affected by them. At Waikato, the relationship between systems and human interaction is emphasised.
You'll be able to develop your professional skills by doing 800 hours of real-world work experience. This work is supported by the Cooperative Education Unit. You'll be able to work on major research design projects which have a commercial focus and have an opportunity to showcase your work to industry at the annual Oji Fibre Solutions Engineering Design Show.
You can complete a BE(Hons) in Software Engineering at the University of Waikato. This is an innovative four-year degree. In the first year, you start with C# programming and building model boats. You progress to advanced programming techniques and computer hardware labs in the second year. In the final two years, you learn a wide variety of software development skills. As well as these skills, during the degree you’ll study design, marketing and engineering management.
Waikato's BE(Hons) in Software Engineering is internationally accredited by Engineering New Zealand (formerly IPENZ). This means that once you graduate your degree will be recognised by engineers and employers worldwide.
Computing facilities at Waikato
The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand, ranging from phones and tablets for mobile application development to cluster computers for massively parallel processing.
You will also have 24 hour access to computer labs equipped with all the latest computer software.
Build a successful career
As a Software Engineer, you can work in a wide range of roles, from building and maintaining traditional applications to developing the programs that drive newer devices. There is demand in a range of industries, from healthcare software, to entertainment and telecommunications.
Study Software Engineering in these qualifications
Software Engineering as a specialisation of
- Network Engineer
- Product Development Engineer
- Software Architect
- Software Consultant
- Software Developer
- Systems Engineer
- Test Engineer
Available Software Engineering papers
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.
Students must take the following papers: COMPX203, COMPX204, COMPX223, COMPX241, COMPX242, COMPX361, ENGEN201, ENGEN270 and ENGEN271.
Students must take the following papers: COMPX301, COMPX304, COMPX307, COMPX324, COMPX341, COMPX374, ENGEV342, ENGEN301, and ENGEN371.
Students must take ENGEN570 and ENGEN582, 30 points from any 500 level COMPX paper, one of COMPX526, COMPX552 or COMPX554, and one of COMPX532, COMPX539 or COMPX548.
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|APHYS111||Physics in Context||19A (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...|
|CHEMY100||Chemistry in Context||19A (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.|
|CHEMY101||Structure and Spectroscopy||19A (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.|
|CHEMY102||Chemical Reactivity||19B (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.|
|COMPX101||Introduction to Computer Science||19A (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...|
|COMPX102||Object-Oriented Programming||19B (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.|
|ENGEN103||Engineering Computing||19A (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.|
|ENGEN110||Engineering Mechanics||19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)|
|This paper covers aspects of engineering mechanics.|
|ENGEN111||Electricity and Electronics||19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (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.|
|ENGEN112||Materials Science and Engineering||19B (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...|
|ENGEN170||Engineering and Society||19B (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.|
|ENGEN180||Foundations of Engineering||19A (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.|
|ENGEN183||Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers||19A (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.|
|ENGEN184||Calculus for Engineers||19A (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.|
|MATHS135||Discrete Structures||19A (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...|
|PHYSC100||General Physics||19A (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.|
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|COMPX203||Computer Systems||19A (Hamilton) & 19B (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.|
|COMPX204||Practical Networking and Cyber Security||19B (Hamilton)|
|This paper provides an overview of the technologies and protocols involved in computer communications and cyber security. Practical work includes network programming.|
|COMPX223||Database Practice and Experience||19A (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...|
|COMPX241||Software Engineering Development||19A (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.|
|COMPX242||Software Engineering Process||19B (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...|
|ENGEN201||Engineering Mathematics 2||19B (Hamilton) & 19S (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.|
|ENGEN270||Engineering Professional Practice 1||19A (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.|
|ENGEN271||Engineering Work Placement 1||19C (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.|
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|COMPX301||Design and Analysis of Algorithms||19A (Hamilton)|
|This course gives a survey of advanced algorithms and analysis of their performance, along with heuristic methods that include basic Artificial Intelligence techniques.|
|COMPX304||Advanced Networking and Cyber Security||19B (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.|
|COMPX307||Functional Programming||19B (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.|
|COMPX324||User Experience Design||19B (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.|
|COMPX341||Software Engineering Methodology||19A (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.|
|COMPX361||Logic and Computation||19B (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...|
|COMPX374||Software Engineering Industry Project||19B (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.|
|ENGEN301||Engineering Mathematics 3||19A (Hamilton)|
|Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.|
|ENGEN371||Engineering Work Placement 2||19C (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.|
|ENGEV342||Sustainable Engineering||19A (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers sustainability in engineering design within the context of quality standards, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.|
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|An introduction to cryptographic methods.|
|COMPX514||Carrier and ISP Networks||19B (Hamilton)|
|One or more special topics in computer communications, at an advanced level.|
|COMPX518||Cyber Security||19A (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 ...|
|COMPX521||Advanced Machine Learning||19A (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.|
|COMPX523||Data Stream Mining||19A (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.|
|COMPX527||Cloud Computing Technologies and Security||19B (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.|
|COMPX529||Engineering Self-Adaptive Systems||19B (Hamilton)|
|Software needs to manage itself to fullfill dynamic requirements in a changing environment. Self-adaptive software is currently employed in clouds, networks, IoT, autonomous robots, etc. Adaptation challenges include self-configuration, self-optimization, self-healing and selfprotection.|
|COMPX532||Information Visualisation||19A (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.|
|COMPX536||Advanced Graphics and Computer Games||19A (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.|
|COMPX539||Usability Engineering||19A (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.|
|COMPX540||Software Engineering Methodologies||19B (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.|
|COMPX542||Web Search: Technical and Social Issues||19A (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.|
|COMPX550||Location Based Systems as Context-aware Systems||19A (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...|
|COMPX552||Model Checking||19A (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...|
|COMPX553||Extremely Parallel Programming||19A (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.|
|COMPX554||Specification Languages and Models||19B (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.|
|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.|
|COMPX560||Turing Topics in Computer Science||19C (Hamilton)|
|One or more special topics in computer science, at an advanced level.|
|ENGEN570||Engineering Professional Practice 2||19Y (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.|
|ENGEN582||Honours Research and Development Project||19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)|
|This is the final year Honours, research and design "capstone" project.|
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Scholarships and Prizes
Selected scholarships for Software Engineering students.
New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.
For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $5,000.
For students who have completed at least one year of study in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (FCMS), applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme, and who will be enrolled full-time in FCMS in the year of tenure.
For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school. Candidates must be intending to enrol full-time in a BCMS(Hons), BSc, BSc(Tech), BE(Hons) or BDes degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Candidates will sit a Scholarship exam, which will be held on 19 and 20 October 2018.
For students enrolled full time in the second to last year of study towards a BE(Hons) majoring in software engineering or a BCMS with a focus on software development or a BSc(Tech) majoring in computer science with an emphasis on software development. The scholarship will have a value of $4,000.