BP096 - Bachelor of Software Engineering

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Plan: BP096P8 - Bachelor of Software Engineering
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Software Engineering
Award abbreviation: BSoftEng
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: Four years full time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
ASCED code: 020100
CRICOS code: 061069G

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Software Engineering degree is centred on the development and management of larger quality-measured software systems. It covers, in detail, studies that commence with analysis and design, coding, testing, through to deployment. You will develop an understanding of software quality and reliability through modern methodology.

This program is a four-year industry-oriented degree. Two years of study are followed by a one-year industry placement before the final year of study. The School assists you with industry placement in your internship year. You generally receive a salary from the industry company, although the payment is a by-product and not the main aim. This industry experience is then integrated within your studies when you return for your fourth and final year.

The capstone project (COSC2410 Software Engineering Project) will allow you to integrate prior knowledge, skills and their application in the design and delivery of a software engineering project, as you make the transition from student to industry-ready graduate.

This is an elite degree for those students who have excellent grades and also possess strong communication skills together with an outward worldly focus and personality.

This program is delivered on campus; some courses may be available online.


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Articulation and pathways


There are currently no VE qualifications that provide a program pathway into the Bachelor of Computer Science program. For students transferring from another HE program, credit transfers will be considered on a case by case basis. 


Pathways from this program include BH013 Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) and MC061 Master of Computer Science. Eligibility is subject to standard program entry requirements. For more information, see the Computer Science and IT Programs and Courses page

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent,

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country Equivalents web page.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English, and a study score of at least 25 in one of Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics. 

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

This program is accredited at the professional level by the Australian Computer Society, which accredits Information and Communication Technology related programs that are offered by Australian universities, both onshore and offshore.

The School has a very strong Industry Advisory Committee, which is the main link between the program and industry. Membership includes staff from major IT companies with global and local presence.  The committee meets quarterly and provides feedback on the currency of our programs, the changing needs of Industry and has input into the design of new programs.  It also actively contributes to the School through participation in seminars, marketing events, industry awards and scholarships.


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library including specific resources for computer science: http://rmit.libguides.com/compsci.

Online learning tools and content
As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

The School of Computer Science and Information Technology http://www.rmit.edu.au/compsci also provides you with access to its specialised computer laboratories both for use during scheduled classes and outside scheduled class times. These laboratories provide access to a range of computer environments including a variety of database products under different operating systems.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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