Software Engineering BEng Honours

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  • Course description
    This course studies the best ways to design, build, maintain and evaluate software systems. It uses many of the technical aspects of computer science, especially programming, and aims to develop the professional attitudes, interpersonal and technical skills you will need in the software engineering industry.

    The course provides a solid foundation in software engineering theory and practice to develop professional software systems. It will equip you to take up a wide range of career opportunities, including software engineer, web application programmer, software designer/analyst or website designer/programmer.

    You will study software development, programming languages, technologies and applications including Java, C/C#, UNIX, UML, graphics, networks, concurrent systems, databases, arti?cial intelligence, and web and mobile computing. You will share a common ?rst year with the Computer Science BSc Honours course; you can transfer in Year 1, and specialise in Year 3.

    The BEng emphasises fundamental principles, design, acquisition of practical skills and evaluation of technologies. You may go on to complete an integrated Masters programme with the award of an MEng degree after four years.

    Subjects of study

    The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

    Course content

    Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

    Subjects of study include:

    •     Communication and Learning Skills
    •     Computer Systems Fundamentals
    •     Maths for Computing
    •     Programming Methodology (Java)
    •     Software Development Principles
    •     Software Engineering Principles
    •     Web Technology

    Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

    Subjects of study include:

    •     Algorithms and Data Structures
    •     Human Computer Interface Design
    •     Object-Oriented Development
    •     Professional Practice
    •     Project Management

    plus two option modules from the following:

    •     Database Design and Practice 1
    •     Database Design and Practice 2
    •     Introduction to 3D Graphics
    •     Introduction to Symbolic Reasoning
    •     Mobile Application Development
    •     Mobile Computing Principles
    •     Network Software Development
    •     System Software and Tools
    •     Web Programming

    Industrial placement year

    You can take a 12-month placement between Years 2 and 3. This experience will give you additional practical skills, and a competitive edge in the job market.
    Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

    Subjects of study include:

    •     Computer Science Project
    •     Computer Systems Security
    •     Formal Speci?cation
    •     Requirements Engineering
    •     Software Quality, Performance and Testing

    plus two option modules from the following:

    •     Advanced Web Technology
    •     Arti?cial Intelligence Applications 1
    •     Arti?cial Intelligence Applications 2
    •     Computer Forensics Investigation
    •     Computer Systems Administration
    •     Concurrent Programming (Core for MEng)
    •     Distributed Systems and Network Software
    •     Functional Programming
    •     Native Programming
    •     Programming Language Translation
    •     Real-Time and Embedded Systems
    •     Service-Oriented Architecture

    Year 4 (Credit Level 7) MEng only

    Selected modules from the postgraduate programmes, such as:

    •     Advanced Algorithms and Complexity
    •     Computer Vision and Image Processing
    •     Database Administration
    •     Data Warehousing and Data Mining
    •     E-Application Development
    •     Forensics Data Recovery and Analysis
    •     Network Security
    •     Research Methods
    •     Semantic Web
    •     Software Architecture
    •     Software Project Management
    •     Software Research Project
    •     Web Services

    Westminster electives Westminster Elective modules icon:

    As part of your course you can take elective modules at Level 5 and Level 6. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

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