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Bachelor of Engineering in Network and Software Engineering (Honours) - 344JA

Course Code: 344JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Technology
UAC Code: 366054
CRICOS Code: 089802G
Lowest Selection Rank: 62.9
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Engineer your perfect career in computing

Integrating the fields of network engineering, software engineering, electronics and information technology, this four-year honours degree will see you expanding your networking skills and delving into a wide range of specialised subject areas accredited by both Engineers Australia and the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Packed with Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities, you will have the chance to complete both an industry-oriented engineering project and a professional internship. These experiences will give you a thorough and accurate overview of the information and telecommunications industry, and you will graduate with the full breadth of work-ready skills needed for successful employment in the field, whether nationally or internationally.

Study a Bachelor of Engineering in Network and Software Engineering (Honours) at UC and you will:

  • acquire in-depth knowledge and skills on the design, development and implementation of a range of software-based systems over a variety of communication network infrastructures
  • gain technical skills in data communications and networking, mobile and wireless communications, network security, and the networked applications and services relating to cloud computing, big data and multimedia
  • design, implement and operate communication networks and their associated services and applications
  • apply cross-cutting skills to the design and management of networked projects in a wide range of sectors.

Work Integrated Learning

UC prides itself on fostering close industry connections, with the course content reviewed annually by our Course Advisory Group, made up of a panel of industry experts, and collaborations with industry partners who can provide you with internship positions and training opportunities.

You will undertake a minimum of 12 weeks of professional work placement as part of the faculty’s commitment to Work Integrated Learning (WIL), which will enhance your employability and ensure you are armed with the right mix of skills and knowledge to take a confident leap into your future career. Previous students have undertaken internships with companies including Intelledox, Omni Executive, Pursuit Technology, Qirx, Fujitsu Australia, Birdsnest, Agsafe, ThoughtPatterns Consulting, ESKAPEE, HydroAlgorithmics, ALLBIDS,, Emanate Technology, Xero Australia and the Australian Taxation Office.

In your final year, you will complete a capstone research project, producing and implementing an engineering solution for a local business, government or community organisation.

Career opportunities

  • ICT consultant
  • Database administrator
  • Cyber security specialist/forensics
  • Artificial intelligence/machine learning engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Games developer
  • IT test engineer
  • Robotics specialist
  • System administrator
  • Network administrator/engineer

 Course-specific information

This course is fully accredited by Engineers Australia at Professional Engineer level, and also at Professional level by the Australian Computer Society.


Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the University Student Centre by Email or Phone 1300 301 727
Prospective Domestics Students
Please email or telephone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email, Tel +61 2 6201 5342

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet normal University requirements for admission to an undergraduate course or hold qualifications deemed to be equivalent by the University's Admissions Committee.

Additional Admission Requirements


Assumed Knowledge

Specialist Maths (Recommended) (T) or Mathematical Methods (T) , or equivalent.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Engineering in Network and Software Engineering (Honours) BE Network&SE (Hons)

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Research Project: The unit is focused on the delivery of a research project. Attendance at regular classes is not required, however some on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 CSP $33,400

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

This course is fully accredited by Engineers Australia at Professional Engineer level and also by the Australian Computer Society at Professional level.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Demonstrate advanced understanding of telecommunications and software engineering principles to architect, develop and operate communication networks and the associated services and applications assuring the appropriate security and quality mechanisms. Knowledge and underlying principles and concepts in the engineering discipline, which are the basis for independent lifelong learning.
Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underpinning mathematics, computer and information fundaments applicable to the engineering discipline. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning sciences and engineering fundamentals.
Develop a functional specification from an initial brief, evaluate the various design options available to meet a given set of technical requirements, formulate a final design specification, and demonstrate how to implement and test the preferred option. Ability to gather information, analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.
Determine which engineering principles are appropriate to use in the solution of complex technological problems in the field of information engineering. Ability to apply problem?solving processes in novel situations; identify, analyse problems then formulate, implement solutions.
Demonstrate an understanding of the professional engineering environment including appropriate team working skills, leadership, professional communication, and engineering workplace ethics, responsibilities and sustainability. Capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment.
Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. Ability to plan own work, be self?directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively.
Communicate effectively in oral and written form to professional and wider audiences. Ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries.
Design, implement and maintain software and network communication systems, using contemporary engineering practices and research skills. Technical skills for the design, implementation and maintenance of software and network communication systems.
Participate in the processes of business analysis of systems, and appreciate entrepreneurial approaches in engineering practice. Professional skills for the development of the engineering activity within a broad business context.
Apply relevant theories and techniques of data communication networks and software engineering to the analysis and solution of technological problems in the merging software and telecommunication industry, such as those encountered in the Commonwealth Public Service, major telecommunications companies and national and international software and networking industry companies. Ability to apply relevant theories, techniques and engineering strengths to the analysis, design, construction and maintenance of systems in network communications and software engineering.
Demonstrate the ability to transfer and enhance the knowledge and skills acquired during the course to new or complementary areas of engineering and technology through the establishment of continuing professional development plans and career goal planning, key for lifelong learning. Lifelong learning and personal attributes applicable to the evolving technological world.

Course Duration

Standard eight semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty four semesters.


The Bachelor of Engineering in Network and Software Engineering (Honours) is an Honours degree. The Honours merit calculation will be based on the Grade Point Average (GPA) obtained in the units in year three and four of the recommended study plan and other conditions - First Class: course GPA>6, and High Distinction in Engineering Project (Part A) and Engineering Project (Part B); - Second Class Division I: course GPA>5.25, and Distinction in Engineering Project (Part A) and Engineering Project (Part B); - Second Class Division II: course GPA>4.5, and Credit in Engineering Project (Part A) and Engineering Project (Part B). - The rest of students who pass the course take out honours without a class


  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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