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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
Selection Rank: 60
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Engineer your perfect career from the ground up

If you’re dreaming of a career developing innovative software solutions to solve complex problems, then the UC Bachelor of Engineering Network Software Engineering (Honours) course is the perfect chance to learn the necessary skills to design and build your perfect career from the ground up.

Integrating the fields of network engineering, software engineering, electronics and information technology, this four-year honours degree will see you explore a wide range of specialised subject areas and teach you coding strategies and secrets enabling you to become proficient in reading, writing and developing code at all levels.

Packed with Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities, this course also offers you the chance to complete both an industry-oriented engineering project and a professional internship which means you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience and implement theoretical ideas in real world situations.

Combined these experiences will give you a thorough, accurate appreciation of the information and telecommunications industry, while teaching you skills to confidently secure a future in an ever-developing industry.

This course is also accredited by both Engineers Australia and the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

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
  • be able to read, write and engineer innovative software solutions at all levels
  • work on individual and team-based projects
  • learn the professional skills to work within a corporate business environment
  • 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
  • graduate with a globally recognised qualification.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is an integral component of the Bachelor of Engineering in Network Software Engineering (Honours) journey as it gives students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience and build professional relationships through real work, or work-like placements.

As part of this course you will also have the opportunity to undertake a minimum of 12 weeks of professional work placement and work alongside industry specialists in a range of businesses such as: 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 also get to complete a capstone research project, producing and implementing an engineering solution for a local business, government or community organisation.

This practical, hands on approach encourages professional development while stimulating networking opportunities and ultimately insuring that you are armed with the right mix of skills, knowledge and experience to move confidently into professional employment once you graduate.

Career opportunities

The UC Bachelor of Engineering in Network Software Engineering (Honours) is a globally recognised qualifications that help you build a future career in any one of the following positions:

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

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.

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.



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

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page:

Assumed Knowledge

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

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 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.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

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



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


  • Past Offerings
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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