The major in software engineering is a three year programme based on the ACM/IEEE recommendations. Software engineering is one of the five sub-disciplines of computing. It focuses on developing methods, processes and tools for building large, complex software systems.
The primary aim of the major in software engineering is to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for the application of a systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach to the development, operation, and maintenance of software. Students should expect to be trained in the theoretical, practical and professional aspects of software engineering. The focus of the software engineering major will be:
Students are required to complete 93 credits, 39 of which will be from software engineering. Level 1 covers basic courses in computing and mathematics and will provide the foundation for the Level II and III courses. In Level II, 21 credits cover the core subject areas of algorithm analysis, discrete mathematics, software engineering basics, computer hardware organisation, object technologies, networks and security. In Level III, there will be 4 compulsory, 3 credit courses in addition to internship and a capstone project course.
Applicants should possess 5 CXC or GCE O’level subjects (grades 1-3/A-C, including English Language and mathematics) or their equivalent. The faculty of Science and Technology requires that applicants have two (2) advanced level GCE or CAPE subjects (2 units each at grades 1-5), to qualify for the full time 3 year degree programme. One of these advanced level subjects should be a science subject. A teachers’ college diploma, an associate’s degree in mathematics, information technology or science or a pass in EC1003 (Mathematics for the Social Sciences) will be considered equivalent qualification for persons without CAPE passes.