Software Engineering BSc(Hons)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

We look at the skills you need to be a professional software developer or engineer, looking at the current methods of software development.

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DMM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

G600

Places available (subject to change)

40

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473116

About the course

Software engineering is all about finding practical solutions to real problems. To succeed, employers will want you to be able to produce software that is robust, reliable and attractive to use – all at a reasonable cost and to a certain timeframe. This course could help you develop the skills you need to become a professional software developer.

Computer software is all around us. From commercial activities like shopping on Amazon through to government departments, from manufacturing processes to educational and personal use, it plays a part in so many industries and activities. This course aims to give you an understanding of what’s possible, and where your skills could take you.

As industries develop and change, the possibilities and requirements of software engineering change rapidly too. We aim to give you the knowledge and skills you need to operate and succeed in this fast paced and dynamic environment. You’ll have the chance to explore contemporary methods and techniques in software development. We’ll also encourage you to develop the flexibility and adaptability you’ll need for a long-term career.

On campus we have high-standard and contemporary computing facilities. In our laboratories you’ll find a range of machines running a variety of operating systems and software.

After your second year you’ll be able to take an optional placement year, where you’ll be able to put into practice some of the techniques you’ve learnt. By gaining some real-world experience, you could make yourself more attractive to employers too.

The Software Engineering BSc(Hons) course shares a common first year with a number of other courses: Computing, Computing Science and Software Engineering MEng. That means you have the flexibility to transfer from one course to another during your first year if you feel you have a particular interest in a subject that perhaps you haven’t experienced before. To transfer to the integrated Master’s courses depends on achieving an average mark of 60% in your first year.

You might like to hear what Joseph has to say about studying Software Engineering BSc(Hons) at the University of Huddersfield.

Computing at Huddersfield brings together cutting edge research, industry standard technology, state-of-the-art facilities and passionate and supportive staff.  The course is designed to give you the chance to tailor your studies to your own strengths, goals and aspirations.  By blending a wide range of study options with a core software engineering program, and not forgetting the opportunity to undertake a placement year, students at Huddersfield find themselves well equipped for graduate employment. 

Andrew Crampton

Dr Andrew Crampton, Subject Area Leader, Computing

Placements


This course offers you the chance to undertake an optional placement in Year 3. This opportunity helps you to build on the knowledge and skills developed on the course. You will be employed by the company for 12 months, but the actual number of weeks worked will be dependent on the annual leave entitlement you are given in line with the placement company’s policy.

The placement year is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with industry experience are generally much more attractive to employers.

Our Placement Unit will be on hand to support you in finding suitable placement opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your placement so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the experience that employers value so highly.

The Placement Unit team are regularly in contact with local and national companies. Previous students have spent their placement year at companies including IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, HBOS and British Airways as well as smaller companies from the local economy and further afield, including placements in Belgium, Italy and the United States

I applied for a scholarship to attend the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. On my application I focused on my placement and how I'm interested in developing software that helps disabled people. I won a free ticket to the event in San Francisco!

Joseph Duffy

Joseph Duffy, iOS developer, Black Swan Data, London

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma in a subject that is relevant to the course with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

In addition you must have GCSE English at grade 4 or above and Maths at grade 5 or above, or grade C and B respectively if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Come along to our Open Day


We offer a range of courses in the area of Computing. Hear our staff and students talk to you about our courses, the facilities on campus and the placement year opportunities. Book on an Open Day to find out more.

Course Detail

Core modules:

Computing Science and Mathematics

In this module we introduce you to basic computing science and mathematical concepts related to software development. Topics covered include set theory, graphs and trees, finite state machines, grammars and languages, propositional logic and searching and sorting algorithms. You’ll put the theory into practice using a programming language, such as Java, and software that lets you directly implement finite state machines.

Hardware and Networks

This module explores how computers and networks function by introducing you to their components and structures, from the basic building blocks to fully functioning systems. The module covers how computers execute programs, how data is stored, recognised and manipulated, and which hardware and software components are used to achieve this. You’ll also get the opportunity to study how networks are constructed and what techniques (eg cryptography, routing and error detection and correction) are used to ensure that data is transmitted correctly and securely through them.

Studio 1

This module is studio based and takes a very practical approach to the work covered. You’ll be offered the opportunity to produce a prototype related to your chosen study path. Through this project based approach you’ll be introduced to the concepts and principles of programming/scripting using an object-based language. You'll be required to plan, design, implement, test and deploy solutions in response to a requirement specification. Ultimately you’re expected to produce a useful software product, whether it is a game, entertainment feature or business or media product. Throughout this module you’ll be supported in acquiring sound development and problem solving skills and be expected to assemble a portfolio of work.

Project 1

Working as part of a team, this module aims to provide you with an understanding of hardware, software and industry best practices used by businesses. In your teams you’ll be supported in planning, designing and developing a prototype product. This experience has been designed to introduce you to the product development cycle, technology limitations and possible future developments.

Software Design and Development

This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the design, development, and testing of large scale software systems. The material covered includes introductory programming (in a language such as Java), program testing (using JUnit testing techniques), systems modelling (using unified modelling language- UML), graphical user interface (GUI) development, and rapid prototyping techniques.

You’ll have access to inspiring computing facilities, including Windows, and Unix/Linux systems, a wireless network and a wide range of software. The course emphasis is on guiding you in developing hands-on, practical skills in software development, as well as an understanding of the human and social contexts of software systems.

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and 19.67% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions etc. The course emphasis is on helping you to develop sound practical skills, alongside an understanding of theory.

Assessment is varied and includes coursework, log books, presentations and demonstrations, as well as formal examinations. There are opportunities for group working, in addition to individual assessments. We have varied and experienced teaching staff including internationally recognised researchers as well as staff with many years of industrial experience.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. As this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

 

 

 

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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Your career


90% of our graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2014/15).

90%Graduates employed

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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