Master of Professional Engineering (Software)

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Overview

The Master of Professional Engineering (Software) is a flexible degree that will allow you to fast-track your career in engineering.

The program includes a variety of advanced engineering courses to help you extend your technical skills. You can choose to develop your expertise in data security, data mining, software verification and validation, network and distributed computing, advanced databases, compiler design, computer graphics, and machine intelligence. 

You can also diversify your engineering expertise with courses in mechatronics or computer systems engineering, or broaden your skills base in a complimentary area such as business and management skills, entrepreneurship and innovation, design or environmental management.  You will also complete a year-long, advanced engineering project (design-based or theoretical – the choice is yours), which can potentially be linked to industry.

The flexible nature of the program puts you in control. Whether you want to specialise or diversify, move into a more senior role, lead teams or projects, develop sophisticated research and innovation skills for R&D roles - you can choose courses to support your personal career goals.

2-year or 1-year?
If you are a graduate of an Australian Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree, or equivalent, you can complete the MPE in just one year.

If you are an international student seeking professional recognition from Engineers Australia* and the Washington Accord, or if you wish to extend your engineering and professional expertise in an Australian context, the 2-year MPE is the ideal program. Your study program will be designed to build on your prior studies and develop the core technical competencies to ensure you qualify –these will be chosen from areas such as engineering project management, enterprise software architectures and software quality.

* Pending accreditation of this degree by Engineers Australia.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8-16

Program Code

40050

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8-16
CRICOS

092856A

Program Code

40050

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Courses and Details

Program Code 40050
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 092856A
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Description

The Master of Professional Engineering (Software) program offers the opportunity for students to broaden their technical competence either in another discipline (such as business or complementary engineering), or to deepen their competence in the program discipline. It may also be used to strengthen a student’s technical capacity based on any gaps in their prior knowledge, and to expose students tocontemporary software engineering practices.

 

Admission Requirements

 Direct Admission into the 1 Year MPE (Software) Program*:

  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF 8) with Class 2 Division 2 or above in Software Engineering
  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF 8) in Software Engineering with a Newcastle calculated GPA of 4.5 or above

Direct Admission into the 2 Year MPE (Software) Program*:

  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a Bachelor Degree (AQF 7) in Software Engineering AND a Newcastle calculated GPA of 4.5 or above

Direct Admission into the MPE Program:

  • Applicants currently undertaking or having completed the Master of Engineering Management program at the University of Newcastle may be admitted to the Master of Professional Engineering in the same discipline area as their undergraduate engineering degree.  The volume of learning required for the MPE will be assessed for individual applicants based on their background.

*Further Admission Requirements (if applicable)

Alternative Engineering Disciplines:

Applications for the Master of Professional Engineering (Software) from graduates from a different engineering discipline other than software engineering are welcomed, but will be assessed for eligibility on an individual basis by the Faculty.

GPA Equivalence for Non-University of Newcastle Applicants:

Applicants from external institutions will be required to provide transcripts of previous studies to allow assessment of GPA equivalence on the University of Newcastle scale.

Alternate Entry Path Incorporating Work Experience:

Applications from graduates with an appropriate Bachelor Degree (AQF 7) or Honours Degree (AQF 8 ) in engineering not meeting the above requirements, BUT with significant relevant work experience will be assessed for eligibility on an individual basis by the Faculty.

 

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

Two year program:

The MPE (Software) comprises 160 units, 70 of which are core courses, 30 of which are directed courses, and 60 of which are electives that can be selected from a specialised area of study.

One year program:

Students completing a one year MPE (Software) must complete 80 units, 20 of which are core courses, 20 of which are directed courses, and 40 of which are electives that can be selected from a specialised area of study.

  • Core courses for 1 year program: SENG6210A and SENG6210B.

Course Information

Core Courses

Core Courses for 1 Year Students: 1 year students complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
SENG6210A Software Engineering Masters ProjectPart A Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
SENG6210B Software Engineering Masters Project Part B Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units

Core Courses for 2 Year Students: 2 year students complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
ENGG6500 Engineering Complexity Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
SENG4211A Software Engineering Final Year Project Part A Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
SENG4211B Software Engineering Final Year Project Part B Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 20 units
SENG4400 Enterprise Software Architectures Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
SENG4430 Software Quality Not currently offered 10 units
SENG6210A Software Engineering Masters ProjectPart A Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
SENG6210B Software Engineering Masters Project Part B Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units

Directed Courses

Directed Courses and Specialisation Courses: 1 Year students choose 60 units (all at 6000 level) of the following courses 2 Year students choose 80 units (max of 10 units at 4000 level and min of 60 units at 6000 level) of the following courses.

Code Name Availability Units
COMP4110 Special Topic A Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
COMP4120 Special Topic B Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
COMP4130 Special Topic C Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
COMP4240 Special Topic G Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
COMP6290 Compiler Design Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
COMP6340 Data Mining Not currently offered 10 units
COMP6350 Advanced Database Not currently offered 10 units
COMP6360 Data Security Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
COMP6370 Computer Graphics Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
COMP6380 Machine Intelligence Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
SENG6320 Software Verification and Validation Not currently offered 10 units
SENG6400 Network and Distributed Computing Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
SENG6450 Advanced Special Topics in Software Engineering Not currently offered 10 units
SENG6460 Advanced Directed Studies in Software Engineering Not currently offered 10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and/or the underpinning natural and physical sciences as applicable to the engineering discipline
  • Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
  • Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline
  • Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline
  • Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes
  • Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
  • Ethical conduct and professional accountability
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains
  • Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour
  • Professional use and management of information
  • Orderly management of self, and professional conduct
  • Effective team membership and team leadership
  • Demonstrated capacity for dealing with uncertain problems using self-direction

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software) or equivalent Bachelor of Engineering (Software) or equivalent

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