BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering | Asia Pacific University (APU)

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BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering

Duration:
3 Years (6 Semesters)

Award:
APU, Malaysia

Intake:
24 September 2019
19 November 2019

This programme is specifically designed to provide:

  • Familiarity with the tools and rigorous methodologies used to develop mission-critical and safety-critical software systems.
  • The ability to critically evaluate design paradigms, languages, algorithms, and techniques used to develop large-scale and complex software systems.
  • A deep appreciation of the importance of software architecture, testing, documentation, and maintainability.

Admission Requirements:

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements
DIRECT ENTRY TO LEVEL 1 OF THE DEGREE:
STPM Information TechnologyA Pass in STPM with a minimum Grade C (GP 2.0) in any 2 subjects and a Credit in Mathematics at SPM Level or its equivalent.
Computer Science / Sofware Engineering / Cyber Security / Intelligent SystemsA Pass in STPM with a minimum Grade C (GP 2.0) in any 2 subjects and a Credit in Additional Mathematics at SPM Level or its equivalent.
Multimedia Technology / Computer Games DevelopmentA Pass in STPM with a minimum Grade C (GP 2.0) in any 2 subjects and a Pass in Mathematics at SPM Level or its equivalent. * Strong Mathematics would be an added advantage
A-LEVEL  Information Technology2 Passes in A-Level and a Credit in Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE.
Computer Science / Sofware Engineering / Cyber Security / Intelligent Systems2 Passes in A-Level and a Credit in Additional Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE OR 2 Passes in A-Level including Mathematics and a Credit in Mathematics at O-Levels.

Note: Overseas qualification maybe accepted if Mathematics in 12th Grade/ A-Level is comparable to Additional Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE. Students can be given preferential entry for ICT related subject in SPM/ O-Level/ IGCSE.
Multimedia Technology / Computer Games Development2 Passes in A-Level and a Pass in Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE.
* Strong Mathematics would be an added advantage.
UEC  Information Technology5 Grade B’s in UEC, including Mathematics.
Computer Science / Sofware Engineering / Cyber Security / Intelligent Systems5 Grade B’s in UEC, including Additional Mathematics.
Multimedia Technology / Computer Games Development5 Grade B’s in UEC with a Pass in Mathematics.
* Strong Mathematics would be an added advantage
MATRICULATION/ FOUNDATION  Information TechnologyPassed a Foundation/Matriculation programme with a minimum CGPA of 2.0, with Credit in Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE and equivalent.
Computer Science / Sofware Engineering / Cyber Security / Intelligent SystemsPassed the APU Foundation programme (minimum CGPA of 2.0) with an acceptable achievement in “Further Mathematics” module and a Credit in Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or equivalent.

Passed a Foundation/Matriculation (minimum CGPA of 2.0) with a Credit in Additional Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or equivalent.
Multimedia Technology / Computer Games DevelopmentPassed a Foundation/Matriculation programme with a minimum CGPA of 2.0, with a Pass in Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE and equivalent. 
* Strong Mathematics would be an added advantage.
DIRECT ENTRY TO LEVEL 2 OF THE DEGREE:
ICT RELATED DIPLOMAS  Information TechnologyDiploma with minimum CGPA of 2.5 and a Credit in Mathematics at SPM level.
Computer Science / Sofware Engineering / Cyber Security / Intelligent SystemsAPU Diploma (minimum CGPA of 2.5) with a Credit in Mathematics or Additional Mathematics at SPM/ O-Level/IGCSE or equivalent.

Diploma from other institutions with minimum CGPA of 2.5 and a Credit in Additional Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or equivalent.
Multimedia Technology / Computer Games DevelopmentDiploma with minimum CGPA of 2.5 and a Pass in Mathematics at SPM level.
* Strong Mathematics would be an added advantage.

Note: Students who do not have a Credit in Additional Mathematics in SPM/ O-Level/IGCSE but have an acceptable achievement in Mathematics related subjects during the Foundation which may be equivalent to SPM/O-Level/IGCSE Additional Mathematics, can be accepted into Degree Programmes. Students can be given preferential entry for ICT related subject in SPM/ O-Level/ IGCSE.

Any qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above. 

Note: Student with CGPA above 2.0 and below 2.5 may be accepted using rigorous assessment conducted by APU/APIIT and subject to the approval of the Academic Board.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

International Students

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements
FOUNDATION AND DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES • IELTS : 4.0 
• TOEFL PBT : 397
• TOEFL IBT : 30-31
• Pearson (PTE) : 30
• MUET : Band 2
BACHELOR (HONS) DEGREE PROGRAMMES• IELTS : 5.0 
• TOEFL PBT : 410-417 
• TOEFL IBT : 35-45
• Pearson (PTE) : 36
• MUET : Band 3 

Please note that under Ministry of Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment.

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCSE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma etc) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents. 

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


What You Will Study:

DEGREE LEVEL 1

Level 1 modules in this program that provide a foundation for any IT professional include System Analysis & Design, Fundamentals of Software Development, and Introduction to Programming in an appropriate language. More technical knowledge and skills are developed in Operating Systems & Computer Architecture and Introduction to Networking. Introduction to Artificial Intelligence is the first specialised module related to Software Engineering. Modules such as Introduction to Management, Computing & IT in the Workplace and Professional & Enterprise Development provide a foundation for multi-disciplinary education and understanding personal and organisational development. Important and relevant skills for independent learning are introduced throughout the program.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Computing & IT in the Workplace
  • Fundamentals of Software Development
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Introduction to Management
  • Introduction to Networking
  • Mathematical Concepts for Computing
  • Operating Systems & Computer Architecture
  • System Analysis & Design
  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming

Elective Modules (choose 1)

  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • Interactive Media & Web Design Technology

In addition to the above, all students are also required to successfully complete General Studies modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency, as well as fulfill credit requirements for Co-Curricular Activities.

DEGREE LEVEL 2

Specific technical skills related to Software Engineering are developed at this level. Requirements Engineering covers principles, practical skills, for the software lifecycle, and the methodologies and tools for specification, design, development, testing, evaluation, and maintenance of software systems. In Software Architecture you will have an opportunity to analyse applications in terms of their scope, style, and dynamism as well as to work in a group to develop a software system using middleware technologies. System Programming and Computer Control offers an introduction to the concepts associated with data acquisition that are the key to computer automation. The emphasis on independent learning continues at this level, and is a particular focus and requirement in Research Methods.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Object Oriented Development with Java
  • Programming for Data Analysis
  • Research Methods For Computing and Technology
  • System Development Methods
  • Computer Theory
  • Data Structures
  • Design Methods
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Software Architecture
  • Enterprise Systems

Elective Modules (choose 1)

  • Concurrent Programming
  • Further Web Design & Development
  • iOS Mobile App Development

INTERNSHIP (16 weeks)

After the completion of Level 2 students will undertake a short Internship/Industrial Training for a minimum period of 16 weeks. This will prepare them for a smooth transition from the classroom to the world of Software Engineering.

DEGREE LEVEL 3

The focus of Level 3 is further development of relevant technical skills and the ability to apply these skills with strong critical thinking and analysis. In Design Patterns you will be exposed to methods for object-oriented systems development that improve software design, organisation, and maintainability. In Software Quality Engineering you will learn to devise, describe, evaluate, and apply various software metrics. Advanced Programming Language Concepts offers an overview of programming language paradigms, with a focus on languages can be used to write extremely concise and powerful applications and those that are tuned to queries of a set of facts and rules. General personal and professional development is enhanced in Project Management, while Innovation Management & New Product Development continues the theme of generating new ideas and creating new products.

The major project that you are expected to complete, entails extensive research in domain knowledge and the acquisition of skills in using tools and methods in Software Engineering. This is where you will demonstrate higher level critical thinking analysis and solutions development skills which will enhance your employability.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Innovation Management & New Product Development
  • Project Management
  • Advanced Programming Language Concepts
  • Algorithmics
  • Design Patterns
  • Software Quality Engineering
  • Designing & Developing Applications on Cloud
  • Investigations in Software Engineering
  • Software Engineering Project

Elective Modules (choose 2)

  • Advanced Database Systems
  • Distributed Computer Systems
  • Enterprise Programming for Distributed Applications
  • HCI & Usability

MQA Compulsory Subjects*

  • Ethnic Relations (M’sian Students)
  • Islamic & Asian Civilisation (M’sian Students)                                                                                            
  • Malaysian Studies (Int’l Students)
  • Malay Communication Language (Int’l Students)
  • Workplace Professional Communication Skills
  • Employee & Employment Trends
  • Co-Curriculum                                                                                                                                               

(*All students are required to successfully complete these modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency)


Career Options:

  • ​Software Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Project Maanger
  • Software Consultant
  • Programmer
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Application Engineer
  • Software Test Engineer
  • Senior System Designer
  • Software Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist
  • R&D Specialist
  • Software Architect
  • Systems Integration Engineer
  • Senior Technical Lead
  • Product Manager
  • Solutions Architect
  • Development Manager

Course Fees:

Malaysian StudentsInternational Students

Year 1: RM 27,300
Year 2: RM 28,800
Year 3: RM 29,700
Total: RM 85,800

Year 1: RM 27,600 (USD 6,900)
Year 2: RM 28,900 (USD 7,230)
Year 3: RM 29,900 (USD 7,480)
Total: RM 86,400 (USD 21,610)

* Fees stated above do not include Deposits and other Miscellaneous Fees. Please refer to Fee Guide for details.

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All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.