Department of Software Engineering

Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) (BSEH)  (4 Years)


The Bachelor of Software Engineering is designed to provide an in-depth coverage of topics in software engineering. Throughout the program, students will develop skills to confidently perform and manage activities at every stage of the life cycle of large-scale software systems.

Programme aims

The Software Engineering programme is aimed at: Producing graduates who will utilize state-of-the-art knowledge, techniques, and technologies in requirements analysis, design, construction, testing, implementation, and evolution of software systems. Producing graduates who are capable of undertaking research and development in the field of software engineering and software-related technology. Producing graduates who will assume professional and managerial roles guided by knowledge of technopreneurship and ethical, legal, and social issues.

Learning outcomes

This program endeavors to meet demands from employers for graduates who can properly understand and develop complex software systems using engineering expertise. Entry-level knowledge and skill requirements gathered from potential employers of graduates have been translated into learning or program outcomes for graduates of this program. In particular, our graduate will have acquired an adequate set of knowledge and skills for careers as software professionals. As such they are expected to have developed the following skills: Apply their knowledge of mathematics, sciences, and computer science to the modeling, analysis, and measurement of software artifacts. Work effectively as leader/member of a development team to deliver quality software artifacts. Analyze, specify and document software requirements for a software system. Develop alternative design solutions to a given problem and recommend the best one within limitations of cost, time, knowledge, existing systems, and organizations. Implement a given software design using sound development practices. Verify, validate, assess and assure the quality of software artifacts. Design, select and apply the most appropriate software engineering process for a given project, plan for a software project, identify its scope and risks, and estimate its cost and time. Express and understand the importance of negotiation, effective work habits, leadership, and good communication with stakeholders, in written and oral forms, in a typical software development environment. Understand the impact of computing solutions in a global and societal context. Recognize and be guided by the social, professional, legal, ethical issues involved in the use and development of computer and software technology. Keep abreast of current developments in the discipline to continue their own professional development and life-long learning. Employ appropriate methods and tools for the specification, design, implementation, and evaluation of software systems.

SE Professional Career Prospects

Today, information technology is such an integral part of most businesses that the profession of being a computer expert has broadened into a multitude of specialised occupations, involving networking, software development, computer security, and designing graphics or interfaces.   The following are some of the possible professional options for a graduate of this programme:

Maintenance Technician-Hotline technician (Hot Liner), Network technician, Network Administrator, Databases Administrator, System engineer, Network engineer.

Conception / Realisation- Analyst-programmer (developer), Information systems architect, Website administrator (webmaster), Web designer, Interface designer

Marketing/ Commercial/ Management -Product manager, Consultant, Project engineer, IT project manager, Information security officer (ISO), Information systems Director (ISD)

Academic-Postgraduate work, Lecturer/ Teaching, Research and development

Duration of programme

The minimum duration for the degree programme shall be eight semesters and the maximum shall be 16 semesters.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of 5 ‘O’ Level passes including English, Mathematics and a physical Science subject at grade C or better.  Applicants who hold a certificate or diploma in computer studies or have experience in the Information Technology industry will have an added advantage

Mode of Delivery

The programme will be conducted using the problem based approach within the framework    of open and distance learning. The teaching/learning system will use modules, peer groups, e- learning platform weekend tutorials and other approaches


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