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The Software Engineering Research Project gives students in-depth experience in researching complex, open-ended software engineering problems, and developing and evaluating potential solutions. Participants work individually or in teams to investigate and develop solutions for a complex real-world problem. There may be the opportunity to work on a project in conjunction with industry. At the end of this course you will have practiced the skills required to develop solutions for complex problems involving the development of substantial software solutions of significant complexity. You will also be comfortable with dealing with vague (and often conflicting) customer requirements, working under pressure and providing technical leadership.
Covid-19 Update: Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials and assessments.The research project provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their preparedness to work as professional software engineers on challenging projects. Students build on the skills learned through projects they have undertaken in earlier years of the programme. Students will work substantially on their own either on staff or industry projects. Participants work individually or in teams to investigate and develop solutions for a complex real-world problem. There may be the opportunity to work on a project in conjunction with industry or in teams, but always with a substantial individual contribution showing the student's preparedness to work on challenging projects on their own. Sustainable engagement and progress are expected throughout the year to ensure the projects meets their expectations in terms of quantity of work and quality of deliverable (e.g., reports, software, analysis).
Demonstrate the research and problem-solving qualities and abilities of a software engineerEvaluate existing solutions and approaches (e.g., literature, - open source - software solutions)Demonstrate an understanding of, apply and communicate complex research and analysis techniquesDeliver software solutions given the constraints of the projectApply scientific evaluation to the analysis of complex problems and development of solutionsCommunicate complex information to a range of stakeholders, including non-expertsIdentify risks and benefits posed by conducting the projectPlan, estimate and log working effort
SENG301, SENG302 AND Approval into the BE(Hons) Software Engineering programme.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Please note that the course activity times advertised here are currently in draft form, to be finalised on Monday 30 January 2023 for S1 and whole year courses, and Monday 26 June 2023 for S2 courses. Please hold off enquiries about these times until those finalisation dates.
2022 Covid-19 Update: Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials and assessments.
Given the nature of the course, a generic textbook is not appropriate. Students should speak with their respective supervisor/s for advice on appropriate textbooks and other learning resources.
Course Information on Learn
The Computer Science department's grading policy states that in order to pass a course you must meet two requirements:1. You must achieve an average grade of at least 50% over all assessment items.2. You must achieve an average mark of at least 45% on invigilated assessment items.If you satisfy both these criteria, your grade will be determined by the following University-wide scale for converting marks to grades: an average mark of 50% is sufficient for a C- grade, an average mark of 55% earns a C grade, 60% earns a C+ grade and so forth. However if you do not satisfy both the passing criteria you will be given either a D or E grade depending on marks. Marks are sometimes scaled to achieve consistency between courses from year to year.Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control.Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website within five days of the assessment. Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Department and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required. Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course.Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.
Domestic fee $2,159.00
International fee $10,250.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Computer Science and Software Engineering