Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering

Software engineering is the application of a systematic, disciplined, quantiable approach to the design, development, operation, and maintenance of software, and the study of these approaches; that is, the application of engineering to software. These systematic development and application of techniques normally leads to the creation of correct and reliable computer software systems for business processes automation. As our daily lives become more dependent on computerised systems, it is vital that such systems are error-free and totally reliable. This reliability is particularly important when computers are used in safety-critical situations such as hospitals, or controlling aircraft and nueclear reactors. With concern for software reliability, correctness, safety and cost, such concern being the hallmark of Software Engineering.

The principles and knowledge of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis are employed by computer software engineers for designing, developing, testing, and evaluating the software and the systems that computers use to carry out various applications. An individual with such software engineering skills has a wide range of secure and naturally rewarding careers awaiting across the global. Some of these careers include;

Career Options

Software engineering professionals might find themselves in a variety of environments including; academia, research, industry, government, private and business organizations. Software engineers are engaged in analyzing user needs and designing, constructing, testing, and maintaining computer applications software or systems. In the programming or coding _elds, software engineers give instructions to a computer, line by line; on how on perform a function or operation.

These engineers are also geared to tackle technical problems and hitches. Although these engineers need to possess string programming skills, they are more occupied with the development of algorithms and in analyzing and solving problems in programming than with writing codes. Computer software engineers are usually a part of the team that designs and develops advanced hardware, software, and systems. Thus, until a finished product is developed and released, workers from various branches including those of engineering, marketing, production and design collaborate with each other, of which software engineers area basic part.

Programme Objectives

From the above background, the objectives of the B.Sc. in Software Engineering programme are:

  1. To build human capacity in the Software engineering discipline in the region so as to accelerate the development of innovations in IT to address human challenges like climate change, health service delivery, among others.
  2. To produce graduates who are well grounded in the fundamental concepts of systems engineering to facilitated the development of secure and reliable software systems.
  3. To produce graduates who are creative and enterprising capable of developing innovative solutions, hence creating jobs.
  4. To produce graduates with good professional ethics, to enable secure and responsible practicing of their professional so as to minimize growing incidents of cyber attacks.
  5. To produce candidate, we are capable to participate in the multi-disciplinary process of design and qualification of a complex, software systems.
  6. To produce professionals with good industry orientation to enable the quick integration from school to workplace.

Programme Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Identify automation needs of various business processes in organizations.
  2. Define and classify systems user requirements
  3. Design both simple and complex software systems
  4. Implement software designs using various programming languages and frameworks
  5. Manage a software development process
  6. Test and validate software systems
  7. Perform software security analysis
  8. Lead a team of software developers
  9. Write good business communications
  10. Innovate new technologies
  11. Analyze different ethical dilemmas and make decisions that are utility maximizing
  12. Sale software and associated services
  13. Articulate the latest trends in software systems constructions
Admission Requirements
Programme NameBsc. Science in Software Engineering
Programme Duration4 Years
Admission CriteriaDirect Entry
  1. At least two principal passes at the same sitting in UACE or its equivalent of which one of them MUST be in either Mathematics OR Physics
  2. At least 5 passes in UCE or its equivalent
Diploma Entry
  1. At least 2nd class (Lower division) Diploma in Computer Science, Engineering, Telecom, Bio Informatics, Electronic engineering, Statistics or any other diploma with either Mathematics or Computer Science, as one of the subjects from any recognized
  2. At least one principal pass and two subsidiary passes at same sitting in UACE or its equivalent
  3. At least one subsidiary pass in Mathematics in UACE or its equivalent
  4. At least 5 passes in UCE or its equivalent

Mature age

  1. Mature age Certificate
  2. **At least a Principal pass in either Mathematics or Physics in UACE
ModeDual Mode (online and Local Support)
Fee Per SemesterUganda Shillings 1,200,000
Program Duration

The program will extend over a period of four academic years. An academic year shall consist of two semesters and one recess term. A semester shall consist of 15 weeks of lectures. A recess term shall consist of 10 weeks.

Program Options
Codes Course Name LH TH PH CH CU
Year 1 Semester 1 (6 Cores)
CSE 1100 Software Engineering Principles 30 - 30 45 3
CSE 1101 Software Project Management 30 - 30 45 3
CSC 1101 Computer Applications & Systems 30 - 30 45 3
CIT 1100 Internet Technology & Website Design 30 - 60 60 4
BBA 1106 Communication Skills 30 30 - 45 3
MMT 1104 Mathematics for Computing 30 30 - 45 3
Semester Load 19
Year 1 Semester 2 (6 Cores) LH TH PH CH CU
CSC 1202 Computer Architecture 30 30 - 45 3
CSC 1205 Automata & Computability 30 30 - 45 3
CSC 1201 Object Oriented Programming 30 30 30 60 4
CSC 1200 Structured Programming 45 - 30 60 4
MMT 1201 Probability & Statistics 45 30 - 60 4
MMT 1206 Calculus & Analytical Geometry 30 30 - 45 3
Semester Load 21
Year 1 Recess Term        
COE 100 Community Engagement 150 75 5
Recess Term Load 5
Year 2 Semester 1 (5 Cores) LH TH PH CH CU
CSE 2101 Software Architecture & Patterns 30 - 30 45 3
CSC 2103 Artificial Intelligence 30 - 30 45 3
BBA 2108 Entrepreneurship Theory & Principles 30 - 30 45 3
CIS 2101 Database Management Systems 45 15 15 60 4
CSC 2102 Data Structures & Algorithms 45 - 30 45 3
Semester Load 16
Year 2 Semester 2 (5 Cores) LH TH PH CH CU
CSC 2201 Cryptology & Coding Theory 45 30 - 60 4
CNW 2201 Mobile Applications Programming 45 - 30 60 4
CSE 2200 Embedded Systems & Real-Time Systems 30 - 30 45 3
CIS 2201 Human Computer Interaction 30 - 30 45 3
CSE 2201 Software Design & Modeling 45 - 30 60 4
Semester Load 18
COE 200 Community Engagement II - - 150 75 5
Recess Term Load 5
Year 3 Semester 1 (6 Cores) LH TH PH CH CU
CSE 3101 Requirements Engineering 30 - 30 45 3
CSE 3104 Software Metrics 30 - 30 45 3
CSE 3100 Performance Engineering of Software Systems 30 30 30 60 4
CIS 3102 Multimedia Systems 30 - 30 45 3
CSE 3103 Software Evolution 45 - 30 60 4
CSC 3101 Computer Graphics 30 - 30 45 3
Semester Load 20
Year 3 Semester 2 (6 Cores) LH TH PH CH CU
CSE 3200 Software Quality Testing 45 - 30 60 4
CSE 3201 Distributed Systems Development 45 - 30 60 4
CRM 2201 Research Methods 30 - 30 45 3
CNW 2203 Cloud Computing 45 - 30 60 4
CSC 3202 Games Development 30 30 30 60 4
CSF 3200 Computer Forensics 30 - 30 45 3
Semester Load 22
Year 3 Recess Term        
COE 300 Community Engagement III - - 120 60 5
Recess Term Load 5
Year 4 Semester 1 (4 Cores) LH TH PH CH CU
CNW 4104 Advanced Mobile Applications Programming 30 30 30 60 4
CSC 3103 Image Processing 30 - 30 45 3
LWS  2107 Business Law 30 45 - 60 4
CIS 4100 User Interface Design & Development 45 - 30 60 4
Semester Load 15
Year 4 Semester 2 (4 cores) LH TH PH CH CU
CSE 4200 Selected Topics in Software Engineering 30 45 - 60 4
BBA 3212 Professional Ethics 30 30 - 45 3
RPR 3201 Project  - 120 - 60 4
CIS 2203 Enterprise Architecture 30 30 30 60 4
Semester Load 15
The minimum Graduation Load is 161 CU
Fees per semester

Local Students (East African Community)

Fees per semester (UGX)Functional Fees (UGX)Application Fees (UGX)
1,200,000250,00050,000

International Students

International students pay international student tuition fees which is rated in dollars and this specifically covers only the cost of teaching and many student support services. This tuition below is per academic session and includes both the tuition and functional fees.

Category of ProgrammeFees per academic session (USD)Application / Admission Fee
Bachelor’s Degree$700$30
Undergraduate Diploma$500$30
Undergraduate Certificate$250$30
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