Note that up to and including our 2022 intakes, many Science courses offered a choice of streams, or discipline areas, to specialise in. From 2023, these streams will be replaced with a range of specialisations, which offers you even more flexibility. View the full list of specialisations here.
Computing skills enhance employability in many areas of science, especially in the great majority of industries and organisations that rely on efficient and secure computer systems.
In this course you will learn all the core components required to develop complex computer applications for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in particular. You’ll learn about programming, algorithms, and the entire development cycle – from gathering requirements to testing. You’ll also learn about application development for the Apple device ecosystem, and your learning will be informed by knowledge at the forefront of software development in general.
The skills you’ll gain in this course are ideal for positions in SMEs where programming is valuable as a complementary science expertise. When you combine Software Development with a strong industry-related discipline, you’ll have the skills to customise or develop proprietary systems and software for that industry. For example, if you also major in Agriculture Science, you’ll be well placed to contribute to the development of digital systems required for modern agriculture. Or, if you choose to major in Chemistry, your combined skill sets will be ideal for an organisation seeking a computational chemist or for roles requiring both chemistry and computing skills.
Within this major you can select from a range of specialisations to study. View the list of specialisations here.
What jobs can the Software Development lead to?
- Application developer
- Software engineer and developer
- Game developer
- Cloud consultant
- Data scientist
- IT language development
- Geographical information system developer
- Software engineer
- Science educator
- Database design.
- Applications and software development
- Entertainment and gaming
- Business and commerce
- Information technology
- Health informatics.
What you'll learn
- have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in Software Development that is typically at a level that, whilst supported by advanced textbooks, includes some aspects that will be informed by knowledge of the forefront of Software Development, GC1
- can apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to Software Development, and have competencies typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments (to both specialist and non-specialist audiences) and solving problems within Software Development, GC2
- understand the constructs of the scientific method and apply these principles in Software Development using digital technologies, GC3
- can gather and interpret relevant data within Software Development to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues, including being aware of the diversity of international perspectives associated with Software Development, and how these impact upon the practice of Software Development, GC4
- understand and appreciate cultural diversity and how it impacts on the practice of Sofware Development, GC5
- display a high standard of professional behaviour, including effective time management, both independently and as a team member, GC6