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#1 Aurioch   Members   -  Reputation: 1166

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:11 PM

Hello

 

First, I apologize if I put this in wrong subforum.

 

Well, I'm 2nd year of Bachelor Programme in my faculty (or "university" if you like, I don't know the difference) and have chosen the Computing programme. Next year, hopefully (I screwed up a few courses and ended up repeating them) I'll get to pick between 3 modules (of 5): Software engineering, Computer engineering and Computer science.

 

I've looked at courses each of the modules have, but I'm still confused.

So, my question is:

 

What's the difference between Software engineer, Computer engineer and Computer science degrees?

 

To be honest, I don't really care which module I choose - I managed to choose a faculty which deals with the field I love (Computers) and am happy with it. Not to mention I'm trying to gain some additional skills not covered by faculty and have (or plan to) few projects to work on. What I'm interested in is what each of those degrees offers me as a potential employer.

 

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#2 frob   Moderators   -  Reputation: 18841

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 05:03 PM

Depends on the school, you'll need to check the courses to be certain.

 

Typically:

* Software Engineer generally tends toward what most people think of as a programmer.

* Computer Engineer generally tends toward a focus on hardware. They're generally the guys who build computers and components.

* Computer Science generally tends toward a scientific or academic focus. Generally it tends to focus on theory.


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 06:08 PM

Aurioch, you should ask your professors and advisor these questions.  You're paying them tuition, and they owe you answers.


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#4 TheChubu   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3699

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 07:22 PM

My plan/program tends more to the "Software Engineering" side rather than the "Science" part of programming.

 

Software engineering is more about the system in which your software has to work on, dealing with projects, time frames, project planning, standarization, software development techniques, enterprise software, organizations, companies, businesses, their organizations, their expectations, their needs, clients, how to get your requirements out of them, requirement elicitation, how to describe such requirements, how to elaborate a software development contract for the client and for the programmers, etc.

 

To me its... awful. But you (or somebody) might like it.


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#5 Nypyren   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3684

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 07:39 PM

Different colleges have a slightly different course mix for Software Engineering.  I had a handful of the courses that TheChubu mentions, but nowhere near enough for it to get on my nerves.  The vast majority of my courses were in-the-thick-of-it programming.



#6 Aurioch   Members   -  Reputation: 1166

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 11:35 AM

Thanks for the into.

 

I'll definietly listen to (mr.) Sloper's advice and poke a few professors / advisors at the faculty to ask them. And as I said, checking courses didn't help much, at least not on Bachelor programme - difference is one or two courses (for example, Programming Language Translation course in Software Engineering module is replaced in Computer Engineering module with Computer Architecture 2).

Since I can choose, I want to get degree which will open me most possibilities later in combination with additional skills I'm trying to acquire on my own alongside studies.






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