Why Software Engineering


  • Software Engineering (SE)derives its essence from computer science as other engineering disciplines do from natural or life sciences, with an emphasis on issues of process, design, implementation, maintenance, analysis and verification providing a strong foundation in engineering principles and practices as applied to software development.
  • Software Engineering and computer science differ in much the same way as do Electrical Engineering and Physics. Generally, engineering should be concerned with applying what we already know to create products, while science is more theoretical. Therefore, the goal of Computer Science, according to Parnas, “is to learn and extend the science”. Software Engineering on the other hand aims to use the science and technology already available to create products and tools for use.
  • ZUFESToffering a four years NCEAC recognized degree program (133 Credit Hours) with a balanced mix of Computing & Software Development subjects. The SE graduates develop, design and assess software that a computer uses to function. The problem solving skills are keys to the success in this endeavor. A software engineer can find its place to study existing apps, develop new software modules & programs or maintain the computer applications in a software house, IT firm, Bank etc. The average salary of Software Engineer ranges between 45,000 to 150,000 PKR. They can grow exponentially if keep updating the skill set with market needs. There’s a huge market for freelance SE graduate as an Entrepreneur.
  • Pakistan’s share of global I.T. sales is now $2.8 billion (up from $ 30 million in year 2000) (New York Times, Aug. 10, 2015)
  • Pakistan growing: About 1,500 registered firms and 10,000 IT grads entering the market annually (Washington Wire, 18th May 2015)
  • Pakistani programmers market ranks as No. 3 country in the world for supplying freelance programmers — behind only the United States and India. Pakistan’s freelance programmers already account for $850 million of the country’s software exports (New York Times, Aug. 10, 2015).

Facilities/ Resources


  • Address: North Campus (ZUFESTM), F-103, Block B, North Nazimabad,
  • Karachi
  • Covered Areas (sq ft): 18000 sq ft (2000 sq yards) (Zufestm Area)
  • Covered Areas (sq ft): 180 sq ft (SE Department Area)
  • Building/Land Ownership, lease terms etc.
  • Own Building


Dedicated Lecture Rooms / Shared Lecture Room

  • Adequacy of class rooms/lecture halls and allied facilities
  • Average Size of each lecture rooms:

350 square feet

  • Space Available for students:

30 square feet

  • Instructional Facilities provided in lecture rooms:

White Board, Multimedia, Speaker system, Computer, Internet etc.

  • Other facilities:



1) Computing Lab

         Lab TimingsFacilities






32 workstations

(core i3, core i5 

3rd and 6th generations) installed with high end software. All workstations are connected with internet via LAN/Wi-Fi Access. Scanner and Printing Facility, white board and multimedia.

Lab Space: 40 sq.ft per student



  • Operating System Lab
Lab TimingsFacilities
Weekdays (8:30am─4:30pm)05 workstations

(Core i3, Core i5

3rd and 6th generations) installed with high end software. All workstations are connected with internet via LAN/Wi-Fi Access. Printing Facility is also available.

Lab Space: 40 sq.ft per student




  • Final year Project Lab
Lab TimingsFacilities
Weekdays (8:30am─4:30pm)03 workstations

(Core i3, Core i5

3rd and 6th generations) installed with high end software. All workstations are connected with internet via LAN/Wi-Fi Access. Printing Facility is also available.

•        Sensor

•        Potentiometer

•        LCD 22″ with HDMI Port

•        Extension Board etc.

Career Prospects

Software Engineer is the most in-demand job title across all industries, according to job site Glassdoor, employment growth for software developers between 2012 and 2022—significantly higher than the national average for all occupations.

These are some top industries where software engineers should find plenty of room for career growth:

  • Financial services
  • Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Utility
  • Business and IT services
  • Silicon valley Hi tech
  • Government and Defense
  • Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Research and Development
  • AI
  • Computer security
  • Agritech
  • Enterprise Software
  • Education

Strength of Faculty Members (a short introduction that highlights their strengths/experience)

Dr. Sheikh Munaf Rashid

Associate Professor
Chairperson Software Engineering Department
Director Post Graduate Program (ZUFESTM)
PhD (Computer Vision and Machine Learning)
University of Technology Malaysia

Mohsin Khan

Senior Lecturer
ME (Computer System Engineering)
NED University of Engineering and Technology

Syed Muhammad Rafi

     MS (Computer Science)
     Federal Urdu University of Arts Science Technology

Abdul Salam

 MS (Computer Science)
 Federal Urdu University of Arts Science Technology

Nouman Samad

     Lab Lecturer
     MS (Computer Science)
     Hamdard University

Advisory Committee
Industrial Advisory Board Members

S. NoName Designation
1Dr. Muhammad Adeel ParvazAsst. Prof  Department of Psychiatry  Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
2Prof. Dr. Syed Abdul Rahman Al-AttasAssociate professor Faculty of Electrical Engineering Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
3Dr.Moshin TiwanaNational University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad
4Prof. Dr. Muhammad AsifChairperson Electrical Engineering (EE) ZUFEST
5Engr. Dr. Munaf RashidChairperson Software Engineering (SE) ZUFEST
6Dr. Sarmad ShamsChairperson Biomedical Engineering (BME) ZUFEST
7Prof. Dr. Ghulam Bashir PirzadaChairperson Civil Engineering (CV) ZUFEST
8Engr. Zubair Rao Assistant Professor Civil Engineering (CV) ZUFEST
9Engr.Lt.Col.(R)Muzaffar GhouseActing Director Land and Askari Colonies Management and Building Control.
10Engr. Rameez BilwaniPrincipal at Yaqoob and Rameez Associates Associates
11Engr.Hassan Farooq Janjua Industrial Expert (EE) maintenance, K Electric Karachi.Deputy General Manager, Instrumentation and control. K-Electric.
12Engr. Tariq AhmedDeputy Director Dow University Hospital
13Engr.Faraz AlamService Engineer BME Deptt.
14Engr. Sheikh Faisal  Sales Account Manager, Techaccess Pakistan
15Engr.Sidra Abid SyedAssistant Professor, BME

Board of Studies Members


It is hereby notified for information to all concerned that Board of Studies, Department of Software Engineering consists of following members:

  1. The chairperson of the teaching department concerned;
    • Dr. Shiekh Muhammad Munaf (Convener)
  1. Experts from Academia;
    • Dr. Aqeel ur Rehman (Professor & Dean, Faculty of Computer Science and Humanities, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi)
    • Dr. Muhammad Khalid Khan (Professor, Director College of Computing & Information Sciences, PAF KIET, Karachi)
    • Saleem Ahmed (Associate Professor and Chairperson, Computer Engineering Department, Dawood University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
  1. Three University Teachers other than Professors;
    • Dr. Muhammad Sohail (Assistant Professor, ZU)
    • Mohsin Khan (Senior Lecturer, ZU)
    • Syed Muhammad Rafi (Lecturer, ZU)
  1. Three Experts, other than University Teachers;
    • Shaikh Faisal (Key Account Manager, IBL-Unisys, Karachi)
    • Abdul Basit (Project Manager, VentureDive, Karachi)
    • Saad Abbasi (Senior Software Engineering, LucidSpring, Karachi)
  1. Director QEC ZU or Nominee


Semester — I

Sr.#Course CodeCourse TitleTh.LabCr. Hr
1 CS-107Introduction to Info. & Comm.


2CS-104Programming Fundamentals313+1
3CS-103Discrete Structures  303+0
4NS-115Basic Mathematics60N/C
5NS-201Linear Algebra303+0
6HS-100English Composition &


7HS-103Pakistan Studies202+0

Semester — II

Sr.#Course CodeCourse TitleTh.LabCr.Hr
1CS-112Object Oriented Programming 313+1
2CS-233Introduction to Database System313+1
3NS-109Calculus and Analytical Geometry   3   03+0
4NS-206Probability and Statistics303+0
5HS-114Communication & Presentation Skills303+0

Semester — III

Sr.#Course CodeCourse TitleTh.LabCr .Hr
1CS-211Data Structures and Algorithms3 13+1
2CS-214Computer Org. & Assembly Language313+1
3CS-227Introduction to Data Science212+1
4EE-212Digital Logic Design3 13+1
5NS-112Differential Equations303+0

Semester — IV

Sr.#Course CodeCourse TitleTh.LabCr.Hr
1CS-355Computer Communication and Networks313+1
2CS-351Automata  Theory and Formal Language (DS Elective-1)303+0
3CS-226Analysis of Algorithms303+0
4CS-213Artificial Intelligence313+1
5NS-211Advance Statistics303+0

Semester — V

Sr.#Course CodeCourse TitleTh.LabCr.Hr
1CS-234Operating Systems313+1
2CS-336Data Mining212+1
3CS-331Data Warehousing & Business Intel.212+1
4CS-355Machine Learning (DS Elective-2)212+1
5  MS-306  Managerial Economics

(University Elective-1)


Semester — VI

Sr.#Course CodeCourse TitleTh.LabCr.Hr
1C-332Parallel & Distributed Computing212+1
2CS-456Big Data Analytics212+1
3CS-333Data Visualization212+1
4CS-352Digital Image Processing

(DS Elective 3)

5CS-454Cloud Computing

(DS Elective-4)

6MS-203Human Resource Management

(University Elective-3)


Semester — VII

Sr.#Course CodeCourse TitleTh.LabCr.Hr
1DS-451Final Year Project –I030+3
2CS-212Introduction to Software Engineering212+1
3MS-414Entrepreneurship and Leadership

(University Elective-2)

4HS-331Technical and Business Writing303+0



Islamic Studies /

Ethical Behavior

2    02+0

Semester — VIII

Sr.#Course CodeCourse TitleTh.LabCr.Hr
1DS-451Final Year Project –II030+3

(University Elective-4)

3HS-401Professional Practices303+0
4CS-304Information Security303+0


Continuous Quality Management (CQI) Procedure

  • Assessment Plan for PEOs
  • Assessment Plan for PLOs
  • Assessment Plan for CLOs


Tution fee/ credit

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