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Sorry if this has been posted a million times.

What is the difference? Which one has the better reputation? Is software engineering linked more towards computer science or computing?

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Computer Science -theoretical focus
Software Engineering - software development focused
Computing - Leaning more towards ICT.

A 2nd opinion would be good though.
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The difference between Computing and Computer Science is that one university chose to call it one thing and another chose to call it another.

See also: Informatics.

CS/Computing/Informatics departments are notoriously crap at telling you what exactly their subject name means.
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CS requires serious thought into theroy and how to make the stuff, computing is how to break the stuff lol.
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CS requires serious thought into theroy and how to make the stuff, computing is how to break the stuff lol.
:laugh:

I thought computing was just a comp sci but more practical, and you get an MEng at the end of it

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/ugprospec...mputingcourses
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its the same! set for computer science u can specialise
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not much diference
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(Original post by trance addict)
:laugh:

I thought computing was just a comp sci but more practical, and you get an MEng at the end of it

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/ugprospec...mputingcourses
There's no Computing at York and the Computer Science course has several mandatory practical elements. That and the Software Engineering course is CS with an additional year and more specialisation in the second.

What it comes down to is that CS is a rubbish name and everyone thinks they can do better, but hasn't managed to yet :p:
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I think that *usually* computing is less mathematical than CS. More stuff about being a techie like network configuration and stuff like that.

But sometimes it's the same subject as CS but with a different name. Imperial's computing course is probably one of the most highly regarded CS courses around.
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You'd be best to look at the indivudal prospectuses to see what the module differences are.
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(Original post by trance addict)
:laugh:

I thought computing was just a comp sci but more practical, and you get an MEng at the end of it

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/ugprospec...mputingcourses
Yeh depends where you go, but if we are going for pure meaning, a comp sci would make the stuff under instruction of a software engineer (until the cmp sci had experiance) only for the computing student to break it and send it back to the comp sci.

Isn't the development process fasinating lol.
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Erm, that doesn't sound like any definition I've ever heard of.

A Computer Scientist isn't a code monkey.
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Erm, that doesn't sound like any definition I've ever heard of.

A Computer Scientist isn't a code monkey.
Nah there not lol, but in general they are the ones who build stuff from the ground up, doesn't have to be code. Could be new applications of tecnology like AI, mind it does normally mean working with code it doesnt have too.

Where as a computing student if we are going on pure definition would be the one who uses the tecnology on a day to day situation.
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Since when did Computer Scientists necessarily build things?

I disagree with the idea of Computer Scientist being a step in the food-chain of technology.
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Since when did Computer Scientists necessarily build things?

I disagree with the idea of Computer Scientist being a step in the food-chain of technology.
Where did I say step, they are all integral to each other. It's the same in a healthcare profession, doctors generally do diagnosis and surgons generally cut people open.

Thats not to say a compsci cannot change there area of course they can but this thread is about diffrence and on a pure definition level, compsci's work with the inovation and computing apply it.
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It's the same in a healthcare profession, doctors generally do diagnosis and surgons generally cut people open.
That's a crap analogy, and you're getting it backwards. A software engineer is the one that does the building. You know, because they have engineer in their name.
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You'd be best to look at the indivudal prospectuses to see what the module differences are.
Agreed. Computer Science at one uni may have a different emphasis than Computer Science at another.
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That's a crap analogy, and you're getting it backwards. A software engineer is the one that does the building. You know, because they have engineer in their name.
If you had done some reading above you would see I said they did and compsci's do it after some experance. That said systems guys normaly design the stuff they don't write the majority of the code they may write some not all.

And yes it was but it was the best I could think of at the time lol.
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I honestly don't have a clue what you mean by a Computer Scientist.

Do you mean a Computer Scientist in the literal sense, or someone who's done a CS degree?
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(Original post by -Em-)
I honestly don't have a clue what you mean by a Computer Scientist.

Do you mean a Computer Scientist in the literal sense, or someone who's done a CS degree?
Im going by literial, someone who has a CS degree means nothing to be honest and the content varies so much.
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