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The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering will equip students with the relevant professional skills and knowledge to provide a range of professional services in civil engineering in regional, national and international environments. The course will prepare graduates for work involving the planning, design, construction and maintenance of all aspects of the built environment including facilities such as buildings, roads, bridges, dams, mining infrastructure, traffic and transport systems, water supply and waste water treatment facilities.
Graduates will be able to: apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals; communicate effectively within the industry and in the community; identify problems, develop solutions and make decisions; utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance; work independently and in a team, and have the capacity to be an effective manager; understand the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development; understand and have a commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities.
Civil engineers typically find work in a range of settings, including municipal and government road authorities, water supply and management agencies, construction companies, railway departments and companies, natural resource management organisations, consulting engineering companies, airport authorities, mining companies, irrigation authorities, research organisations and in tertiary education teaching. There is an Australia-wide shortage of engineering skills currently.
Engineers Australia is the professional body representing engineering in Australia. Southern Cross University is undertaking staged accreditation for the degree from Engineers Australia. Accreditation of the course by Engineers Australia enables a student’s qualification to be formally recognised in many different countries throughout the world in accordance with the Washington accord, an international agreement governing recognition of engineering qualifications and professional competence. See www.washingtonaccord.org.
To successfully complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering each student must participate in 60 days of industry experience relevant to engineering. Students will be able to undertake this in one or more settings to give them work experiences under the supervision of experienced engineers, where they can develop their skills and knowledge and prepare for careers as professional civil engineers.
Core studies include hydrology, soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, structural and applied mechanics, calculus, algebra, physics, chemistry, hydraulic engineering, traffic and transport engineering, design of structures, water catchment management, construction engineering, project management and professional ethics.
Students can choose to study units such as land degradation and rehabilitation, ecotechnology for water management and environmental information analysis.
In the final stages of the course, students will undertake a research component (thesis).
To qualify for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering a total of 384 credit points (usually 32 units) must be completed.
For the award of honours, consideration will be given to a candidate’s academic record throughout the course of study. A candidate who has reached the required standard of excellence, may be awarded First or Second Class Honours.
Unit availabilities are published for each study period and vary from year to year. Please contact the School for further information.
For course rules and a full list of units, please refer to the Specific Award Rules below.
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|Course Duration||4 years full-time; 8 years part-time|
|Fees and Charges||• Domestic fees
• International fees
• Additional fee information
|School||School of Environment, Science and Engineering|
|Admission, Enrolment and General Enquiries||scu.edu.au/enquiries|
|Further Information||Domestic applicants: Ph: 1800 626 481
International applicants: Ph: +61 2 6620 3876; E: email@example.com
|Total Units:||Award Abbreviation:||2013 ATAR equivalent/OP:|
|UAC Course Code||QTAC Course Code||CRICOS Course Code|
|Lismore: 334103||Lismore: 054201||Lismore NSW: 077352F|
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory classes, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
MySCU is a student’s point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.
The Academic Skills Development team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
Assessment items vary for each unit and include attendance to practical classes and tutorials, exams and other written assessment, in-class presentations and project based scenarios.
SCU provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audio-visual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
Civil Engineering students have access to computer labs with specialist civil engineering software and state-of-the art laboratories covering a range of sub-disciplines including structures, physics, mechanics, fluids and soils. The laboratories are fully equipped with advanced analytical equipment to enable effective practical teaching and high level experimental research.
Math Intensive Refresher Program (MIRP)
Before commencing the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering, students are expected to have a good understanding of mathematical principals from their previous high school or vocational education studies. Southern Cross University offers the Math Intensive Refresher Program for engineering. To find out more about this program and whether or not you need to complete it prior to commencing your degree, please visit scu.edu.au/mathintensive
On-campus Undergraduate applications
To apply to study an undergraduate degree at a SCU campus, apply online through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). For more information please visit either the UAC or QTAC websites: www.uac.edu.au or www.qtac.edu.au. A late fee applies for UAC and QTAC applications received after the 30th of September.
Please refer to the International Office website.
At Southern Cross University your previous study or work experience may help you cut time off your degree.
We recommend that you apply for advance standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount and type of credit awarded will determine your study plan.
For more details and how to apply please visit the Advanced Standing website.
See the University's Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.4.1 Qualification for Admission
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering a candidate shall successfully complete:
* Double-weighted unit.