The discipline of engineering is being added to the School's offerings from 2013, with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering available at the Lismore campus. This four-year degree will equip students with the relevant skills and knowledge to provide a professional service in civil engineering, and in particular, those skills of most relevance in regional and rural communities. The course will prepare graduates for work involving the planning, design, construction and maintenance of facilities such as buildings, roads, bridges, dams, pipelines and water supply and waste water treatment plants.
Core studies include hydrology, soil mechanics, structural and applied mechanics, calculus, algebra, physics, chemistry, hydraulic engineering, transport engineering, design of structures, water catchment management, 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.
As part of the degree, students complete 60 days of professional internship to satisfy the requirements for registration with Engineers Australia; and also undertake a research component (thesis) in the final stages of the course.
Engineers Australia accredits professional engineers in Australia. Southern Cross University is undertaking staged accreditation for the degree from Engineers Australia.
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.
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
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Updated: 03 May 2013