Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 8:11 PM on Fri, 16 April

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International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
4 years full-time
Location
Lismore, Online
Lismore
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
3507328
Course abbreviation
BE(Hons)Mech
Credit points
384
Equivalent units
32
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Course overview

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering equips students with the relevant skills, experiences and knowledge to provide a range of professional mechanical engineering services in regional, national and international environments.

The course prepares graduates for work involving the design and maintenance of machinery, computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), consumer product design, automotive, robotics and control systems, water supply, vibration, acoustics and noise control, heat transfer and refrigeration, energy technology and pollution control in the marine, oil, gas and aerospace industries. 

The course is structured around 16 key competencies identified by Engineers Australia as being essential to the graduating engineer. The educational philosophy and objective of this course aims to cultivate insight and knowledge in the mechanical engineering discipline, producing highly skilled engineers who not only have technical skills but also a commitment to continuous learning throughout their careers.

Students gain the skills necessary to define and develop solutions to challenging problems, as well as leadership skills and the ability to respond to the demands and expectations of society, industry and academia.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering equips students with the relevant skills, experiences and knowledge to provide a range of professional mechanical engineering services in regional, national and international environments.

The course prepares graduates for work involving the design and maintenance of machinery, computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), consumer product design, automotive, robotics and control systems, water supply, vibration, acoustics and noise control, heat transfer and refrigeration, energy technology and pollution control in the marine, oil, gas and aerospace industries. 

The course is structured around 16 key competencies identified by Engineers Australia as being essential to the graduating engineer. The educational philosophy and objective of this course aims to cultivate insight and knowledge in the mechanical engineering discipline, producing highly skilled engineers who not only have technical skills but also a commitment to continuous learning throughout their careers.

Students gain the skills necessary to define and develop solutions to challenging problems, as well as leadership skills and the ability to respond to the demands and expectations of society, industry and academia.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Credit for prior learning

A maximum of the equivalent of 16 single-weighted units (192 credit credit points) of Advanced Standing may be granted to meet the requirements for accreditation of the course by Engineers Australia.

CountryScore
Austria AMC3.1
Bangladesh HSC4
Brazil SSLC8.8
Canada High School OSSD54
Chile PSU6.3, overall 700-749
China Gao Kao461
Colombia CB (NAT)82, overall 350-400
Denmark USSLE6.6
France FB11.5
German Abitur2.9
Hong Kong HKDSE15
India CBSE (best 4)10 in external exam
India CISCE77
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)80 in academic
Indonesia SMA8.8
International Baccalaureate26
Japan USSLC4.3
Korea, Republic of, CSAT4.3
Malaysia ICSSUEC74
Malaysia STPM5 in best 3 A levels
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate80
Nepal Proficiency Certificate88
Norway GPA2
Pakistan HSSC Humanities and Science streams83
Pakistan HSSC Pre-Eng and Pre-Med streams32
Papua New Guinea HSC (best 5)3.0, pass Eng & Math
Peru OCSE17.8
Phillipines NSAT92
Russia FCCSE4.5
Saudi Arabia MESSLC88
Singapore Cambridge GCE A Level 16.5
Spain SSSD8.8
Spain STBPU7.8
Sri Lanka GCE5
Sweden SSLC13.6
Taiwan GSAT57
Taiwan Senior High School Certificate90
Thailand CSE(Matayom 6) 2.2
Turkey HSD4.3
UK Board GCE A Levels14 (4 subjects)
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)8.8 academic

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.0
Listeningminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.5
Speakingminimum 5.5
Writingminimum 5.5

About the course

The course comprises three main study streams that cover all aspects of mechanical engineering:

Design and Production System Engineering

This stream will develop your knowledge and skills in machine element design, mechanical systems design, dynamics of machines, computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), finite element methods, mechanics of solids and fracture mechanics. Immerse yourself in this stream via a research project.

Thermo-Fluid Mechanics and Energy Systems

This stream will develop your knowledge and skills in thermodynamics, thermal engineering, fluid mechanics, hydraulic systems, modern internal combustion engines, heating and refrigeration technology and conventional and renewable energy. You will improve your understanding about the design and operation of coal, oil, gas, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, nuclear and cogeneration power plants, developing alternatives to thermal energy, power cycle devices, fuel cells, gas turbines, and innovative uses of wave, wind, ocean thermal energy conversion and tidal energy. You will be involved in all aspects of the production and conversion of energy from one form to another. 

Mechatronics and Control Systems

This stream will develop your knowledge and skills in electro-mechanical systems, robotics technology, control systems and automation. Modern experimental facilities are used to teach electrical circuits and machinery – alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) motors and generators, industrial automation using programmable logic controllers (PLC), automobile technology, mechatronics, and robotics engineering. Students learn industrial robotics and work together with local industry to design and build autonomous systems. Additionally, Southern Cross runs a robotics club to practice and create innovative ideas with the opportunity to take part in national and international competitions.

Elective units include: Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development, Waste Technology and Local Government.

Thesis unit 

All students undertake a full-year subject in engineering research (thesis unit) in their final year, which enables them to explore the frontiers of engineering development and contribute to new knowledge in their chosen field.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Lismore1, 2$32,000 ($4,000 per unit)086409G
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Develop research skills in order to be able to design plan and execute a research project with some independence.

Identify all influencing factors in complex engineering problems and to think about the macro and micro ramifications.

Develop cognitive and technical skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise engineering knowledge to identify and find solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence.

Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts to form alternative solutions to complex problems.

Apply ethics and judgment to complex engineering problems.

Develop technical skills and an in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of engineering knowledge.

Develop conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences that underpin the engineering discipline.

Self manage and be resourceful and effective at developing new knowledge and applying it to engineering problems.

Demonstrate computer literacy skills in both standard applications and discipline specific applications.

Develop appropriate professional practice, reflection skills and engineering competencies through study and professional practice.

Effectively communicate engineering ideas, concepts and arguments using written mediums to a variety of audiences.

Verbally communicate and influence a variety of audiences including the engineering team, community and people of diverse backgrounds.

Engage with diverse cultural and indigenous perspectives with the engineering environment.


Assessment methods

Assessment items vary for each unit. They include numerical calculations, written assessments, oral presentations, exams and project-based scenarios within groups and as individuals.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, online activities and video linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Mechanical engineers have broad employment prospects in local and global markets. They can work in diverse industries including heavy machinery, power generation, mining, manufacturing, production planning, automotive, aerospace, medical, environment, building industries and consumer product design and tertiary education. Mechanical engineers are in demand in government departments, building services, manufacturing centres, power plants, consulting engineering companies, ship building, railroads, control and automation industries, robotics industries, heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) engineering industries.

Professional placement

As part of this course, students are required to undertake a compulsory 60-day industry experience unit in a relevant engineering role. 

Industry experience enables students to gain experience in applying their knowledge and skills to engineering problems within a real work environment, and to make valuable contacts with potential employers and other members of the mechanical engineering community. Students engage with industry representatives from the early stages of the course, creating valuable professional networks.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering has provisional accreditation from Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer and will be assessed for full accreditation at this level in 2021.  Courses accredited by Engineers Australia at this level are recognised in many different countries worldwide through the Washington Accord, an international agreement governing recognition of engineering qualifications and professional competence.

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students

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Current
students

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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering, students must complete the equivalent of 32 single-weighted units (384 credit points), comprising:

Honours

All candidates successfully completing this course will be awarded Honours. Additionally, a candidate who has reached the required standard of academic performance may, on the recommendation of the Course Coordinator, be awarded Honours with one of the following merit descriptors:

Honours merit descriptors will be determined based on a candidate’s academic record throughout the course of study, as described on the Engineering Student Centre website.


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote

Core Units

Choose one of the following Mathematics Pathway Options:

TitleLevel of learningNote
Students who have not completed NSW HSC Mathematics (2U) or QLD Maths B or equivalent must choose Option 1
Take the following 3 units:
MAT10001 -  Foundation MathematicsIntroductory
MAT71215 -  Introductory Algebra and CalculusIntroductory
MAT71003 -  Mathematics for Engineers and ScientistsIntroductory

TitleLevel of learningNote
Option 2 is an alternative pathway for students who have completed NSW HSC Mathematics (2U) or QLD Maths B or equivalent and wish to undertake more advanced mathematics study
Take the following 3 units:
MAT10719 -  CalculusIntermediate
MAT10720 -  Calculus and Linear Algebra IIIntermediate
MAT10721 -  Multivariate Calculus and Differential EquationsAdvanced
Take all of the following remaining core units:
ENG10759 -  Processes and Philosophy of EngineeringIntroductory
PHY10760 -  Physics and MaterialsIntroductory
ENG10758 -  Humanitarian ProjectsIntroductory
ENG10757 -  Applied MechanicsIntroductory
CHE00201 -  ChemistryIntroductory
ENG62003 -  Introduction to Solid MechanicsIntermediate Note 1
ENG72003 -  Mechanics of Materials Note 1
ENO71001 -  Engineering Modelling and Experimentation I Note 1
ENG72005 -  Engineering Modelling and Experimentation II Note 1
ENI72001 -  DynamicsIntermediate
ENI72005 -  Introduction to Mechanical Design and ManufacturingIntermediate
ENI73025 -  ThermodynamicsAdvanced
ENG62002 -  Hydraulic Engineering FundamentalsIntermediate Note 1
ENG72004 -  Fluid Dynamics Note 1
ENG20007 -  Engineering ComputationsIntermediate
ENI73005 -  Machine Element DesignAdvanced
ENI73009 -  Finite Element Method and Fracture MechanicsAdvanced
ENI73001 -  Dynamics of MachinesAdvanced
ENI82005 -  Thermal EngineeringAdvanced
ENI73015 -  Electro-Mechanical and Robotics TechnologyAdvanced
ENI81005 -  Energy, the Environment and Mechanical EngineeringIntroductory
ENI83015 -  Modern Internal Combustion EnginesIntermediate
ENI73020 -  Fluids EngineeringAdvanced
ENI83005 -  Mechanical Systems DesignIntermediate
ENG40001 -  Engineering Thesis IAdvanced Note 2
ENG40007 -  Engineering Project Management and Professional EthicsAdvanced
ENI83040 -  Control Systems and AutomationAdvanced
ENG40004 -  Engineering Thesis IIAdvanced
ENG40005 -  Engineering Capstone ProjectAdvanced Note 3

TitleLevel of learningNote
Choose two (2) elective units from the following list. Additional units may be selected as approved by the Course Coordinator.
ECO00202 -  Ecological Economics for Sustainable DevelopmentIntermediate
ENS00218 -  Waste TechnologyIntermediate
POL00010 -  Local GovernmentIntermediate
MAT10721 -  Multivariate Calculus and Differential EquationsAdvanced
MAT10251 -  Statistical AnalysisIntermediate
ENO51001 -  Introduction to Computer Aided Design and DraftingIntroductory Note 1
ENO61001 -  Computer Aided Design ApplicationsIntroductory Note 1
GLY62001 -  Principles of Stormwater and Drainage ManagementIntermediate Note 1
ENG61005 -  Cost Estimation, Monitoring and ControlIntroductory Note 1
ENG61006 -  Tendering for Civil Construction ProjectsIntroductory Note 1
ENG61003 -  Construction Materials - ConcreteIntroductory Note 1
ENG63001 -  Concrete Structures FundamentalsAdvanced Note 1
ENG30004 -  Analysis and Computer Modelling of StructuresAdvanced
ENG61004 -  Construction Materials - SoilsIntroductory Note 1
ENG63002 -  Soil Mechanics FundamentalsAdvanced Note 1
ENG30010 -  Traffic and Road Safety EngineeringIntroductory
ENG63004 -  Hydraulic Design and ModellingAdvanced Note 1
ENG30007 -  Geotechnical EngineeringAdvanced
ENG30012 -  Water and Wastewater EngineeringAdvanced
ENG62004 -  Road and Pavement DesignIntermediate Note 1
SUR61001 -  Surveying FundamentalsIntroductory Note 1
ENG30011 -  Regional and Urban Transport PlanningIntroductory
ENG83003 -  Advanced Structural and Building DesignAdvanced
AGR00215 -  Water and Catchment ManagementAdvanced
AGT00217 -  Land Degradation and RehabilitationAdvanced
BIO00244 -  Protected Area ManagementAdvanced
BIO01230 -  Principles of Coastal Resource ManagementAdvanced
BIO10120 -  Marine Systems Science and ManagementAdvanced
BIO10125 -  Sustainable Use of the Marine EnvironmentAdvanced
BIO10126 -  Marine PollutionAdvanced
CHE00073 -  Environmental ChemistryIntermediate
ENG62001 -  Civil Construction Career DevelopmentIntermediate Note 1
ENG63003 -  The Diverse Civil Construction WorkplaceAdvanced Note 1
FOR00100 -  Fire Ecology and ManagementIntermediate
FOR00104 -  Forest OperationsIntermediate
FOR00112 -  Product Development and MarketingIntermediate
FOR00106 -  Wood Science and UtilisationIntermediate
GLY00223 -  Introduction to Geographic Information SystemsIntermediate
GLY30001 -  Contamination Assessment and RemediationAdvanced
GLY73001 -  Coastal and Fluvial HydrodynamicsAdvanced
ISY01224 -  Remote Sensing and Spatial AnalysisIntermediate
MNG10247 -  Managing OrganisationsIntroductory
MNG10253 -  Sustainable Business ManagementAdvanced
MNG92100 -  Strategic Asset ManagementIntermediate
PLN10001 -  Rural and Regional PlanningIntroductory
PLN10002 -  Sustainability and Professional Ethics for PlannersIntroductory
PLN20001 -  Land and Development EconomicsIntermediate
SUR00201 -  Environmental MappingIntroductory
SUR73001 -  Drone Technology and UseAdvanced
ENG72002 -  Rainfall-Runoff ModellingIntermediate Note 1
ENG51001 -  Construction Site Safety and Risk ManagementIntroductory Note 1
ENG61001 -  Civil Construction Planning and ComplianceIntroductory Note 1
ENG61002 -  Environmental Sustainability in ConstructionIntroductory Note 1
ISY00245 -  Principles of ProgrammingIntermediate
CSC71001 -  Programming IIntroductory
CSC72003 -  Programming IIIntermediate


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 1
ENG10759 -  Processes and Philosophy of EngineeringIntroductory
PHY10760 -  Physics and MaterialsIntroductory
ENI72005 -  Introduction to Mechanical Design and ManufacturingIntermediate
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway), take MAT10001 -  Foundation MathematicsIntroductory
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 2 (Advanced Pathway), take MAT10720 -  Linear Algebra this sessionIntermediate
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10758 -  Humanitarian Engineering ProjectIntroductory
ENG10757 -  Applied MechanicsIntroductory
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway), take MAT71215 -  Introductory Algebra and CalculusIntroductory
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 2 (Advanced Pathway), take MAT10719 -  CalculusIntermediate
CHE00201 -  ChemistryIntroductory
Year 2, Session 1
ENG62003 -  Introduction to Solid MechanicsIntermediate Note 1
ENG72003 -  Mechanics of MaterialsIntermediate Note 1
ENI73025 -  ThermodynamicsAdvanced
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway), take MAT71003 -  Mathematics for Engineers and ScientistsIntroductory
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 2 (Advanced Pathway), take MAT10721 -  Multivariate Calculus and Differential EquationsAdvanced
Year 2, Session 2
ENI72001 -  DynamicsIntermediate
ENG62002 -  Hydraulic Engineering FundamentalsIntermediate Note 1
ENG72004 -  Fluid DynamicsIntermediate Note 1
ENG20007 -  Engineering ComputationsIntermediate
ENI73005 -  Machine Element DesignAdvanced
Year 2, Session 3
ENO71001 -  Engineering Modelling and Experimentation IIntroductory Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
ENI83005 -  Mechanical Systems DesignIntermediate
ENI73001 -  Dynamics of MachinesAdvanced
ENI82005 -  Thermal EngineeringAdvanced
ENI73015 -  Electro-Mechanical and Robotics TechnologyAdvanced
Year 3, Session 2
ENI81005 -  Energy, the Environment and Mechanical EngineeringIntroductory
ENI83015 -  Modern Internal Combustion EnginesIntermediate
ENI73020 -  Fluids EngineeringAdvanced
ENI73009 -  Finite Element Method and Fracture MechanicsAdvanced
Year 3, Session 3
ENG72005 -  Engineering Modelling and Experimentation IIIntermediate Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
ENG40001 -  Engineering Thesis IAdvanced Note 2
ENG40007 -  Engineering Project Management and Professional EthicsAdvanced
ENI83040 -  Control Systems and AutomationAdvanced
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the (subject to availability)
Year 4, Session 2
ENG40004 -  Engineering Thesis IIAdvanced
ENG40005 -  Engineering Capstone ProjectAdvanced Note 3
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the (subject to availability)


Notes

Note 1: Half-weighted unit.
Note 2: Students must satisfactorily complete any 20 units from the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering degree before undertaking this unit.
Note 3: Double-weighted unit.

Unit groups

Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway)

TitleLevel of learningNote
Students who have not completed NSW HSC Mathematics (2U) or QLD Maths B or equivalent must choose Option 1
Take the following 3 units:
MAT10001 -  Foundation MathematicsIntroductory
MAT71215 -  Introductory Algebra and CalculusIntroductory
MAT71003 -  Mathematics for Engineers and ScientistsIntroductory

Mathematics Pathway Option 2 (Advanced Pathway)

TitleLevel of learningNote
Option 2 is an alternative pathway for students who have completed NSW HSC Mathematics (2U) or QLD Maths B or equivalent and wish to undertake more advanced mathematics study
Take the following 3 units:
MAT10719 -  CalculusIntermediate
MAT10720 -  Calculus and Linear Algebra IIIntermediate
MAT10721 -  Multivariate Calculus and Differential EquationsAdvanced

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