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Course summary

Are you curious about our world and what makes it work? This degree will prepare you to solve the biggest challenges facing civil, mechanical and coastal systems engineering.

The Bachelor of Engineering Systems (Honours) is designed to meet the requirements for accreditation at the level of Professional Engineer by Engineers Australia. Foundational core units build knowledge of the basic sciences, and the processes and philosophy that underpin the engineering profession.

You’ll then choose a specialisation to build discipline knowledge and technical skills in your chosen area with a strong emphasis on project-based learning.

The final year of the course contains a mixture of advanced core units and advanced discipline-specific units that are designed to build skills in independent investigation, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and ethical and professional behaviour. A 60-day professional placement ensures you are ready to hit the ground running as a graduate.

The course is structured around 16 key competencies identified by Engineers Australia as being essential to the graduating engineer. These competencies are broadly grouped into: knowledge and skills, application, personal and professional skills.

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4F/8P

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4F/8P

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Students in the Bachelor of Engineering Systems (Honours) will choose from one of the following specialisations:

  • Civil Engineering
    Students develop skills and knowledge across the breadth of disciplines encompassed by civil engineering, including construction, project management, hydraulic engineering, water and wastewater engineering, geotechnical engineering, traffic and transport engineering, and environmental engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Students develop skills and knowledge in three main areas that cover all aspects of mechanical engineering, which are design and production systems, thermo-fluid mechanics and energy systems, and mechatronics and control systems.
  • Coastal Systems Engineering
    Students develop skills and knowledge in core areas that include coastal engineering and management, floodplain engineering and management, project management, hydraulic engineering, water and wastewater engineering, engineering geochemistry and hydrology.

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.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Apply a multidisciplinary systems engineering approach to identify relevant factors and evaluate their importance in complex engineering problems relevant to the chosen field of engineering specialisation

Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise engineering knowledge to identify and develop solutions to complex engineering problems relevant to the chosen field of engineering specialisation with intellectual independence

Conduct research relevant to the chosen field of engineering specialisation with some independence

Creativity

Adapt and apply a broad contextual knowledge using highly developed technical, design and communication skills to devise innovative solutions to complex problems relevant to the chosen field of engineering specialisation

Ethical practice

Use highly developed professional judgement to apply contemporary ethical standards and exhibit appropriate professional conduct in the engineering environment

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a strong conceptual understanding of mathematics and other basic sciences that underpin the chosen field of engineering specialisation

Apply appropriate technical skills and demonstrate a detailed understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge related to the chosen field of engineering specialisation

Lifelong learning

Apply critical reflection to assess professional development with respect to the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

Demonstrate the ability to acquire, use and adapt to changes in information and technology

Demonstrate the ability to develop new knowledge and apply it to solving problems related to the chosen field of engineering specialisation

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate the ability to work in teams with engineers and other professionals to solve problems related to the chosen field of engineering specialisation using a systems engineering approach in a project environment

Communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written form with a variety of audiences including engineers, other professionals, and the wider community

Cultural competence

Demonstrate an appreciation of diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives in the context of engineering systems and practice

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

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

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Graduates will have opportunities to work as professional engineers in the broad engineering disciplines of civil engineering, mechanical engineering or coastal systems engineering as follows:

  • Graduates from the Civil Engineering specialisation will be able to work in a range of settings, including traffic and transport, humanitarian organisations, engineering design, government authorities, water supply and management agencies, construction companies, natural resource management organisations, consulting engineering companies, mining companies, irrigation authorities, research organisations and in tertiary education. Graduates majoring in Construction Engineering will have particular skills and expertise to ensure they are highly qualified for work as a professional engineering in the civil construction industry.
  • Graduates from the Mechanical Engineering specialisation have broad employment prospects in local and global markets, including both regional and metropolitan locations. 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.
  • Graduates from the Coastal Systems Engineering specialisation will be able to work in water resource and/or environmental engineering roles in a range of settings involving systems and infrastructure in the coastal zone, including municipal and government authorities, water supply and management agencies, construction companies, natural resource management organisations, consulting engineering companies, airport authorities, mining companies, irrigation authorities, research organisations, and education organisations.

As part of this course, students are required to undertake a compulsory 60-day industry placement.

Industry experience enables students to apply their knowledge and skills to engineering problems within a real work environment, and to make valuable contacts within industry. Students typically undertake one or more work placements with an organisation conducting work related to engineering practice.

This course and all specialisations are accredited or provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia. 

Civil Engineering specialisation
This specialisation has full accreditation from Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer.

Mechanical Engineering specialisation
This specialisation has provisional accreditation from Engineers Australia and will be assessed for full accreditation in 2021.

Coastal Systems Engineering specialisation
This specialisation has provisional accreditation from Engineers Australia and will be assessed for full accreditation in 2022.

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'

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