Bachelor of Engineering Systems (Honours)

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Wed, 16 June

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
70
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
3508001
Course abbreviation
BEngSys(Hons)
Credit points
384
Equivalent units
32
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

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

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

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)10.0 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, CSAT303
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 SCGCE16.5
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
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1460, ACT 21
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)8.8

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

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.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3$33,600 ($4,200 per unit)0102158
 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.

Australian/Domestic students

STAR Early Offer

If you're a current Year 12 student you can register for our STAR Early Offer program and may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation. STAR Early Offers must be undertaken in Session 1.

Apply for your STAR Early Offer

International students studying in Australia

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Assessment methods

Assessment items vary for each unit. They include numerical calculations, written assessment, 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, 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.

Career opportunities

Graduates will have opportunities to work as professional engineers in the broad disciplines of civil engineering or mechanical 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.
Professional placement

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.

Professional recognition

This course and both 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.

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

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

Honours

All students successfully completing this course will be awarded Honours. Additionally, a student 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 student’s academic record throughout the course of study, as described on the Engineering Student Centre website.


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleNote

Specialisations

TitleNote
CIVL1012 -  Introduction to Computer Aided Design and Drafting Note 1
CIVL1013 -  Computer Aided Design Applications Note 1
CIVL2011 -  Introduction to Solid Mechanics Note 1
CIVL2015 -  Mechanics of Materials Note 1
ENVR2010 -  Principles of Stormwater and Drainage Management Note 1
CIVL3007 -  Hydraulic Design and Modelling Note 1
CIVL1007 -  Construction Materials - Concrete Note 1
CIVL2013 -  Concrete Structures Fundamentals Note 1
CIVL1008 -  Construction Materials - Soils Note 1
CIVL2014 -  Soil Mechanics Fundamentals Note 1
CIVL1009 -  Cost Estimation, Monitoring and Control Note 1
CIVL1010 -  Tendering for Civil Construction Projects Note 1
GENG1002 -  Surveying Fundamentals Note 1
CIVL1011 -  Road and Pavement Design Note 1
CIVL1002 -  Humanitarian Projects Note 4
MECH3003 -  Finite Element Method and Fracture Mechanics Note 5
CIVL3002 -  Analysis and Computer Modelling of Structures
CIVL3003 -  Geotechnical Engineering
CIVL3005 -  Water and Wastewater Engineering
CIVL4001 -  Design of Steel Structures
CIVL2008 -  Traffic and Road Safety Engineering
CIVL3008 -  Advanced Structural and Building Design
Choose any two (2) elective units from a different specialisation or from the list of Electives

Construction Engineering Pathway

This option is only available if you have completed the Associate Degree of Civil Construction (Engineering and Management) at Southern Cross University
You may choose the following two (2) units instead of CIVL1002 Humanitarian Projects:
CIVL2009 -  Civil Construction Career Development Note 1
CIVL3006 -  The Diverse Civil Construction Workplace Note 1
You may choose the following two (2) units instead of MECH3003 Finite Element Method and Fracture Mechanics:
CIVL1005 -  Construction Site Safety and Risk Management Note 1
CIVL1006 -  Civil Construction Planning and Compliance Note 1


Notes

Note 1: Half-weighted unit
Note 2: Double-weighted unit
Note 3: Students must complete a research project in Engineering Thesis I and Engineering Thesis II that is relevant to their chosen specialisation as approved by the Course Coordinator
Note 4: Students who have completed the Associate Degree of Civil Construction (Engineering and Management) at Southern Cross University may choose CIVL2009 Civil Construction Career Development and CIVL3006 The Diverse Civil Construction Workplace instead of CIVL1002 Humanitarian Engineering Project
Note 5: Students who have completed the Associate Degree of Civil Construction (Engineering and Management) at Southern Cross University may choose CIVL1005 Construction Site Safety and Risk Management and CIVL1006 Civil Construction Planning and Compliance instead of MECH3003 Finite Element Method and Fracture Mechanics

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