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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering

Bachelors Honours Degree (C/w)

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The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering equips students with the relevant skills and knowledge to provide a range of professional civil engineering services in regional, national and international environments. The course prepares graduates for work involving the planning, design, construction and maintenance of facilities of critical civil engineering infrastructure such as buildings, roads, bridges, dams, pipelines, transport systems and water supply and waste water treatment facilities.

The course is structured around the 16 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.

Throughout the course, students develop core theoretical knowledge and skills vital to the civil engineering profession and the ability to apply these in the most relevant software applications applicable to engineers today.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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 provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence


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

Ethical practice

Apply ethics and judgement to complex engineering problems

Knowledge of a discipline

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 which underpin the engineering discipline

Lifelong learning

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

Communication and social skills

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 cultural backgrounds

Cultural competence

Engage with diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives with the engineering environment

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 under the supervision of experienced engineers, where they can develop their skills and knowledge and prepare for careers as professional civil engineers.

Students have opportunities to engage with industry representatives from the early stages of the course, creating important network opportunities. For example, first year students have presented the findings of their literature reviews for the unit ‘Processes and Philosophy of Engineering’, to members of Engineers Australia Northern Rivers, in Ballina NSW.

Core studies include structural engineering, construction, project management, hydraulic engineering, water treatment engineering, water engineering, geotechnical engineering, traffic and transport engineering, and environmental engineering.

The course covers a number of fundamental concepts that cross all disciplines including professional ethics, sustainability, conflict resolution and negotiation. It includes an Environmental Engineering major comprising eight units, which students have the option to select.

The course is strongly focused on project engineering from first year through to the final year. Students undertake a real project in humanitarian engineering in the first year, while the final-year capstone project unit will see students utilise all of the knowledge and skills developed throughout the course.

In the final year, students undertake a full-year subject in engineering research (thesis), which enables them to explore the forefronts of engineering development and gives them the opportunity to contribute to new knowledge in their chosen topic.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Lismore Session 1 334103 054201

Career Outcomes

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


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering a candidate shall successfully complete:

  1. the equivalent of thirty two (32) units (384 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; plus
    2. two (2) units from Part B.
  2. at least 60 days of industrial experience of a nature acceptable to the School Board.

Class of Honours

A candidate may on the recommendation of the School Board be awarded Honours in one of the following grades:

  • First Class Honours
  • Second Class Honours – Division I
  • Second Class Honours – Division II

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

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

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Year 1, Session 1
ENG10759 -  Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
PHY10760 -  Physics and Materials Introductory
MAT10251 -  Statistical Analysis Introductory
ISY00241 -  Environmental Information Management OR MAT10001 -  Foundation Mathematics Introductory Note 2
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10758 -  Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
ENG10757 -  Applied Mechanics Introductory
MAT10719 -  Calculus Intermediate
CHE00201 -  Chemistry Introductory
Year 2, Session 1ENG20001 -  Mechanics of Materials
ENG20005 -  Hydrology Intermediate
MAT10720 -  Linear Algebra Intermediate
ENG20002 -  Engineering Construction and Economics Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
ENG20003 -  Concrete Structures Intermediate
ENG20006 -  Fluid Mechanics Intermediate
ENG20007 -  Engineering Computations Intermediate
AGR00215 -  Water and Catchment Management Advanced
Year 3, Session 1
ENG30004 -  Analysis and Computer Modelling of Structures Advanced
ENG30002 -  Soil Mechanics and Geology Advanced
ENG30010 -  Traffic and Road Safety Engineering Introductory
ENG30009 -  Hydraulic Engineering Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
ENG30005 -  Design of Steel Structures Introductory
ENG30007 -  Geotechnical Engineering Advanced
ENG30011 -  Regional and Urban Transport Planning Introductory
ENG30012 -  Water and Wastewater Engineering Advanced
Year 4, Session 1ENG40001 -  Engineering Thesis I Advanced
ENG40007 -  Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced
ENG40006 -  Municipal Infrastructure Design and Surveying Advanced
1 unit from: (Part B)
Year 4, Session 2
ENG40004 -  Engineering Thesis II Advanced
ENG40005 -  Engineering Capstone Project Advanced Note 1
1 unit from: (Part B)

Note 1:

Double-weighted unit

Note 2:

Students who have completed NSW HSC Mathematics (2U) or QLD Maths B or equivalent must enrol in ISY00241 Environmental Information Management. All other student must enrol in Foundation Mathematics.

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

Part A

ENG10757 Applied Mechanics Introductory
ISY00241 Environmental Information Management Introductory Note 2
MAT10001 Foundation Mathematics Introductory Note 2
CHE00201 Chemistry Introductory
ENG10759 Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
PHY10760 Physics and Materials Introductory
MAT10719 Calculus Intermediate
ENG10758 Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
MAT10720 Linear Algebra Intermediate
ENG20001 Mechanics of Materials Intermediate
MAT10251 Statistical Analysis Introductory
ENG20005 Hydrology Intermediate
AGR00215 Water and Catchment Management Advanced
ENG30012 Water and Wastewater Engineering
ENG20007 Engineering Computations Intermediate
ENG20002 Engineering Construction and Tendering Intermediate
ENG30010 Traffic and Road Safety Engineering Introductory
ENG30002 Soil Mechanics and Geology
ENG20003 Concrete Structures Intermediate
ENG20006 Fluid Mechanics Intermediate
ENG40007 Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced
ENG30007 Geotechnical Engineering
ENG30004 Analysis and Computer Modelling of Structures
ENG30005 Design of Steel Structures
ENG30011 Regional and Urban Transport Planning
ENG30009 Hydraulic Engineering
ENG40006 Municipal Infrastructure Design and Surveying Advanced
ENG40001 Engineering Thesis I Advanced
ENG40004 Engineering Thesis II Advanced
ENG40005 Engineering Capstone Project Advanced Note 1

Part B

ENO10183 Ecotechnology for Water Management Intermediate
GLY00223 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Intermediate
ENV00207 Environmental Planning Intermediate
ENS00218 Waste Technology Intermediate
ECO00202 Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development Intermediate