Course summary

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 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 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. Students develop core theoretical knowledge and skills vital to the engineering profession and the ability to apply these in the most relevant applications.

The course is strongly focused on project engineering from first year through to the final year, with an emphasis on critical issues for modern engineers such as professional ethics, sustainability, conflict resolution and negotiation. 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.

Students have the option to undertake a general course of study or select an eight-unit major in Environmental Engineering. 
 
Students taking the general course of study gain knowledge and expertise 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.
 
The Environmental Engineering major prepares students with the scientific knowledge and engineering skills needed to understand and assess the impact of an engineering project on the environment. This enables graduates to develop sustainable and ethical systems that optimise the relationship between human activities and the natural and built environments.

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.

Creativity

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.

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 within the civil engineering industry. Students typically undertake one or more work placements with an organisation conducting work related to civil engineering practice. The nature of both the work and the employer can vary widely, from office-based engineering design with a small consultancy or local council to on-site project work with a major construction company.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering degree is currently provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia, and full accreditation will be sought in 2018. Engineers Australia is the professional body representing engineering in Australia.

Accreditation of the course by Engineers Australia enables a graduate’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. For more information, visit: http://www.ieagreements.org/accords/washington/


Course overview

Course code

3507285

Course abbreviation

BE(Hons)Civil

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Domestic duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

International duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Lismore 1 334103 054201

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $29,200 ($3,650 per unit) 077352F

Course requirements

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

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of thirty-two (32) units (384 credit points) comprising:

  1. all units listed in Part A; and
  2. the eight (8) unit single major listed in Part B; or
  3. all units in Part C and two (2) units from Part D

and additionally complete at least 60 days of industrial experience of a nature acceptable to the Course Coordinator.

Class of Honours

A candidate may on the recommendation of the Course Coordinator be awarded Honours with one of the following merit descriptors:

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

Merit Descriptors

The following criteria shall be satisfied to obtain a particular merit descriptor:

  • First Class Honours: a Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) of at least 6.0 and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 6.0 in both units Engineering Thesis I and Engineering Thesis II
  • Second Class Honours – Division I: a Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) of at least 5.5 and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.5 in both units Engineering Thesis I and Engineering Thesis II
  • Second Class Honours – Division II: a Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) of at least 5.0 and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 in both units Engineering Thesis I and Engineering Thesis II

A student with a Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) of less than 5.0 shall not be eligible for a merit descriptor.

Weighted Grade Point Average Calculation

The Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) shall be calculated according to the formula:

WGPA = {Summation of (Grade Point x Credit Value x Weighting)}/{Summation of (Credit Value x Weighting)}

where:

Grade Point = achievement value assigned to a unit grade (non-graded units, interim notations and advanced standing shall not be included in the WGPA calculation);

Credit Value = number of credit points awarded for the completion of a unit of study;

Weighting = 1 for a unit listed in Year 1 of the Course Progression, 2 for a unit listed in Year 2 of the Course Progression, 3 for a unit listed in Year 3 of the Course Progression, and 4 for a unit listed in Year 4 of the Course Progression; and

WGPA calculations shall be based on results for the first attempt at each unit in the course. 


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

Choose either option (a) or (b) based on Note 1
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory Note 1 Note 1
MAT71003 - Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists Introductory Note 1 Note 1
Or
MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
MAT10719 - Calculus Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Then complete all the remaining units in Part A
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Intermediate
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
ENG30010 - Traffic and Road Safety Engineering Introductory
ENG20002 - Engineering Construction and Tendering Intermediate
ENG20007 - Engineering Computations Intermediate
ENG30005 - Design of Steel Structures Introductory
ENG30011 - Regional and Urban Transport Planning Introductory
ENG20001 - Mechanics of Materials Intermediate
ENG20003 - Concrete Structures Intermediate
ENG20006 - Fluid Mechanics Intermediate
ENG72001 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation Intermediate
ENG30004 - Analysis and Computer Modelling of Structures Advanced
ENG30002 - Soil Mechanics and Geology Advanced
ENG30007 - Geotechnical Engineering Advanced
ENG40006 - Municipal Infrastructure Design and Surveying Advanced
ENG40007 - Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced
ENG40005 - Engineering Capstone Project Advanced

Part B

Part C

Part D


Course progressions

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

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Intermediate
Choose either: MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics OR MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Introductory Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
Choose either: MAT71003 - Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists OR MAT10719 - Calculus Introductory Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
ENG20001 - Mechanics of Materials Intermediate
ENG20005 - Hydrology Intermediate
ENG20007 - Engineering Computations Intermediate
ENG20002 - Engineering Construction and Tendering Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
ENG20003 - Concrete Structures Intermediate
ENG20006 - Fluid Mechanics Intermediate
ENG72001 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation 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 Structures Introductory
ENG30007 - Geotechnical Engineering Advanced
ENG30011 - Regional and Urban Transport Planning Introductory
ENG30012 - Water and Wastewater Engineering Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
ENG40007 - Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced Note 2 Note 2
ENG40006 - Municipal Infrastructure Design and Surveying Advanced
Choose one unit (subject to availability) from Part D Elective Units
Year 4, Session 2
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II Advanced Note 2 Note 2
ENG40005 - Engineering Capstone Project Advanced Note 3 Note 3
Choose one unit (subject to availability) from Part D Elective Units

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Intermediate
Choose either: MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics OR MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Introductory Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
Choose either: MAT71003 - Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists OR MAT10719 - Calculus Introductory Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
ENG20001 - Mechanics of Materials Intermediate
ENG20005 - Hydrology Intermediate
ENG20007 - Engineering Computations Intermediate
ENG20002 - Engineering Construction and Tendering Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
ENG20003 - Concrete Structures Intermediate
ENG20006 - Fluid Mechanics Intermediate
ENG72001 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation 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 Structures Introductory
ENG30007 - Geotechnical Engineering Advanced
ENG30011 - Regional and Urban Transport Planning Introductory
ENG30012 - Water and Wastewater Engineering Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced Note 2 Note 2
ENG40007 - Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced
ENG40006 - Municipal Infrastructure Design and Surveying Advanced
Choose one unit (subject to availability) from: BIO00244 - Protected Area Management OR ECO00202 - Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development OR ENS00218 - Waste Technology OR PLN10001 - Rural and Regional Planning Advanced Intermediate Intermediate Introductory
Year 4, Session 2
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II Advanced Note 2 Note 2
ENG40005 - Engineering Capstone Project Advanced Note 3 Note 3
Choose one unit (subject to availability) from: BIO00244 - Protected Area Management OR ECO00202 - Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development OR ENS00218 - Waste Technology OR PLN10001 - Rural and Regional Planning Advanced Intermediate Intermediate Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
Choose two units (subject to availability) from Part D: Elective Units
Year 2, Session 1
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Intermediate
Choose either: MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics OR MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Introductory Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
AGR00215 - Water and Catchment Management Advanced
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
ENG20006 - Fluid Mechanics Intermediate
Choose either: MAT71003 - Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists OR MAT10719 - Calculus Introductory Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
ENG20001 - Mechanics of Materials Intermediate
ENG20005 - Hydrology Intermediate
ENG20007 - Engineering Computations Intermediate
ENG20002 - Engineering Construction and Tendering Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
ENG20003 - Concrete Structures Intermediate
ENG30011 - Regional and Urban Transport Planning Introductory
ENG72001 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation Intermediate
ENG30012 - Water and Wastewater Engineering Advanced
Year 4, 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 4, Session 2
ENG30005 - Design of Structures Introductory
ENG30007 - Geotechnical Engineering Advanced
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced Note 2 Note 2
Year 4, Session 3
ENG40005 - Engineering Capstone Project Advanced Note 3 Note 3
Year 5, Session 1
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II Advanced Note 2 Note 2
ENG40007 - Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced
ENG40006 - Municipal Infrastructure Design and Surveying Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
Choose two units (subject to availability) from: BIO00244 - Protected Area Management OR ENS00218 - Waste Technology OR ECO00202 - Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development OR PLN10001 - Rural and Regional Planning Advanced Intermediate Intermediate Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Intermediate
Choose either: MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics OR MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Introductory Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
AGR00215 - Water and Catchment Management Advanced
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
ENG20006 - Fluid Mechanics Intermediate
Choose either: MAT71003 - Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists OR MAT10719 - Calculus Introductory Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
ENG20001 - Mechanics of Materials Intermediate
ENG20005 - Hydrology Intermediate
ENG20007 - Engineering Computations Intermediate
ENG20002 - Engineering Construction and Tendering Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
ENG20003 - Concrete Structures Intermediate
ENG30011 - Regional and Urban Transport Planning Introductory
ENG72001 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation Intermediate
ENG30012 - Water and Wastewater Engineering Advanced
Year 4, 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 4, Session 2
ENG30005 - Design of Structures Introductory
ENG30007 - Geotechnical Engineering Advanced
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced Note 2 Note 2
Year 4, Session 3
ENG40005 - Engineering Capstone Project Advanced Note 3 Note 3
Year 5, Session 1
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II Advanced Note 2 Note 2
ENG40007 - Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced
ENG40006 - Municipal Infrastructure Design and Surveying Advanced

Notes

Note 1: Choose either: (a) MAT10001 Foundation Mathematics and MAT71003 Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists, or (b) MAT10720 Linear Algebra and MAT10719 Calculus. Students who have not completed NSW HSC Mathematics (2U) or QLD Maths B or equivalent must choose option (a).
Note 2: Students undertaking a Major must complete Thesis I and II in an area relevant to the Major as approved by the Course Coordinator.
Note 3: Double-weighted unit