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.

This course is fully accredited by Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer. 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.


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 N/A N/A
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $32,000 ($4,000 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 to receive the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering, students must complete the equivalent of 32 single-weighted units (384 credit points), comprising:

  • all core units (288 credit points),
  • one major or the No Major option (96 credit points), and
  • at least 60 days of industrial experience of a nature acceptable to the Course Coordinator.

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:

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

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.


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Core Units

Choose one of the following Mathematics Pathway Options:
Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway)
Students who have not completed NSW HSC Mathematics (2U) or QLD Maths B or equivalent must choose Option 1
Take the following three (3) units:
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
MAT71215 - Introductory Algebra and Calculus Introductory
MAT71003 - Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists Introductory
Mathematics Pathway Option 2 (Advanced Pathway):
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 three (3) units:
MAT10720 - Calculus and Linear Algebra II Intermediate
MAT10719 - Calculus Intermediate
MAT10721 - Multivariate Calculus and Differential Equations Advanced
Take all of the following remaining core units:
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
ENO51001 - Introduction to Computer Aided Design and Drafting Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENO61001 - Computer Aided Design Applications Introductory Note 1 Note 1
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
ENG62003 - Introduction to Solid Mechanics Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
ENG72003 - Mechanics of Materials Note 1 Note 1
GLY62001 - Principles of Stormwater and Drainage Management Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
ENG61005 - Cost Estimation, Monitoring and Control Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG61006 - Tendering for Civil Construction Projects Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG61003 - Construction Materials - Concrete Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG63001 - Concrete Structures Fundamentals Note 1 Note 1
ENG62002 - Hydraulic Engineering Fundamentals Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
ENG72004 - Fluid Dynamics Note 1 Note 1
ENG20007 - Engineering Computations Intermediate
ENO71001 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation I Note 1 Note 1
ENG30004 - Analysis and Computer Modelling of Structures Advanced
ENG61004 - Construction Materials - Soils Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG63002 - Soil Mechanics Fundamentals Advanced Note 1 Note 1
ENG30010 - Traffic and Road Safety Engineering Introductory
ENG63004 - Hydraulic Design and Modelling Advanced Note 1 Note 1
ENG30005 - Design of Steel Structures Introductory
ENG30007 - Geotechnical Engineering Advanced
ENG30012 - Water and Wastewater Engineering Advanced
ENG72005 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation II Note 1 Note 1
ENG40007 - Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced
ENG40005 - Engineering Capstone Project Advanced Note 2, Note 3 Note 2, Note 3
Majors

No Major

If you choose not to select a major, no major name will appear on your academic transcript or your testamur.
Take all of the following units:
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
ENG62004 - Road and Pavement Design Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
SUR61001 - Surveying Fundamentals Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG30011 - Regional and Urban Transport Planning Introductory
ENG83003 - Advanced Structural and Building Design
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II Advanced
Choose two (2) single-weighted units or equivalent (a total of 24 credit points) from the following:

Title Level of learning Note
AGR00215 - Water and Catchment Management Advanced
AGT00217 - Land Degradation and Rehabilitation Advanced
BIO00244 - Protected Area Management Advanced
BIO01230 - Principles of Coastal Resource Management Advanced
BIO10120 - Marine Systems Science and Management Advanced
BIO10125 - Sustainable Use of the Marine Environment Advanced
BIO10126 - Marine Pollution Advanced
CHE00073 - Environmental Chemistry Intermediate
ECO00202 - Ecological Economics for Sustainable Development Intermediate
ENI72001 - Dynamics Intermediate
ENG62001 - Civil Construction Career Development Intermediate
ENG63003 - The Diverse Civil Construction Workplace Advanced
ENI72005 - Introduction to Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Intermediate
ENI73005 - Machine Element Design Advanced
ENI73020 - Fluids Engineering Advanced
ENI73025 - Thermodynamics Advanced
ENS00218 - Waste Technology Intermediate
FOR00100 - Fire Ecology and Management Intermediate
FOR00104 - Forest Operations Intermediate
FOR00112 - Product Development and Marketing Intermediate
FOR00106 - Wood Science and Utilisation Intermediate
GLY00223 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Intermediate
GLY30001 - Contamination Assessment and Remediation Advanced
GLY73001 - Coastal and Fluvial Hydrodynamics Advanced
ISY01224 - Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis Intermediate
MNG10247 - Managing Organisations Introductory
MNG10253 - Sustainable Business Management Advanced
MNG92100 - Strategic Asset Management Intermediate Note 4 Note 4
PLN10001 - Rural and Regional Planning Introductory
PLN10002 - Sustainability and Professional Ethics for Planners Introductory
PLN20001 - Land and Development Economics Intermediate
PLN20002 - Settlements and Urban Design Intermediate
PLN20005 - Community Engagement Intermediate
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory
SUR73001 - Drone Technology and Use Advanced
ENG72002 - Rainfall-Runoff Modelling Intermediate
ENG51001 - Construction Site Safety and Risk Management Introductory
ENG61001 - Civil Construction Planning and Compliance Introductory
ENG61002 - Environmental Sustainability in Construction Introductory
ENG62005 - Introduction to 3D Computer Aided Design Intermediate
Environmental Engineering Major Note 5 Note 5
Take all of the following units:
ENG72002 - Rainfall-Runoff Modelling Note 1 Note 1
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
GLY73001 - Coastal and Fluvial Hydrodynamics Advanced
ENG61002 - Environmental Sustainability in Construction Introductory Note 1 Note 1
AGR00215 - Water and Catchment Management Advanced
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced Note 5 Note 5
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II Advanced Note 5 Note 5
Choose one of the following:
ENG83001 - Engineering for Resilient Catchments and Floodplains Advanced Note 6 Note 6
ENG83003 - Advanced Structural and Building Design Note 6 Note 6
Choose one (1) single-weighted unit or equivalent (a total of 12 credit points) from the following:
Construction Engineering Major Note 5 Note 5
Take all of the following units:
ENG51001 - Construction Site Safety and Risk Management Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG61002 - Environmental Sustainability in Construction Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG62004 - Road and Pavement Design Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
SUR61001 - Surveying Fundamentals Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG61001 - Civil Construction Planning and Compliance Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG62005 - Introduction to 3D Computer Aided Design Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
ENG83003 - Advanced Structural and Building Design
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced Note 5 Note 5
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II Advanced Note 5 Note 5
Choose two (2) single-weighted units or equivalent (a total of 24 credit points) from the following:

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
ENO51001 - Introduction to Computer Aided Design and Drafting Introductory
ENO61001 - Computer Aided Design Applications Introductory
Take one of the following:
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics for Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway)
OR
MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Mathematics Pathway Option 2 (Advanced Pathway)
Introductory Intermediate
Year 1, Session 2
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
MAT71215 - Introductory Algebra and Calculus for Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway)
OR
MAT10719 - Calculus Mathematics Pathway Option 2 (Advanced Pathway)
Introductory Intermediate
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project for the No Specific Major Introductory
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project for the Environmental Engineering Major Introductory
ENG51001 - Construction Site Safety and Risk Management AND ENG61002 - Environmental Sustainability in Construction for the Construction Engineering Major Introductory Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
ENG62003 - Introduction to Solid Mechanics Intermediate
ENG72003 - Mechanics of Materials Intermediate
GLY62001 - Principles of Stormwater and Drainage Management Intermediate
ENG61005 - Cost Estimation, Monitoring and Control Introductory
ENG61006 - Tendering for Civil Construction Projects Introductory
MAT71003 - Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists for Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway) OR MAT10721 - Multivariate Calculus and Differential Equations Mathematics Pathway Option 2 (Advanced Pathway) Introductory Advanced
ENG72002 - Rainfall-Runoff Modelling for the Environmental Engineering Major Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
ENG61003 - Construction Materials - Concrete Introductory
ENG63001 - Concrete Structures Fundamentals Advanced
ENG62002 - Hydraulic Engineering Fundamentals Intermediate
ENG72004 - Fluid Dynamics Intermediate
ENG20007 - Engineering Computations Intermediate
ENG62004 - Road and Pavement Design AND SUR61001 - Surveying Fundamentals for the No Specific Major Intermediate Introductory
GLY73001 - Coastal and Fluvial Hydrodynamics for the Environmental Engineering Major Advanced
ENG62004 - Road and Pavement Design AND SUR61001 - Surveying Fundamentals for the Construction Engineering Major Intermediate Introductory
Year 2, Session 3
ENO71001 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation I Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
ENG30004 - Analysis and Computer Modelling of Structures Advanced
ENG61004 - Construction Materials - Soils Introductory
ENG63002 - Soil Mechanics Fundamentals Advanced
ENG30010 - Traffic and Road Safety Engineering Introductory
ENG63004 - Hydraulic Design and Modelling Advanced
ENG61002 - Environmental Sustainability in Construction for the Environmental Engineering Major Introductory
Year 3, Session 2
ENG30005 - Design of Steel Structures Introductory
ENG30007 - Geotechnical Engineering Advanced
ENG30012 - Water and Wastewater Engineering Advanced
ENG30011 - Regional and Urban Transport Planning for the No Specific Major Introductory
AGR00215 - Water and Catchment Management for the Environmental Engineering Major Advanced
ENG61001 - Civil Construction Planning and Compliance AND ENG62005 - Introduction to 3D Computer Aided Design for the Construction Engineering Major Introductory Intermediate
Year 3, Session 3
ENG72005 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation II Intermediate
Year 4, Session 1
ENG40007 - Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced Note 5 Note 5
ENG83003 - Advanced Structural and Building Design for the No Specific Major Advanced
ENG83003 - Advanced Structural and Building Design for the Construction Engineering Major Advanced
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the Electives for the No Major option
ENG83003 - Advanced Structural and Building Design OR one single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the Electives for the Environmental Engineering Major Advanced Note 6 Note 6
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the Electives for the Construction Engineering Major
Year 4, Session 2
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II Advanced Note 5 Note 5
ENG40005 - Engineering Capstone Project Advanced Note 2, Note 3 Note 2, Note 3
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the Electives for the No Major option
ENG83001 - Engineering for Resilient Catchments and Floodplains OR one single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the Electives for the Environmental Engineering Major Advanced Note 6 Note 6
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the Electives for the Construction Engineering Major

Notes

Note 1: Half-weighted unit
Note 2: Double-weighted unit
Note 3: Students undertaking a major will be required by the Unit Assessor to focus on an aspect of the project that is relevant to their major, and which demonstrates advanced learning in this field.
Note 4: This is a postgraduate coursework unit. Students completing this unit may request for advanced standing in SCU Master of Engineering Management, Master of Business Administration (MEM-MBA) degree.
Note 5: Students undertaking a Major must complete ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I and ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II in an area relevant to the Major as approved by the Course Coordinator.
Note 6: For students taking the Environmental Engineering Major, you must choose ENG83001 - Engineering for Resilient Catchments and Floodplains OR ENG83003 - Advanced Structural and Building Design as one of the elective units.

Unit groups

Electives for the No Major option

Title Level of learning Note
AGR00215 - Water and Catchment Management Advanced
AGT00217 - Land Degradation and Rehabilitation Advanced
BIO00244 - Protected Area Management Advanced
BIO01230 - Principles of Coastal Resource Management Advanced
BIO10120 - Marine Systems Science and Management Advanced
BIO10125 - Sustainable Use of the Marine Environment Advanced
BIO10126 - Marine Pollution Advanced
CHE00073 - Environmental Chemistry Intermediate
ECO00202 - Ecological Economics for Sustainable Development Intermediate
ENI72001 - Dynamics Intermediate
ENG62001 - Civil Construction Career Development Intermediate
ENG63003 - The Diverse Civil Construction Workplace Advanced
ENI72005 - Introduction to Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Intermediate
ENI73005 - Machine Element Design Advanced
ENI73020 - Fluids Engineering Advanced
ENI73025 - Thermodynamics Advanced
ENS00218 - Waste Technology Intermediate
FOR00100 - Fire Ecology and Management Intermediate
FOR00104 - Forest Operations Intermediate
FOR00112 - Product Development and Marketing Intermediate
FOR00106 - Wood Science and Utilisation Intermediate
GLY00223 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Intermediate
GLY30001 - Contamination Assessment and Remediation Advanced
GLY73001 - Coastal and Fluvial Hydrodynamics Advanced
ISY01224 - Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis Intermediate
MNG10247 - Managing Organisations Introductory
MNG10253 - Sustainable Business Management Advanced
MNG92100 - Strategic Asset Management Intermediate Note 4 Note 4
PLN10001 - Rural and Regional Planning Introductory
PLN10002 - Sustainability and Professional Ethics for Planners Introductory
PLN20001 - Land and Development Economics Intermediate
PLN20002 - Settlements and Urban Design Intermediate
PLN20005 - Community Engagement Intermediate
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory
SUR73001 - Drone Technology and Use Advanced
ENG72002 - Rainfall-Runoff Modelling Intermediate
ENG51001 - Construction Site Safety and Risk Management Introductory
ENG61001 - Civil Construction Planning and Compliance Introductory
ENG61002 - Environmental Sustainability in Construction Introductory
ENG62005 - Introduction to 3D Computer Aided Design Intermediate