Course summary

With strong population growth and significant changes in hydrology predicted for the coastal margin of Australia, there is an increasing demand for civil and environmental engineers with expertise in managing coastal and floodplain hydrology.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Coastal Systems Engineering is one of just a few specialist undergraduate professional engineering degrees in Australia to train industry-ready graduates for work in water engineering, coastal engineering and catchment management. The course addresses an increasing need for engineering expertise in these fields that is currently only available through on-the-job training and/or postgraduate qualifications.

Majors: 

  • Coastal Geochemistry
  • Coastal Zone Management
  • Infrastructure Design and Management.

There is also a 'no major' option, with a wide range of elective units.

All students complete core units that cover coastal engineering and management, floodplain engineering and management, project management, hydraulic engineering, water and wastewater engineering, engineering geochemistry and hydrology. The course is strongly focused on project engineering from first year through to the final year. The course also addresses fundamental concepts that cross all disciplines including professional ethics, sustainability, conflict resolution and negotiation.

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.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Apply a multidisciplinary systems engineering approach to identify relevant factors and evaluate their importance in complex coastal engineering problems

Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise engineering knowledge to identify and develop solutions to complex coastal engineering problems with intellectual independence

Conduct research related to coastal engineering 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 coastal engineering and management problems

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 coastal engineering discipline

Apply appropriate technical skills and demonstrate a detailed understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge related to coastal engineering and management

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 an ability to develop new knowledge and apply it to solving coastal engineering problems

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate the ability to work in teams with engineers and other professionals to solve coastal engineering problems 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 a systems approach to coastal engineering

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.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Coastal Systems Engineering has provisional accreditation from Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer and will be assessed for full accreditation at this level in 2022.  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

3507250

Course abbreviation

BE(Hons)Coastal

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) 098590G

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 Coastal Systems 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

Title Level of learning Note
Students who have not completed NSW HSC Mathematics (2U) or QLD Maths B or equivalent must choose Option 1
Take all of the following three (3) units:
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
MAT71215 - Introductory Algebra and Calculus Introductory
MAT71003 - Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
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 all of the following three (3) units:
MAT10719 - Calculus Intermediate
MAT10720 - Linear Algebra 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
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
GLY62001 - Principles of Stormwater and Drainage Management Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
ENG72002 - Rainfall-Runoff Modelling Note 1 Note 1
ENG62002 - Hydraulic Engineering Fundamentals Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
ENG72004 - Fluid Dynamics Note 1 Note 1
ENG20007 - Engineering Computations Intermediate
ENV10655 - Coastlines - Diversity, Dynamics and Risks Intermediate
ENO71001 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation I Note 1 Note 1
ENG72005 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation II Note 1 Note 1
CHE00073 - Environmental Chemistry Intermediate
AGR00215 - Water and Catchment Management Advanced
ENG61004 - Construction Materials - Soils Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG63002 - Soil Mechanics Fundamentals Advanced Note 1 Note 1
GLY73001 - Coastal and Fluvial Hydrodynamics Advanced
ENG30012 - Water and Wastewater Engineering Advanced
GLY82001 - Hydrogeology Intermediate
ENG83001 - Engineering for Resilient Catchments and Floodplains Advanced
ENG83002 - Engineering in Dynamic Coastal Environments
ENG40007 - Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced

Majors

Title Level of learning Note
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:
ENG40005 - Engineering Capstone Project Advanced
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II Advanced
Choose four (4) single-weighted units or equivalent (a total of 48 credit points) from the following:
PLN10001 - Rural and Regional Planning Introductory
ENG62003 - Introduction to Solid Mechanics Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
ENG72003 - Mechanics of Materials Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
GLY20001 - Environmental Analysis: Solids Intermediate
GLY20002 - Environmental Analysis: Aqueous Intermediate
GLY00232 - Coastal Biogeochemistry Intermediate
AGR00214 - Soil Processes Intermediate
GLY00223 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Intermediate
ECO00202 - Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development Intermediate
ISY01224 - Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis Intermediate
ENG61006 - Tendering for Civil Construction Projects Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG61005 - Cost Estimation, Monitoring and Control Introductory Note 1 Note 1
GLY30001 - Contamination Assessment and Remediation Advanced
GLY30002 - Phase Equilibria, Thermodynamics and Kinetics Advanced
AGT00217 - Land Degradation and Rehabilitation Advanced
BIO10120 - Marine Systems Science and Management Advanced
ENG30004 - Analysis and Computer Modelling of Structures Advanced
ENG30007 - Geotechnical Engineering Advanced
BIO00244 - Protected Area Management Advanced
BIO01230 - Principles of Coastal Resource Management Advanced
BIO10125 - Sustainable Use of the Marine Environment Advanced
BIO10126 - Marine Pollution Advanced
ENG30005 - Design of Steel Structures Introductory
SUR73001 - Drone Technology and Use Advanced
MNG92100 - Strategic Asset Management Intermediate

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
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway), take MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics this session Introductory
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 2 (Advanced Pathway), take MAT10720 - Linear Algebra this session Intermediate
Year 1, Session 2
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway), take MAT71215 - Introductory Algebra and Calculus this session Introductory
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 2 (Advanced Pathway), take MAT10719 - Calculus this session Intermediate
Year 2, Session 1
GLY62001 - Principles of Stormwater and Drainage Management Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
ENG72002 - Rainfall-Runoff Modelling Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway), take MAT71003 - Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists this session Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 2 (Advanced Pathway), take MAT10721 - Multivariate Calculus and Differential Equations this session Advanced
ENG62002 - Hydraulic Engineering Fundamentals Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
ENG72004 - Fluid Dynamics Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
ENG20007 - Engineering Computations Intermediate
Year 2, Session 3
ENV10655 - Coastlines - Diversity, Dynamics and Risks Intermediate
ENO71001 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation I Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG72005 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation II Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
CHE00073 - Environmental Chemistry Intermediate
ENG61004 - Construction Materials - Soils Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG63002 - Soil Mechanics Fundamentals Advanced Note 1 Note 1
GLY73001 - Coastal and Fluvial Hydrodynamics Advanced
Depending on your major, take one of the following:
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the Coastal Geochemistry Major (subject to availability)
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the Coastal Zone Management Major (subject to availability)
The two half-weighted units ENG62003 - Introduction to Solid Mechanics and ENG72003 - Mechanics of Materials for the Infrastructure Design and Management Major Intermediate Intermediate
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the No Major option (subject to availability)
Year 3, Session 2
ENG30012 - Water and Wastewater Engineering Advanced
AGR00215 - Water and Catchment Management Advanced
Depending on your major, take one of the following:
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the Coastal Geochemistry Major (subject to availability)
The unit PLN10001 - Rural and Regional Planning for the Coastal Zone Management Major Introductory
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the Infrastructure Design and Management Major (subject to availability)
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the No Major option (subject to availability)
Year 3, Study Period 6
GLY82001 - Hydrogeology Intermediate
ENG83001 - Engineering for Resilient Catchments and Floodplains Advanced
Year 4, Study Period 1
ENG83002 - Engineering in Dynamic Coastal Environments Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
ENG40007 - Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced Note 4 Note 4
Depending on your major, take one of the following:
The unit GLY00232 - Coastal Biogeochemistry for the Coastal Geochemistry Major Intermediate
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the Coastal Zone Management Major (subject to availability)
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the Infrastructure Design and Management Major (subject to availability)
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the No Major option (subject to availability)
Year 4, Session 2
ENG40005 - Engineering Capstone Project Advanced Note 2, Note 3 Note 2, Note 3
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II Advanced Note 4 Note 4
Depending on your major, take one of the following:
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the Coastal Geochemistry Major (subject to availability)
The unit BIO01230 - Principles of Coastal Resource Management for the Coastal Zone Management Major Advanced
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the Infrastructure Design and Management Major (subject to availability)
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the No Major option (subject to availability)

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 2 (Advanced Pathway), take
MAT10719 - Calculus this session
Intermediate
Year 1, Session 3
ENV10655 - Coastlines - Diversity, Dynamics and Risks Intermediate
Year 2, Session 1
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway), take MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics this session Introductory
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 2 (Advanced Pathway), take MAT10720 - Linear Algebra this session Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
ENG62002 - Hydraulic Engineering Fundamentals Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
ENG72004 - Fluid Dynamics Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway), take MAT71215 - Introductory Algebra and Calculus this session Introductory
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 2 (Advanced Pathway), take MAT10721 - Multivariate Calculus and Differential Equations this session Advanced
Year 2, Session 3
ENO71001 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation I Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG72005 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation II Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
If you have chosen Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway), take MAT71003 - Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists this session Introductory
ENG61004 - Construction Materials - Soils Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG63002 - Soil Mechanics Fundamentals Advanced Note 1 Note 1
CHE00073 - Environmental Chemistry Intermediate
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory
Year 3, Session 2
ENG20007 - Engineering Computations Intermediate
ENG30012 - Water and Wastewater Engineering Advanced
AGR00215 - Water and Catchment Management Advanced
Year 3, Session 3
GLY82001 - Hydrogeology Intermediate
Year 4, Session 1
GLY62001 - Principles of Stormwater and Drainage Management Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
ENG72002 - Rainfall-Runoff Modelling Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
GLY73001 - Coastal and Fluvial Hydrodynamics Advanced
ENG40007 - Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced
Depending on your major, take one of the following:
The unit GLY00232 - Coastal Biogeochemistry for the Coastal Geochemistry Major Intermediate
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the Coastal Zone Management Major (subject to availability)
The two half-weighted units ENG62003 - Introduction to Solid Mechanics and ENG72003 - Mechanics of Materials for the Infrastructure Design and Management Major Intermediate Intermediate
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the No Major (subject to availability)
Year 4, Session 2
Depending on your major, take one of the following:
Two single-weighted units or equivalent (24 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the Coastal Geochemistry Major (subject to availability))
The units PLN10001 - Rural and Regional Planning AND BIO01230 - Principles of Coastal Resource Management for the Coastal Zone Management Major Introductory Advanced
Two single-weighted units or equivalent (24 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the Infrastructure Design and Management Major (subject to availability)
Two single-weighted units or equivalent (24 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the No Major (subject to availability)
Year 4, Session 3
ENG83001 - Engineering for Resilient Catchments and Floodplains Advanced
ENG83002 - Engineering in Dynamic Coastal Environments Advanced
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced Note 4 Note 4
Year 5, Session 1
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II Advanced Note 4 Note 4
ENG40005 - Engineering Capstone Project Advanced Note 2, Note 3 Note 2, Note 3
Depending on your major, take one of the following:
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the Coastal Geochemistry Major (subject to availability)
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the Coastal Zone Management Major (subject to availability)
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the Infrastructure Design and Management Major (subject to availability)
One single-weighted unit or equivalent (12 credit points in total) from the electives listed for the No Major (subject to availability)

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: Students undertaking a major must complete a research project in Engineering Thesis I and Engineering Thesis II that is relevant to the major as approved by the Course Coordinator.

Unit groups

No Major

Title Level of learning Note
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:
ENG40005 - Engineering Capstone Project Advanced
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II Advanced
Choose four (4) single-weighted units or equivalent (a total of 48 credit points) from the following:
PLN10001 - Rural and Regional Planning Introductory
ENG62003 - Introduction to Solid Mechanics Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
ENG72003 - Mechanics of Materials Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
GLY20001 - Environmental Analysis: Solids Intermediate
GLY20002 - Environmental Analysis: Aqueous Intermediate
GLY00232 - Coastal Biogeochemistry Intermediate
AGR00214 - Soil Processes Intermediate
GLY00223 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Intermediate
ECO00202 - Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development Intermediate
ISY01224 - Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis Intermediate
ENG61006 - Tendering for Civil Construction Projects Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ENG61005 - Cost Estimation, Monitoring and Control Introductory Note 1 Note 1
GLY30001 - Contamination Assessment and Remediation Advanced
GLY30002 - Phase Equilibria, Thermodynamics and Kinetics Advanced
AGT00217 - Land Degradation and Rehabilitation Advanced
BIO10120 - Marine Systems Science and Management Advanced
ENG30004 - Analysis and Computer Modelling of Structures Advanced
ENG30007 - Geotechnical Engineering Advanced
BIO00244 - Protected Area Management Advanced
BIO01230 - Principles of Coastal Resource Management Advanced
BIO10125 - Sustainable Use of the Marine Environment Advanced
BIO10126 - Marine Pollution Advanced
ENG30005 - Design of Steel Structures Introductory
SUR73001 - Drone Technology and Use Advanced
MNG92100 - Strategic Asset Management Intermediate

Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway)

Title Level of learning Note
Students who have not completed NSW HSC Mathematics (2U) or QLD Maths B or equivalent must choose Option 1
Take all of 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)

Title Level of learning Note
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 all of the following three (3) units:
MAT10719 - Calculus Intermediate
MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Intermediate
MAT10721 - Multivariate Calculus and Differential Equations Advanced