Course summary

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering equips students with the relevant skills and knowledge to provide a range of professional mechanical engineering services in regional, national and international environments. The course prepares graduates for work involving the design of machinery, water supply, vibration, acoustics and noise control, robotics, heat transfer and refrigeration, energy technology, consumer product design, pollution control, and production planning.

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 mechanical engineering profession and the ability to apply these in the most relevant software applications.

The course covers the fundamental areas of mechanical engineering including:

  • applied mechanics
  • fluid mechanics
  • thermodynamics
  • dynamics
  • manufacturing
  • materials

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 find 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 judgment 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 that 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 backgrounds.

Cultural competence

Engage with diverse cultural and indigenous perspectives with the engineering environment.

To successfully complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical 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 mechanical engineers. Students engage with industry representatives from the early stages of the course, creating valuable professional networks.

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 www.washingtonaccord.org.


Course overview

Course code

3507328

Course abbreviation

BE(Hons)Mech

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 334109 054301

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $26,400 ($3,300 per unit) 086409G

Course requirements

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

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechancial 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. two (2) elective units from Part B; and
    3. 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 with one of the following merit descriptions:

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

The following is a modified version of the Merit Descriptors as originally approved by School Board in 2013 for Civil Engineering.

Merit Descriptors:

Both criterion must be satisfied for each Merit descriptor.

  • First Class Honours: WGPA 6.0 and above overall + GPA 6.0 and above for units Engineering Thesis I and II
  • Second Class Honours I: WGPA 5.5 and above overall + GPA 5.5 and above for units Engineering Thesis I and II
  • Second Class Honours II: WGPA 5.0 and above overall + GPA 5.0 and above for units Engineering Thesis I and II
  • No Merit Descriptor: WGPA below 5.0

where:

  • WGPA = weighted grade point average
  • GPA = grade point average

Weighted Grade Point Average Calculation:

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

Grade Point = achievement value assigned to a unit grade where non-graded units, interim notations and advanced standing are not included in the weighted grade point average calculation.

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

Weighting = factor applied to a unit of study to represent how significant the unit is in the WGPA calculation, namely

  • Year 1 units*: Weighting = 1
  • Year 2 units*: Weighting = 2
  • Year 3 units*: Weighting = 2
  • Year 4 units*: Weighting = 3

* Refer to Course Progression for units and years

No other weighting calculations will be used for the determination of merit descriptors and the normal unweighted GPA will also not be used.

The WGPA for each year used in the calculations will be based on results in the first attempt at each unit in the course.

 


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Intermediate
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Issues Introductory Note 2 Note 2
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory Note 2 Note 2
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
MAT10719 - Calculus Intermediate
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
ENG20001 - Mechanics of Materials Intermediate
ENI72001 - Dynamics
MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Intermediate
ENI72005 - Introduction to Mechanical Design and Manufacturing
ENI73025 - Thermodynamics
ENG20006 - Fluid Mechanics Intermediate
ENG20007 - Engineering Computations Intermediate
ENI73005 - Machine Element Design Advanced
ENI73009 - Finite Element Method and Fracture Mechanics
ENI73001 - Dynamics of Machines
ENI82005 - Thermal Engineering
ENI73015 - Electro-Mechanical and Robotics Technology
ENI81005 - Energy, the Environment and Mechanical Engineering
ENI83015 - Modern Internal Combustion Engines
ENI73020 - Fluids Engineering
ENI83005 - Mechanical Systems Design
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced Note 3 Note 3
ENG40007 - Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced
ENI83040 - Control Systems and Automation
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II Advanced
ENG40005 - Engineering Capstone Project Advanced Note 1 Note 1

Part B

Title Level of learning Note
Choose two (2) elective units from the following list. Additional units may be selected as approved by the Course Coordinator. Note 4 Note 4
ECO00202 - Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development Intermediate
ENS00218 - Waste Technology Intermediate
POL00010 - Local Government 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
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Intermediate
Choose either: BIO10187 - Global Environmental Issues OR MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory Introductory Note 2 Note 2
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
MAT10719 - Calculus Intermediate
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
ENG20001 - Mechanics of Materials Intermediate
ENI72001 - Dynamics Intermediate
MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Intermediate
ENI72005 - Introduction to Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
ENI73025 - Thermodynamics Advanced
ENG20006 - Fluid Mechanics Intermediate
ENG20007 - Engineering Computations Intermediate
ENI73005 - Machine Element Design Advanced
Year 3, Session 1
ENI73009 - Finite Element Method and Fracture Mechanics Advanced
ENI73001 - Dynamics of Machines Advanced
ENI82005 - Thermal Engineering Advanced
ENI73015 - Electro-Mechanical and Robotics Technology Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
ENI81005 - Energy, the Environment and Mechanical Engineering Introductory
ENI83015 - Modern Internal Combustion Engines Intermediate
ENI73020 - Fluids Engineering Advanced
ENI83005 - Mechanical Systems Design Intermediate
Year 4, Session 1
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced
ENG40007 - Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced
ENI83040 - Control Systems and Automation Advanced
Choose 1 Unit (Available Units to be specified in due course)
Year 4, Session 2
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II Advanced
ENG40005 - Engineering Capstone Project Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Choose 1 Unit (Available Units to be specified in due course)

Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit
Note 2: CHOOSE EITHER: BIO10187 Global Environmental Issues OR MAT10001 Foundation Mathematics. Students who have completed NSW HSC Mathematics (2U) or QLD Maths B or equivalent must enrol in BIO10187 Global Environmental Issues. All other students must enrol in MAT10001 Foundation Mathematics.
Note 3: Students must satisfactorily complete any 20 units from the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering degree before undertaking this unit.
Note 4: Excluding units offered in Part A of the Schedule of Units.