Course summary

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering equips students with the relevant skills, experiences 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 and maintenance of machinery, computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), consumer product design, automotive, robotics and control systems, water supply, vibration, acoustics and noise control, heat transfer and refrigeration, energy technology and pollution control in the marine, oil, gas and aerospace industries. 

The course is structured around 16 key competencies identified by Engineers Australia as being essential to the graduating engineer. The educational philosophy and objective of this course aims to cultivate insight and knowledge in the mechanical engineering discipline, producing highly skilled engineers who not only have technical skills but also a commitment to continuous learning throughout their careers.

Students gain the skills necessary to define and develop solutions to challenging problems, as well as leadership skills and the ability to respond to the demands and expectations of society, industry and academia.

The course comprises three main study streams that cover all aspects of mechanical engineering:

Design and Production System Engineering

This stream will develop your knowledge and skills in machine element design, mechanical systems design, dynamics of machines, computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), finite element methods, mechanics of solids and fracture mechanics. Immerse yourself in this stream via a research project.

Thermo-Fluid Mechanics and Energy Systems

This stream will develop your knowledge and skills in thermodynamics, thermal engineering, fluid mechanics, hydraulic systems, modern internal combustion engines, heating and refrigeration technology and conventional and renewable energy. You will improve your understanding about the design and operation of coal, oil, gas, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, nuclear and cogeneration power plants, developing alternatives to thermal energy, power cycle devices, fuel cells, gas turbines, and innovative uses of wave, wind, ocean thermal energy conversion and tidal energy. You will be involved in all aspects of the production and conversion of energy from one form to another. 

Mechatronics and Control Systems

This stream will develop your knowledge and skills in electro-mechanical systems, robotics technology, control systems and automation. Modern experimental facilities are used to teach electrical circuits and machinery – alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) motors and generators, industrial automation using programmable logic controllers (PLC), automobile technology, mechatronics, and robotics engineering. Students learn industrial robotics and work together with local industry to design and build autonomous systems. Additionally, Southern Cross runs a robotics club to practice and create innovative ideas with the opportunity to take part in national and international competitions.

Elective units include: Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development, Waste Technology and Local Government.

Thesis unit 

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.

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.

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 with potential employers and other members of the mechanical engineering community. Students engage with industry representatives from the early stages of the course, creating valuable professional networks.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering has provisional accreditation from Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer and will be assessed for full accreditation at this level in 2021.  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

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 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $30,800 ($3,850 per unit) 086409G

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 Mechanical 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) units from Part B

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
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Intermediate
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
ENG20001 - Mechanics of Materials Intermediate
ENG72001 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation Intermediate
ENI72001 - Dynamics Intermediate
ENI72005 - Introduction to Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Intermediate
ENI73025 - Thermodynamics Advanced
ENG20006 - Fluid Mechanics Intermediate
ENG20007 - Engineering Computations Intermediate
ENI73005 - Machine Element Design Advanced
ENI73009 - Finite Element Method and Fracture Mechanics Advanced
ENI73001 - Dynamics of Machines Advanced
ENI82005 - Thermal Engineering Advanced
ENI73015 - Electro-Mechanical and Robotics Technology Advanced
ENI81005 - Energy, the Environment and Mechanical Engineering Introductory
ENI83015 - Modern Internal Combustion Engines Intermediate
ENI73020 - Fluids Engineering Advanced
ENI83005 - Mechanical Systems Design Intermediate
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced Note 2 Note 2
ENG40007 - Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced
ENI83040 - Control Systems and Automation Advanced
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II Advanced
ENG40005 - Engineering Capstone Project Advanced Note 3 Note 3

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: 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
ENI72001 - Dynamics Intermediate
ENG20007 - Engineering Computations Intermediate
ENI72005 - Introduction to Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
ENI73025 - Thermodynamics Advanced
ENG20006 - Fluid Mechanics Intermediate
ENG72001 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation Intermediate
ENI73005 - Machine Element Design Advanced
Year 3, Session 1
ENI83005 - Mechanical Systems Design Intermediate
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
ENI73009 - Finite Element Method and Fracture Mechanics Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
ENG40001 - Engineering Thesis I Advanced Note 2 Note 2
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 3 Note 3
Choose 1 Unit (Available Units to be specified in due course)

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
Choose 1 Unit (Available Units to be specified in due course)
Choose 1 Unit (Available Units to be specified in due course)
CHE00201 - Chemistry 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
ENI73025 - Thermodynamics Advanced
ENG20006 - Fluid Mechanics Intermediate
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
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
ENI72001 - Dynamics Intermediate
ENG20007 - Engineering Computations Intermediate
ENI72005 - Introduction to Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
ENG72001 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation Intermediate
ENI73005 - Machine Element Design Advanced
ENI81005 - Energy, the Environment and Mechanical Engineering Introductory
ENI73020 - Fluids Engineering Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
ENI83005 - Mechanical Systems Design Intermediate
ENI73001 - Dynamics of Machines Advanced
ENI82005 - Thermal Engineering Advanced
ENI73015 - Electro-Mechanical and Robotics Technology Advanced
Year 4, Session 2
ENI83015 - Modern Internal Combustion Engines Intermediate
ENI73009 - Finite Element Method and Fracture Mechanics 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
ENG40007 - Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics Advanced
ENI83040 - Control Systems and Automation Advanced
ENG40004 - Engineering Thesis II 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 must satisfactorily complete any 20 units from the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering degree before undertaking this unit.
Note 3: Double-weighted unit
Note 4: Excluding units offered in Part A of the Schedule of Units.