Course summary

Are you curious about our world and what makes it work? This degree will prepare you to solve the biggest challenges facing civil, mechanical and coastal systems engineering.

The Bachelor of Engineering Systems (Honours) is designed to meet the requirements for accreditation at the level of Professional Engineer by Engineers Australia. Foundational core units build knowledge of the basic sciences, and the processes and philosophy that underpin the engineering profession.

You’ll then choose a specialisation to build discipline knowledge and technical skills in your chosen area with a strong emphasis on project-based learning.

The final year of the course contains a mixture of advanced core units and advanced discipline-specific units that are designed to build skills in independent investigation, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and ethical and professional behaviour. A 60-day professional placement ensures you are ready to hit the ground running as a graduate.

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.

Are you curious about our world and what makes it work? This degree will prepare you to solve the biggest challenges facing civil, mechanical and coastal systems engineering.

The Bachelor of Engineering Systems (Honours) is designed to meet the requirements for accreditation at the level of Professional Engineer by Engineers Australia. Foundational core units build knowledge of the basic sciences, and the processes and philosophy that underpin the engineering profession.

You’ll then choose a specialisation to build discipline knowledge and technical skills in your chosen area with a strong emphasis on project-based learning.

The final year of the course contains a mixture of advanced core units and advanced discipline-specific units that are designed to build skills in independent investigation, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and ethical and professional behaviour. A 60-day professional placement ensures you are ready to hit the ground running as a graduate.

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 in the Bachelor of Engineering Systems (Honours) will choose from one of the following specialisations:

  • Civil Engineering
    Students develop skills and knowledge 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.
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Students develop skills and knowledge in three main areas that cover all aspects of mechanical engineering, which are design and production systems, thermo-fluid mechanics and energy systems, and mechatronics and control systems.
  • Coastal Systems Engineering
    Students develop skills and knowledge in core areas that include coastal engineering and management, floodplain engineering and management, project management, hydraulic engineering, water and wastewater engineering, engineering geochemistry and hydrology.

Course Learning Outcome

Apply a multidisciplinary systems engineering approach to identify relevant factors and evaluate their importance in complex engineering problems relevant to the chosen field of engineering specialisation

Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise engineering knowledge to identify and develop solutions to complex engineering problems relevant to the chosen field of engineering specialisation with intellectual independence

Conduct research relevant to the chosen field of engineering specialisation with some independence

Adapt and apply a broad contextual knowledge using highly developed technical, design and communication skills to devise innovative solutions to complex problems relevant to the chosen field of engineering specialisation

Use highly developed professional judgement to apply contemporary ethical standards and exhibit appropriate professional conduct in the engineering environment

Demonstrate a strong conceptual understanding of mathematics and other basic sciences that underpin the chosen field of engineering specialisation

Apply appropriate technical skills and demonstrate a detailed understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge related to the chosen field of engineering specialisation

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 the ability to develop new knowledge and apply it to solving problems related to the chosen field of engineering specialisation

Demonstrate the ability to work in teams with engineers and other professionals to solve problems related to the chosen field of engineering specialisation 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

Demonstrate an appreciation of diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives in the context of engineering systems and practice

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.

This course and all specialisations are accredited or provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia. 

Civil Engineering specialisation
This specialisation has full accreditation from Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer.

Mechanical Engineering specialisation
This specialisation has provisional accreditation from Engineers Australia and will be assessed for full accreditation in 2021.

Coastal Systems Engineering specialisation
This specialisation has provisional accreditation from Engineers Australia and will be assessed for full accreditation in 2022.


Course overview

Course code

3508001

Course abbreviation

BEngSys(Hons)

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

Duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Lismore Session 1 N/A N/A
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore Session 1 $32,000 ($4,000 per unit) 0102158

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 Systems (Honours), students must complete the equivalent of 32 single-weighted units (384 credit points), comprising:

  • all core units (180 credit points),
  • one specialisation (204 credit points), and
  • at least 60 days (480 hours) of industrial experience of a nature acceptable to the Course Coordinator.

Honours

All students successfully completing this course will be awarded Honours. Additionally, a student 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 student’s academic record throughout the course of study, as described on the Engineering Student Centre website.


Schedule of units

Title Note

Title Note
CIVL1003 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering
PHYS1003 - Physics
CHEM1001 - Chemistry
CIVL1001 - Applied Mechanics
MATH2003 - Calculus and Linear Algebra I
MATH3003 - Computational Analysis
ENGN1002 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation I Note 1
ENGN2004 - Engineering Modelling and Experimentation II Note 1
CIVL2010 - Hydraulic Engineering Fundamentals Note 1
CIVL2017 - Fluid Dynamics Note 1
ENGN4004 - Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics
ENGN4003 - Engineering Capstone Project Note 2
ENGN4001 - Engineering Thesis I Note 3
ENGN4002 - Engineering Thesis II Note 3

Mathematics Pathways

Choose one of the following Mathematics Pathway Options:

Mathematics Pathway Option 1 (Standard Pathway)

You must choose this option if you have not completed NSW HSC Mathematics (2U) or QLD Maths B or equivalent
Take all of the following two (2) units:
MATH1001 - Foundation Mathematics
MATH1005 - Introductory Algebra and Calculus

Mathematics Pathway option 2 (Advanced Pathway)

This option is only available if you 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 two (2) units:
MATH2002 - Calculus and Linear Algebra II
MATH3001 - Multivariate Calculus and Differential Equations

Specialisations

Title Note
CIVL1012 - Introduction to Computer Aided Design and Drafting Note 1
CIVL1013 - Computer Aided Design Applications Note 1
CIVL2011 - Introduction to Solid Mechanics Note 1
CIVL2015 - Mechanics of Materials Note 1
ENVR2010 - Principles of Stormwater and Drainage Management Note 1
CIVL3007 - Hydraulic Design and Modelling Note 1
CIVL1007 - Construction Materials - Concrete Note 1
CIVL2013 - Concrete Structures Fundamentals Note 1
CIVL1008 - Construction Materials - Soils Note 1
CIVL2014 - Soil Mechanics Fundamentals Note 1
CIVL1009 - Cost Estimation, Monitoring and Control Note 1
CIVL1010 - Tendering for Civil Construction Projects Note 1
GENG1002 - Surveying Fundamentals Note 1
CIVL1011 - Road and Pavement Design Note 1
CIVL1002 - Humanitarian Projects Note 4
MECH3003 - Finite Element Method and Fracture Mechanics Note 5
CIVL3002 - Analysis and Computer Modelling of Structures
CIVL3003 - Geotechnical Engineering
CIVL3005 - Water and Wastewater Engineering
CIVL4001 - Design of Steel Structures
CIVL2008 - Traffic and Road Safety Engineering
CIVL3008 - Advanced Structural and Building Design
Choose any two (2) elective units from a different specialisation or from the list of Electives

Construction Engineering Pathway

This option is only available if you have completed the Associate Degree of Civil Construction (Engineering and Management) at Southern Cross University
You may choose the following two (2) units instead of CIVL1002 Humanitarian Projects:
CIVL2009 - Civil Construction Career Development Note 1
CIVL3006 - The Diverse Civil Construction Workplace Note 1
You may choose the following two (2) units instead of MECH3003 Finite Element Method and Fracture Mechanics:
CIVL1005 - Construction Site Safety and Risk Management Note 1
CIVL1006 - Civil Construction Planning and Compliance Note 1