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Associate Degree of Engineering

Associate Degree

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Course abbreviation

    AssocDegEng

  • Course code

    2206800

  • Credit points

    192

  • Equivalent units

    16

  • Indicative Fee


Overview

There is increasing demand for technical skills to help build the infrastructure, manufacturing and production systems of the future. This degree will prepare you to work in these industries, and to contribute to shaping the future in Australia and globally.

The Associate Degree of Engineering is designed to meet the requirements for accreditation at the level of Engineering Associate by Engineers Australia. The course is structured around 16 key competencies identified by Engineers Australia as being essential to the graduating engineer, which are broadly grouped into knowledge and skills, application, personal and professional skills.

The course is suited to school leavers or those with a trade qualification who are looking to enter the civil construction or manufacturing and production industries in a supervisory, project management or technical role, or progress their careers in these industries to the next level.

Foundational core units build knowledge of the practical and technical skills and the processes and philosophy that underpin engineering systems. You’ll then choose a specialisation to build additional knowledge and skills needed to perform technical roles in a range of engineering systems relevant to your specialisation. Finally, you'll complete project-based units that will develop your skills in critical thinking, creative problem solving. and project management, and additionally complete a total of 30 days (240 hours) of professional placement in industry during your studies, ensuring you are ready to hit the ground running as a graduate.

All students (including online students) must complete compulsory on-campus residentials. These are typically conducted over 2-4 days and occur in first and third year (based on a full-time study program).

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

Define and respond to technical and contextual factors in the implementation of human-centred solutions to well defined industry-relevant problems in an engineering practice area

Identify and evaluate emerging trends and issues and apply to a specialised engineering practice area

Lead or function as a team member and systematically manage information and projects to deliver industry-relevant engineering solutions aligned with stakeholder and community needs

GA2: Creativity

Define and respond to technical and contextual factors in the implementation of human-centred solutions to well defined industry-relevant problems in an engineering practice area

Apply established engineering methods, techniques, tools and resources in the context of systematic design and engineering management processes for well defined problems

GA3: Ethical practice

Apply professional conduct and judgement that reflects contemporary industry standards of ethical, sustainable and human-centred engineering practice

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an understanding of foundational and practical knowledge of mathematics and basic sciences, computing and information sciences, and a specialised engineering practice area

Identify and evaluate emerging trends and issues and apply to a specialised engineering practice area

GA5: Lifelong learning

Identify and evaluate emerging trends and issues and apply to a specialised engineering practice area

Reflect on and document development of proficiency in competencies in the relevant field of engineering practice to guide continuing professional development and lifelong learning

GA6: Communication and social skills

Employ effective oral and written communication and social skills, informed by an appreciation of diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives

GA7: Cultural competence

Employ effective oral and written communication and social skills, informed by an appreciation of diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives

As part of this course, students must complete at least 30 days (240 hours) of professional placement in industry, typically with an organisation conducting work related to engineering practice. 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. 

All students (including online students) must complete compulsory on-campus residentials. These are typically conducted over 2-4 days and occur in first and third year (based on a full-time study program).

Students will choose one of the following specialisations:

  • Civil Construction

Students develop practical skills and knowledge to solve practical problems related to four main engineering systems, namely civil construction systems, transport systems, built structures, and sustainable water systems.

  • Intelligent Machines

Students develop practical skills and knowledge to solve practical problems related to four main engineering systems, namely namely design and production systems, sustainable energy and power systems, smart machines, and robotics and control systems.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Term 1 , Term 3 N/A N/A
Lismore Term 1 , Term 3 N/A N/A
Online Term 1 , Term 3 N/A N/A

Career Outcomes

The Civil Construction and Intelligent Machines specialisations are currently provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia at the level of Engineering Associate (Dublin Accord).

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Associate Degree of Engineering, students must complete 16 units (192 credit points), comprising:

  • 1 specialisation in Civil Construction or Intelligent Machines (192 credit points).

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Engineering after completing 8 core units (96 credit points).

Entry requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

Language requirements

To be eligible to receive the Associate Degree of Engineering, students must complete 16 units (192 credit points), comprising:

  • 1 specialisation in Civil Construction or Intelligent Machines (192 credit points).

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Engineering after completing 8 core units (96 credit points).

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Notes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

ENGN1005 Planning and Delivering Engineering Projects
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
PHYS1004 Physics I: Motion, Mechanics and Waves
Term1,3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
N/A
ENGN1003 Engineering Technology and Design
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Enrolment information This unit requires a software that only is compatible with Windows (W10 and newer) products.
INFO1001 Essentials of Information and Communication Technology
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
MATS1001 Introduction to Engineering Materials
Term3,5
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3,5
N/A
Enrolment information There will be a 1 day compulsory residential at the Lismore Campus. This unit requires software that is only compatible with Windows (W10 and newer).
MATH1001 Foundation Mathematics
Term1,3,4,5
12
Location Domestic International
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4,5
Term4,5
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term1,3,4,5
Term3,4
Anti-requisites Cannot be taken if already completed or enrolling in MATH1003 - Quantitative Methods with Economics
ENGN1004 Engineering Governance
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
INDG1001 Indigenous World-Views
Term2,4
12
Location Domestic International
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
Term2,4

Second Year

CIVL2022 Soil Mechanics and Geotechnics
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
MATH1005 Introductory Algebra and Calculus
Term1,3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term1,3
Term1
ENGN2005 Statics of Solids and Fluids
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Enrolment information You need prior expected knowledge - consult the course progression.
CIVL2018 Water Cycle Systems
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Enrolment information This unit requires a software that only is compatible with Windows (W10 and newer) products.
CIVL2020 Built Structure Systems
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
Pre-requisites ENGN2005 - Statics of Solids and Fluids
Civil Option Unit
CIVL2019 Road Transport Systems
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment information This unit requires software that is only compatible with Windows (W10 and newer).
ENGN3003 Tendering Project
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment information This should be the last unit of study in the Associate Degree of Engineering. Associate Degree students need to demonstrate 30 days of relevant experience to graduate.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Notes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

ENGN1005 Planning and Delivering Engineering Projects
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
PHYS1004 Physics I: Motion, Mechanics and Waves
Term1,3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
N/A
ENGN1003 Engineering Technology and Design
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Enrolment information This unit requires a software that only is compatible with Windows (W10 and newer) products.
INFO1001 Essentials of Information and Communication Technology
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
MATS1001 Introduction to Engineering Materials
Term3,5
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3,5
N/A
Enrolment information There will be a 1 day compulsory residential at the Lismore Campus. This unit requires software that is only compatible with Windows (W10 and newer).
MATH1001 Foundation Mathematics
Term1,3,4,5
12
Location Domestic International
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4,5
Term4,5
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term1,3,4,5
Term3,4
Anti-requisites Cannot be taken if already completed or enrolling in MATH1003 - Quantitative Methods with Economics
ENGN1004 Engineering Governance
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
INDG1001 Indigenous World-Views
Term2,4
12
Location Domestic International
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
Term2,4

Second Year

MANF2001 Smart Manufacturing Systems
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
MATH1005 Introductory Algebra and Calculus
Term1,3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term1,3
Term1
ENGN2005 Statics of Solids and Fluids
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Enrolment information You need prior expected knowledge - consult the course progression.
PHYS2001 Physics II: Electricity and Circuits
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
MANI2002 Industrial Robotics Systems
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
Pre-requisites INFO1001 - Essentials of Information and Communication Technology
Intelligent Machines Option Unit
MANI2001 Smart Sensing and Control Systems
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
ENGN3003 Tendering Project
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment information This should be the last unit of study in the Associate Degree of Engineering. Associate Degree students need to demonstrate 30 days of relevant experience to graduate.

Unit Code Unit Title Notes

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
Take all of the following 15 units (180 credit points):
MATH1001 Foundation Mathematics
INDG1001 Indigenous World-Views
ENGN1004 Engineering Governance
ENGN1003 Engineering Technology and Design
MATS1001 Introduction to Engineering Materials
INFO1001 Essentials of Information and Communication Technology
MATH1005 Introductory Algebra and Calculus
PHYS1004 Physics I: Motion, Mechanics and Waves
ENGN1005 Planning and Delivering Engineering Projects
ENGN3003 Tendering Project
ENGN2005 Statics of Solids and Fluids
CIVL2018 Water Cycle Systems
CIVL2019 Road Transport Systems
CIVL2020 Built Structure Systems
CIVL2022 Soil Mechanics and Geotechnics
Select 1 unit (12 credit points) from the following Option Units
EDUC1001 Language and Learning in your Discipline
CIVL2021 Building Information Modelling

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
Take all of the following 15 units (180 credit points):
MATH1001 Foundation Mathematics
INDG1001 Indigenous World-Views
ENGN1004 Engineering Governance
ENGN1003 Engineering Technology and Design
MATS1001 Introduction to Engineering Materials
INFO1001 Essentials of Information and Communication Technology
MATH1005 Introductory Algebra and Calculus
PHYS1004 Physics I: Motion, Mechanics and Waves
ENGN1005 Planning and Delivering Engineering Projects
ENGN3003 Tendering Project
PHYS2001 Physics II: Electricity and Circuits
MANI2001 Smart Sensing and Control Systems
MANI2002 Industrial Robotics Systems
MANF2001 Smart Manufacturing Systems
ENGN2005 Statics of Solids and Fluids
Select 1 unit (12 credit points) from the following Option Units
EDUC1001 Language and Learning in your Discipline
MECH2003 Engineering Dynamics