Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Environmental) Honours

General

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Program Description

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This course includes a range of studies in civil engineering with a secondary focus towards the management of environmental concerns that confront an engineer working in civil engineering.

Many engineering projects, especially those that may impact on the quality of land, water and air, require detailed environmental analysis to identify and mitigate any chances that the project will adversely affect the environment. It is essential to consider both the short and long-term sustainability of such projects and their environmental consequences.

The programme focuses on the development of knowledge and skills relevant to professional engineering practice, and along with a sound theoretical base, includes strong elements of practical problem-solving, teamwork and project development resulting in strong analytical skills and the ability to lead complex projects.

Areas of study within the course include a foundation in physical and engineering sciences along with computer-aided design, engineering materials, surveying, and other core civil engineering topics. This is followed by more specialist civil and environmental engineering content areas including structural analysis and design, hydrology and hydraulics, and construction technology and site management, and project management.

The course also includes advanced studies in environmental risk assessment and management, water and wastewater treatment, water distribution systems and wastewater collection systems, waste disposal and management, air-borne pollution control and the principles that ensure long-term sustainable engineering design solutions.

The first year of this course includes a set of eight units that are common across all engineering honours courses. This allows students the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the various engineering disciplines on offer and the flexibility, if desired, to switch to another engineering discipline/course without penalty after the first year of study.

Applicants from South West WA will be able to study only the first year (up to eight foundation units) of this degree at ECU's Bunbury Campus, which may include attending a short set of lab sessions at Joondalup Campus by the end of each semester. After completing these eight units, Bunbury students will need to attend ECU's Joondalup Campus to complete the rest of their course. This option is only available for domestic students living in the South West region of WA.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 4)

The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

All applicants are required to have Mathematics: Methods ATAR, with equivalents, considered, and Physics ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR, with equivalents, considered.

It is desirable that all applicants have Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, with equivalents considered.

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Diploma or equivalent;
  • Successfully completed 0.5 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course; or*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 30 core units, 2 Elective units and a Practicum unit.

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1154 Introduction to Engineering 15
ENS1115 Materials and Manufacturing 1 15
ENM1102 Engineering Drawing and Computer-Aided Design 15
MAT1250 Mathematics 1 15

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1101 Engineering Mechanics 15
ENS1180 Introduction to Energy and Resource Engineering 15
ENS1253 Electrical Engineering 1B 15
MAT1251 Mathematics 2 15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS2260 Surveying and Site Measurement 15
ENS2159 Engineering Innovation and Ethics 15
ENS5170 Engineering Systems 15
ENM3218 Fluid Mechanics 15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS2113 Engineering Dynamics 15
ENS2160 Thermodynamics 15
ENS3190 Mechanics of Solids 15
ENS5106 Hydrology and Hydraulics 15

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS3242 Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering 15
ENS3243 Structural Analysis 15
ENS5133 Environmental Engineering 1 15
ENS5161 Environmental and Process Risk Management 15

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS3244 Concrete Design 15
ENS3245 Steel Design 15
ENS3208 Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics 15
ENS5132 Environmental Engineering 2 15

Note: Students who receive a WAM of 70 per cent or above at the end of their third year of study will be invited to complete a graded Honours degree by taking the two Honours Thesis units in place of the standard project units in their fourth year. Students below this cut-off, or who decline the offer to undertake the Honours Thesis, will graduate with an ungraded Honours degree.

Year 4 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5111 Engineering Practicum  
ENS5252 Construction Technology 15
ENS5214 Transportation Engineering 15
ENS4152 ^ Project Development 15
Or
ENS5145 ^ Engineering Honours Thesis 1 15
Elective Unit   15

Note: Students undertaking the graded Honours pathway should enrol into ENS5145 Engineering Honours Thesis 1 in place of ENS4152 Project Development.

Year 4 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5112 Construction Site Management 15
ENS5543 Engineering Management 15
ENS4253 ^ Engineering Project 15
Or
ENS5146 ^ Engineering Honours Thesis 2 15
Elective Unit   15

Note: Students undertaking the graded Honours pathway should enrol into ENS5146 Engineering Honours Thesis 2 in place of ENS4253 Engineering Project.

Recommended Electives

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSP2151 Programming Fundamentals 15
SCM3203 Environmental Impact Assessment 15
ENM2104 Instrumentation and Measurement 15
ENS2170 Principles of Industrial Maintenance 15
ENS2102 Hydrostatics 15
ENS2110 Materials and Manufacturing 2 15
ENS2180 Offshore Science and Engineering 15
ENS3554 Data Communications and Computer Networks 15
ENS3553 Signals and Systems 15
ENS3105 Mechanical Design and Development 15
ENS5200 Building Services 15
ENS5190 Civil Engineering Design 15
ENS5253 Control Systems 15
MAT3486 Multivariate Calculus 15

Note: Electives chosen from outside this list must be approved by the Course Coordinator.

^ Core Option

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes to conduct and manage civil and environmental engineering projects, with some intellectual independence.
  • Demonstrate a global outlook and knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline, including respect for cultural diversity and indigenous cultural competence.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the civil and environmental engineering disciplines.
  • Demonstrate clear and coherent oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the civil and environmental engineering disciplines and fluently apply engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  • Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership to implement engineering projects according to relevant standards of ethical conduct, sustainable practice and professional accountability.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for own learning, professional judgement and an understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice.
  • Think critically, and apply established engineering methods and research skills to complex civil and environmental engineering problem-solving.

Professional Recognition

Provisionally Accredited by: Engineers Australia.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have competencies in both civil and environmental engineering, and be able to participate in and lead complex, multidisciplinary projects. Civil and environmental engineers have strong employment opportunities in many sectors of industry including infrastructure development projects (roads and transportation, urban development), public utilities (water supply, waste disposal), mining (planning and operations), and consulting (project management).

Possible future job titles

Civil Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Water Resource Engineer.

Last updated May 2020

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