Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Renewable Energy) Honours

General

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Program Description

Electrical and renewable energy engineering is a specialisation within electrical engineering concerning the generation of electrical power from a wide range of sources and with a special focus on renewable energy sources.

This includes solar, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal, and the integration of these energy sources into hybrid energy supply and distribution networks. The course provides graduates with strong competencies in the fundamental electrical engineering discipline areas with particular focus on the utilisation, generation, management and design of renewable energy resources.

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. As a result, as well as having multiple technical and transferable skill competencies, graduates will gain strong analytical skills and have the ability to lead complex projects.

The course provides a sound basis in mechanics, dynamics, mathematics, and the principles of engineering design in the first two years of study, along with a broad basis in engineering science including materials and manufacturing, computer-aided design, programming principles, and analogue and digital electronics. In the final two years of study, a range of units is included covering more in-depth electrical power engineering topics alongside specialist studies on sustainable and renewable energy sources and systems and their integration into a mixed energy environment.

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: Method 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.

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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 31 core units, 1 Elective unit 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
ENM2104 Instrumentation and Measurement 15
ENS2108 Mechanical Science 15
ENS3551 Electrical Networks 15
ENS5170 Engineering Systems 15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5445 Sustainability and Renewable Energy 15
CSP2151 Programming Fundamentals 15
ENS3553 Signals and Systems 15
ENS2457 Analog Electronics 15

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5562 Renewable Energy Conversions 1 15
ENS2159 Engineering Innovation and Ethics 15
ENS5253 Control Systems 15
ENS5360 Power Electronics 15

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS2113 Engineering Dynamics 15
ENS3206 Power Systems 1 15
ENS5230 Electrical Machines and Transformers 15
Elective Unit x 1 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  
ENS5563 Renewable Energy Conversions 2 15
ENS5361 Power Systems 2 15
ENS3554 Data Communications and Computer Networks 15
ENS4152 ^ Project Development 15
Or
ENS5145 ^ Engineering Honours Thesis 1 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
ENS5543 Engineering Management 15
ENS5240 Industrial Control 15
ENS4253 ^ Engineering Project 15
Or
ENS5146 ^ Engineering Honours Thesis 2 15
ENS5161 Environmental and Process Risk Management 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
ENS2257 Microprocessor Systems 15
ENS2170 Principles of Industrial Maintenance 15
ENS3556 Wireless Communication 15
ENS5204 Real-Time Embedded Systems 15
ENS5447 Propagation and Antennas 15
ENS5203 Electronic Circuit Design 15
ENS5251 Digital Signal Processing 15
ENS5444 Telecommunication Networks 15
ENS5442 Robotics 1 15
ENS5542 Communication Systems 2 15
MAT3486 Multivariate Calculus 15
ENS5133 Environmental Engineering 1 15

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

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Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes to conduct and manage electrical and renewable energy 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 electrical and renewable energy engineering discipline.
  • 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 electrical and renewable energy engineering discipline 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 electrical and renewable energy engineering problem-solving.

Professional Recognition

Provisionally Accredited by: Engineers Australia.

Career Opportunities

Electrical and renewable energy engineers have a wide range of employment opportunities across the energy generation, conversion, distribution and management sectors, including power utilities, the mining industry, larger manufacturing businesses as well as the domestic markets where renewable energy systems are now quite common.

Possible future job titles

Electrical Engineer, Power Systems Engineer, Renewable Energy Engineer.

Last updated Oct 2020

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