Associate Degree in Engineering - 2016

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Associate Degree
Number of units: 16 units to complete
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Students are required to apply and be approved by UniSA before they can enrol in restricted units through OUA.

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Please find the 2015 version of this course here:
Associate Degree in Engineering 2015

The Associate Degree in Engineering offered by UniSA is a pathway program towards a professional Bachelor of Engineering degree. Associate Degrees require the completion of 16 units and offer an introduction to university level study.

The Associate Degree is not accredited by Engineers Australia because of its pathway design. Unfortunately students of the Associate Degree are not eligible to join Engineers Australia as student members. Graduates of the program can individually apply for membership of Engineers Australia through a process which includes payment of a fee. Beyond the introductory units all of the units offered in the Associate Degree are part of UniSA’s four year Engineering degrees which are accredited by Engineers Australia.

This Associate Degree course offers core units in Engineering and electives in Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Civil Engineering includes the fundamentals of mechanics and structures, water engineering, geology, geoinformatics, road design and project planning. Mechanical Engineering includes the principles of mechanical design, properties of fluids, manufacturing processes, mathematical modelling and project planning and operations management.

The Associate Degree in Engineering is a restricted course and offers OUA students two entry points depending on their eligibility:

  • Students who have not completed the mathematics and science requirements can start with the Engineering Pathway units before applying for admission to the Associate Degree
  • Students who have completed study in science and mathematics plus other academic requirements can apply now for admission to the associate degree and start with the Engineering Level 1 units

Students starting with the Engineering Pathway units can include these units in their Associate Degree. However the four Engineering Pathway units are generally not eligible for credit towards further study in a four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree.

OUA Pathways

This course is an OUA Pathway course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course.

OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their Pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either haven't studied before or haven't studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their Pathway studies.

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*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

Body of Knowledge

Acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding of the principles and practice of engineering in the service of society. Particular emphasis is placed on the acquisition of engineering practice skills, on engineering in the service of sustainable solutions to societal issues and to the impact of conventional and new materials and processes within a wide range of industry sectors.


Life long learning

Acquire the ability to learn and an understanding of the need to continue learning in an environment where technology and processes are constantly changing.Acquire intellectual and professional independence through information literacy and research skills in doing project work and case studies.


Effective problem solving

Acquire the knowledge and skills of work based problem-solving methodologies through project based learning and insights into the multi-disciplinary nature of the engineering work place.Acquire the ability to integrate and apply the developed knowledge and skills to examine, evaluate and solve engineering problems.Acquire the skills to identify important aspects of key technologies and the factors that impact upon them, and how effectively to use research to assist in the solution of management and societal issues.

Work alone and in teams

Acquire the ability to work independently and in teams through individual and teamwork assignments and learning activities in every course in the program.Acquire the ability to use effective communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.

Ethical action

Acquire an understanding of the ethical and social factors involved in the application of engineering in the service of the community.

Communicate effectively

Be well equipped with a variety of communication skills practiced throughout the program including group and individual presentations and a variety of written projects, assignments and case studies.

International perspective

Acquire an understanding of the place of engineering in a global environment.

Graduates of this course have numerous career options including technologist, designer, specialist technician and managing officer in your respective discipline. Engineers are in demand particularly in the fields of mining and resources, defence, civil infrastructure, construction and environmental engineering.

To be eligible for Commonwealth support, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study

To be eligible for this course, applicants are required to have one of the following qualifications:

  • Qualified for the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE); and
  • completed 200 credits of subjects;
  • achieved a grade of C- or better in the Personal Learning Plan, 20 credits of literacy, 10 credits of numeracy and the Research Project at Stage 2;
  • achieved a grade of C- or better in an additional 60 credits at Stage 2; and
  • obtained a competitive ATAR

NOTE: students should have achieved SACE Stage 1 passes, or an equivalent TAFE or other approved qualification, in Mathematics.

Alternatively, the minimum educational requirements may be met by those who have fulfilled prerequisite requirements:

  • Completed at least four Open Universities Australia (OUA) units at the appropriate level and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
  • Completed the equivalent secondary education qualifications as required for University entry under SACE and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
  • Completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma, obtaining a minimum score of 24 points and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
  • Completed or partly completed a recognised higher education program at a recognised higher education institution and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
  • Completed an award from TAFE or from another registered training organisation at AQF Certificate IV or above and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
  • Qualified for Special Entry; or
  • Completed the University of South Australia Foundation Studies program.

MATLAB Software

In ENR114 Mathematical Methods for Engineers 1 we will use the powerful professional version of MATLAB, which contains MATLAB and the Symbolic Math Toolbox, along with other toolboxes. The same software is used in other follow-on units such as ENR115 Mathematical Methods for Engineers 2 and ENR208 Engineering Modelling.

You need to obtain a copy of MATLAB software as soon as possible. MATLAB software and training is now available for free to all UniSA students using your UniSA email address as an identifier (see http://w3.unisa.edu.au/ists/new/students/software-apps/Matlab-Student-HomeUse.htm).

We recommend that you install and activate the MATLAB software as early as possible and start working through the MATLAB Practicals guide, backed up with the Introduction to MATLAB guide, both available online through the UniSA website.

 

This course is an OUA Pathways course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course. OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their Pathway studies. Preparatory units are designed to introduce you to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success.

To enrol in the Pathway, simply choose units from the OUA Pathways table below.

*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics. 

PLEASE NOTE: This is a restricted course.
With the exception of the Engineering Pathway units and the Engineering level 1 open enrolment units, this is a restricted course. Continuing enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this degree. Students are required to apply and be approved by UniSA before they can enrol in restricted units through OUA.

To get the most out of this course students are recommended to follow these steps:

  • All students complete a total of 16 units including the 8 Level 1 Engineering core units
  • Students who have not completed the mathematics or science requirements should start with the Engineering Pathway units
  • Students who have completed the mathematics and science requirements may start with the open enrolment Level 1 Engineering units while their application is being processed or with any Level 1 unit if admitted to the degree.
  • Complete all eight Level 1 Engineering core units
  • Complete Electives

Applications for the Associate Degree in Engineering are due 2 weeks before the close of enrolment.

Students who are applying for credit and exemptions should submit their application 6 weeks before the close of enrolment.

The first six units of this degree are available as open enrolment units using FEE-HELP and can be accessed by clicking on the Enrol Now button.

To complete this degree, you will need to apply for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). For more information, please see the How to Apply section below.

To qualify for the Associate Degree in Engineering from University of South Australia, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A student must complete 16 units
  • A student must complete at least 6 units through University of South Australia

Due to the specialist nature of this degree, you will be required to attend the University of South Australia in Adelaide to complete practical and laboratory classes.

  • The laboratory classes will be offered in block mode, typically requiring two or three days per unit. Classes will be scheduled so students can usually complete the requirements for two units in a four day block. There will be one week of block practicals in each Study Period.
  • These classes are compulsory. Students wanting further information about the laboratory or practical classes should contact OUA.

The following units have on-campus laboratory and/or practical classes:

  • ENR111 Electrical and Energy Systems - 3 days
  • ENR119 Engineering Mechanics - 2 days
  • ENR120 Engineering and Environmental Geology - 3 days
  • ENR205 Water Chemistry - 2 days
  • ENR209 Fluid and Energy Engineering - 2 days
  • ENR212 Manufacturing Process - 2 days

On-campus Schedules
The schedules are provided to assist students plan their studies and arrange travel and accommodation. All times listed are Adelaide times. All classes are based at the Mawson Lakes campus. Note that the ENR120 on-campus practical runs for three days. The schedule for Study Period 4 will be released at a later date.

Study Period 1 2016 On-campus Schedule

  • ENR120 - 9am Monday 18 April 2016 to 4pm Wednesday 20 April 2016
  • ENR212 - 9am Monday 18 April 2016 to 5pm Tuesday 19 April 2016

Study Period 2 2016 On-campus Schedule

  • ENR119 - 9am Tuesday 12 July 2016 to 5pm Wednesday 13 July 2016

Study Period 3 2016 On-campus Schedule

  • ENR205 - 9am Thursday 29 September 2016 to 5pm Friday 30 September 2016
  • ENR209 - 10am Monday 26 September 2016 to 5pm Tuesday 27 September 2016

Study Period 4 2016 On-campus Schedule

  • ENR111 - 9am Wednesday 11 January 2017 to 5pm Friday 13 January 2017
  • ENR119 - 9am Monday 9 January 2017 to 5pm Tuesday 10 January 2017
  • ENR209 - 10am Monday 9 January 2017 to 5pm Tuesday 10 January 2017

Travel and accommodation resources

Financial support

Please note: There is no on-campus attendance for the Engineering Pathway units ENR101, ENR102, SCI16, SCI18.

Majors

The Associate Degree in Engineering offers units in two majors: Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering. Students in both majors study the Engineering Pathway if they have not previously studied equivalent material. Students who have previously studied material equivalent to one or more of the Pathway units are required to apply for exemption from these units. Students given exemptions for any Pathway units will be required to study additional advanced level Mechanical or Civil Engineering units.

All students in both majors study seven common first level units. One additional first level unit is required: Mechanical Engineering students study ENR111 Electricity and Electronics while Civil Engineering students study ENR120 Engineering and Environmental Geology.

To complete a total of 16 units for the Associate Degree students are required to select four Advanced Engineering units in their chosen major, students with exemptions for one or more of the Engineering Pathway units will be required to study additional Advanced Engineering units in their major.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Essential Mathematics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry
ENR101 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Essential Mathematics 2: Calculus
ENR102 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
General Physics (Previously Introduction to Physics)
SCI16 Murdoch SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Fundamentals of Chemistry (Previously: Introduction to Chemistry)
SCI18 Murdoch SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7

Students who have not completed their mathematics or science eligibility requirements should start with the Engineering Pathway.

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Sustainable Engineering Practice
ENR112 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Engineering Drawing with SolidWorks
ENR118 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 5 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Engineering Design and Innovation
ENR113 UniSA SP1 - - -
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 1
ENR114 UniSA - SP2 SP3 -
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 2
ENR115 UniSA SP1 - - SP4
Engineering Materials
ENR116 UniSA - SP2 - -
Engineering Mechanics
ENR1191 UniSA - SP2 - SP4

1 ENR119 Engineering Mechanics - 2 day on-campus attendance requirement.

Total number of units to complete: 1 unit Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Engineering and Environmental Geology
ENR1201 UniSA SP1 - - -

1 ENR120 Engineering & Environmental Geology - 3 day on-campus attendance requirement.

Complete 4 units from the following 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Geospatial Science for Engineers
ENR201 UniSA - SP2 - -
Mechanics of Materials
ENR202 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Civil Engineering Practice
ENR203 UniSA - - SP3 -
Introduction to Water Engineering
ENR204 UniSA SP1 - - -
Water Chemistry
ENR2051 UniSA - - SP3 -
Engineering Modelling
ENR208 UniSA - SP2 - -
Road Design and Traffic Management
ENR216 UniSA - - - SP4
Professional Engineering Practice E
ENR301 UniSA - - - SP4

1 ENR205 Water Chemistry - 2 day on-campus attendance requirement.

Total number of units to complete: 1 unit Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Electricity and Electronics
ENR1111 UniSA - - - SP4

1 ENR111 Electricity and Electronics - 3 day on-campus attendance requirement.

Complete 4 units from the following 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Mechanics of Materials
ENR202 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Engineering Modelling
ENR208 UniSA - SP2 - -
Fluid and Energy Engineering
ENR2091 UniSA - - SP3 SP4
Mechanical Design Practice
ENR210 UniSA - - SP3 -
Manufacturing Processes
ENR2122 UniSA SP1 - - -
Engineering Dynamics
ENR215 UniSA - SP2 - -
Professional Engineering Practice E
ENR301 UniSA - - - SP4
Operations and Project Management for Engineers
ENR302 UniSA - - SP3 -

1 ENR212 Manufacturing Process - 2 day on-campus attendance requirement.
2 ENR209 Fluid and Energy Engineering - 2 day-on campus attendance requirement.

Students may get credit for previous study (including for the introductory mathematics and science units).

All students complete 16 units to qualify for the award of Associate Degree in Engineering. Students who obtain credit for units will reduce the total number of required units by the number of units credited.

Credit applications should be submitted to UniSA at least six weeks prior to enrolling in any OUA units. Contact UniSA for further information ouainfo@unisa.edu.au

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MATHEMATICS requirements - Open Enrolment units

  • Students with little recent background in Mathematics are strongly advised to enrol in ENR101 Essential Mathematics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry before they enrol in ENR102 Essential Mathematics: Calculus.
  • Students with a reasonable background in Mathematics but who require a single unit to strengthen their mathematics background before taking ENR114 Mathematical Methods for Engineers 1 are advised to enrol in ENR102 Essential Mathematics 2: Calculus.

ENGINEERING PATHWAY UNITS

All four of the Engineering Pathway units are Open Enrolment units and no application form is required to enrol in these units:

  • ENR101 Essential Mathematics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry (UniSA)
  • ENR102 Essential Mathematics 2: Calculus (UniSA)
  • SCI16 General Physics (Murdoch)
  • SCI18 Introduction to Chemistry (Murdoch)

*Students are advised that these units are prerequisites for some Engineering - Level 1 core units.

ENGINEERING - Level 1 core units

These two Level 1 core units are Open Enrolment units and no application form is required to enrol in these units:

  • ENR118 Engineering Drawing with SolidWorks
  • ENR112 Sustainable Engineering Practice

Please note: Students can only graduate from the Associate Degree in Engineering as Commonwealth Supported Students (CSP).

Once you have enrolled:

Once your enrolment has been confirmed, your details will be sent through to the University of South Australia (UniSA). Your details will then be used to send out your UniSA log in details. If you enrolled two weeks before (or earlier) to the start of the study period your log in details for the UniSA student portal will be sent out two weeks prior to the start of the study period. If you enrol during the last two weeks before the start of the study period the email will be sent the following Monday after you enrol.

If you have not received your log in details by the start of the study period date please contact UniSA directly on 1300 361 450.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
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  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

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  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
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Melbourne 3001
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Please find the 2015 version of this course here:
Associate Degree in Engineering 2015

Students should normally complete the introductory units before moving on to the other units. Students who have not studied Mathematics, or have done so a while ago, should take ENR101 Essential Mathematics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry before they take ENR102 Essential Mathematics 2: Calculus. It is not recommended that these units be studied at the same time.

Following completion of the four introductory units, students should study seven first-year units. Students are advised to study the units ENR118 Engineering Drawing with SolidWorks, ENR112 Sustainable Engineering Practice, ENR114 Mathematical Methods for Engineers 1 and ENR116 Engineering Materials. After completing these units they should then study ENR115 Mathematical Methods for Engineers 2, ENR119 Engineering Mechanics and ENR113 Engineering Design and Innovation.

Mechanical Engineering students will then study ENR111 Electricity and Electronics followed by four advanced Mechanical Engineering units. Civil Engineering students will study ENR120 Engineering and Environmental Geology followed by four advanced Civil Engineering stream electives.

There are only two units which students may already have completed that are affected by this change. These two units along with their equivalents for transition purposes are:

  • ENR110 Computer Techniques is equivalent to the new unit ENR118 Engineering Drawing with SolidWorks
  • ENR117 Mechanics and Physics is equivalent to the new unit ENR119 Engineering Mechanics

In addition, a very small number of Civil Engineering students may have studied the unit ENR111 Electrical Energy Systems which is no longer required for the Civil Engineering Stream. Existing students will be able to count this unit towards their Associate Degree. They will be required to study the new unit ENR120 Engineering and Environmental Geology and a sufficient number of Civil Engineering electives to make up the 16 units required for their degree.

The unit ENR302 Operations and Project Management for Engineers has been removed from the Civil Engineering major stream. A small number of Civil Engineering students may elect to study the unit. Upon presenting for graduation with this unit, such students are eligible to count the unit towards their award.

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