Associate Degree in Engineering - 2014

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

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Course summary - 2014

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 16 units to complete
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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.

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 credited towards this course.

OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to two 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.

Learn more about OUA Pathways.

*The two free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive and PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing.

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 selection, applicants are required to have:

Completed 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;
  • obtained a competitive ATAR of 60 or higher

* For Stage 2 subjects with a grade of C- or better is required

OR

  • successfully completed the ATN Engineering aptitude test

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

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

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

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. You can purchase a student version of MATLAB through Mathworks.com for approximately $120, or through UniSA at a discounted price of approximately $75. 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 and PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing
 

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 relevant 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

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 8 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 that 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 and practical classes schedule should contact UniSA.
     

In 2014 the following units have laboratory and/or practical classes:

  • ENR111 Electrical and Energy Systems
  • ENR119 Engineering Mechanics
  • ENR120 Engineering and Environmental Geology
  • ENR205 Water Chemistry
  • ENR209 Fluid and Energy Engineering
  • ENR212 Manufacturing Processes

On-campus Schedules
The following schedule is 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.

Study Period 4 2014 On-campus Schedule

  • ENR111 Electricity and Electronics – 9am Friday 16 January 2015 to 5pm Saturday 17 January 2015
  • ENR119 Engineering Mechanics – 9am Monday 12 January 2015 to 5pm Tuesday 13 January 2015
  • ENR209 Fluid and Energy Engineering – 10am Wednesday 14 January 2015 to 5pm Thursday 15 January 2015

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 four Engineering Pathway units 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 of the Engineering 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
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
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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 Pre SP1 Pre SP2 Pre SP3 Pre SP4
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA Mid SP1 Mid SP2 Mid SP3 Mid SP4

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 - SP3 -
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 1
ENR114 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 2
ENR115 UniSA SP1 - SP3 SP4
Engineering Materials
ENR116 UniSA - SP2 SP3 -
Engineering Mechanics
ENR1191 UniSA - SP2 SP3 SP4

1 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 - SP3 -

1 On-campus attendance requirement

Complete 4 units from the following 9 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Geospatial Science for Engineers
ENR201 UniSA SP1 SP2 - -
Mechanics of Materials
ENR2021 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Civil Engineering Practice
ENR203 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Introduction to Water Engineering
ENR204 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Water Chemistry
ENR2051 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Engineering Modelling
ENR208 UniSA - SP2 SP3 -
Road Design and Traffic Management
ENR2162 UniSA - - SP3 SP4
Professional Engineering Practice
ENR301 UniSA - - SP3 SP4
Operations and Project Management for Engineers
ENR302 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -

1 On-campus attendance requirement
2 Please note that this unit is no longer available in Study Period 4. This information will be updated on this stream shortly.

Total number of units to complete: 1 unit Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Electricity and Electronics
ENR1111 UniSA - - SP3 SP4

1 On-campus attendance requirement

Complete 4 units from the following 8 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
Need help enrolling? Read our enrolment guide
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Mechanics of Materials
ENR2021 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Engineering Modelling
ENR208 UniSA - SP2 SP3 -
Fluid and Energy Engineering
ENR2091 UniSA - - SP3 SP4
Mechanical Design Practice
ENR210 UniSA - SP2 SP3 -
Manufacturing Processes
ENR2121 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Engineering Dynamics
ENR215 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Professional Engineering Practice
ENR301 UniSA - - SP3 SP4
Operations and Project Management for Engineers
ENR302 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -

1 On-campus attendance requirement

Students may get credit or exemptions for previous study (including the mathematics and science requirements).

Students who have satisfactorily completed Year 12, TAFE or university study in Mathematics or Science equivalent to the Engineering Pathway units ENR101, ENR102, SCI16, SCI18 may apply for an exemption. Students granted an exemption will select an additional elective unit to replace the exemption for each Engineering Pathway unit. However, all students complete 16 units to qualify for the award of Associate Degree in Engineering.

Credit and exemption 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

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?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • 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.

Find out more about
HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • 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).

Find out more about
FEE-HELP
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
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

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.