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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.
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.
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*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
- 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
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
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
- Map of Mawson Lakes campus
- UniSA advice on temporary accommodation (Information on student accommodation, backpackers, affordable hotels, serviced apartments, Aboriginal hostels)
- Getting to Mawson Lakes (including links to the Adelaide Metro transport system)
- Please note that you may also be eligible for a travel subsidy from OUA
Please note:There is no on-campus attendance for the Engineering Pathway units ENR101, ENR102, SCI16, SCI18.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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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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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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- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
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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.