Bachelor of Engineering Systems (Honours)
Become a professional and accredited engineer
This engineering degree unpacks the maths and science engineers need to solve complex engineering problems. Choose to specialise in civil or mechanical engineering. 60 days of industry placement develops your professional conduct and judgement.
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Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Apply a multidisciplinary systems engineering approach to identify relevant factors and evaluate their importance in complex engineering problems relevant to the chosen field of engineering specialisation
- Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise engineering knowledge to identify and develop solutions to complex engineering problems relevant to the chosen field of engineering specialisation with intellectual independence
- Conduct research relevant to the chosen field of engineering specialisation with some independence
- Adapt and apply a broad contextual knowledge using highly developed technical, design and communication skills to devise innovative solutions to complex problems relevant to the chosen field of engineering specialisation
- Use highly developed professional judgement to apply contemporary ethical standards and exhibit appropriate professional conduct in the engineering environment
- Demonstrate a strong conceptual understanding of mathematics and other basic sciences that underpin the chosen field of engineering specialisation
- Apply appropriate technical skills and demonstrate a detailed understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge related to the chosen field of engineering specialisation
- Apply critical reflection to assess professional development with respect to the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
- Demonstrate the ability to acquire, use and adapt to changes in information and technology
- Demonstrate the ability to develop new knowledge and apply it to solving problems related to the chosen field of engineering specialisation
- Demonstrate the ability to work in teams with engineers and other professionals to solve problems related to the chosen field of engineering specialisation using a systems engineering approach in a project environment
- Communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written form with a variety of audiences including engineers, other professionals, and the wider community
- Demonstrate an appreciation of diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives in the context of engineering systems and practice
Graduates will have opportunities to work as professional engineers in the broad disciplines of civil engineering or mechanical engineering as follows:
- Graduates from the Civil Engineering specialisation will be able to work in a range of settings, including traffic and transport, humanitarian organisations, engineering design, government authorities, water supply and management agencies, construction companies, natural resource management organisations, consulting engineering companies, mining companies, irrigation authorities, research organisations and in tertiary education. Graduates majoring in Construction Engineering will have particular skills and expertise to ensure they are highly qualified for work as a professional engineering in the civil construction industry.
- Graduates from the Mechanical Engineering specialisation have broad employment prospects in local and global markets, including both regional and metropolitan locations. They can work in diverse industries including heavy machinery, power generation, mining, manufacturing, production planning, automotive, aerospace, medical, environment, building industries and consumer product design and tertiary education. Mechanical engineers are in demand in government departments, building services, manufacturing centres, power plants, consulting engineering companies, ship building, railroads, control and automation industries, robotics industries, heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) engineering industries.
This course and both specialisations are accredited or provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia.
Civil Engineering specialisation
This specialisation has full accreditation from Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer.
Mechanical Engineering specialisation
This specialisation has provisional accreditation from Engineers Australia and will be assessed for full accreditation in 2021.
- If admission is being offered on the basis of completion of the Preparing for Success program, students need to achieve a Distinction or above in their maths unit UNIP1003 Applying Quantitative Concepts.
- If admission is being offered on the basis of completion of the Transition to Uni program, students need to achieve a Distinction or above in their maths unit UNIP1007 Scientific and Quantitative Concepts at University.
ATAR: 70 or equivalent
English Proficiency Requirements
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows:
- Overall: 6.0
- Listening: minimum 5.5
- Reading: minimum 5.5
- Speaking: minimum 5.5
- Writing: minimum 5.5
As part of this course, students are required to undertake a compulsory 60-day industry placement.
Industry experience enables students to apply their knowledge and skills to engineering problems within a real work environment, and to make valuable contacts within industry. Students typically undertake one or more work placements with an organisation conducting work related to engineering practice.
Applicants or students that can provide supporting documents to verify they already know, understand and can perform the learning outcomes for one or more units within a Southern Cross course, are eligible to have their prior learning assessed for credit by submitting an application for Advanced Standing.
More information can found in https://www.scu.edu.au/current-students/student-administration/recognition-of-prior-learning/.
Are you curious about our world and what makes it work? This degree will prepare you to solve the biggest challenges facing civil and mechanical engineering.
The Bachelor of Engineering Systems (Honours) is designed to meet the requirements for accreditation at the level of Professional Engineer by Engineers Australia. Foundational core units build knowledge of the basic sciences, and the processes and philosophy that underpin the engineering profession.
You’ll then choose a specialisation to build discipline knowledge and technical skills in your chosen area with a strong emphasis on project-based learning.
The final year of the course contains a mixture of advanced core units and advanced discipline-specific units that are designed to build skills in independent investigation, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and ethical and professional behaviour. A 60-day professional placement ensures you are ready to hit the ground running as a graduate.
The course is structured around 16 key competencies identified by Engineers Australia as being essential to the graduating engineer. These competencies are broadly grouped into: knowledge and skills, application, personal and professional skills.
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Engineering Systems (Honours), students must complete the equivalent of 32 single-weighted units (384 credit points), comprising:
- one (1) specialisation in Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or Coastal Engineering (384 credit points), and
- at least 60 days (480 hours) of industry experience of a nature acceptable to the Course Coordinator.
All students successfully completing this course will be awarded Honours. Additionally, a student who has reached the required standard of academic performance may, on the recommendation of the Course Coordinator, be awarded Honours with one of the following merit descriptors:
- First Class Honours
- Second Class Honours — Division I
- Second Class Honours — Division II
Honours merit descriptors will be determined based on a student’s academic record throughout the course of study, as described on the Engineering Student Centre website.