Courses for Tomorrow's Graduates
Our courses, and the way they are structured and taught, reflect the interconnectivity between disciplines. Movement between degrees is relatively easy and graduates of our courses are in great demand - see, for example, the CSEM Fact Sheet CSEM_Fact_Sheet.pdf (PDF 3MB) (Sources - Engineers Australia, APESMA, AIIA, ACS, DEEWR, 2001 and 2006 Australian Census).
The advantages of a joint School containing all ICT and Engineering disciplines is significant. There are fewer impediments to developing innovative courses or research programs that cut across boundaries. Examples are computational/discrete mathematics, software engineering, internet networks, biomechanical devices, intelligent transport systems and signal and image processing. At the present time, over half of the School's teaching and research activities cut across the old traditional boundaries.
Around seven years ago, a decision was taken to expand the Engineering programs offered by the University. We now offer a full range of undergraduate engineering awards including biomedical, civil, electronic, electrical, mechanical, robotics and software. We also work with the Australian Maritime College, Launceston to deliver a degree in Naval Architecture.
The Computer Science and Information Technology area is also growing rapidly with the addition of a new Bachelor of Information Technology (Network and Cybersecurity Systems) in 2014, to the existing Information Technology, Digital Media and Computer Science degrees.
Mathematics and statistics has also experienced substantial growth and in 2012 we added the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences degree and at the start of 2015, a Master of Science (Mathematics).
All of these initiatives have been warmly accepted with Flinders engineering applications hitting an all time high, and SATAC recording a record number of applications for our awards. This year, our first year engineering cohort increased by 20% after a 40% rise the year before and is likely to rise again next year.
The School interacts strongly with industry. All our engineering students, for example, undertake a nationally recognised 20-week work placement in 3rd year and which is also available as an option to our information technology and computer science students. Over Engineering Industry Placement Organisations (PDF 172KB) are regularly involved. In addition, our School has an external, industry-dominated Industry Advisory Board making our courses relevant and industry focussed.
Research and Innovation at the Boundaries
The School's research is oriented towards industry problems. Organisationally, our research is centred around four research centres, the activities of each of which reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of the School. This is an aspect of Flinders that we are proud of and each centre looks to apply the skills and knowledge of one discipline to the problems of others.
A New Campus at Tonsley
The School is currently located in two purpose-built buildings on the picturesque Bedford Park Campus at Australia's Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. However in 2015, the School will also occupy a purpose-built $120M, 18,000 sqm pair of buildings at the University's new Tonsley Campus, a 20-minute walk from our current buildings.
Having almost the whole of the University (over 17,000 students) on two interconnected campuses means that we can provide facilities not normally available on smaller, isolated campuses.
Our students and staff can interact with other disciplines more readily - sometimes formally, for example, through students being able to take minors in areas as diverse as French or Chemistry. Sometimes informally, through the University's student activities or simply a cup of coffee on the Plaza. This interaction often leads to multi-disciplinary collaboration. For example, CSEM staff and students are currently undertaking research with medicine, nanotechnology, psychology, biological sciences, screen and media studies and education.
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