Phasing out course - prior to 31 December 2014

The Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) requires four years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

Successful completion of any of SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Specialist Mathematics, Mathematical Studies or Mathematical Methods with a minimum grade of C- or better (or equivalent) is normally required for entry to the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil). Knowledge of SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Chemistry and Physics is assumed.

Course aims

The course has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • a strong foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of engineering, particularly those relevant to the systematic development of civil engineered solutions
  • an awareness of social, economic and environmental aspects of civil engineering
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
  • well developed written and oral communication skills
  • structured engineering work experience
  • the ability to work professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams
  • an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • preparation for future management roles as professional engineers.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the award, students will be able to:

  • competently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of civil engineered solutions
  • apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
  • communicate effectively with other engineers and the wider community using a wide range of communication technologies
  • work professionally as an individual and in a team
  • develop engineering solutions appropriate to the social, political, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
  • engage in the process of continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the areas of civil engineering
  • contribute successfully to project management.

Program of Study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), a student must complete 144 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Students achieving a credit level average or better at the end of third year will be allowed to enrol in the honours degree program in Engineering in their final year. Other students will be able to complete the ordinary degree program. Students admitted to the honours degree program and maintaining a credit average or better will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours. Students who complete the honours degree program but who fail to maintain a credit average and students who complete the ordinary degree program will be awarded the ordinary degree of Bachelor of Engineering.

Core - Year 1

36 units comprising:

 COMP1102 Computer Programming 1 (4.5 units)
 EASC1101 Earth and Environmental Sciences (4.5 units)
 ENGR1401 Professional Skills for Engineers (4.5 units)
 ENGR1711 Engineering Design (4.5 units)
 ENGR1722 Engineering Physics and Materials (4.5 units)
 ENGR1732 Engineering Mechanics (4.5 units)
 MATH1121 Mathematics 1A (4.5 units)
 MATH1122 Mathematics 1B (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2

36 units comprising:

 ENGR2711 Engineering Mathematics (4.5 units)
 ENGR2741 Mechanics and Structures (4.5 units)
 ENGR2751 Fluid Mechanics (4.5 units)
 ENGR2821 Infrastructure Systems Engineering (4.5 units)
 ENGR2822 Civil Engineering Design (4.5 units)
 ENGR2832 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics (4.5 units)
 ENGR2842 Structural Engineering 1 (4.5 units)
 GEOG2700 Geographical Information Systems (4.5 units)

Core - Year 3

36 units comprising:

 ENGR3831 Geotechnical Engineering (4.5 units)
 ENGR3841 Structural Engineering 2 (4.5 units)
 ENGR3871 Transport Systems Engineering (4.5 units)
 ENGR3851 Water Engineering (4.5 units)
 ENGR3704 Project Management for Engineering and Science (4.5 units)
 ENGR3750  Workplace Preparation (0 units)

Plus one of:

 ENGR3700 Engineering Practicum (13.5 units) (see note 1)
 ENGR3710 International Engineering Practicum (13.5 units) (see note 2)

Year 4 Honours program topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR7700A Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units)
 ENGR7700B Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units)
 ENGR7700C Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units)
 ENGR7700D Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units)
 ENGRXXXX Advanced Civil Engineering Design (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units of CSEM option topics#

Plus a 4.5 unit topic from across the University where entry requirements are met.

Year 4 ordinary program topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR7710A Engineering Project (4.5/9 Units)
 ENGR7710B Engineering Project (4.5/9 Units)
 ENGRXXXX Advanced Civil Engineering Design (4.5 units)

Plus 18 units of CSEM option topics#

Plus a 4.5 unit topic from across the University where entry requirements are met.


1. With the permission of the Director of Studies (Engineering), students may undertake ENGR3403 Engineering Work Experience (0 units) plus 13.5 units of CSEM upper-level topics in place of ENGR3700 Engineering Practicum or ENGR3710 International Engineering Practicum. ENGR3403 may be taken any time after the student has completed 72 units. Note that under the Fair Work Act, students enrolled in 0-unit Industry Experience topics must be in receipt of appropriate remuneration from the industry partner. Evidence of appropriate remuneration must be demonstrated before enrolment is permitted in the topic. International students please be aware that your student visa conditions restrict you from undertaking ENGR3403 within Australia. Please see the topic coordinator for further details.

2. ENGR3710 International Engineering Practicum should be selected by those students intending to undertake their Practicum outside of Australia. Enrolment is subject to approval by the School and will consider the quality and appropriateness of the placement.

3. Students must undertake the Engineering Thesis topics over a minimum of two consecutive semesters.

4. CSEM option topics must be taken from Table A . At least 9 units of the topics taken from Table A must be from those labelled as Civil Engineering (Group V).

5. With permission of the Director of Studies, one Table A topic may be replaced by a COMP, ENGR, MATH or STAT topic at 3000-level and above as long as Note 4 is satisfied.

6. Any topic listed in the Program of Study that is also listed in Table D may be replaced with its equivalent topic as listed.

7. The honours grade awarded is determined in accordance with the University's Assessment Policy and Procedures Policy and is calculated from the Weighted Average Mark of all topics at level 4000 and above taken as part of the degree as follows:

85 ≤ WAM - Honours First Class (H1)
75 ≤ WAM < 85 - Honours Second Class Division A (H2A)
65 ≤ WAM < 75 - Honours Second Class Division B (H2B)
WAM < 65 - Honours not awarded

Combined degrees

The Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) may also be studied in a combined degrees program with any Bachelor degree in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.