The double degree Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics) (Honours), Master of Engineering (Electronics) requires five 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.

Under the existing SACE - Successful completion of any of SACE Stage 2 (Year 12), Specialist Mathematics,  Mathematical Studies or Mathematical Methods or equivalent International Baccalaureate subjects is normally required for entry. Knowledge of SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Physics is assumed.

Under the National Curriculum (from 2017) - Successful completion of either SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Specialist Mathematics or Mathematical Methods or equivalent International Baccalaureate subjects is normally required for entry. Knowledge of SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) 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 Robotic and Electronic Systems
  • an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of (robotic) engineering
  • an ability to critically analyse and evaluate information and solve problems
  • 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 and interact 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
  • an ability to undertake a substantial research-oriented project
  • preparation for future management roles as professional engineers.

The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study or for a career in an engineering related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes

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

  • competently use Professional Skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex Robotic Systems
  • demonstrate a strong and broad understanding of the robotic and electronic enginerring disciplines and a deeper understanding of some areas of robotic and electronic engineering
  • apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
  • communicate effectively with other engineers and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies;
  • work professionally as an individual and in a team
  • understand and describe the processes through which current knowledge was developed
  • develop engineering solutions appropriate to the social, political, international, 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 area of robotic engineering
  • contribute successfully to Project Management
  • plan and execute a research project, applying relevant methodologies and knowledge
  • apply research skills appropriate to postgraduate research or advanced industrial investigation.

On completion of the Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics) (Honours), Master of Engineering (Electronics), students will be eligible for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics) (Honours), Master of Engineering (Electronics) a student must complete 180 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Core - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR1201  Electronics  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1401  Professional Skills  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1711  Engineering Design  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1721  Engineering Programming  (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 topics

36 units comprising:

 COMP2711  Computer Programming 2  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2702  Electrical Circuits and Machines  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2711  Engineering Mathematics  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2721  Microprocessors  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2722  Analysis of Engineering Systems  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2731  Electronic Circuits  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2772  Sensors and Actuators  (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units from recommended sequence 1 or 2:

Option - Sequence 1 - Year 2 topics

 ENGR2712  Automation and Industrial Control  (4.5 units)

Option - Sequence 2 - Year 2 topics

ENGR2771  Dynamics  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 3 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR2781  Mechanical Design Project  (4.5 units)
 ENGR3701  Computer Organisation and Design  (4.5 units)
 ENGR3711  Control Systems  (4.5 units)
 ENGR3771  Robotic Systems  (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units from recommended sequence 1 or 2:

Option - Sequence 1 - Year 3 topics

 ENGR3721  Signal Processing  (4.5 units)

Option - Sequence 2 - Year 3 topics

 ENGR2741  Mechanics and Structures  (4.5 units)

Plus 13.5 units of CSEM upper-level topics *

Core - Year 4 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR9704  Project Management for Engineering and Science GE  (4.5 units)
 ENGR9831  Communication Systems GE  (4.5 units)
 ENGR7711  Advanced Control Systems  (4.5 units)
 ENGR7712  Autonomous Systems  (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 notes 1, 2)

Plus 4.5 units of topics from Table A where prerequisites are met (see notes 4, 5)

Core - Year 5 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR9700A  Masters Thesis  (4.5/18 units) (see note 3)
 ENGR9700B  Masters Thesis  (4.5/18 units)  
 ENGR9700C  Masters Thesis  (4.5/18 units)  
 ENGR9700D  Masters Thesis  (4.5/18 units)

Plus 18 units of topics from Table A where prerequisites are met (see notes 4, 5)

* CSEM upper-level topics must be selected from COMP, ENGR, MATH and STAT topics at 2000-level and above

1. With the permission of the Director of Studies, students may undertake ENGR9403 Engineering Work Experience GE (0 units) plus 13.5 units of CSEM upper-level topics in place of ENGR3700 Engineering Practicum. ENGR9403 may be taken any time after the student has completed 63 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 may restrict you from undertaking ENGR9403 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 which will consider the quality and appropriateness of the placement.

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

4. At least half of the topics taken from Table A must be chosen from those labelled as Robotics (Group R).

5. With permission of the Director of Studies, one Table A topic may be replaced by a COMP, ENGR, MATH or STAT topic at 7000-level and above as long as Note 4 is satisfied.

6. The honours grade for the Bachelor degree is awarded at the end of the combined degree and is determined in accordance with the University's Assessment Policy and Procedures and is calculated from the Weighted Average Mark of all topics at level 7000 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)
           50 ≤ WAM < 65 - Honours Third Class (H3)

           Where a student has satisfied all requirements for the course but has achieved a 
           WAM of less than 50, the WAM will be deemed 50 for the purposes of calculating the
           honours classification.

Combined degrees

The Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics) (Honours), Master of Engineering (Electronics) may also be studied in a combined degrees program with any Bachelor degree in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.