The Bachelor of Engineering (Agricultural and Biosystems) (Honours) 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.

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) Chemistry and 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 understanding of both the theoretical and the practical aspects of engineering, particularly those relevant to the systematic development of agricultural engineering solutions
  • an awareness of social, economic and environmental aspects of agricultural 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 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:

  • proficiently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex agricultural engineering solutions
  • demonstrate a broad understanding of the engineering discipline and a deeper understanding of some areas of agricultural engineering
  • 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
  • understand and describe the processes through which current knowledge was developed
  • 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 agricultural engineering
  • contribute successfully to project management
  • plan and execute a research project, applying relevant methodologies and knowledge
  • apply skills adopted through the thesis and advanced discipline topics to postgraduate level research or advanced industrial investigation.

It is anticipated that on completion of the Bachelor of Engineering (Agricultural and Biosystems) (Honours), students will be eligible for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

Program of Study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Engineering (Agricultural and Biosystems) (Honours), 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.

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:

 ENGR2711 Engineering Mathematics (4.5 units)
 ENGR2722 Analysis of Engineering Systems (4.5 units)
 ENGR2751 Fluid Mechanics (4.5 units)
 ENGR2801 Horticultural Production Systems (4.5 units)    
 ENGR2802 Aquaculture Production Systems (4.5 units)

Plus 13.5 units from one of the two groups listed below:

Core - Year 3 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR3704 Project Management for Engineering and Science (4.5 units)
 ENGR3750  Workplace Preparation (0 units)
 ENGR3801 Cereal Production Systems (4.5 units)
 ENGR3802 Animal Production Systems (4.5 units)
 ENGR3851 Hydraulics and Water Engineering (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units from one of the two groups listed below:

Plus one of:

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

Core - Year 4 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR7700A Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units) (see note 3)
 ENGR7700B Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units)
 ENGR7700C Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units)
 ENGR7700D Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units)
 ENGR7801 Advanced Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Design (4.5 units)
 ENGR9742 Standards, Ethics and Compliance (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units of Table A topics (see note 4)

Group A - Production Infrastructure

 ENGR2741 Mechanics and Structures (4.5 units)
 ENGR2752 Mechanics of Machines (4.5 units)
 ENGR2832 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics (4.5 units)
 ENGR3712 Thermodynamics and Energy Systems (4.5 units)
 ENGR3871 Transport Systems Engineering (4.5 units)
 EASC3741 Groundwater (4.5 units)

Group B - Smart Biosystems

 ENGR2712 Automation and Industrial Control (4.5 units)
 ENGR2721 Microprocessors (4.5 units)
 ENGR2731 Electronic Circuits (4.5 units)
 ENGR2772 Sensors and Actuators (4.5 units)
 ENGR3711 Control Systems (4.5 units)
 ENGR3771 Robotic Systems (4.5 units)


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 semesters.

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

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