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Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) Honours

Course code Y13

Civil engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the human-made environment, including buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels, dams and other large physical structures.

The course is designed to equip graduates with industry relevant skills across a full range of core civil engineering subject areas including surveying, soil mechanics, engineering geology, structural analysis and design, hydrology, and transportation engineering, as well as construction technology and site management.

The program focuses on the development of knowledge and skills relevant to professional engineering practice, and along with a sound theoretical base, it includes strong elements of practical problem solving, team work and project development. As well as having multiple technical and transferable skill competencies, graduates will gain strong analytical skills, and the ability to lead complex projects.

The course provides a sound basis in mechanics, mathematics, and the principles of engineering design in the first two years of study, along with core areas of engineering science including materials and manufacturing, engineering drawing and computer aided design, foundational electrical engineering, and thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. In the final two years of study, a range of more specialist civil engineering topics are covered to prepare students to enter their chosen profession with relevant knowledge and skills.

The first year of this course includes a set of eight units that are common across all engineering honours courses. This allows students the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the various engineering disciplines on offer and the flexibility, if desired, to switch to another engineering discipline/course without penalty after the first year of study.

Applicants from South West WA will be able to study only the first year (up to eight foundation units) of this degree at ECU's Bunbury Campus, which may include attending a short set of lab sessions at Joondalup Campus by the end of each semester. After completing these eight units, Bunbury students will need to attend ECU's Joondalup Campus to complete the rest of their course. This option is only available for domestic students living in the South West region of WA.

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Entry requirements

82 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y13

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $9,550

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Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y13

CRICOS code

083180D

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $30,200

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Duration

4 years full-time

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 30 Core units, 2 Elective units and a Practicum unit.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1154Introduction to Engineering15
ENS1115Materials and Manufacturing 115
ENM1102Engineering Drawing and Computer Aided Design15
MAT1250Mathematics 115
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1101Engineering Mechanics15
ENS1180Introduction to Energy and Resource Engineering15
ENS1253Electrical Engineering 1B15
MAT1251Mathematics 215
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSP2151Programming Fundamentals15
ENS2260Surveying and Site Measurement15
ENS2159Engineering Innovation and Ethics15
ENS5170Engineering Systems15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS2110Materials and Manufacturing 215
ENS2113Engineering Dynamics15
ENS2160Thermodynamics15
ENS3190Mechanics of Solids15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS3242Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering15
ENS3243Structural Analysis15
ENM3218Fluid Mechanics15
Elective Unit15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS3244Concrete Design15
ENS3245Steel Design15
ENS3208Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics15
ENS5106Hydrology and Hydraulics15

Note: Students who receive a WAM of 70 per cent or above at the end of their third year of study will be invited to complete a graded Honours degree by taking the two Honours Thesis units in place of the standard project units in their fourth year. Students below this cut-off, or who decline the offer to undertake the Honours Thesis, will graduate with an ungraded Honours degree.

Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5111Engineering Practicum
ENS5252Construction Technology15
ENS5214Transportation Engineering15
ENS5190Civil Engineering Design15
ENS4152 ^Project Development15
Or
ENS5145 ^Engineering Honours Thesis 115

Note: Students undertaking the graded Honours pathway should enrol into ENS5145 Engineering Honours Thesis 1 in place of ENS4152 Project Development.

Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5112Construction Site Management15
ENS5543Engineering Management15
ENS4253 ^Engineering Project15
Or
ENS5146 ^Engineering Honours Thesis 215
Elective Unit15

Note: Students undertaking the graded Honours pathway should enrol into ENS5146 Engineering Honours Thesis 2 in place of ENS4253 Engineering Project.

RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENM2104Instrumentation and Measurement15
ENS2170Principles of Industrial Maintenance15
ENS2102Hydrostatics15
ENS2180Offshore Science and Engineering15
ENS5261Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Systems15
ENS3554Data Communications and Computer Networks15
ENS3553Signals and Systems15
ENS3105Mechanical Design and Development15
ENS5180Finite Element Methods15
ENS5200Building Services15
ENS5144Coastal Engineering15
ENS5253Control Systems15
MAT3486Multivariate Calculus15
ENS5133Environmental Engineering 115
ENS5132Environmental Engineering 215

Note: Electives chosen from outside this list must be approved by the Course Coordinator.

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

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Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes to conduct and manage civil engineering projects, with some intellectual independence.
  2. Demonstrate a global outlook and knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline, including respect for cultural diversity and indigenous cultural competence.
  3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and in depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the civil engineering discipline.
  4. Demonstrate clear and coherent oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  5. Demonstrate conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the civil engineering discipline and fluently apply engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  6. Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership to implement engineering projects according to relevant standards of ethical conduct, sustainable practice and professional accountability.
  7. Demonstrate responsibility for own learning, professional judgement and an understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice.
  8. Think critically, and apply established engineering methods and research skills to complex civil engineering problem solving.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Engineers Australia

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $9,550 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $30,200 *

* International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates will have competencies in all major areas of civil engineering, and be able to participate in and lead complex, multidisciplinary projects. Civil engineers have strong employment opportunities in many sectors of industry, including road and transport, construction, mining and resource, public utilities, defence, and consulting.

Possible future job titles

Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, Transportation Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer, Water Resource Engineer

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  • "If you want a well‑rounded and practical experience, definitely study Engineering at ECU"
    Jordan Butler
    Jordan ButlerECU Civil Engineering graduate

    My advice to students would be to study to get a job, not to get a degree. Maximise your opportunities to get experience that will get you a career. So for me, that was participating in Engineering societies, going overseas, joining the Vice‑Chancellor's forum and so forth. All of these gave me interpersonal skills and international experience.

    I was also named the WA Young Professional Engineer of the Year 2018 at the Engineers Australia WA Engineering Excellence Awards.

    If you want a well‑rounded and practical experience, definitely study Engineering at ECU.

  • "Bruna's engineering career is built to last"
    Bruna RochaECU Engineering graduate

    ECU Engineering graduate Bruna Rocha is now a Graduate Structural Engineer at AECOM, a global engineering company that connects people through roads, bridges, tunnels and transit systems.

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