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Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Power) Honours

Course code Y49

Electrical power engineering is a well-established engineering discipline encompassing electrical power generation, transmission and distribution.

The course provides broad coverage across a range of core electrical and electronic subjects, leading to more in-depth studies of power systems including generation, transmission and protection, as well as power electronics, electromechanical systems, industrial control, and renewable energy.

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

The course provides a sound basis in mechanics, dynamics, mathematics, and the principles of engineering design in the first two years of study, along with a broad basis in engineering science including materials and manufacturing, computer aided design, programming principles, and analogue and digital electronics. In the final two years of study, a range of specialist electrical power 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

Y49

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

Y49

CRICOS code

083337K

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
ENM2104Instrumentation and Measurement15
ENS2456Digital Electronics15
ENS3551Electrical Networks15
ENS5170Engineering Systems15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSP2151Programming Fundamentals15
ENS2113Engineering Dynamics15
ENS3553Signals and Systems15
ENS2457Analog Electronics15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5360Power Electronics15
ENS2159Engineering Innovation and Ethics15
ENS5253Control Systems15
ENS3554Data Communications and Computer Networks15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS2160Thermodynamics15
ENS3206Power Systems 115
ENS5230Electrical Machines and Transformers15
ENS5240Industrial Control15

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
ENS5361Power Systems 215
ENS3555Communication Systems 115
ENS4152 ^Project Development15
Or
ENS5145 ^Engineering Honours Thesis 115
Elective Unit15

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
ENS5543Engineering Management15
ENS5445Sustainability and Renewable Energy15
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
ENS2257Microprocessor Systems15
ENS2170Principles of Industrial Maintenance15
ENM3218Fluid Mechanics15
ENS3556Wireless Communication15
ENS5204Real-Time Embedded Systems15
ENS5447Propagation and Antennas15
ENS5203Electronic Circuit Design15
ENS5251Digital Signal Processing15
ENS5444Telecommunication Networks15
ENS5442Robotics 115
ENS5542Communication Systems 215
MAT3486Multivariate Calculus15
ENS5562Renewable Energy Conversions 115

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 electrical power 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 electrical power 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 electrical power 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 electrical power 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

Electrical power engineers have diverse employment opportunities in most sectors of industry, including public utilities, renewable energy, mining and resource, manufacturing, defence, aerospace, chemical and pharmaceutical, and consulting.

Possible future job titles

Electrical Engineer, Power Systems Engineer, Electrical Power Engineer

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  • "As a mature age student, I was apprehensive about ‘going back to school'"
    Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Power) Hons student, Julian Rooneyåç
    Julian RooneyBachelor of Engineering (Electrical Power) Honours student

    I chose ECU for the high quality of courses, the friendly atmosphere on campus, combined with the opportunity to study a quality engineering course in regional WA – without having to move to the city, find accommodation, and change jobs immediately.

    I’ve found there is a great balance in the course between theory and practice, with field trips and opportunities to meet people form relevant industries.

    As a mature age student, I was apprehensive about ‘going back to school’, however the other students and lecturers could not have been friendlier or more accommodating.

    I completed Year 12 many years ago, so was able to apply direct to ECU with my old tertiary entrance score. The process was really easy – had I know it would be this easy, I might have gone back to study many years ago!

  • "ECU has the best engineering laboratory facilities in Western Australia"
    Wasif Ali
    Wasif AliBachelor of Engineering (Electrical Power) Honours student, 
Pakistan

    I chose ECU for its high-quality teaching standards and world-class laboratory facilities. I was interested in mathematics and physics in high school. However, the main inspiration behind choosing electrical engineering was my passion for renewable energy.

    ECU provides a very friendly environment for studies, the classes are smaller which allows lecturers and student to engage in an effective manner. I also joined a couple of academic and social clubs at university and made so many good friends and industry connections.

    I took an internship program in my last semester and I’m still working with that company. It is an amazing experience to realise that the concepts and theories which I learn at the university have numerous applications in real life.

    The best features of Perth are its weather and very friendly people. I like to hang out with friends and colleagues, do rock climbing, go to the beach and play badminton.

    ECU has the best engineering laboratory facilities in Western Australia. I would strongly encourage local and international students to choose ECU and pursue their career in STEM.

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