Civil Engineering (Hons) - 4473

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Contact: UNSW Canberra, Student Administrative Services

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 192

UAC Code: 450050

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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Program Description

Engineering degrees offered by UNSW Canberra aim to provide outstanding engineering education to the future leaders of the Australian Defence Force and civilian students to pursue excellence through contributions to the engineering profession, industry and the community.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering program is of four years duration and the degree may be awarded at Honours Class I, Honours Class II, Division I or Honours Class II, Division II. These honours levels will be displayed on the final testamur. Candidates who do not achieve Honours Class 1 or 2 will receive a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering with no honours level displayed.

The engineering programs at UNSW Canberra have been granted full accreditation by Engineers Australia.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Civil Engineering takes its name from the division of engineering in the Middle Ages between military and civilian works. The profession of Civil Engineering was recognised by the formation of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) in 1825. In the 19th Century, the broadening scope of engineering led to the division of civilian engineering into civil, mechanical and electrical, with further specialisations (aeronautical, chemical, industrial, materials, electronic etc) having developed in the 20th Century.

After contracting its sphere of interest over a long period of time, Civil Engineering is now broadening its scope with the recognition of the wider implications of its effects on modern society. Attention is given both to the interaction between civil engineering and other disciplines and to the effect of Civil Engineering works on the environment. Present day civil engineering has maintained strong commonality with military engineering - the design and construction of facilities such as roads, bridges, airfields, buildings, water supply and waste treatment facilities, structures of all types, and the associated planning and management of projects.

A Civil Engineer in the ADF may be employed in the Royal Australian Engineers Corps of the Australian Army or as an Airfield Engineering Officer in the RAAF. The degree will provide graduates with professional engineering design, construction and management skills on a broad spectrum of engineering tasks required by the Australian Defence Force. Graduates will also develop enhanced planning and decision making skills and technical expertise to provide guidance to superiors and direction to subordinates, as required of Service officers.

Except for Electrical Engineering and those in the Chief of Defence Force Honours Program first-year engineering and technology students enrol in a common program taking foundation science and engineering courses. In second and increasingly in third and fourth years the programs diverge into their specialities although there are some courses that span across programs in all years. A key element in all years is the design stream which emphasises complex problem solving. Other streams such as, structures, materials, hydraulics, environmental engineering, geotechnics and project management often incorporate project based learning informed by academic research and industrial practice. Electives and a final year thesis or integrated design enable students to pursue particular interests both within and outside the specialist discipline.

At the end of the program students are expected to meet the graduate attributes of the University and stage 1 Competencies of Engineers Australia, ready to practice in their chosen profession and with the ingenuity and resourcefulness to meet rapid technological change.

Program Structure

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering degree requires a prescribed program structure as determined by the engineering program chosen. Each year of the program comprises a number of School-based courses (identified by the prefix ZEIT) and courses taught by other Schools within UNSW Canberra.

Completion of each year, thereby allowing progression to the next year, is normally achieved by satisfactory progress in each of the courses given in that year. At the discretion of the Head of School, students may be allowed to concurrently enrol in courses from more than one year of the program.

First Year

Second Year

Third Year
Plus 1 x General Education course

Fourth Year
Plus 1 x General Education course
Students must undertake 12 UOC of Technical Elective courses selected from the courses listed below.

Technical Elective Courses

Academic Rules

1. Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students

These regulations apply to all undergraduate degrees and are to be used in conjunction with Academic Rules and Program Information. All rules in this Handbook apply to each student who enters an undergraduate program in 2017. The rules remain applicable until the student exits their program, either by discontinuation or graduation. Students who entered a program in another year should consult the rules and regulations for that year.

Please refer to Faculty Regulations information

A student must comply with the Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students. In the event of a conflict, the rules for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering take precedence over the Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students.

2. Degree Requirements

2.1 The degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering shall be conferred as a Bachelor Honours degree at Level 8 in the AQF. Honours in recognition of meritorious performance may be awarded in the following categories:
Honours Class I
Honours Class II, Division I
Honours Class II, Division II
Where candidates do not achieve Honours Class 1 or 2, the Class of Honours is not displayed.

2.1.1 The Class of Honours is calculated as follows:
Honours Class 1: Honours WAM of at least 80.0 and Thesis Mark of at least 65
Honours Class 2 Division 1: Honours WAM of at least 75.0 and Thesis Mark of at least 65
Honours Class 2 Division 2: Honours WAM of at least 65.0 and Thesis Mark of at least 65
Courses will be weighted according to the following:

ie Level 2 and 3 courses
ie Level 4 courses
(not including final year projects)
ie Final year projects

2.2 To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering, a candidate shall normally be enrolled for a minimum of eight sessions and gain a minimum of 192 units of credit (normally 24 units in each full-time session).

2.3 A candidate completing a Standard Program shall complete courses, in the years prescribed, for all engineering students and those pertaining to one particular branch of engineering as set out in the relevant schedule.

2.4 A candidate completing a Non-Standard Program shall, subject to the requirements of Rule 2.5 (below), timetabling requirements and the approval of the appropriate Heads of School, be permitted to enrol in any one year in courses selected from more than one year of the relevant schedule.

2.5 Before a candidate’s enrolment will be accepted for any course, the candidate must have completed the relevant prerequisite courses shown in the Course Catalogue, except where the Course Authority for the appropriate course approves otherwise.

3.0 Practical Experience Requirements

Before graduation a candidate shall complete 60 days of approved practical engineering experience which must be done in blocks of at least 20 working days each, each block being in the service of a single employer.

Service Training and Practical Experience Requirements

Service training conducted during the degree program is recognised as partially satisfying practical experience requirements in the following ways:

Naval Midshipmen, 30 days for experience gained at a defence establishment between second and third years. (Time at sea prior to arrival at UNSW Canberra at ADFA is not eligible for consideration.)

Army Cadets, 30 days for the year spent at Royal Military College between third and fourth years.

Air Force Cadets, 30 days for experience gained at a defence establishment between second and third years.


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