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Electrical Engineering - 3640

Program Summary

Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Typical Duration: 4 Years
Typical UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC Per Semester: 3
Max UOC Per Semester: 27
Min UOC For Award: 192
Bachelor of Science (Major)
Bachelor of Engineering (Major)

Program Description

The School offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in all areas of the professions of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. The School's undergraduate BE programs in Electrical, Telecommunications and Photonic engineering continue to act as models for educating engineers in tomorrow's technology. Options within Electrical Engineering include: Telecommunications, Photonics, Systems and Control, Energy Systems, Microelectronics, Signal Processing. The Degree programs are accredited by the Institution of Engineers Australia as meeting the requirements for admission to graduate membership.

A vibrant Co-op program is offered for Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications students. Co-operative scholarships are funded by Australia's premier industries.

The undergraduate curricula are being progressively revised to provide flexible training to suit the future needs of students. Individual student needs can be further met by substitution provisions within the programs.

Students have the option of completing dual award programs leading to the award of the Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering or Telecommunications in combination with a BSc, BA, BCom or LLB degree or the BE and the Master of Biomedical Engineering (please see links below).

BE(Elec Eng)/BSc program 3725
BE (Elec Eng)/BA, program 3704
BE(Elec Eng)/BCom, program 3715
BE(Elec Eng)/LLB,
program 4778
BE (Elec Eng)/MBiomedE, program 3727

For details of all academic requirements for this program, see Rules

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

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Program Structure

The program structure below gives one sequence of courses that fulfills the requirements of the degree. The timing of the general education courses and elective courses may be modified to optimize the student's choice of courses. While some courses are given twice a year, many courses are given only once a year. In addition, courses may have prerequisites and exclusions. Students are strongly encouraged to consult the Electrical Engineering School website for the recommended program structure and for advice on course selection sequences that are consistent with timetabling and availability.

Year 1
Choose ONE of:
And ONE of
And ONE of:
And ONE of:
Plus these following courses:

Plus choose 2 electives from the Year 1 Elective List Electives

Suggested Year 1 electives for this program are:
  1. ELEC1112 is an acceptable alternative to ELEC1111. Students are strongly advised to consult the recommended program on the Electrical Engineering School website.
  2. ENGG1811 is an acceptable alternative for COMP1911
  3. Students wishing to take further computing after 1st year should take both COMP1917 and COMP1927.
  4. Not all courses are offered in both semesters but students should complete 24 UOC in each semester.
Year 2

Choose ONE of:

Plus these following courses:
  • General Education (6 UOC)
Note: ELEC1112 is an acceptable alternative for ELEC1111

Year 3
  • General Education (6UOC)

Year 4
  • 2 Electives (Year 3 or Year 4) (12 uoc total)
  • 2 Electives (Year 4) (12 uoc total)
Year 3 Electives
Year 4 Electives

Energy Systems
Signal Processing

Systems and Control

Business Administration
Data and Mobile Communications

General Education Requirements

Please see Rules


Please see Rules

Academic Rules

Please see Rules


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Industrial Experience Requirements

All students are required to undertake mandatory industrial training. Each student is personally responsible for arranging and completing the full 60 days compulsory industrial training prescribed as part of the requirements for the award of the degree. Industrial training should be concurrent with enrolment and is best accumulated in the summer recesses at the end of the second and third years of the program, but it must be completed before graduating. Industrial training should be in the area of engineering design and/or project work, but limited credit may be given for work of a non-engineering nature. It is preferable that all 60 days be completed with one or two organisations. Students should, in general, work with professional engineers and take an active part in their work in the design of equipment, solving of engineering problems, or any other work that is relevant to the profession of Engineering.

Students are required to submit a written report on their industry placements, typically 2000-3000 words, describing the organisation of the Company, summarising the work done and the training received. The report must be accompanied by certification of their industrial placement by a senior company representative.

Industrial Training will be assessed as a compulsory part of the course ELEC4122 Strategic Leadership and Ethics. Students must complete the industrial training requirement in order to receive a completed assessment for this course, but the industrial training assessment does not affect the mark received for ELEC4122.

Rules governing substitutions, pre-requisites and student exchanges

To suit the special abilities or needs of individual students a limited number of course substitutions are permitted within each program. Any such substitution must have prior approval of the Head of School.

Substitutions must be of at least the same length and level as the prescribed course.
Core courses may not be substituted with other courses.
Substitution is not normally permitted if it unduly restricts the range of courses studied to only one area of specialisation.
Progression to ‘next level’ courses is not permitted without satisfying the nominated pre-requisites.
In the case of a concurrent degree program, accreditation of any course in more than one program is not permitted.
Prior School consent is required for any accredited substitution. This includes any courses taken from other schools at the student’s own initiative.
Substitution is not normally permitted in the first two years of the program.
Substitution of one postgraduate course within the School is permitted, provided a similar course is not offered at the undergraduate level.
Student exchanges are permitted, and students are encouraged to organise their exchange in the second semester of their third year in order to simplify the process of accrediting substitutions.

Rules Governing Elective Courses
24 units of credit from the School's L3 and L4 elective lists provide the breadth and the depth required for an Electrical, Telecommunications and Photonic Engineering Degree. These electives are provided from the six disciplines within the School. In addition, L3 electives include courses from other Schools. Students must have completed at least 36 units of credit of Year 4 core and L4 elective courses in order to satisfy the requirements for graduation. Therefore students should choose their L3 and L4 electives accordingly.

Note: Students are not permitted to count more than 60 units of credit (excluding the 12 units of credit of general education courses) of Year 1 courses toward the degree, as the required breadth and depth of the Electrical/Telecom/Photonics engineering program would not be obtained otherwise.

Transfer from Other Programs/Advanced Standing Students/Mid-Year Entry
The introduction of year 1 (L1), year 3 (L3) and year 4 (L4) electives accommodates students who are transferring from another program, are advanced standing or are in mid-year entry, as it allows them to complete required number of units of credit within the stipulated time of the normal program.

Area(s) of Specialisation

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