UAC Undergraduate Course Description

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B Engineering (Civil)

University of Newcastle

CampusType of
UAC codePattern of attendance 2013 cut-offStart dateMajor offer round
Newcastle – Callaghan CSP  480300  4F/EqP 73.05 3 Mar 2014
28 Jul 2014
16 Jan 2014
11 Jun 2014

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Note: Also read information in shaded box in the Engineering section below.

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics (Band 5 or above) or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage. Applicants who have achieved less than Band 5 or have not completed a science-related subject may be admitted but may need additional study and/or assistance to successfully complete the mathematics requirement of the program.

Recommended studies: HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or higher and any two units of science.

Major studies: Civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, water resources engineering. Minor studies: Engineering design, fluid mechanics, legal studies, materials, pollution control, project and asset management, risk assessment, surveying, transportation engineering, water treatment.

Career opportunities: Examples include designing and constructing all types of infrastructure including dams, buildings, transport systems, gas and water supply, sewerage systems, harbours, airports and railways. There are many opportunities in industries such as construction and building, geotechnical and water engineering, mining, property development, consultancy firms and government bodies such as the Roads and Traffic Authority and water corporations.

Additional information: The civil engineering program provides a sound understanding of the scientific fundamentals that underpin civil engineering as well as current engineering practice. Students develop skills in the design of infrastructure projects. The program offers a multidisciplinary perspective, meaning that issues such as efficiency, cost effectiveness and environmental impact are considered as part of these engineering projects.

In the first year of the program you will apply concepts in mathematics and physics and begin introductory engineering studies, surveying and computer programming. The second year progresses to deeper study of the core courses – the mechanics and properties of solids and fluids. These core studies are further developed in the third and fourth years, and three main strands emerge: structural engineering – analysis and design of all structures; geotechnical engineering – how foundations and the geology of the area support structures and infrastructure; and water engineering – the flow and behaviour of fluids in general and, in particular, the study of water supply and hydroelectric schemes, rivers and flood-control projects.

The civil engineer's job is to solve problems relating to the infrastructure of modern society, and to consider the environmental impact, efficiency and cost effectiveness of these structures.

For all engineering programs

Industrial experience: You will complete a minimum of 12 weeks' industrial experience during the program and have the opportunity to undertake an industry-related project in your final year of study.

Honours: Awarded on the basis of superior performance in the program.

Professional recognition: Engineering degree programs offered by the University of Newcastle are accredited by Engineers Australia, and through the Washington Accord by reciprocating bodies in the United Kingdom, USA and other countries. Software, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering programs are also accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Additional information: For further information call (02) 4921 5000, email or visit

Scholarships: For the latest information on the range of scholarships and cadetships available, call the University on (02) 4921 6539 or fax (02) 4960 5759. Several scholarships are available, including the University of Newcastle Industry Scholarship Scheme (UNISS), which provides financial support of between $25,000 and $75,000 for the duration of an undergraduate degree, combined with industry experience while you study. For details, visit or read 'Scholarships'.

Employment: The employment rates of graduates from these degree programs are currently above national averages. The accreditation of these degrees ensures portability of qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning: There are extensive credit transfer arrangements for students who have completed a TAFE certificate, Associate diploma or Diploma, or other university/formal study in related and associated fields. Read 'Academic credit'.

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