UAC Undergraduate Course Description

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B Engineering (Computer)

University of Newcastle

CampusType of
UAC codePattern of attendance 2013 cut-offStart dateMajor offer round
Newcastle – Callaghan CSP  480350  4F/EqP 85.05 3 Mar 2014
28 Jul 2014
16 Jan 2014
11 Jun 2014

For information about when you'll need to apply to be considered in each offer round refer to UAC applications and offer round dates. Check the course search for the most recent final closing date.

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 (Physics preferred). 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: Computer architecture, computer engineering, computer systems design, digital systems engineering, embedded systems, software engineering. Minor studies: Automatic control, communications, computer architecture, data security, digital design, electronics, engineering management, signal processing, telecommunications networks.

Career opportunities: Examples include employment in computer design and development, instrumentation and control, ICT infrastructure, defence applications, health care systems, communication networks/internet development, research and development, applications development and systems management. Computer engineers have excellent employment prospects.

Additional information: The emphasis in the computer engineering program is on giving students a well-rounded mix of hardware and software topics. The hardware side involves a range of studies from basic electronics up to microprocessor design and advanced computer architectures. The software side deals with programming, with special emphasis on software for embedded microprocessor systems. You are also required to study a range of subjects – some compulsory, some elective – in allied areas such as communications, automatic control, and electronics. For further information, visit

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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