UAC Undergraduate Course Description

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CourseCampusType of
UAC codePattern of
Course start dateMajor offer round
B Engineering (Honours) (Civil)1 Newcastle – Callaghan CSP 482610 4F/EqP 70.30 23 Feb 2015
27 Jul 2015
21 Jan 2015
24 Jun 2015

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Also read the information in the Engineering programs section below.

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics (Band 5 or above). Applicants who have achieved less than Band 5 may need additional study and/or assistance to successfully complete the mathematics requirement of the program.

Recommended studies: HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or higher, 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, government bodies such as the Roads and Maritime Services, 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 students 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.

1. Subject to final approval.

For all Engineering programs

Industrial experience: A minimum of 12 weeks of industrial experience during the program and the opportunity to undertake an industry-related project in the final year.

Honours: All graduates will be awarded with the B Engineering (Honours); however, those with superior performance will receive a graded honours classification.

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, United States of America and other countries. Software, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering programs are also accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

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, 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'.

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'.

Bridging courses: Applicants who have not studied science are encouraged to take a bridging course. Read 'Bridging courses' for further information.

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Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with Honours are four year programs available with direct entry and other programs are three year end-on Honours programs that require a 3 year Bachelor degree for admission. Check the course descriptions carefully.

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