Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours)

University of Newcastle

Undergraduate course details table
Campus Course code Fee type Pattern of
selection rank
Course start date
Newcastle – Callaghan 482630 CSP 4F/EqP <5 <5 25 Feb 2019
29 Jul 2019


Computer systems engineers are responsible for designing, maintaining and operating the electronic hardware and associated software that form the fundamental building blocks of modern computer systems such as personal computers, tablets, smartphones and various IoT systems. They are an integral part of analysing, storing and maintaining the vast amount of data generated by the interconnected computer system, in what is increasingly known as data science.

The emphasis in the computer systems 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 embedded system design and advanced network systems. The software side deals with programming, with special emphasis on software for embedded microprocessor systems. Students are required to study a range of subjects – some compulsory, some elective – in allied areas such as wireless communications, machine learning, signal processing and RF electronics.

Areas of study: Communication networks, computer architecture, computer engineering, digital systems design, distributed systems, electronics, embedded systems, engineering management and systems, programmable logic design, software engineering, systems design, web design.

Career opportunities: Computer design and development, instrumentation and control, ICT infrastructure, defence applications, healthcare systems, communication networks, internet systems, electronic design, broadcasting, transport and road traffic, defence, research and development, applications development and systems management.

Professional recognition: Engineering (Honours) degree programs offered by UON are fully accredited by Engineers Australia and through the Washington Accord by reciprocating bodies in the UK, USA and other countries. B Aerospace Engineering (Honours), B Medical Engineering (Honours), and B Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours) programs are seeking provisional accreditation status with Engineers Australia in 2018.

Industrial experience: Students complete a minimum of 12 weeks of industrial experience or equivalent during their program. There are frequent opportunities to undertake an industry sponsored project in the final year.

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

Elective pathways: All UON Engineering (Honours) programs facilitate the study of a wide range of elective pathways to customise our students' learning experience. These can deepen or broaden the knowledge base of the core program, depending on the student's desires and interests. Visit the UON website.

Bridging and refresher courses: Applicants who have not studied science are encouraged to take a bridging course. Bridging and enabling courses.

Fees and charges: Visit the UON website for current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: HSC 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.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes: visit the UON website.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission: visit the UON website.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree: visit the UON website.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at UON. Visit the UON website.

Student profile

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Further information

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How to apply

Read about how to apply through UAC.

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Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the course search on the UAC website or the My UAC app regularly throughout the 2018–19 admissions period.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit the UON website.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.

ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2018)
ATAR profile data table
Course code Lowest ATAR (LA) Median ATAR (MA) Highest ATAR (HA) Lowest selection rank (LSR) Median selection rank (MSR) Highest selection rank (HSR)
482630 <5 <5 <5 <5 <5 <5


  1. Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2019 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2015 to 2017) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2017 Year 12 students and 2015/16 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2017 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

LA - Lowest ATAR
MA - Median ATAR
HA - Highest ATAR
LSR - Lowest selection rank
LSR - Median selection rank
LSR - Highest selection rank