B Computer Systems Engineering (Honours)

University of Newcastle

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CampusCourse code Fee typePattern of
Course start date
Newcastle – Callaghan 482630 CSP 4F/EqP 79.75 26 Feb 2018
30 Jul 2018
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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.

Additional information: 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 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.

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For all Engineering (Honours) programs, except B Medical Engineering (Hons)

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Professional recognition: Engineering (Honours) degree programs offered by UON are accredited by Engineers Australia and through the Washington Accord by reciprocating bodies in the UK, USA and other countries. Our Software Engineering program is also accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Additional information: For further information, call (02) 4921 5000, email UON or visit the UON website.

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 about Advanced standing/academic credit in the University of Newcastle’s general information.

Bridging courses: Applicants who have not studied science are encouraged to take a bridging course. Read about Bridging courses in the University of Newcastle’s general information.

Course updates
Check the course search throughout the 2017–18 admissions period for course updates, including new and cancelled courses.

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.

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