Faculty of Engineering

Part I courses

The BE (Hons) is a four year programme which is split into four Parts. Each Part consists of courses totaling 120 points. Part I is a common first year exposing you to each of the nine engineering specialisations.

Part I - 120 points comprising:

Semester One
Semester Two
ENGGEN 121* Engineering Mechanics 15 points CHEMMAT 121 Materials Science 15 points
ENGGEN 140 Engineering Biology and Chemistry 15 points ENGGEN 131 Engineering Computation and Software Development 15 points
ENGSCI 111* Mathematical Modelling 1 15 points ELECTENG 101 Electrical and Digital Systems 15 points
ENGGEN 115 Principles of Engineering Design (Semester One or Two) 15 points
General Education (Semester One or Two) 15 points
ENGGEN 199 English Language Competency** 0 points
ACADINT A01 Academic Integrity Course 0 points

*Conjoint students substitute both courses indicated with ENGGEN 150 - Advanced Mechanics and Mathematical Modelling. See Course information for a conjoint degree.

**When enrolling in your courses, you do NOT need to enrol in ENGGEN 199. This will be done for you once your DELNA requirements have been met.


Course descriptions

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CHEMMAT 121 - Materials Science

Introduction to materials science starting with the fundamentals of atomic structure and bonding and how this builds up a microstructure to create a solid. Metals, polymers, ceramics, electronic materials, composite and biomaterials will be covered and the properties, advantages and disadvantages of each discussed. Considerations such as corrosion, degradation and failure will be studied with a focus on improving design and creating new materials for our future world.


ELECTENG 101 - Electrical and Digital Systems

An introduction to electrical, computer and electronic systems and technology. Digital circuits and analysis techniques, computer organisation. Analog circuits and analysis techniques. Inductive power transfer, power systems and electric machines. Communication systems.

Restriction: ELECTENG 202, 204, 208, 210


ENGGEN 115 - Principles of Engineering Design

An introduction to the principles of design as a fundamental part of engineering practice and a foundation for subsequent design courses. Students are also introduced to essential drawing skills and CAD, and complete group-based design projects. Topics include systems life cycle, design, and introductions to professional issues such as health and safety, ethics, sustainability, cultural diversity, communication, leadership, and teamwork.


ENGGEN 121 - Engineering Mechanics

An introduction to planar mechanics including: free body diagrams, planar equilibrium of rigid bodies, friction, distributed forces, internal forces, shear force and bending moment diagrams, kinematics and kinetics of particles, work and energy, relative motion, kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies.

Restriction: CIVIL 210, MECHENG 222


ENGGEN 131 - Introduction to Engineering Computation and Software Development

Introduction to problem solving in engineering through the use of the software package MATLAB, and the high level programming language C.

Restriction: ENGSCI 233, 331


ENGGEN 140 - Engineering Biology and Chemistry

Introduction to chemical and biological systems. The application of engineering analysis and design techniques to facilitate understanding the multiscale structure, function and interactions of such systems. The use of case studies to illustrate systems approaches to chemistry and biology.


ENGGEN 199 - English Language Competency

To complete this course, students must attain a level of competency in the English language as determined by the Faculty of Engineering. This course must be completed prior to enrolling in Part II of the BE (Hons) degree, and preferably before the end of your first semester. You do not need to enrol yourself in this course, it will be done for you.

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ENGSCI 111 - Mathemathical Modelling 1

Introduction to mathematical modelling. Differentiation and integration (polynomials, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, and rational functions). Integration by parts, substitution and partial fractions. Differential equations and their solutions (including Euler's method). Vector and matrix algebra, transformations, solving systems of linear equations. Modelling using probability.

Restriction: ENGSCI 211, 213, 311, 313, 314, MATHS 108, 150, 153


General Education course

General Education is aimed at producing graduates with flexibility, critical thinking skills and an appreciation and understanding of fields outside their usual area of study. The General Education programme consists of high quality, intellectually challenging courses taught by some of the University's best teachers and researchers. Students are able to choose from a diverse range of subjects, including a number of new interdisciplinary courses.

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