Undergraduate degree

Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours)

This course focuses on the practical application of engineering and scientific principles to produce immediately employable environmental engineers.

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Key facts

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Course information

Deakin’s Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) emphasises the practical application of engineering and scientific principles to produce industry-ready environmental engineers who are immediately employable and capable of adapting to an ever-changing future.

You will gain a breadth of knowledge across the environmental engineering discipline and the technical skills to develop sustainable engineering solutions to the challenges they face in this field.

In particular, you will learn the fundamentals of environmental engineering and the natural and physical sciences involved in the discipline including geography, chemistry, mathematics, environmental science and analysis,  marine ecosystems, fluid mechanics, hydrology and hydraulics, waste management, environmental infrastructure, protection, planning and more.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours), students must attain 32 credit points. Units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 or 2 credit points, sometimes abbreviated as cps. Most students choose to study units amounting to 4 credit points (or cps) per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning SEJ010 (0 credit points)
  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program SLE010 (0 credit points)
  • Chemistry in Our World SLE133
  • Ecology and the Environment SLE103
  • Applied Algebra and Statistics SIT199
  • Engineering Physics SEB101
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Physical Geography SLE102
  • Global Environmental Systems SEV101
  • Introduction to Mathematical Modelling SIT194
  • Programming for Engineers SIT172

  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Introduction to Work Placements STP010 (0 credit points)
  • Environmental Analysis SEV219
  • Marine and Coastal Ecosystems SLE263
  • Engineering Modelling SEP291
  • Fluid Mechanics SEM218
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Environmental Health Engineering SEV201 (2 credit points)
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems SLE239
  • Water Quality and Ecological Health SLE223

  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Water Engineering Design SEV301 (2 credit points)
  • Air and Noise Pollution and Control SEV311 *
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics SEV322
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Waste Management Systems SEV331 (2 credit points)*
  • Environmental Protection and Planning SLE319
  • Risks to Healthy Environments SLE342
  • Trimester 3

  • Professional Engineering Practice SEP499 ~

  • Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Engineering Project A SEJ441 (2 credit points)
  • Integrated Catchment Systems SEV401 ^
  • Engineering elective

    Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Engineering Project B SEJ446 (2 credit points)
  • Infrastructure Engineering SEV415

  •  ~ SEP499 Professional Engineering Practice is also available in trimester 1 and trimester 2.

    * Available from 2019

    ^ Available from 2020

    Electives

    Select one Engineering course grouped elective unit.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours)
    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400310431 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    S465
    CRICOS code
    095002A
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Workload

    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Work experience

    You’ll gain industry experience by completing at least 60 days of practical work experience in an engineering workplace, developing and enhancing your understanding of the environmental engineering profession, possible career outcomes, and the opportunity to establish valuable professional networks.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL and a study score of at least 20 in one of maths: mathematical methods (any) or maths: specialist mathematics. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

    Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

    Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    $9,353 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    The Australian Government recently announced proposed increases to tuition fees for students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP).  It is proposed that CSP fees will increase by 1.8% in 2018 and continue to rise to a total of 7.5% by 2021. The fee rates for 2018 will be available later in the year once the Government has confirmed the 2018 student contribution rates.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    Graduates will be in high demand for employment with engineering firms, land developers, government agencies, consulting firms, and well prepared for careers that address global issues such as climate change, environmental sustainability, waste disposal, recycling, public health, air and water pollution.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Design, develop, manage and evaluate the sustainability of established and innovative engineering solutions for real-world environmental problems by integrating and applying well-developed knowledge and skills in natural and physical sciences, engineering and project management, and by assessing environmental, social and economic consequences of implementation.  Apply professional engineering and scientific techniques to environmental engineering problems, evaluate the benefits, risks and uncertainty associated with the use of specific environmental engineering approaches and tools, and evaluate the effectiveness of designs and experiments that are used to determine solutions.  Plan and execute practice-based research projects to show capacity for advanced knowledge and skills in the discipline of environmental engineering and thereby demonstrate the ability to continue professional development and scholarship.

    Communication

    Apply effective communication skills in a professional context to interpret, evaluate and present technical engineering information using oral, written, visual modes.  Demonstrate proficiency and accuracy in comprehending diverse viewpoints from technical and non-technical stakeholders and present arguments and justifications for representing an engineering position.

    Digital literacy

    Identify, select and use digital technologies and tools relevant to environmental engineering to use, manage, generate and share information, evaluate its reliability, and use the information for engineering design, problem solving and research purposes.  Demonstrate the ability to independently and systematically locate and share information, laws, policies and regulations that pertain to the air, water and terrestrial environment, their management and impacts on human health.

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate autonomy and judgement through balanced application of logic, intellectual and research criteria to review, analyse, and synthesise information for engineering problem solving.

    Problem solving

    Apply knowledge of natural and physical sciences, and environmental engineering skills and techniques to identify and define complex problems in a variety of contexts.  Evaluate and use established engineering methods to identify potential solutions to independently and collaboratively resolve complex, real-world environmental engineering problems and realise solutions.  Demonstrate innovative and creative approaches and solutions to environmental engineering problems that are constrained by local, national, global and contemporary issues and show capacity for planning, designing, executing and managing environmental engineering projects.

    Self-management.

    Evaluate own knowledge and skills, professionalism and ethical development using frameworks of reflection and take responsibility for learning and performance.  Work responsibly and safely in engineering environments to demonstrate ethical conduct and professionalism.

    Teamwork

    Undertake various team roles, work effectively in multidisciplinary teams, and utilise effective teamwork skills in order to achieve team objectives.  Apply interpersonal skills to interact and collaborate to enhance outcomes through shared knowledge and creative capacity to optimise engineering outcomes.

    Global citizenship

    Formulate sustainable engineering practices by integrating aspects of design, development, management and research competencies through concern for and appreciation of economic, environmental, social and cultural perspectives, including those of indigenous peoples.  Engage with global traditions and current trends in environmental engineering practice in order to appreciate diversity, seek equity in outcomes and adopt ethical and professional standards.

     Approved by Faculty Board 2 March 2017

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.

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    Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Entry pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Disclaimers:
    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of 50% of the course at Deakin University.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
    Tel 03 9244 6699
    Email:

    sebe@deakin.edu.au

    www.deakin.edu.au/life-environmental-sciences

    www.deakin.edu.au/engineering

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