Undergraduate degree

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)

Study Deakin's Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) to learn how to design, produce and run systems, devices and machinery, from cars to robots.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood: 70.50
Waurn Ponds: 68.25
Cloud: N/A
Clearly-in ATAR 2017

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) (first year of course only)*, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Cloud (online)

Course information

Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) prepares you to be an industry-ready professional engineer capable of applying the principles of technology and science to the design, production and operation of systems, devices and machinery. Today, mechanical engineers lend their skills to the development of almost every design imaginable – especially complex products like cars, robots and aeroplanes.

Product development and advanced manufacturing are key drivers for the future of Australian industry. To meet this need, Deakin's mechanical engineering degree brings together leading computer-aided engineering technologies with advanced materials and manufacturing knowledge to provide one of the most relevant mechanical engineering degrees in Australia. Through project-oriented design-based learning (PODBL), students learn fundamental theory and apply it to industry-relevant projects to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems.

As a student you will benefit from Deakin's world-class research teams in automotive engineering and advanced materials, our strong links with industry and our state-of-the-art facilities.

During the course you’ll cover core mechanical disciplines including machine design, thermo-fluids, structural design and industrial control while developing skills in project management, communication, and financial management. You will also gain a solid understanding of product and process modelling, and how to design for sustainability.

You’ll also have opportunities to test your mechanical design and engineering skills in challenges such as the Shell Eco Marathon and Warman international and national competitions. Graduates have a high degree of employability in the automotive, manufacturing and mining sectors, as well as a range of other industries that utilise student’s strong engineering design and product development skills.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia giving the degree international recognition and allowing graduates to practise as professional engineers in many countries around the world.

With an international skills shortage in the engineering industry, Deakin graduates are in demand. Graduates are highly employable, industry-ready and highly sought-after for their skills in engineering, innovation, leadership, project management and communication, as well as their capacity to astutely anticipate and adapt to the ever-changing nature of the mechanical engineering industry. Career opportunities exist in the automotive, aircraft, ship-building, aerospace, and railroad industries among others.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Mechanical 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.

The 32 credit points include 30 core units (these are compulsory) and 2 Engineering elective units (you can choose which ones to study).

30

Compulsory units

2

Elective units

32

Total units

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning SEJ010 (0 credit points)
  • Design Fundamentals SEJ101 (2 credit points)
  • Engineering Physics SEB101
  • Applied Algebra and Statistics SIT199
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Materials Engineering Project SEJ103 (2 credit points)
  • Programming for Engineers SIT172
  • Introduction to Mathematical Modelling SIT194

  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Machine Design SEM200 (2 credit points)
  • Fluid Mechanics SEM218
  • Engineering Modelling SEP291
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Introduction to Work Placements STP010 (0 credit points)
  • Structural Design SEJ201 (2 credit points)^
  • Stress and Failure Analysis SEM216
  • Thermodynamics SEM202

  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Thermo-Fluid System Design SEM300 (2 credit points)
  • Product Development SED304
  • Manufacturing SEM313
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Industrial Control SEM301 (2 credit points)
  • Advanced Stress Analysis SEM302
  • Dynamics of Machines SEM327
  • Trimester 3

  • Professional Engineering Practice SEP499 *

  • Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Engineering Project A SEJ441 (2 credit points)~
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics SEM400
  • Engineering elective

    Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Engineering Project B SEJ446 (2 credit points)~
  • Advanced Modelling and Simulation SEM406
  • * SEP499 Professional Engineering Practice is also available in trimester 1 and trimester 2.

    ~Note: Students are expected to undertake SEJ441 and SEJ446 in consecutive trimesters.  Students will be required to seek approval from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SEJ441 and SEJ446 consecutively. 

    ^ Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

    Electives

    Engineering course-grouped elective units:

  • Materials Performance and Durability SEJ451
  • Advanced Manufacturing SEM402
  • Energy Efficiency and Demand Management SEE409
  • Infrastructure Engineering SEV415
  • Engineering Design: International Study Tour SET404
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)
    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400314801 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400514801 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400614801 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    S462
    CRICOS code
    079996J
    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:
      • Burwood (Melbourne) (First year of course only)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

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

    Trimester 2 intake only available at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Cloud (Online).

    * Only the first year of this Engineering program is available at the Melbourne Burwood Campus.  Students enrolled at the Melbourne Burwood Campus will be required to transfer to the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Cloud (online) mode for the second year of their program.

    International students holding student visas – this course is registered for delivery to student visa holders at Geelong Waurn Ponds campus.

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

    Additional course information

    Flexible entry into the course allows students to upgrade their qualifications and to obtain credit for previous studies/experience. Applicants with appropriate TAFE qualifications or other approved post-secondary studies may apply for credit for prior learning. Credit may be considered for skills obtained in the workforce or by informal means.

    In order to satisfy course accreditation requirements, as specified and administered by Engineers Australia, all Cloud Campus enrolled students are required to participate in Campus learning activities equivalent to a minimum duration of one full academic week for every trimester of effective full time study in order to ensure that graduates possess and have demonstrated the minimum necessary knowledge and skill base, engineering application abilities, and professional skills, values and attitudes at successful completion of the course to be sufficiently prepared to enter professional engineering practice.

    Cloud Campus enrolled students are required to attend campus mode conducted activities during the corresponding Intensive Week in a trimester. Attendance at campus mode activities is linked to assessment requirements within the Engineering programmes, failure to attend will result in not meeting the hurdle requirement of the respective assessment. Thus, a fail grade shall be awarded for the respective affected unit(s) for that particular trimester.

    International students: Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin’s Cloud Campus. To participate in the mandatory campus based scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive week, it is suggested that you apply for a tourist visa to enter Australia.  Please be advised that Deakin University cannot guarantee that you will be granted a tourist visa by the Australian Government.

    Students must have access to a suitable computer and a network connection.  Information about the hardware and software requirements may be obtained from the School of Engineering, telephone 03 9244 6699.

    Before students will be deemed eligible to graduate they must obtain an aggregate of at least 12 weeks of suitable practical experience during their program. Work experience would normally be gained during the vacation periods. Further details are contained in the unit description for SEP499 Professional Engineering Practice.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    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 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.

    Helpful information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    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 can expect to gain employment in the supplier companies, other leading manufacturing and design companies, aircraft, ship-building, aerospace and railroad.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia, which gives the degree international recognition, allowing graduates to practise as professional engineers in many countries around the world.

    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

    Integrate well-developed knowledge of physical sciences and engineering fundamentals, which underpins the engineering discipline to analyse complex engineering problems and to evaluate possible solutions.  Apply professional engineering knowledge, and knowledge of contextual factors in order to design, develop and maintain sustainable engineering infrastructure, systems or products.  Plan and execute research projects to show capacity for advanced knowledge and skills in an engineering discipline and thereby demonstrate the ability to continue professional development and/or 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 in comprehending viewpoints of others and present arguments and justifications for representing engineering position to technical and non-technical audience.

    Digital literacy 

    Identify, select and use digital technologies and tools relevant to the engineering discipline to generate, manage and share information.  Demonstrate the ability to independently and systematically locate information, evaluate its reliability, and use the information for engineering design, problem solving and research purposes.

    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 engineering knowledge, 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 engineering problems and realise solutions.  Demonstrate innovative and creative approaches and/or solutions in planning, designing or executing engineering projects. 

    Self-management

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

    Teamwork

    Undertake various team roles, work effectively within a team, and utilise effective teamwork skills in order to achieve learning goals.  Apply interpersonal skills to interact and collaborate to enhance outcomes through shared individual and collective knowledge and creative capacity to optimise complex problem resolution.

    Global citizenship

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

    Approved by Faculty Board 27 July 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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    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    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
    School of Engineering
    Tel 03 9244 6699
    sebe@deakin.edu.au

    www.deakin.edu.au/engineering

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