Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours)

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours)
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code079997G
Deakin course codeS461

Note: Offered to continuing students only.

Continuing students should contact their course advisor for further information.

Further course structure information can be found in the handbook archive.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours) places great emphasis on the practical application of engineering and scientific principles to produce industry-ready engineers, who are immediately employable and capable of adapting to an ever-changing future.

Electrical and electronic engineers are responsible for the design, construction, protection and project management of power generation, distribution, transmission, scheduling and usage, automation and control.

This program covers the broad areas of electrical and electronic engineering disciplines, including renewable electrical power generation; smart distribution; urban, industrial, rural and regional power usage; and the role of energy production and efficiency in climate change. This course has been designed to attract students who can be trained to fulfil the shortage of electrical and electronic engineers. It also is designed to encourage responsible use of electrical power in a changing climate. You will learn and practice on industry standard tools in world-class facilities. The program also has strong links with the electrical and renewable energy engineering industry, providing students with a true professional engineering practice.

You will learn generic skills including entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership, project management, technical report writing and presentation, and comprehension and communication. You will also develop an understanding of the ethical basis of the engineering profession and practice, contemporary technical and professional issues in the practice of engineering, as well as how to address complex problems and produce innovative solutions beneficial to an organisation and society.

You will also gain a sound, fundamental understanding of the scientific principles underlying technology; learn the basic principles underlying the management of physical, human and financial resources; acquire the mathematical and computational skills necessary for solving theoretical and practical problems and for meeting future changes in technology; and gain an understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

Deakin’s Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics 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.

Career opportunities

Graduates can expect to gain employment in power generation distribution and transmission organisations, electronic design, factory control, local government, public works and consulting.

Articulation and credit transfer

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.

Attendance requirements

In order to satisfy course accreditation requirements, as specified and administered by Engineers Australia, all Cloud (online) 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 (online) enrolled students may be 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.

Note: Students’ enrolled in the off campus or Cloud (online) mode will be required to attend campus based activities at scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive week. Cloud (online) international students will be required to obtain a visitor visa to undertake these campus based activities. International students are unable to apply for a student visa for this course.

Equipment requirements

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.

Engineering professional practice sequence

A series of professional practice units have been introduced as core requirements of the undergraduate Engineering courses.  These four units (one at each year level) are intended to enable students to increase their awareness of various generic engineering, technological and professional practice skills, and how those skills are applied in the workplace. There will be an emphasis on group activities and assessment and a focus on the 'real' world.

Work experience

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 SEP490 Engineering Work Experience.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course rules

  • 30 core units and 2 Engineering elective units 
  • completion of SEE010 Safety Induction Program or SEJ010 Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning (0 credit-point compulsory units)
  • a maximum of 10 credit points at Level 1
  • a minimum of 22 credit points combined over levels 2, 3 and 4
  • a minimum of 6 credit points at level 4
  • completion of SEP490 – 12 Week Engineering Work Experience (0 credit points)
  • Cloud (online) enrolled students may be 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.

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SEB121Engineering Practice *

SEB101Engineering Physics

SIT199Applied Algebra and Statistics

SED102Engineering Graphics and CAD *

Plus one unit from:

SEE010Safety Induction Program (0cp)

SEJ010Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning (0cp)

Trimester 2

SEE103Electrical Systems *

SEM111Engineering Materials 1 *

SIT194Introduction to Mathematical Modelling

SIT172Programming for Engineers

Level 2

Trimester 1

SEP291Engineering Modelling

SEE207Power Engineering Design +

SEE202Digital Electronics ~

SEE206Measurement and Instrumentation

Trimester 2

SEB223The Professional Environment for Engineers and Scientists +

SER202Programming for Embedded Systems

SEE205Analogue Electronics ~

SEE208Modern Power Generation Systems Design +

Level 3

Trimester 1

SEE307Systems and Signals

SEE321Electro-Mechanical Systems

SEE320Microcontroller System Design

SEE309Power Systems Protection and Relaying

Trimester 2

SEB324Project Management

SEE308Electrical Machines and Drives

SEE344Control Systems

SEE312Data Communication @

Level 4

Trimester 1

SEJ441Engineering Project A ++

SEE405Smart Generation and Transmission

SEE406Power System Analysis %

Engineering elective

Trimester 2

SEJ446Engineering Project B (2cps)

SEE412Industrial Data Communication

SEP490Engineering Work Experience ^

Engineering elective

* Not available from 2017

+ Not available from 2018

~ Not available from 2017, replaced by SEE216 Analog and Digital Systems

@ SEE312 will be offered in Trimester 1 from 2018

% SEE406 will be offered in Trimester 2 from 2018

^ SEP490 is a 0 credit point unit, available in trimester 1, 2 and 3

++ SEJ441 will be worth 2 credit points from 2017.  Students are advised to contact their course advisor if they have completed their two engineering elective units.