Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code079998G
Deakin course codeS460

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 Civil 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.

The degree gives you the building blocks to plan, design, construct and maintain the infrastructure systems that are necessary for our day-to-day lives such as roads, airports and railways; water supply and sewerage systems; water resources management; and buildings. This course covers the broad range of civil engineering disciplines including engineering materials, structural engineering, water engineering, geotechnical engineering and transport engineering.

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 Civil 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 a wide range of organisations such as construction companies, councils, water authorities, government bodies, public works departments and as consulting engineers.


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 are required to attend campus mode conducted activities for all units in the course (with the exception of units SEE010 and SEP490) during the corresponding Engineering Practice Week in a trimester. Attendance at campus mode activities is compulsory and failure to attend will result in a fail grade being 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

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$8,917Not applicable$32,000

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

  • 30 core units and 2 Engineering elective units 
  • completion of SEE010 Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • a maximum of 10 credit points at Level 1
  • completion of SEP490 – 12 Week Engineering Work Experience (0 credit points)
  • Cloud (online) enrolled students are required to attend campus mode conducted activities for all units in the course (with the exception of units SEE010 and SEP490) during the trimester intensive week conducted in week 7. Attendance at campus mode activities is compulsory and failure to attend will result in a fail grade being awarded for the respective affected unit(s) for that particular trimester.

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SEB121Engineering Practice

SEB101Engineering Fundamentals #

SIT199Applied Algebra and Statistics

SED102Engineering Graphics and CAD

SEE010Safety Induction Program *

* SEE010 is a 0 credit point safety induction unit.

Trimester 2

SEE103Electrical Systems

SEM111Engineering Materials 1

SIT194Introduction to Mathematical Modelling

SIT172Programming for Engineers

Level 2

Trimester 1

SEM218Fluid Mechanics

SEM223Engineering Mechanics

SEV217Engineering Geology and Surveying

SEP291Engineering Modelling

Trimester 2

SEB223The Professional Environment for Engineers and Scientists

SEM222Stress Analysis

SEV215Water Systems

SEV252Geo Mechanics 1

Level 3

Trimester 1

SEV320Theory of Structures

SEV322Hydrology and Hydraulics

SEV354Transportation Engineering

SEV362Geotechnical Engineering ^

Trimester 2

SEB324Project Management

SEV323Steel Structures

SEV353Reinforced Concrete Structures

SEV328Water and Wastewater Treatment

SEP490Engineering Work Experience ~

Level 4

Trimester 1

SEJ441Engineering Project A

SEV454Advanced Structural Design

SEV455Water System Design

Engineering elective

Trimester 2

SEJ446Engineering Project B (2cps)

SEV414Transportation Infrastructure

Engineering elective

 

# SEB101 replaces SEP101 from 2016

SEV362 offered in Trimester 2 from 2017

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