Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)

Course summary for local students


2016 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)

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

Cloud (online)Yes
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)^

Faculty contacts

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

CRICOS course code079998G
VTAC Codes1400314821 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514821 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614821 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code S460

^ Trimester 2 intake only available at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).

* 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 - Due to visa regulations, this course can only be undertaken at the Geelong Waurn Ponds campus.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) places great emphasis on the practical application of scientific and engineering principles to produce industry-ready civil 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 civil infrastructure systems that are necessary for our day-to-day lives such as roads, airports and railways; water supply and sewerage systems; water resources and catchments; buildings; bridges and dams; and earth slopes and foundations. 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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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.

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. 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

SEJ101Design Fundamentals (2cp)

SEB101Engineering Fundamentals

SIT199Applied Algebra and Statistics

SEE010Safety Induction Program *

* SEE010 is a 0 credit point unit.

Trimester 2

SEJ103Materials Engineering Project (2cp)

SIT194Introduction to Mathematical Modelling

SIT172Programming for Engineers

Level 2

Trimester 1

SEV200Geotechnical Investigation and Design (2cp)

SEM218Fluid Mechanics

SEP291Engineering Modelling

Trimester 2

SEM201Structural Design (2cp)

SEV210Construction Engineering

SEV220Theory of Structures

Level 3

Trimester 1

SEV300Reinforced Concrete Design (2cp)^

SEV322Hydrology and Hydraulics

SEV354Transportation Engineering

Trimester 2

SEV301Water Engineering Design (2cp)^

SEV323Steel Structures

SEV362Geotechnical Engineering

SEP490Engineering Work Experience *

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

Level 4

Trimester 1

SEJ441Engineering Project A (2cp)*~

SEV414Transportation Infrastructure

Engineering elective

Trimester 2

SEJ446Engineering Project B (2cp)*~

SEV415Infrastructure Engineering ^

Engineering elective


Engineering elective units:

SEV453Advanced Structural Analysis ^

SEV417Advanced Geotechnical Design ^

SEV419Composite Structures +

^ offered from 2017

+ offered from 2018

~ 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.  

* from 2017 SEJ441 will be retitled Capstone Project 1 and will be a 2 credit point unit. SEJ446 will be retitled Capstone Project 2.

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.

Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Credit for prior learning - specific

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.

How to apply

Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) mode study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.