Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)
Course summary for local students
2017 course information
|Award granted||Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)|
|Length||4 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)^
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017||$9,050 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017||Not applicable|
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
|CRICOS course code||079996J|
|VTAC Codes||1400314801 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400514801 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614801 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||S462|
|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.|
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.
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - specific
- How to apply
- Work experience
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.
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.
Fees and charges
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.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
Graduates can expect to gain employment in the supplier companies, other leading manufacturing and design companies, aircraft, ship-building, aerospace and railroad.
Course Learning Outcomes
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.
2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.
3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.
4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.
6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.
7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.
8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.
Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016
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).
Level 1 - Trimester 1
|SEJ101||Design Fundamentals (2 credit points)|
|SIT199||Applied Algebra and Statistics|
|SEJ010||Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning (0 credit points)|
Level 1 - Trimester 2
|SEJ103||Materials Engineering Project (2 credit points)|
|SIT172||Programming for Engineers|
|SIT194||Introduction to Mathematical Modelling|
Level 2 - Trimester 1
|SEM200||Machine Design (2 credit points)|
Level 2 - Trimester 2
|STP010||Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)|
|SEJ201||Structural Design (2 credit points)^|
|SEM216||Stress and Failure Analysis|
Level 3 - Trimester 1
|SEM300||Thermo-Fluid System Design (2 credit points)|
Level 3 - Trimester 2
|SEM301||Industrial Control (2 credit points)|
|SEM302||Advanced Stress Analysis|
|SEM327||Dynamics of Machines|
|SEP490||Engineering Work Experience (0 credit points)|
* SEP490 is available in trimester 1, 2 and 3
Level 4 - Trimester 1
|SEJ441||Engineering Project A (2 credit points)~|
|SEM400||Computational Fluid Dynamics #|
Level 4 - Trimester 2
|SEJ446||Engineering Project B (2 credit points)~|
|SEM406||Advanced Modelling and Simulation|
~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)
# available from 2018
Engineering elective units:
|SEM401||Materials Performance and Durability|
|SEM402||Advanced Manufacturing #|
# available from 2018
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.
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.
Note: Non student visa holders can choose to study at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Cloud Campus. Those residing outside of Australia can study via Cloud Campus. Students enrolled in Cloud Campus mode will be required to attend campus based activities at scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive week. Cloud Campus students will be required to obtain a visitor visa to undertake these campus based activities. It is not possible to apply for a student visa to attend the intensive week programs.
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 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.
Entry requirements - specific
Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.
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
Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016
Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017
Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.
Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application
If you are:
- not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
- applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.
a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.
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.
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.