Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Learn to inspire the design, construction and management of civil infrastructure in an internationally recognised degree that opens global opportunities.

Professionally accredited by Engineers Australia

Get hands-on in our state-of-the-art engineering facilities

Industry-linked projects from your first year

Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
71.9
Waurn Ponds:
63.4
Cloud:
NP?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2020 close 23 February 2020
Late VTAC entry closes 1 November 2019 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Graduate as an industry-ready civil engineer by studying Deakin’s Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours). You’ll combine contemporary theory with hands-on projects to develop the skills needed to confidently design, construct and maintain the built infrastructure systems that are vital in our day-to-day lives.

Want to enter a field experiencing unprecedented growth and demand – why not join a course that puts you right at the front of the pack?

Deakin graduates are sought-after both in Australia and abroad. That’s because we train students in practical scenarios and look to develop skills beyond the technical.

You’ll be highly valued for your skills in innovation, leadership, project management and communication, as well as your ability to anticipate and tackle the unknown challenges of tomorrow. Throughout the course you’ll learn how to apply scientific and engineering principles to address complex problems and develop innovative solutions that are beneficial to an organisation and the wider community.

Explore a diverse range of civil engineering disciplines related to structural, water, geotechnical, transportation engineering and civil engineering materials, then put the theory you learn into practice in Deakin’s world-class, multi-million dollar engineering facility, Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET).

CADET gives you access to some of the best engineering facilities in Australia. You’ll also be able to get hands-on experience in Deakin’s civil and structural laboratories and realise and validate your designs through combinations of computer simulation and testing.

Key facilities available to Deakin’s civil engineering students include geotechnical (soil and rock) testing lab, hydraulics and hydrology lab, and two structural testing laboratories. Students can also access a range of other facilities including 3D printers, a materials science corrosion and polymer lab, concrete and structural testing facilities and CNC machining centres.

Project-oriented design-based learning (PODBL) in collaboration with industry is a key feature of our engineering courses. In addition to traditional theory-based classes, you’ll spend 50 per cent of every trimester learning via team-based projects, in which you take real-world industry problems and research, design, test and evaluate solutions, with the support of an academic.

Take these skills even further during your Professional Engineering Practice unit, where you’ll have the opportunity to work in a real engineering team. Build your industry experience, create a professional network and get an insight into your future career options.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Civil 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 course comprises a total of 32 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 31 credit points of core units (including 12 weeks of Professional Engineering Practice in SEP499) and 1 elective unit (1 credit point)
  • Completion of SEJ010 Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • 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 programs, 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.
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability STP010 (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)
  • Introduction to Mathematical Modelling SIT194
  • Programming for Engineers SIT172

  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Geotechnical Investigation and Design SEV200 (2 credit points)
  • Fluid Mechanics SEM218
  • Engineering Modelling SEP291
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Structural Design SEJ201 (2 credit points)^
  • Construction Engineering SEV210
  • Road and Pavement Engineering SEV254

  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Water Engineering Design SEV301 (2 credit points)
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics SEV322
  • Theory of Structures SEV320
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Reinforced Concrete Design SEV300 (2 credit points)
  • Steel and Timber Structures SEV323
  • Geotechnical Engineering SEV362

  • Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Engineering Project A SEJ441 (2 credit points)~
  • Traffic and Transport Engineering SEV402
  • Elective

    Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Engineering Project B SEJ446 (2 credit points)~
  • Infrastructure Engineering SEV415
  • Professional Engineering Practice SEP499 *
  • * SEP499 Professional Engineering Practice is available in trimester 1, trimester 2 and trimester 3.  Students are encouraged to complete this unit in Trimester 3 of the third year of study.

    ~ 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 Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)


    Electives

    Engineering recommended elective units:

  • Energy Efficiency and Demand Management SEE705
  • Materials Performance and Durability SEJ451
  • Urban Stormwater Management SEN725
  • Research Methodology SEN700
  • Advanced Geomechanics SEN727 *
  • Transportation Infrastructure Systems SEN728
  • Advanced Structural Design SEN769
  • Engineering Design: International Study Tour SET404
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)
    Year

    2020 course information

    VTAC code
    1400314821 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400514821 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400614821 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    S460
    CRICOS code?
    079998G
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications 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:
      • Burwood (Melbourne) (First Year of course only)
      • 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 Campus 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 Recognition of Prior Learning. Credit may be considered for skills obtained in the workforce or by informal means.

    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.

    Course duration - additional information

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

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    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.

    Participation requirements

    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.

    International students studying through the Cloud Campus may not be granted a visitor visa to complete mandatory onsite components of the course.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Through SEP499 Professional Engineering Practice, you’ll gain industry experience by completing at least 60 days (12 weeks fulltime) 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.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) 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 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 applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience: Prerequisites of English and mathematics as for year 12 school leavers (or equivalent). Entry 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

    Admissions 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 first intake of 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $9,527 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 Recognition of 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.

    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

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications to VTAC are now open for recent secondary education graduates, including current Year 12 students. Learn about the steps involved and how to complete your preference list for study in 2020.


    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.


    Download the course flyer

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    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

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    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
    School of Engineering
    deakin.edu.au/engineering

    Prospective student enquiries
    Are you looking to apply for this course or would like further information?
    Call 1800 693 888 or email us at myfuture@deakin.edu.au
    Enquire online

    Current student course and enrolment enquiries
    Call 03 5227 2463 or email us at sebe-enquire@deakin.edu.au
    Submit an online enquiry

    Frequently asked questions

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    Browse all start and finish dates for Deakin’s main study periods. You’ll also find dates relating to applications and prospective student events, plus a list of all public holidays and study breaks.

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    Your tuition fees will depend on the type of student you are, the course you study and the year you start. Fees are based on an annual amount; they don't cover the entire duration of the course.

    Use our fee estimator to gauge what your fees could be per year.

    Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

    Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Top 1% of universities worldwide*

    World leader in engineering education^

    Study in Deakin’s $55 million dollar engineering training facility

    Develop professional networks and explore careers through industry-based placements

    Career outcomes

    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.

    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.

    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 June 2019

    *ARWU Rankings 2018
    ^Ranked ‘well above world standard’ for manufacturing engineering and ‘above world standard’ for engineering and materials engineering. Source: Excellence in Research for Australia's (ERA) research evaluation framework 2018
    #Mid-year intake is not available for all courses and some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.

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