Civil engineering (Bachelor of Engineering - Honours)



This major prepares you to be a Civil Engineer and you will combine contemporary theory with industry-led 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. You will learn how to apply scientific and engineering principles to address complex problems and develop innovative solutions that are beneficial to organisations and the community. Throughout the major you will explore a diverse range of civil engineering disciplines related to structural, water, geotechnical and transportation engineering and civil engineering materials.

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Burwood (Melbourne)*, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

* this major will be offered on campus at Burwood from 2025 (refer to the table below for the rollout of unit offerings at the Burwood (Melbourne) campus) 

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Students are required to complete the units below, which include all core units in your course and units within your chosen major.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Functions, Relations and Graphs (#)
  • Sustainable Design (core)
  • Engineering Physics (core)+
  • Applied Algebra and Statistics (core)
  • Engineering in Society +
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Materials Engineering Project (2 credit points)+
  • Introduction to Mathematical Modelling (core)
  • Introduction to Programming for Engineers (core)
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Field Investigation (2 credit points)+
  • Fluid Mechanics +
  • Engineering Modelling (core)
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Structural Design (2 credit points)+
  • Stress and Failure Analysis +
  • Road and Pavement Engineering
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

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

  • Reinforced Concrete and Steel Structures (2 credit points)+
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Professional Practice (core)^
  • Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Engineering Project A (core)(2 credit points)~
  • Traffic and Transport Engineering
  • Plus one (1) open elective (one credit point)

    Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Engineering Project B (core)(2 credit points)~+
  • Infrastructure Engineering
  • Plus one (1) open elective (one credit point)

    ~ It is recommended that students undertake SEJ441 and SEJ446 in consecutive trimesters.

    ^ Students are encouraged to complete this unit in Trimester 3 of the third year of study. Must have successfully completed STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)

    # Students who have not completed Mathematical Methods (or equivalent), will be required to undertake the unit SIT190 in the first trimester of their Engineering course.

    + Students enrolled online for these units are required to attend campus mode conducted activities during the corresponding Intensive Activities 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.