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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering

Managing facultyEngineering
Abbreviated titleBCSE
CRICOS code017100A
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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Course coordinator



The course offers a comprehensive training that spans all aspects of computers from hardware design to software systems.


Students analyse, design, develop and manufacture all kinds of digital products, including both hardware and software. They learn to plan and design, commission, monitor, optimise and manage complex computer systems.

Vacation work/industrial experience

In order to fulfil the requirements of the various degree regulations and Engineers Australia, all engineering students must complete 12 weeks of approved engineering work experience and submit a report on that work. Such work is normally undertaken in the vacations between second and third years and/or between third and fourth years (but may also be taken between first and second years). Students who have completed all academic requirements for their degrees are not eligible to graduate until this work experience has been completed and a satisfactory report submitted.

Professional recognition

For information about professional recognition of Faculty of Engineering courses visit


The course commences with the establishment of a sound foundation in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics and the physical sciences. Engineering units comprise approximately one-half laboratory-based studies. Engineering management units strengthen the formal basis of project management. Elective units are provided to allow specialisation in some aspect of the field of study, with approved electives to permit broadening of intellectual and personal horizons. Approved electives comprise approximately 25 per cent of unit material at levels two and three of the course, with 50 per cent elective material at level four. The flexible elective structure permits students to choose the particular area of computer systems engineering they wish to initially specialise in upon graduation. Students are also encouraged, where appropriate, to use electives to take international studies, including human languages, and studies through the evolving collaborations with other universities overseas.

The design and thesis projects at levels three and four build self-reliance and planning capabilities in both individual and team-based environments. Projects are often related closely to the department's exceptionally strong research and collaborative industry programs within its research centres.

The award of an honours degree in engineering is based on academic achievement.


Level one

Total: 48 points

Level two

Total: 48 points

Level three

  • ECE3022 Wireless and guided EM
  • ECE3062 Electronic systems and control
  • ECE3091 Engineering design
  • ECE3092 System engineering and reliability analysis
  • 18 points of Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering electives (below)
  • 6-point approved elective

Total: 48 points

Level four

  • ECE4094 Project A
  • ECE4095 Project B
  • ECE4099 Professional practice
  • 24 points of Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering electives (below)
  • 6-point approved elective

Total: 48 points


Approved electives may include, subject to prerequisites:

(a.) any unit from the Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering elective list

(b.) any unit offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering

(c.) a unit from elsewhere in the University with written approval of the Head of Department or nominee.

Units in the last of these categories must not include substantial material already taken or to be taken as part of the degree. Only one unit may be taken at each level of the degree from this category, allowing students to pursue an approved sequence of units from elsewhere in the University.

Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering electives include:

(a) any ECE4xxx elective unit deemed suitable and approved by the Head of Department. Must include at least one of:

  • ECE4074 Advanced computer architecture
  • ECE4075 Embedded and real time systems

(b) approved units from the Faculty of Information Technology to a maximum of 24 credit points.


Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering

Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (with Honours)

Where more than one award is listed the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.