Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the 2012 handbook change register for details.

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 titleBE/BArchDes
CRICOS code075586D
Total credit points required252
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9905 3404, email or visit

Course coordinator



  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students will normally expect to complete the course in five years. This is achieved by undertaking one additional unit (above the standard four units - 24 credit points) per semester twice in the later stages of the degree.
  • The engineering component of this course is offered on the Clayton campus, and the art and design component is offered on the Caulfield campus. The course is timetabled, where possible, to allow whole days at one or the other campus.


This double degree program is designed for students who are interested in civil engineering with a thorough understanding of how buildings function. The architectural design component enables students to express their building design in an innovative way whereas the civil engineering component enables students to understand the load path and design safety issues associated with the architectural design.

The Bachelor of Architectural Design component offers a program of education in the discipline of architecture and provides the first of two degrees required for professional registration. The engineering component of the program is only available to students in the discipline of civil engineering.

Graduates will be able to provide solutions to a wide variety of engineering and social problems through creative thinking and realistic applications to building in a sustainable way. Graduates will be equipped with contemporary knowledge and technological skills to critically analyse problems and research solutions.

Graduates from this program, while not eligible for architecture registration, will be qualified engineers. Graduates will be highly skilled designers and design thinkers able to provide leadership in the design and construction of the built environment, collaborating with clients, builders and other design professionals.

Graduates will work closely with architects to develop solutions to client's projects that integrate form and appearance with practical functionality leading to sustainable, innovative solutions.

They will:

  • Develop solutions that use innovative materials, or materials in an innovative way
  • Ensure energy efficient solutions
  • Develop innovative and sustainable solutions to client projects
  • Ensure structural integrity of structures
  • Ensure the solution is constructible


By the completion of the degree, students will have the following outcomes:

Civil engineering:

  • acquired a basic knowledge across the full spectrum of civil engineering, building from fundamental science and mathematics, through applications and design and including management methods
  • an understanding in these areas to enable them to conceive quality, innovative and cost-effective solutions to civil engineering problems
  • skills in computing, oral and written presentation, research method and organisation to enable them to function efficiently in a professional engineering environment
  • an understanding of and commitment to professional and environmental responsibility, the legal and moral duties of an engineer in the community and a continuing intellectual curiosity
  • overall training that makes them eligible for graduate membership of Engineering Australia.


  • highly developed capabilities in architectural design and its integration with environmental and technological factors
  • developed the ability to engage imagination, creativity, analysis and critical judgment in resolving design issues with knowledge of the social, historical and theoretical contexts of architecture
  • acquired critical awareness of building materials, construction processes and structural service systems and their integration in architecture
  • developed knowledge of the regulatory and business aspects of the architectural profession within an ethical and environmentally-aware framework
  • highly developed skills in expressing ideas and concepts verbally and visually

Vacation employment/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 vacation employment 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 vacation employment has been completed and a satisfactory report submitted.

Professional recognition

For information about professional recognition of Faculty of Engineering courses visit

Upon completion of both the Bachelor of Architectural Design component and the Master of Architecture, students will have achieved the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) National Competency Standards applicable to university courses and will comply with the Royal Australian Institute of Architecture (RAIA) Education Policy Performance Criteria.


The large majority of students entering the faculty have completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), and references in the following paragraphs are to the prerequisite VCE subjects. Some domestic and international students enter the faculty with equivalent qualifications, and advice about unit choice for students with qualifications other than the VCE may be obtained from the faculty administration offices. Foundation units are required for students who have not completed appropriate VCE studies.

The course progression outlined in the requirements for this degree is recommended; students should adjust their yearly enrolment program as needed, based on prerequisites and timetable restrictions.

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


Students must complete units as listed below:

The engineering component requires 138 credit points that must be obtained in units prescribed by this course list and the architectural design component requires 114 credit points.

Over the five stages of the course students must complete all of the following:

  • 13 core architectural design units (114 points)
  • 21 core engineering units (126 points)
  • 1 or 2 engineering elective units (6 or 12 credit points)
  • 1 foundation unit if have not completed VCE units 3 and 4 of Chemistry or Physics or Specialist mathematics or an elective if don't need foundation unit (0 or 6 credit points)

Stage one

  • ARC1001 Foundation studio 1 (12 points)
  • ARC1002 Foundation studio 2 (12 points)
  • ARC1301 Architecture communications 2
  • ARC1401 Introduction to architectural theory
  • DWG1301 Drawing 1C
  • ENG1020 Engineering structures
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)

Total: 48 points

Stage two

  • CIV2206 Mechanics of solids
  • CIV2207 Computing and water systems modelling
  • CIV2225 Design of steel and timber structures
  • CIV2226 Design of concrete and masonry structures
  • CIV2263 Water systems
  • CIV2282 Transport and traffic engineering
  • ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering

Plus one foundation unit (if required) OR one of the electives below:

Foundation units

Depending on the VCE subjects completed, no units or one foundation unit from:

Elective units

If not required to complete a foundation unit choose one elective from:

Total: 48 points

Stage three

  • ARC2001 Architecture design studio 3 (12 points)
  • ARC2002 Architecture design studio 4 (12 points)
  • ARC2301 Architecture communications 3
  • ARC2401 Contemporary architecture
  • ARC2402 19th and 20th century architecture
  • CIV2242 Introductory geoengineering
  • ENG1060 Computing for engineers
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A

Total: 60 points

Stage four

  • CIV3204 Engineering investigations
  • CIV3205 Project management for civil engineers
  • CIV3221 Building structures and technology
  • CIV3222 Bridge design and assessment
  • CIV3247 Geoengineering
  • CIV3248 Groundwater and environmental geoengineering
  • CIV3264 Urban water and wastewater systems
  • CIV3283 Road engineering

Total: 48 points

Stage five

  • ARC3001 Architecture design studio 5 (12)
  • ARC3002 Architecture design studio 6 (12)
  • ARC3401 Architecture and the city
  • CIV4210 Project A
  • CIV4212 Civil engineering practice 4
  • 6 point civil engineering elective unit chosen from list below:

Civil engineering electives

  • CIV3203 Civil engineering construction
  • CIV4211 Project B (enrolment in this unit is by departmental approval only)
  • CIV4234 Advanced structural analysis
  • CIV4235 Advanced structural design
  • CIV4248 Ground hazards and environmental geotechnics
  • CIV4249 Foundation engineering
  • CIV4261 Integrated urban water management
  • CIV4268 Water resources management
  • CIV4283 Transport planning
  • CIV4284 Transport systems

Total: 48 points

Progression to further studies

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Architectural Design component and wish to practice as an architect will need to complete the Master of Architecture; admission to course 3120 Master of Architecture will be guaranteed. Students will only be considered to have completed the Bachelor of Architectural Design if they have successfully achieved a minimum of 144 credit points as prescribed.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit from the double-degree program and graduate with one of the single degrees providing all requirements for that degree have been met.


Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Architectural Design
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in the field of Civil Engineering

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree 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.