Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering

Managing facultyEngineering
Abbreviated titleBCivEnvEng
CRICOS code048720E
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 5122 6453 or 9902 6453; email

Course coordinator

Dr Zhigang Xiao


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Some elective units may require students to travel to Clayton campus.


The course is directed towards students seeking a broad base of knowledge and skills in the sustainable implementation and management of civil engineering infrastructure and solutions in a manner that minimises adverse impacts on the environment.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • understand and proficiently apply the knowledge and skill base to identify and implement civil and environmental engineering solutions to minimise the use of the earth's resources, drawing on both the sciences and engineering technologies, together with the relevant management and regulatory framework
  • identify, interpret and critically appraise current developments and advanced technologies and apply them to the area of civil and environmental engineering
  • identify and synthesise the constraints posed by economic factors, safety considerations, environment impacts and professional standards on engineering practice and use them to inform professional judgements
  • determine and proficiently apply skills for analysing, synthesising, designing, co-ordinating, controlling and evaluating the performance of engineering systems
  • research, identify, conceptualise, investigate, and interpret knowledge from modern engineering tools and techniques to synthesise a coherent approach to the solution of a problem and/or the design of a project
  • identify and critically evaluate the performance of an engineering system in terms of economics, safety and the social and physical environment, and implement approaches to minimise any adverse impact leading to sustainable development
  • understand and proficiently apply a systems approach to the design cycle in a manner that minimizes or eliminates negative environmental impacts
  • show awareness of and ability to proficiently apply project management tools and methodologies to the planning and execution of projects leading to engineering solutions of a professional standard
  • develop and implement creative and innovative approaches to problem solving
  • communicate effectively on both technical and general issues with peers, associates, clients and the general public
  • operate effectively and professionally within a team environment
  • plan, organise and use resources efficiently
  • demonstrate the highest standards of personal performance
  • demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and professional development
  • develop and implement a sustainability ethic taking account of the responsibilities of engineers to the community, the engineering profession and the industrial and business world
  • demonstrate commitment to ethical standards and legal responsibilities to the community and the profession

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


This course consists of core and elective units.

Level one includes basic sciences such as mathematics, physics and chemistry, as well as introductory engineering units and an introduction to environmental science. The two engineering units provide a basis for civil engineering studies and will be supplemented with material associated with environmental engineering.

At level two, students will undertake studies mainly in the areas of civil and environmental engineering. These include geomechanics, structures, hydrology and water supply, as well as environmental modelling. Basic mathematics will be continued. The civil engineering units will include material associated with environmental engineering.

Level three and four units further extend studies in civil and environmental engineering design and analysis with increasingly complex tasks, as well as providing more advanced studies in transport, environmental management and environmental technology. Students should be aware that certain elective units offered at level three may require travel to the Clayton campus.

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


Level one

  • CHM1011 Chemistry or CHM1051 Chemistry I advanced
  • ENG1210 Introduction to structural engineering
  • ENG1211 Introduction to engineering systems
  • ENV1711 Ecological systems and the environment
  • ENV1722 Geophysical systems and the environment
  • MTH1020 Analysis of change
  • MTH1030 Techniques for modeling
  • PHS1711 Applied physics

Total: 48 points

Level two

Total: 48 points

Level three

  • ATS3259 Geographical information systems (GIS) for environmental management
  • ENG3201 Project management for engineers
  • ENG3202 Geoengineering
  • ENG3203 Environmental geoengineering
  • ENG3204 Water and wastewater
  • ENG3205 Traffic and transport
  • ENV3737 Tools for environmental management
  • one unit from the elective list below

Total: 48 points

Level four

  • ENG4201 Project
  • ENG4202 Civil and environmental engineering practice
  • ENG4203 Management of water resources
  • ENG4204 Road engineering
  • 24 points of elective units fromt he list below


  • CHM3742 Chemistry of the environment 2
  • CIV4248 Ground hazards and environmental geotechnics
  • CIV4261 Integrated urban water management
  • CIV4283 Transport planning
  • CIV4284 Transport systems
  • ENV3711 Natural area management
  • ENV3761 Waste management and remediation
  • ENV3639 Minerals and energy

Note: Units coded CIV are offered at the Clayton campus.

Total: 48 points


Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Bachelor of Civil and Environmental 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.