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Students who commenced study in 2015 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 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering.

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Course code4632
Managing facultyEngineering
Abbreviated titleBE(Hons)
CRICOS code001722B
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT

The maximum time for completion of the course is 8 years, including any periods of intermission.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton, Malaysia)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Candidates for the Bachelor of Engineering choose to specialise in one of the following branches of engineering*:

  • chemical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • electrical and computer systems engineering
  • materials engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • mechatronics engineering.

The common level one studies allow students to keep open the option of entering any of the branches. There are limits on the number of students who may enrol in each branch and, where demand exceeds supply, students will be admitted on the basis of academic merit (results at level one). Students who do not get their first choice will be offered a place in one of their other preferences. If students wish to change branches at a later level of the course, some additional units may be required and the transition could extend the duration of the course beyond four years full-time.

Following the completion of the common level one, students transfer into one of the branches of engineering at Clayton or Monash University Malaysia. Each of the branches of engineering is outlined below and requires an additional three levels of study after the completion of level one.

* Not all branches are offered at both campuses. See the individual branch entries below for details of offerings.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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

  • understand and proficiently apply the relevant sciences and scientific methods in at least one specialist engineering practice area, to design solutions to complex problems
  • identify, interpret and critically appraise current developments and advanced technologies and apply knowledge of these to at least one specialist area
  • 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, analyse and proficiently apply theoretical and numerical analysis of phenomena to predict, design, control and optimise 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, addressing the broad contextual constraints, leading to sustainable development
  • 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
  • understand 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

The Faculty of Engineering strongly recommends that all undergraduate students enrolled in four, five and six year engineering single or double degrees complete 12 weeks of engineering vacation employment. Vacation employment is an integral part of student development, and is an excellent avenue to prepare for future engineering careers by gaining experience in an industrial setting and establishing industry networks.

Professional recognition

Refer to the faculty's Professional recognition of coursesProfessional recognition of courses ( page in this Handbook.


This course consists of 192 points of engineering studies, incorporating common level one units (48 points) and a specialisation in one of the available branches, including compulsory units and in some branches, electives.

Five of the eight units in the common level one are compulsory. A student's choice of the remaining units must take into account both the level of mathematics, chemistry and physics completed prior to admission to the course, and the branch of engineering into which the student hopes to proceed at the end of level one.


Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for guidance on how to plan your unit enrolment for each semester of study.

All students must complete:

(a.) level-one studies (48 points):

(i.) core units (30 points):

  • ENG1060 Computing for engineers
  • ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering
  • ENG1001 Engineering design: lighter, faster, stronger
  • ENG1002 Engineering design: cleaner, safer, smarter
  • ENG1003 Engineering mobile apps

(ii.) foundation and/or elective units as required (18 points):

  • 6-point foundation unit or level-one elective
  • 6-point foundation unit or level-one elective
  • 6-point level-one elective

(b.) units in one of the specialisations outlined below

Foundation units

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.

For information about course requirements for later levels of this program, students should refer to the entries in their chosen engineering branch before selecting all their level one units.

Students who have not completed VCE units 3 and 4 of Chemistry or Physics and/or Specialist mathematics are required to select one or two appropriate foundation units(s) from:

Level-one electives

  • MON2801 Leadership and Innovation (Malaysia only)
  • CHE2161 Mechanics of fluids or MEC2404 Mechanics of fluids
  • CHM1051 Chemistry I advanced
  • ECE2041 Telecommunications
  • ECE2072 Digital systems
  • ENE1621 Environmental engineering
  • ENG1021 Spatial communication in engineering
  • ENG1051 Materials for energy and sustainability
  • ENG1071 Chemistry for engineering
  • ENG1081 Physics for engineering
  • MAE2405 Aircraft performance
  • MNE1010 Introduction to mining
  • TRC2001 Introduction to systems engineering
  • 6-point elective from any faculty where prerequisites can be met

Chemical engineering


The core units covered at levels one and two provide the necessary background in the sciences, engineering fundamentals such as fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, and chemical engineering principles. Levels three and four of the course are designed around the core topics of mass transfer, heat transfer, separation processes, reaction engineering, chemical thermodynamics, process control, particle technology, process design, sustainability and safety. Practical work forms an essential part of many units, and considerable emphasis is placed on this aspect of the program. Process simulation software is used by students throughout the course. Management studies are introduced in later levels and a greater emphasis is placed on synthesis and design, culminating in each student completing a design project, and another major project in the final level. Students are given the opportunity to integrate a period of industrial experience or time at an overseas university with their studies.

Upon entry to the branch of chemical engineering, students choose to specialise in one of three streams. Each stream involves 126 points of core chemical engineering units and 18 points of stream units at levels three and four.

Students must complete 144 points of chemical engineering studies:

(a.) core units (126 points):

Selected students may take a period of integrated industrial training in the first semester of their final year and will replace CHE4180 (Chemical engineering project), CHE4161 (Engineers in society) and one of the steam electives at level-4 with:

  • CHE4164 Integrated industrial training (24 points)

(b.) units in one of the following streams (18 points):

(i.) Biotechnology

The opportunities for the application of chemical engineering skills in biotechnology are widespread - from tissue engineering to biosensor development and from development of an artificial kidney to drug delivery - from fermentation processes to biofuels and from drug development to biopolymers.

  • BCH2011 Structure and function of cellular biomolecules (Clayton) or CHE2871 Biochemistry for Engineers (Malaysia)
  • CHE3171 Bioprocess technology
  • CHE4171 Biochemical engineering

(ii.) Nanotechnology and materials (Clayton only)

Nanotechnology is literally engineering at the molecular level. Over the last two decades, the ability to manipulate matter at the molecular level has improved dramatically. This revolution will allow fabrication of an entire new generation of products that are cleaner, stronger, lighter and more precise. Chemical engineers will play a major role in this revolution.

  • CHE3172 Nanotechnology and materials I
  • CHE4172 Nanotechnology and materials 2
  • MTE2541 Crystal structures, thermodynamics and phase equilibria

(iii.) Sustainable processing

Sustainable processing is concerned with the principles of sustainability and life cycle assessment to the development of environmentally clean technologies for product manufacturing and power generation. In this stream, students will learn how to develop processes for generating energy and for manufacturing existing and new products from renewable raw material sources.

  • CHE3175 Sustainable process engineering case studies
  • CHE4173 Sustainable processing II
  • ENE3608 Environmental impact assessment and management systems

* For selected students taking a period of integrated industrial training in the first semester of their final year. This will replace the three units (CHE4180, CHE4161 and one of the steam elective units) which form the normal first semester of the final year.

Civil engineering


After completing the common engineering first year, students may choose to pursue their degree in civil engineering. At level 2 students undertake a range of fundamental units where they learn about structural, geomechanics, transport and water engineering through problem-based learning.

Core professional skills in civil engineering are incorporated at level 3, where relatively complex problems are solved.

Level 4 is the final stage of the civil engineering degree where students get the chance to specialise in at least one of the sub-discipline areas of structural, geomechanics, water and transport through their choice of elective units. Level 4 units are designed to provide students an in-depth knowledge on their chosen areas of expertise, including project management through inclusion of large projects mimicking real world problems.

Students must complete 144 points of civil engineering studies:

  • CIV2206 Mechanics of solids
  • CIV2207 Computing and water systems modelling
  • CIV2225 Design of steel and timber structures
  • CIV2226 Design of concrete and masonry structures
  • CIV2242 Geomechanics 1
  • CIV2263 Water systems
  • CIV2282 Transport and traffic engineering
  • CIV3204 Engineering investigation
  • CIV3205 Project management for civil engineers
  • CIV3221 Building structures and technology
  • CIV3222 Bridge design and assessment
  • CIV3247 Geomechanics II
  • CIV3248 Groundwater and environmental geomechanics
  • CIV3264 Urban water and wastewater systems
  • CIV3283 Road engineering
  • CIV4210 Project A
  • CIV4212 Civil engineering practice 4
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A
  • 36 points of civil engineering electives

Civil engineering electives

  • CIV3203 Civil engineering construction
  • CIV4211 Project B*
  • CIV4234 Advanced structural analysis
  • CIV4235 Advanced structural design
  • CIV4248 Ground hazards engineering
  • CIV4249 Foundation engineering
  • CIV4261 Integrated urban water management
  • CIV4268 Water resources management
  • CIV4283 Transport planning
  • CIV4284 Transport systems
  • ENE3608 Environmental impact assessment and management systems
  • ENE4607 Environmental risk assessment
  • ENG4700 Engineering technology for biomedical imaging and sensing
  • 6-point elective from any faculty**

* Enrolment in this unit is by departmental approval only.

** This unit may be chosen from within the faculty or from a discipline offered by another faculty. The elective should not substantially duplicate a unit already studied and must be approved by the course adviser. Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.

Electrical and computer systems engineering


The first three levels of the course provide a broad foundation in electrical and computer systems engineering and in the physical sciences such as physics, chemistry and mathematics. At levels three and four, students, while completing their core units and a professional practice unit, are able to choose from a large number of electives in electrical power systems, computer systems, control engineering, electronics, telecommunications engineering, biomedical engineering and robotics. These units build upon material studied in earlier levels. Electives comprise approximately 37 per cent of levels three and four.

The design and thesis projects at level 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.

Students must complete 144 points of electrical and computer systems engineering studies:

Electrical and computer systems engineering electives

  • ECE4012 Applied digital signal processing
  • ECE4023 Radio frequency electronics
  • ECE4024 Wireless communications
  • ECE4032 Advanced control
  • ECE4033 Industrial instrumentation and measurement technologies
  • ECE4042 Communications theory
  • ECE4043 Optical communications
  • ECE4044 Telecommunications protocols
  • ECE4045 Network performance
  • ECE4053 Electrical energy - generation and supply
  • ECE4054 Electrical energy - power converters and motor control
  • ECE4055 Electrical energy - power electronic applications
  • ECE4058 Electrical energy - high voltage engineering
  • ECE4063 Large scale digital design
  • ECE4064 Electronic test technology
  • ECE4074 Advanced computer architecture
  • ECE4075 Real time embedded systems
  • ECE4076 Computer vision
  • ECE4077 Advanced computing techniques
  • ECE4078 Intelligent robotics
  • ECE4081 Medical instrumentation
  • ECE4084 Biomechanics of human musculo skeletal systems
  • ECE4086 Medical imaging technology
  • ECE4087 Medical technology innovation
  • ECE4808 Organic electronics and micro devices
  • ECE4809 Solid state lighting
  • ECE5881 Real-time system design*
  • ECE5882 Advanced electronics design*
  • ECE5883 Advanced signal processing*
  • ECE5884 Wireless communications*
  • ENG4700 Engineering technology for biomedical imaging and sensing
  • TRC3500 Sensors and artificial perception*
  • 6-point elective from any faculty**

* ECE5xxx are available as ECSE electives by approval of the Head of Department of Electrical and Computer Systems for students who have completed either ECE3091 or 132 credit points and have an honours weighted average of 70 per cent or higher.

** This unit may be chosen from within the faculty or from a discipline offered by another faculty. The elective should not substantially duplicate a unit already studied and must be approved by the course adviser. Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.

Materials engineering


At level two, students are introduced to fundamental aspects of the nanostructure of materials and its relationship to a wide range of engineering properties such as mechanical behaviour, functional properties and biological behaviour, along with further training in mathematics and other essential skills.

In the third and fourth levels, the units involve aspects of both materials science and materials engineering in which a wide treatment is given to the application of the structure-property relationships and processing to the behaviour of a wide variety of areas such as metals, plastics, nanomaterials, biomaterials, corrosion and ceramics. Other areas covered include characterisation of materials, modelling of their behaviour and studies in management and industrial practice. At level three students are able to take an elective unit from the wide range of units offered by other faculties. In the final two semesters, special attention is given to topics such as materials and engineering design and selection, optimisation of properties, materials processing and fabrication, mechanical behaviour including shaping and fabrication, and the performance of materials in service. Practical work forms an essential part of most units and a substantial research project in a field of materials (for example, in metals, plastics, nanomaterials, biomaterials, rubber ceramics) is completed in the final two semesters.

Students must complete 144 points of materials engineering studies:

  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A
  • MTE2541 Crystal structures, thermodynamics and phase equilibria
  • MTE2542 Microstructural development
  • MTE2544 Functional materials
  • MTE2545 Polymers and ceramics I
  • MTE2546 Mechanics of materials
  • MTE2547 Structure-property relationships in materials
  • MTE2548 Biomaterials I
  • MTE3541 Materials durability
  • MTE3542 Microstructural design in structural materials
  • MTE3543 Microstructure to applications: the mechanics of materials
  • MTE3544 Management and practice in materials engineering
  • MTE3545 Functional materials and devices
  • MTE3546 Polymers and ceramics II
  • MTE3547 Materials characterisation and modelling
  • MTE4525 Project I
  • MTE4526 Project II
  • MTE4571 Materials engineering design and practice
  • MTE4572 Polymer and composite processing and engineering
  • MTE4573 Processing and engineering of metals and ceramics
  • 24 points of materials engineering electives

Materials engineering electives

  • ENG4700 Engineering technology for biomedical imaging and sensing
  • MTE4590 Modelling of materials
  • MTE4592 Advanced ceramics and applications
  • MTE4593 Materials and environment
  • MTE4594 Engineering alloy design, processing and selection
  • MTE4596 Biomaterials II
  • MTE4597 Engineering with nanomaterials
  • MTE4598 Electron microscopy
  • MTE5883 Environmental durability and protection of metals and engineering materials*
  • MTE5884 Materials for energy technologies*
  • 6-point elective from any faculty**

* These units can only be taken by students achieving an Honours Weighted AverageHonours Weighted Average ( of 70 per cent and over in their final year.

** This unit may be chosen from within the faculty or from a discipline offered by another faculty. The elective should not substantially duplicate a unit already studied and must be approved by the course adviser. Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.

Mechanical engineering


Specialisation in the field of mechanical engineering begins at level two of the program and focuses more directly on engineering practice and the engineering sciences. At level three, engineering science and practice studies are extended to a professional level and students are increasingly encouraged to learn independently and to make use of the learning resources available to them.

During level four, students undertake an independent full-year project in an area of personal interest. The results of this are presented and examined by thesis. In addition, students complete one professional practice core unit plus four engineering electives offering scope for specialisation. An inter-faculty business unit completes the final level.

Students must complete 144 points of mechanical engineering studies:

  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A
  • MEC2401 Dynamics I
  • MEC2402 Engineering design I
  • MEC2403 Mechanics of materials
  • MEC2404 Mechanics of fluids
  • MEC2405 Thermodynamics
  • MEC2407 Electromechanics
  • MEC2456 Engineering computational analysis
  • MEC3416 Engineering design II
  • MEC3451 Fluid mechanics II
  • MEC3453 Dynamics II
  • MEC3454 Thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • MEC3455 Solid mechanics
  • MEC3457 Systems and control
  • MEC3458 Experimental project
  • MEC3459 Materials selection for engineering design
  • MEC4401 Final year project
  • MEC4404 Professional practice
  • MEC4407 Engineering design III
  • 24 points of level-four mechanical engineering electives
  • 6-point the inter-faculty (commerce) elective

Mechanical engineering electives

  • MEC4402 Final year project - Thesis*
  • MEC4416 Momentum, energy and mass transport in engineering systems
  • MEC4417 Refrigeration and air-conditioning
  • MEC4418 Control systems
  • MEC4425 Micro/nano solid and fluid mechanics
  • MEC4426 Computer-aided design
  • MEC4427 Systems integrity and maintenance
  • MEC4428 Advanced dynamics
  • MEC4444 Industrial noise and its control
  • MEC4446 Composite structures
  • MEC4447 Computers in fluids and energy
  • MEC4456 Robotics
  • MEC4459 Wind engineering
  • MEC4801 Non-destructive testing and inspection**
  • MEC4802 Sustainable engineering and design with nanomaterials**
  • MEC4803 Internal combustion engines**
  • TRC4800 Robotics

* Subject to departmental approval

** Malaysia only.

Inter-faculty (commerce) electives

  • BFC2000 Financial institutions and markets
  • BFC2140 Corporate finance
  • BTC1110 Business law
  • ECC1100 Principles of macroeconomics
  • ECC2800 Prosperity, poverty and sustainability in a globalised world
  • MGC1010 Introduction to management
  • MGC1020 Organisations: Contexts and strategies
  • MGC2230 Organisational behaviour
  • MGX3100 Management ethics and corporate governance
  • MGX3991 Leadership principles and practices
  • MKC1200 Principles of marketing
  • BTW1042 Malaysian business law**
  • ECW1102 Introductory macroeconomics**
  • MGW1010 Introduction to management**
  • MGW2230 Organisational behaviour**
  • MKW1120 Marketing theory and practice**

** Malaysia only.


(i.) The Faculty of Business and Economics does not grant supplementary assessment for failed units.

(ii.) Approval must be sought from the director of teaching and learning in mechanical engineering to take any unit not listed above.

Mechatronics engineering


At level two, units focus on providing fundamental knowledge across the wide range of disciplines that form the basis of mechatronics. Thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electronics, mechanics, programming and digital electronics are some of the topics covered at level two.

At level three, further fundamental knowledge is introduced together with units that build on these fundamentals to cover areas of mechatronics to a professional level. These specialised areas include mechatronics and manufacturing, and power electronics and drives.

At level four, students undertake further units that draw together a wide range of fundamental knowledge in a mechatronics context such as robotics. Level four of the course allows for specialisation in wider areas of mechatronics through the selection of three elective units. Students have the opportunity to study a unit from another faculty as one of their electives and to undertake a substantial independent investigation in their chosen area of engineering interest. There is a strong emphasis on project work throughout the mechatronics course. As well as project units in second, third and fourth level many other units contain a strong project/design element.

Students must complete 144 points of mechatronics engineering studies:

  • ECE2061 Analogue electronics
  • ECE2071 Computer organisation and programming
  • ECE2072 Digital systems
  • ECE3051 Electrical energy systems
  • ECE3073 Computer systems
  • ECE4099 Professional practice (Malaysia only)
  • ENG2092 Advanced engineering mathematics B
  • MEC2402 Engineering design I
  • TRC2001 Introduction to systems engineering
  • TRC2200 Thermo-fluids and power systems
  • TRC2201 Mechanics
  • TRC3000 Mechatronics project II
  • TRC3200 Dynamical systems
  • TRC3500 Sensors and artificial perception
  • TRC3600 Modelling and control
  • TRC3801 Mechatronics and manufacturing
  • TRC4000 Mechatronics final year project I
  • TRC4002 Professional practice (Clayton only)
  • TRC4800 Robotics
  • 36 points of mechatronics electives

Mechatronics elective units

  • ECE2041 Telecommunications
  • ECE4033 Industrial instrumentation and measurement technologies
  • ECE4053 Electrical energy - generation and supply
  • ECE4054 Electrical energy - power converters and motor control
  • ECE4063 Large scale digital design
  • ECE4074 Advanced computer architecture
  • ECE4076 Computer vision
  • ECE4078 Intelligent robotics
  • ECE4808 Organic electronics and micro devices
  • MEC4418 Control systems
  • MEC4444 Industrial noise control
  • TRC4001 Mechatronics final year project II
  • TRC4900 Real time embedded systems
  • TRC4901 Computation intelligence and AI
  • 6-point elective from any faculty*

All elective units must be approved by the course director.

* This unit may be chosen from within the faculty, from a discipline offered by another faculty or from depth unitsdepth units ( offered as part of the Monash Passport program. The elective should not substantially duplicate a unit already studied and must be approved by the course adviser. Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.


Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical and Computer Systems
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Materials Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics Engineering

The actual award conferred depends on the engineering specialisation completed.