Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

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.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course code4634
Managing facultyEngineering
Partner facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBE(Hons)/BA
CRICOS code037828F
Total credit points required252
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT

Students will normally expect to complete the course in five years. This is achieved by undertaking one additional unit per semester twice in the later stages of the degree. The maximum time for completion of the course is 10 years, including any periods of intermission.

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

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NOTE: This course has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2014. For details of changes, please consult the Handbook change registerHandbook change register (

The course provides students with an opportunity to combine studies within the very wide range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and communications in combination with studies in the engineering profession.

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 apply 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.


Refer to the outcomes for the single degrees 4632 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and 0002 Bachelor of Arts.

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 of Engineering's Professional recognition of coursesProfessional recognition of courses ( page in this Handbook.


This course consists of:

(a.) 156 points of engineering studies incorporating common level one units and foundation units if required, and a specialisation in one of the available branches, including compulsory units and in some branches, electives.

(b.) 96 points of arts studies composed of major and minor studies, and additional units which may be chosen to form a second minor.

In the first level of study, students must complete engineering units worth 36 points and 12 points of level one units in an arts discipline. Thereafter candidates undertake further studies in arts as outlined in the requirements and studies in one of the offered branches of engineering.

In selecting units in both arts and engineering, students should be aware of any constraints imposed by timetabling and the need to satisfy prerequisites for later level units. Most students will probably undertake some engineering and some arts units in each level of study.


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

Arts component

Students must complete 96 points of arts studies.

For all information and the requirements for this component refer to 0002 Bachelor of Arts.

Engineering component

Students must complete 156 points from the Faculty of Engineering as follows:

  • ENG1060 Computing for engineers
  • ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering
  • ENG1001 Engineering design: lighter, faster, stronger
  • ENG1002 Engineering design: cleaner, safer, smarter
  • ENG1003 Engineering mobile apps
  • 6-point foundation unit or one level-one elective
  • 120 points in one of the specialisations as outlined below

Foundation units

The large majority of students entering the engineering 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 engineering faculty with equivalent qualifications, and advice about unit choice for students with qualification other than the VCE may be obtained from the Faculty of Engineering administration offices. Foundation units are required for students who have not completed appropriate VCE studies.

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

Students who have not completed Year 12 VCE Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) must undertake ENG1090 Foundation mathematics.

Level-one electives

  • CHE2161 Mechanics of fluids or MEC2404 Mechanics of fluids
  • CHM1011 Chemistry I
  • 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
  • one 6-point level one elective form any faculty


Chemical engineering

Students must complete the following (120 points):

Civil engineering

Students must complete the following (120 points):

  • 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 Introductory geoengineering
  • 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
  • 12 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
  • ENG4700 Engineering technology for biomedical imaging and sensing.

* Subject to departmental approval.

Electrical and computer systems engineering

Students must complete the following (120 points):

  • ECE2011 Signal processing
  • ECE2021 Electromagnetism
  • ECE2031 Circuits and control
  • ECE2041 Telecommunications
  • ECE2061 Analogue electronics
  • ECE2071 Computer organisation and programming
  • ECE2072 Digital systems
  • ECE3022 Wireless and guided EM
  • ECE3051 Electrical energy systems
  • ECE3062 Electronic systems and control
  • ECE3073 Computer systems
  • ECE3091 Engineering design
  • ECE3092 Systems engineering and reliability analysis
  • ECE3093 Optimisation estimation and numerical methods
  • ECE4094 Project A
  • ECE4095 Project B
  • ENG2092 Advanced engineering mathematics B
  • 18 points of electrical and computer systems engineering electives

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*
  • ECE5881 Real-time system design*
  • ECE5882 Advanced electronics design*
  • ECE5883 Advanced signal processing*
  • ECE5884 Wireless communications*
  • ENG4700 Engineering technology for biomedical imaging and sensing.

* Level-5 electives (ECE5xxx-coded units) are available only by approval of the head of department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering for students who have completed either ECE3091 or 132 credit points and have a honours weighted average of 70 per cent or higher.

Materials engineering

Students must complete the following (120 points):

  • 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

Mechanical engineering

Students must complete the following (120 points):

Mechanical engineering electives

  • MEC4402 Final year project - thesis*
  • MEC4416 Momentum, energy & mass transport in engineering systems
  • MEC4417 Refrigeration and air-conditioning
  • MEC4418 Control systems
  • MEC4426 Computer-aided design
  • MEC4425 Micro/nano solid and fluid mechanics
  • 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

* Recommended only for students with an aggregate score of at least 70 per cent at the conclusion of third year.

Mechatronics engineering

Students must complete the following (120 points):

Mechatronics engineering electives

  • 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 electives must be approved by the course director.

Alternative exit(s)

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


Bachelor of Arts
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 engineering award conferred depends on the engineering specialisation completed.