Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - 2019

Honours - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018, 2017 and 2016

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

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Admission and fees


Course type


Standard duration

4 years FT, 8 years PT

You have a maximum of eight years to complete this course including any periods of intermission.

Mode and location

On-campus (Clayton, Malaysia)


Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours)

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours)

Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)

Bachelor of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (Honours)

Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours)

Bachelor of Materials Engineering (Honours)

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)

Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours)

Bachelor of Resources and Mining Engineering (Honours)

Bachelor of Resources and Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours)

Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)

The actual award conferred depends on the engineering specialisation completed.


NOTE: This course has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2018. For details of changes, please consult the Handbook change register.

In the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) you will develop the knowledge and skills to practice as a professional engineer in one of the following branches of engineering:

  • Aerospace engineering*
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Environmental engineering*
  • Electrical and computer systems engineering
  • Materials engineering*
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mechatronics engineering
  • Resources and mining engineering*
  • Resources and renewable energy engineering*
  • Software engineering

* Not available at Monash University Malaysia.

Your studies commence with the common first year. Completion of the common first year will develop your foundational skills for engineering while you sample from the various branches of engineering. In this year, you will develop your skills and knowledge of fundamental engineering through completion of practical hands-on design-and-build activities. At the conclusion of first year, you will nominate your branch of engineering for further study.

After specialising in the second year, you will develop an in-depth understanding of the knowledge, techniques, tools and resources appropriate for your branch of engineering, as well as skills and knowledge of the application of engineering methods required to conduct, design and manage engineering projects.

Masters accelerated pathway (Clayton only)

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is also available in a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) master's vertical double pathway. Designed for high achieving students, this pathway option will allow you the opportunity to fast track directly from the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) into the Master of Advanced Engineering. You will be able to reduce the total duration of your study by enrolling in a maximum of two Master of Advanced Engineering units whilst completing the elective components of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree. You will graduate with both a bachelor honours degree and an expert master's degree. Please note that the master's accelerated pathway is only available for the following specialisations:

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical and computer systems engineering
  • Materials engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mechatronics engineering

Double degrees

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) can be taken in combination with the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Computer Science (only with the specialisations of advanced computer science and one of electrical and computer systems engineering and software engineering)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (only with the specialisations of computer networks and security and one of electrical and computer systems engineering and software engineering)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Architectural Design (only with the specialisation of civil engineering)
  • Bachelor of Design (only with the specialisations of industrial design and mechanical engineering)
  • Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (only with the specialisation of formulation science and chemical engineering).

This will lead to the award of two degrees: your specialist engineering degree and the degree awarded by the partner course. Students should refer to the course entry for the partner course in their double degree for the requirements of the other degree.


Aerospace engineering

Availability: Clayton

Aerospace engineers design, develop and maintain flight vehicles. You will acquire skills, knowledge and experience in aerodynamics, aerostructures, avionics, propulsion, flight control and material science.

Chemical engineering

Availability: Clayton, Malaysia

Chemical engineers transform raw materials into useful and commercial end products. This involves the research of raw materials and their properties, design and development of equipment and the evaluation of operating processes. You will acquire skills, knowledge and experience in chemistry and chemical thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, material and energy balances, as well as particle technology and process design.

Civil engineering

Availability: Clayton, Malaysia

Civil engineers design, construct, maintain and operate infrastructure for the benefit of society. You will acquire skills, knowledge and experience in mechanics; transport, traffic and road engineering; building structures and technology; design of concrete and masonry structures; bridge design and assessment; geomechanics; and hydrology.

Electrical and computer systems engineering

Availability: Clayton, Malaysia

Electrical and computer systems engineers develop electronic solutions to underpin a broad range of development supporting every aspect of engineering. In particular, graduates often employ their skills in the biomedical, computer systems, electronics, electrical power engineering, robotics and telecommunications industries. You will acquire skills, knowledge and experience in electrical and electronic engineering including: the fundamentals of circuits; electronic signals and signal processing; digital electronics and systems on a chip; and the design of large-scale power and telecommunications systems.

Environmental engineering

Availability: Clayton

Environmental engineers create innovative solutions for sustainable development. You will acquire skills, knowledge and experience in ecology and biodiversity; material and energy balances; thermodynamics; materials properties and recycling; hydrology; environmental risk and impact assessment; management systems; energy and the environment; and sustainability and the law.

Materials engineering

Availability: Clayton

Materials engineering is all about making new materials and improving existing ones - making things stronger, lighter, more functional, sustainable and cost-effective. You will acquire skills, knowledge and experience in using, analysing and creating crystal structures; thermodynamics and phase equilibria; functional materials; polymers and ceramics; materials durability, characterisation and modelling; and processing and engineering of metals and ceramics.

Mechanical engineering

Availability: Clayton, Malaysia

Mechanical engineering focuses on turning energy into motion and power - any practical device that moves has required a mechanical engineer to design it. The discipline covers the generation, conversion, transmission and use of mechanical and thermal energy, and includes the design, construction and operation of devices and systems. You will acquire skills, knowledge and experience in structural mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics while developing novel solutions through engineering design and systems and control.

Mechatronics engineering

Availability: Clayton, Malaysia

Mechatronics engineering combines mechanical engineering, computing and electronics to create functional smart products. You will acquire skills, knowledge and experience in electrical systems; mechanics; systems engineering; sensors and artificial perception; thermo-fluids and power systems; analogue electronics; robotics; control systems; and manufacturing.

Resources and mining engineering

Availability: Clayton

Resources and mining engineering has essential disciplines such as mining, geological, oil and gas, and renewable energy to meet the ever changing global challenges and demands of industry. You will acquire expertise in your stream of choice. This include skills such as leadership, management, and have the ability to transfer your skills overeas. 

Resources and renewable energy engineering

Availability: Clayton

Resources and renewable energy engineering has essential disciplines such as mining, geological, oil and gas, and renewable energy to meet the ever changing global challenges and demands of industry. You will acquire expertise in your stream of choice. This include skills such as leadership, management, and have the ability to transfer your skills overeas. 

Software engineering

Availability: Clayton, Malaysia

Software engineering comprises the core principles consistent in software construction and maintenance: fundamental software processes and life-cycles; mathematical foundations of software engineering; requirements analysis; software engineering methodologies and standard notations; principles of software architecture and re-use; software quality frameworks and validation; software development; and maintenance environments and tools. Current industry-strength programming languages, technologies and systems feature highly in the practical components, electives and projects of the course.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes.

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

  1. understand and proficiently apply the relevant sciences and scientific methods in at least one specialist engineering practice area, to design solutions to complex problems
  2. identify, interpret and critically appraise current developments and advanced technologies and apply knowledge of these to at least one specialist area
  3. 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
  4. determine, analyse and proficiently apply theoretical and numerical analysis of phenomena to predict, design, control and optimise the performance of engineering systems
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. understand and proficiently apply a systems approach to the design cycle, addressing the broad contextual constraints, leading to sustainable development
  8. 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
  9. develop and implement creative and innovative approaches to problem-solving
  10. communicate effectively on both technical and general issues with peers, associates, clients and the general public
  11. operate effectively and professionally within a team environment
  12. plan, organise and use resources efficiently
  13. demonstrate the highest standards of personal performance
  14. demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and professional development
  15. understand the responsibilities of engineers to the community, the engineering profession and the industrial and business world
  16. demonstrate commitment to ethical standards and legal responsibilities to the community and the profession

Credit for prior studies

A maximum of 96 points of credit may be awarded for previous relevant undergraduate-level study.

Professional recognition

This course requires you to complete a total of 420 hours of continuous professional development, in order to graduate. This professional development may be in the form of 12 weeks of relevant vacation employment or an equivalent combination of approved professional development and/or engineering employment, taken throughout the duration of the course. You are required to submit a series of reflections on your experience, with particular reference to the development of each of the key Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer and by the Engineering Accreditation Council of Malaysia. The course is recognised under the Washington Accord enabling our engineering graduates to work worldwide in any country that is also a signatory to the Accord, without the need to re-qualify. The application will be made to Engineers Australia for the accreditation of Resources and mining engineering specialisation and the Resources and renewable energy engineering specialisation. Further details about professional recognition can be found at the Professional recognition of coursesProfessional recognition of courses ( page in this Handbook.


The course develops through four themes that combine to underpin engineering practice: fundamentals and foundational skills, design, knowledge and applications, and professional practice.

Part A. Engineering fundamentals and foundational skills

These will develop your understanding of natural and physical sciences, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences that underpin all engineering disciplines.

Part B. Engineering design

This will develop the engineering techniques, tools and resources for the conduct, design and management of engineering design processes and projects, both in the industrial setting and in the development of research experiments.

Part C. Engineering knowledge and application

This will provide in-depth knowledge of the specific engineering methods of a branch of engineering, and will integrate the specific engineering methods and discipline knowledge into practice. You will develop skills to identify and apply knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. Additionally, your studies will focus on your understanding and application of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in your discipline.

Part D. Professional practice

This will develop your skills in readiness for the engineering workplace. You will develop skills in effective team membership and team leadership, the use and management of commercially relevant data, and the legal responsibilities of engineers. This study will integrate the theme 'Engineering knowledge and application' with your specialist field of engineering.

Part E. Elective study

This will enable you to further deepen your knowledge of engineering or broaden your knowledge in another approved field. If you are completing a single degree course you may use electives to add technical expertise in their engineering specialisation and/or to complete one of the engineering-approved minors from another faculty thereby adding other skills to your repertoire. If you wish to take more than two units outside the faculty, and you are not using the additional units to complete one of the approved minors, you must consult with and gain permission from your course advisor before doing so.

In order to meet local accreditation requirements, if you are studying your degree on the Malaysia campus you must choose technical engineering units to fulfil the elective requirements of your engineering degree.

If you are in the master's accelerated pathway you will select a mix of electives from engineering, or from across the University in which you are eligible to enrol, in conjunction with 12 credit points taken from E6001 Master of Advanced Engineering.


This course comprises 192 points, of which 144 points are from core engineering study and 48 points are available for elective study. A minimum of 72 points must be completed in engineering studies at level 3 and above.

The course develops through theme studies in: Part A. Engineering fundamentals and foundational skills, Part B. Engineering design, Part C. Engineering application and knowledge, Part D. Professional practice and Part E. Elective study.

Elective units may be at any level, however, no more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at level 1 in the engineering course.

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Common first year (48 points)

Part A. Engineering fundamentals and foundational skills (12, 18 or 24 points)

If you have not completed the equivalent of VCE Physics and/or VCE Specialist mathematics then you must complete foundation units in physics and/or mathematics respectively:

Note: If you are in a double degree and need to take both foundation units you will need to overload in year 1 or 2 and increase the total credit points needed for the double degree by 6 points.

You must complete:

Part B. Engineering design (18 points)

You must complete:

  • ENG1001 Engineering design: Lighter, faster, stronger
  • ENG1002 Engineering design: Cleaner, safer smarter
  • ENG1003 Engineering mobile apps

Part E. Level 1 elective study (6, 12 or 18 points, depending upon the number of units you need to complete for Part A)

If you are completing the single degree, available electives may be taken from the list below and/or may be chosen from across the University, including one of the engineering-approved minors other faculties. Elective units may be at any level, however, no more than 10 units (60 points) at level 1 can be credited to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

If you are in the single degree you must complete at least one of the following available on your campus of enrolment:

  • CHE1010 Grand challenges in chemical engineering: Delivering sustainable food, water and energy
  • CHM1011 Chemistry 1 or CHM1051 Chemistry 1 advanced
  • ENE1621 Environmental engineering
  • ENG1021 Spatial communication in engineering
  • ENG1051 Materials for energy and sustainability
  • PHS1002 Physics for engineering
  • MAT1830 Discrete mathematics for computer science
  • RSE1010 Natural resources engineering
  • ECE2041Not offered in 2019 Telecommunications
  • ECE2072 Digital systems
  • FIT2085 Introduction to computer science for engineers
  • MAE2405 Aircraft performance
  • MEC2404 Mechanics of fluids*
  • TRC2001 Introduction to systems engineering

* Students planning to specialise in mechanical engineering are advised against taking this unit as a Level 1 elective as this is a core unit in the specialisation.

Double degrees: For students completing a double degree, at least 12 points at level 1 must be used in fulfilling the requirements of the partner course. Therefore, double degree students who are required to take 12 points of engineering foundation units will need to overload by 6 points. Please refer to the course progression mapcourse progression map ( for the relevant double degree.

Engineering specialisations (144 points)

Parts C, D. Engineering specialisation knowledge, application and practice (108 points), and electives (36 points)

You must complete one of the following specialisations:*

* The following specialisations are not available at Malaysia: aerospace, environmental, materials and resources.