Bachelor of Engineering Science

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00300K

The Bachelor of Engineering Science will provide you with the necessary scientific knowledge that underpins your engineering discipline, followed by a specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of civil and structural, electrical and electronics, and mechanical engineering.The course will help you to develop skills for the planning and execution of engineering projects.The course specifically offers extensive hands-on practical experience, which will help you in your future career as an engineering technologist. Essential engineering skills including innovation, creativity, management and teamwork are also features of the course. This course was developed in consultation with and is supported by industry leaders. You graduate with a sound foundation of engineering knowledge which directly aligns with international industry requirements.You can combine this course with the two-year Master of Engineering as an accredited pathway towards becoming a professional engineer. This pathway is similar to engineering programs offered in Europe and is an alternative to the traditional four-year Bachelor of Engineering Honours course.As a civil and structural engineering technologist, you will be able to work with other engineers and technologists on the design and maintenance of structures for the modern world. Key areas include water resources, roads and traffic, bridges and marine structures. Your studies will focus on developing sustainable and ethical civil and structural solutions in areas such as structural engineering, water and its uses and the principles of sustainability. As an engineering technologist in the electrical and electronics industry, you will be able to work together with engineers and technologists on the design, automation and control of the devices which make modern life convenient. You are involved in electronics, telecommunications, biomedical applications and power generation and distribution, including renewable energy.As a mechanical engineering technologist, you will be able to collaborate with other engineers and technologists in the design and build of large and small devices which improve transportation and provide affordable manufacturing and production solutions. Key areas include mechatronics, robotics, biomechanical applications, aeroplanes, cars, pumps and pipelines.


  • The first year of study introduces basic engineering skills common to all engineering specialisations. In subsequent years students follow a study path specifically developed for your chosen specialisation of civil and structural, electrical and electronics or mechanical engineering. A feature of the program is twelve weeks of industrial work experience, ensuring that you are familiar with current engineering practice and begin to create your network of engineering contacts for future employment. This course is available externally by distance learning if you are not able to attend classes on campus on a regular basis. Access to the internet is required for distance learning, with access to high speed broadband highly recommended.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated. Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCommon Units(2 units)20cpCommon units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologySelect Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options. Core Units(12 units)110cpCompulsory Core units totalling 110 credit points as detailed below.ENG151 StaticsENG175 Internet of Things (replaces ENG174 from 2021)SMA101 Mathematics 1ASMA102 Mathematics 1BSMA104 Concepts of Mathematics (replaces SMA211 from 2021)SPH141 Concepts of Physics (new to core from 2021)PMO201 Project ManagementSMA209 Mathematics 2 (unit title change)ENG303 Research ProjectENG304 Design ProjectENG305 Safety, Risk and ReliabilityIPM300 Industrial Experience (0 credit points)Students enrolled prior to 2021 should refer to the transition arrangement provided below.Specialist Elective(8 units)80cpUnits totalling 80 credit points selected from one of the specialist streams.Civil and Structural Engineering (80 credit points)ENG212 Mechanics of SolidsENG215 Surveying and ConstructionENG247 Fluid and ThermodynamicsENG252 Dynamics (previously core unit)ENG267 Hydraulics and Soil MechanicsENG368 Steel and Concrete StructuresENG311 GeomechanicsENG364 Materials EngineeringElectrical and Electronics Engineering (80 credit points)ENG221 Analogue ElectronicsENG223 Electrical Circuit AnalysisENG224 Electrical Machines and Power SystemsHIT235 Digital Systems and Computer ArchitectureENG325 Systems Modelling and ControlENG377 Electromagnetics and Communication Technology (replaces ENG227 from 2021)HIT332 Embedded and Mobile SystemsHIT365 C ProgrammingMechanical Engineering (80 credit points)ENG212 Mechanics of SolidsENG235 ManufacturingENG247 Fluid and ThermodynamicsENG252 Dynamics (previously core unit)ENG325 Systems Modelling and Control (title changed from Systems Modelling in 2016)ENG338 Machine Design PrinciplesENG364 Materials EngineeringHIT365 C ProgrammingElectives(3 units)30cpUnits totalling 30 credit points at 100 – 300 level selected from undergraduate units offered by the University. Students should contact the College to confirm their elective unit selection if unsure if their unit is appropriate.Students who have completed ENG142 Concepts of Chemical Engineering as a core unit prior to 2020 will count this as one of their elective units. Suggested electives for students who have not completed ENG142 include:ECO107 Economics and the Modern Business Enterprise (replaces ECO105 from S2 2020)ENV103 Environmental IssuesHIT137 Software NowHIT164 Computing FundamentalsLAW105 Introduction to Business lawMAN105 Introduction to ManagementSCH104 Introductory Chemistry A 240Total Credit PointsStudents who commence in or after 2013No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or aboveStudents should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information. Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements from 2021Students who commenced the Bachelor of Engineering Science prior to 2021 will note there have been some changes. Core Unit ChangesThe following units have been replaced or removed as core units:ENG174 Electrical EngineeringSMA211 Mathematics 2BENG252 DynamicsThe following units have been added as core units:ENG175 Internet of ThingsSMA104 Concepts of MathematicsSPH141 Concepts of PhysicsSpecialisation ChangesCivil and Structural Engineering - ENG252 Dynamics has been added as a specialist elective (previously a core unit)Electrical and Electronics Engineering - ENG227 has been recoded ENG377 Electromagnetics and Communication TechnologyMechanical Engineering - ENG252 Dynamics added as a specialist elective (previously a core unit)
  • ENG342 Instrumentation and Control has been removed and HIT365 C Programming added as a specialist elective.Chemical Engineering - this specialisation was discontinued at the end of 2019. Any student still enrolled should contact the course coordinator for assistance.Transition ArrangementsStudents who have completed core unit ENG174 should not complete ENG175 Internet of Things. Students who have not completed ENG174 will need to complete ENG175.Students who have completed core unit SMA211 should not complete SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics or SPH141 Concepts of Physics but must complete an additional elective. Students who have not completed SMA211 will need to complete SMA104 or SPH141 or SMA212. (amended 11/08/2021)Students who have completed core unit ENG252 may count this unit as a specialist elective in the Civil and Structural or the Mechanical specialisations. Students in the Electrical and Electronics specialisation may include this unit as an elective. Continuing students enrolled in the Electrical and Electronics specialisation who have not completed ENG252 are not required to complete this unit.Students in the Electrical and Electronics specialisation who have completed ENG227 should not complete ENG377 Electromagnetics and Communication Technology. Students in this specialisation who have not completed ENG227 will need to complete ENG377.Students in the Mechanical engineering specialisation who have completed ENG342 Instrumentation and Control should not complete HIT365. Students who have not completed ENG342 will need to complete HIT365.Any student still enrolled in the Chemical Engineering specialisation who has not completed ENG342 Instrumentation and Control will need to complete ENG325 System Modelling and Control (see below).Any student who believes they will be disadvantaged by these changes should contact the course coordinator for assistance.Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements from 2020Course Structure: Core units have been reduced from 120 credit points to 110 credit points and an Elective unit totalling 10 credit points has been added.Specialisation: The Chemical Engineering specialisation is no longer be available for entry from 2020. Students who have commenced Chemical Engineering prior to 2020 should liaise with the course coordinator to ensure they are able to complete.Unit discontinuation: ENG142 Concepts of Chemical Engineering has been discontinued from 2020 and removed as a required core unit. Students who have already completed ENG142 will count this unit as one of their elective units.Students enrolled in the Chemical Engineering specialisation and have not yet completed should liaise with the course coordinator.Chemical Engineering (80 credit points) (no longer available for entry from 2020)SCH101 Chemical ConceptsSCH102 Organic and Inorganic ChemistryENG246 Process AnalysisENG247 Fluid and ThermodynamicsENG248 Unit OperationsENG341 Separation Process PrinciplesENG364 Materials EngineeringENG342 Instrumentation and Control (students who have not already completed this unit should do ENG325 System Modelling and Control)Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements - 2016ENG154 has been replaced by a specialist unit in each of the streams:Chemical Engineering – ENG248Civil and Structural Engineering – ENG368Electrical and Electronics Engineering – ENG227Mechanical Engineering – ENG338Students who have not completed ENG154 should complete either ENG227 or ENG248 or ENG338 or ENG368 as the appropriate specialist elective for their chosen stream.Students who have completed ENG154 will not need to complete any of the units listed above.Students who have completed ENG315 will receive 10cp towards an elective.Unit Title ChangesUnit CodePrevious TitleNew Title (2016)ENG325Systems ModellingSystems Modelling and ControlDiscontinued Units from 2016: Unit CodeUnit TitleENG154Engineering FoundationsENG315Engineering Computing 


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Standard entry requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina International: $33,480 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
CDU Online International: $33,480 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

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