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4632

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 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 titleBE(Hons)
CRICOS code001722B
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton, Malaysia)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/4632
Contact details

Visit the Engineering contactscontacts (http://www.eng.monash.edu.au/contact/) page

Course coordinator

Visit http://www.eng.monash.edu.au/current-students/course-information.html#1

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course must be completed in a minimum of four and a maximum of eight years.

Description

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.

Outcomes

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 (http://opvclt.monash.edu.au/curriculum-by-design/aligning-course-outcomes-with-aqf-bologna.html).

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

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

Refer to the faculty's Professional recognition of coursesProfessional recognition of courses (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/eng-03.html) page in this Handbook.

Structure

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.

Two 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.

Requirements

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.

Level one

A total of eight units must be completed.

Core units

Select at least four units from:

Foundation 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:

Elective units

Select none, one or two units from:

  • ENG1061 Engineering profession
  • ENG1071 Chemistry for engineering
  • ENG1081 Physics for engineering
  • ENG1110 Biological engineering I

Total: 48 points

Chemical engineering

(Clayton/Malaysia)

It is recommended that students wishing to enter this branch of engineering complete ENG1010 at level one.

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.

Streams

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 units at levels three and four (6 points at level three and 12 points at level four) from one of the following three streams.

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.

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.

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.

Level two

Total: 48 points

Level three

Core units

Stream units

Biotechnology
Nanotechnology and materials
  • CHE3172 Nanotechnology and materials I
Sustainable processing
  • CHE3175 Sustainable process engineering case studies

Total: 48 points

Note: mid-year entry students should take CHE4161 in year three and delay CHE3167 until year four, to ensure that they complete all of the prerequisites for CHE4170.

Level four

Core units

  • CHE4161 Engineers in society
  • CHE4162 Particle technology
  • CHE4164 Integrated industrial training*
  • CHE4170 Design project (12 points)
  • CHE4180 Chemical engineering project (12 points)

* 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.

Stream units

Biotechnology
  • BCH2011 Structure and function of cellular biomolecules (Clayton) or CHE2871 Biochemistry for Engineers (Malaysia)
  • CHE4171 Biochemical engineering
Nanotechnology and materials
  • CHE4172 Nanotechnology and materials 2
  • MTE2541 Crystal structures, thermodynamics and phase equilibria
Sustainable processing
  • CHE4173 Sustainable processing II
  • ENE3608 Environmental impact assessment and management systems

Total: 48 points

Civil engineering

(Clayton)

It is recommended that students wishing to enter this branch of engineering complete ENG1020 at level one.

The intention of level two is to develop 'sub-professional' skills, i.e. the ability to design commonplace engineering artefacts in the context of suitable theoretical treatment. At the same time, students gain some appreciation for the breadth of civil engineering. Theory is developed in parallel with the applications (problems). The theoretical insights are further developed at levels three and four, as more complex scenarios are considered.

Level three is designed to develop 'core professional' skills. It includes a management unit, engineering investigation, road engineering, two structural units, a water unit and a geomechanics unit. The water and geomechanics groups share a groundwater unit.

Level four is seen as an opportunity for specialisation. Each student must take both of the core units (6 points each) and a minimum of four civil engineering electives (6 points each). The remaining 12 points may be taken anywhere within the University (including the civil engineering department), as long as the units do not substantially duplicate a unit already studied. Some of the electives are multidisciplinary.

Level two

  • 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
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A

Total: 48 points

Level three

  • 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 geoengineering
  • CIV3264 Urban water and wastewater systems
  • CIV3283 Road engineering

Total: 48 points

Level four

Core units

Elective units

Select six units from:

  • CIV3203 Civil engineering construction
  • CIV4211 Project B*
  • CIV4234 Advanced structural analysis
  • CIV4235 Advanced structural design
  • CIV4248 Ground hazards and environmental geotechnics
  • 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
  • one 6 point of free elective**

* Enrolment in this unit is by departmental approval only.

** The free elective may be taken from within the faculty, from a discipline offered by another faculty or from depth unitsdepth units (http://monash.edu/study/options/more/depth-units.html) offered as part of the Monash Passport program. The free elective must be approved by the course adviser.

Total: 48 points

Electrical and computer systems engineering

(Clayton/Malaysia)

It is recommended that students wishing to enter the electrical and computer systems engineering (ECSE) branch complete ENG1030 and ENG1040 at level one.

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 management 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.

Level two

Total: 48 points

Level three

  • ECE3022 Wireless and guided EM or ECE3073 Computer systems
  • ECE3062 Electronic systems and control or ECE3051 Electrical energy systems
  • ECE3091 Engineering design
  • ECE3092 Systems engineering and reliability analysis
  • ECE3093 Optimisation estimation and numerical methods
  • 18 points of electives from the ECSE elective list below

Total: 48 points

Level four

Core units

Select the two units not already taken from:

plus:

  • 18 points of electives from the ECSE elective list below

Total: 48 points

ECSE electives

One of the elective units may, with the written permission of the head of department, be a unit chosen from elsewhere in the University, provided the unit does not substantially duplicate material already studied.

  • 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
  • ENG4700 Engineering technology for biomedical imaging and sensing
  • MON2801 Project management and product commercialisation (Malaysia only)

Materials engineering

(Clayton)

It is recommended that students wishing to enter this branch of engineering complete ENG1050 in the level one.

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.

Level two

  • 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

Total: 48 points

Level three

Core units

  • 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

Elective units

Select one elective unit from the materials engineering electives below.

Total: 48 points

Level four

Core units

  • 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

Elective units

Select a minimum of 18 points from the materials engineering electives below.

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
  • MTE4595 Corrosion mechanisms and protection methods
  • MTE4596 Biomaterials II
  • MTE4597 Engineering with nanomaterials
  • MTE4598 Electron microscopy
  • MTE4599 Materials for energy technologies
  • one six point inter-faculty elective*

Total: 48 points

* Inter-faculty elective may be taken from within the faculty or from a discipline offered by another faculty or from depth unitsdepth units (http://monash.edu/study/options/more/depth-units.html) offered as part of the Monash Passport program. The chosen elective must be approved by the course adviser.

Mechanical engineering

(Clayton/Malaysia)

It is recommended that students wishing to enter this branch of engineering complete ENG1020, ENG1030 and ENG1040 at level one.

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.

Important note: this is a new course structure for students entering second year of the program from 2013 onwards. Students who entered second year of the program prior to 2013 should refer to the archived Handbookarchived Handbook (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/archive.html) for the year in which they commenced the course.

Students should contact the course adviser if unsure of course progression.

Level two

Total: 48 points

Level three

Total: 48 points

Level four

  • MEC4401 Final year project
  • MEC4404 Professional practice
  • MEC4407 Engineering design III
  • 24 points of level four elective from the mechanical engineering electives list below
  • one 6-point elective from the inter-faculty (commerce) list below

Mechanical engineering electives

  • MEC4402 Final year project - Thesis*
  • MEC4403 Research project*
  • MEC4416 Momentum, energy & 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 (Malaysia only)
  • MEC4802 Sustainable engineering and design with nanomaterials (Malaysia only)
  • MON2801 Project management and product commercialisation (Malaysia only)
  • TRC4800 Robotics

* Subject to departmental approval

Inter-faculty (commerce) electives

  • AFC2000 Financial institutions and markets
  • AFC2140 Corporate finance
  • BTC1110 Business law
  • ECC1100 Principles of macroeconomics
  • ECC2800 Prosperity, poverty and sustainability in a globalised world
  • MGC1010 Managing people and organisations
  • MGC1020 Organisations: Contexts and strategies
  • MGC2230 Organisational behaviours
  • MGX3100 Management ethics and corporate governance
  • MGX3991 Leadership principles and practices
  • MKC1200 Principles of marketing

Note:

(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.

Total: 48 points

Mechatronics engineering

(Malaysia)*

It is recommended that students wishing to enter this branch of engineering complete ENG1020, ENG1030, ENG1040 and ENG1050 level one.

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 seeking to undertake mechatronics engineering at Clayton campus should consider applying for a course transfer into 3280 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering.

Level two

Total: 48 points

Level three

  • ECE3051 Electrical energy systems
  • ECE3073 Computer systems
  • TRC3000 Mechatronics project II
  • TRC3200 Dynamical systems
  • TRC3500 Sensors and artificial perception
  • TRC3600 Modelling and control
  • TRC3801 Mechatronics and manufacturing
  • one 6-point mechatronics elective from the list below

Total: 48 points

Level four

  • ECE4099 Professional practice
  • TRC4000 Mechatronics final year project I
  • TRC4001 Mechatronics final year project II
  • TRC4800 Robotics
  • 24 points of mechatronics electives from the list below (six of the 24 points may be taken as an inter-faculty elective):

Mechatronics elective units

All elective units must be approved by the course director.

  • 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 desi

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  • ECE4074 Advanced computer architecture
  • ECE4076 Computer vision
  • ECE4078 Intelligent robotics
  • ECE4808 Organic electronics and micro devices
  • MEC4418 Control systems
  • MEC4444 Industrial noise control
  • TRC4900 Real time embedded systems
  • TRC4901 Computation intelligence and AI
  • MON2801 Project management and product commercialisation
  • one 6-point inter-faculty elective*

* Free electives may be taken from within the faculty or from a discipline offered by another faculty. The free elective may also be taken from depth unitsdepth units (http://monash.edu/study/options/more/depth-units.html) offered as part of the Monash Passport program. All free electives must be approved by the course adviser.

Total: 48 points

Award(s)

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

Where more than one award is listed the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.