Curtin’s Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) offers you an industry-connected education experience in which you will learn how to devise engineering solutions for complex societal and industry challenges.
Your study will begin with the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY). You'll learn the fundamental concepts and develop the required skills common to all areas of engineering – giving you the opportunity to explore our range of engineering disciplines before choosing the major that you'll focus on from your second year.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) includes the following engineering disciplines as majors:
We also offer a three-year Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems and Networking.
Engineering Foundation Year
Designed in extensive consultation with industry, our EFY program and its purpose-built first-year studios encourage learning by doing.
The EFY's cross-disciplinary curriculum has been developed as a base for all Curtin engineering disciplines, to ensure you graduate with a solid theoretical grounding, strong practical experience and cultural awareness.
Your studies will include a focus on emerging engineering themes including data analytics, 3D printing, machine learning and automation, so you'll graduate with skills and abilities relevant to the future of the field. Your studies will also address global challenges such as climate change, developing your professional responsibilities.
The program and its support services will help you progress smoothly into your area of specialisation and graduate as a sought-after and career-ready engineer.
The EFY includes:
- full-class lectures
- small group tutorials
- hands-on laboratory work
- team-based design and simulation projects
- web-based learning resources, bulletin boards, online tutorials and quizzes
- portfolio development, with an emphasis on reflection and self-evaluation
- participation by industry representatives, exposing students to professional practice.
The first-year studio and project rooms reflect the modern working environment, enabling you to familiarise yourself with the layout of a professional career setting.
The studio is also a hub to develop social and academic networks. It comprises:
- an open-plan office
- computing, electrical and mechanics laboratories
- one-on-one learning assistance Engineering Tutor Access Points (ETAPs)
- project meeting rooms.
In years 2 and 3 of your engineering degree you will study units relevant to your chosen major. You also have the option to undertake research or specialisations outside of your major. This flexibility ensures you acquire transferrable and problem-solving skills.
In year 4 you will undertake an honours-level, independent research project. Structured across two units of study, the project will give you an in-depth understanding on your thesis topic. It will demonstrate to potential employers your skills in planning and undertaking a complex body of work within deadlines.
To graduate from this course you must have completed 480 hours of exposure to professional engineering practice and completed senior first-aid training.
Professional practice can comprise a combination of real-world experiences. Examples include paid and voluntary work placements, university-based experience in industrial projects, attending extra-curricular technical lectures and workshops, and industry site visits in Australia and/or overseas.
What you'll learn
- Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of applied science, computing, and engineering.
- Use underpinning science, engineering, and sustainability principles to solve complex social and industrial challenges.
- Design and implement engineering solutions in a safe, ethical, legal, professional, and through respectful partnerships with local First Peoples and other diverse cultures as globally responsible citizens.
- Assess the available scientific and engineering knowledge and undertake applied research in the broad engineering field.
- Employ the technologies and knowledge to develop and communicate effective and innovative engineering solutions to complex problems.
- Develop lifelong learning habits, teamwork and leadership abilities, and project management skills.