Bachelor of Engineering (Computer) / Bachelor of Computer Science

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This combined degree program provides students with an opportunity to undertake concurrent study and complete two awards. In general, it offers greater breadth of learning, enhancing the academic and professional qualities gained in each separate degree. At the same time, it recognises the increasing need for students to graduate with multidisciplinary skills.

Students have the opportunity to select electives according to their individual areas of interest and will also have the opportunity to undertake an industry related project in their final year of study in the engineering degree and must complete 12 weeks of industrial experience throughout the program.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students and residents. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you may be eligible.

Please Note: This program is not available to International Students.


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Assumed Knowledge for Computer Science:

There are no prerequisite courses but it is assumed that students will have studied Mathematics (Band 5 or above) or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage. Applicants who have achieved less than Mathematics Band 5 or have not completed a science related subject may be admitted to the program but may need additional study and/or assistance to successfully complete the requirements of the program.

Assumed Knowledge for Computer Engineering:

There are no prerequisite courses but it is assumed that students will have studied Mathematics (Band 5 or above) or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage, Physics is preferred. Applicants who have achieved less than Mathematics Band 5 or have not completed Physics may be admitted to the program but may need additional study and/or assistance to successfully complete the requirements of the program.


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If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit

to a new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.


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The B Engineering (Computer) component of this combined degree program uses the WAM as a measure for determining honours, which shall grade on the WAM equivalent to the following grades (in accordance with the Embedded Honours Models Structures Policy - 000743):

A minimum WAM of 77 and a minimum mark of 75 in the research courses (at least 30 units) for Honours Class 1; a minimum WAM of 72 and a minimum mark of 65 in the research courses (at least 30 units) for Honours Class II, Division 1; a minimum WAM of 67 and a minimum mark of 65 in the research courses (at least 30 units) for Honours Class II, Division 2;

Performance is based on a three year WAM where 2000, 3000 and 4000 level courses are weighted by 2, 3 and 4 respectively.

A Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) is available as an additional year to meritorious students. Please contact the Program Convenor or Student Hub for further information.


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students have the opportunity to undertake an industry-related project in their final year of study and must also complete 12 weeks of industrial experience throughout the program. Further information is available at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/faculty/engineering/for-students/industrial-experience/


Professional Accreditation (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia, the Australian Computer Society, and many other affiliated international organisations, through the Washington Accord.

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Computer)/Bachelor of Computer Science are eligible to apply for membership to Engineers Australia.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Not available to international students.


Special Needs (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment may experience difficulty in pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student to contact the Program Convenor to discuss the issue.

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester commences. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and Faculty staff will work together to ensure adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

NB: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the program and courses they undertake. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


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All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/ctl/lsp/.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


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The computer engineering and computer science degree program is a 5 year program, available at Callaghan Campus. The degree comprises a total of 400 units, which is made of 340 units of core courses and 60 units of directed courses.

Note that it may not be possible to complete the combined degree program within five years, if selection of electives involves timetable clashes, or where elective courses are not offered in a particular semester. Students enrolled in a combined degree program are advised to consult the Program Convenor or Students Hub for further information in relation to their academic program.

Please Note: Special Prerequisites apply to MATH1110 - view the course handbook for information.


Transition Arrangements Back to top

As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements.

Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the "Further Information" section (located towards the top of this Handbook page), in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Hub.


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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
ELEC1300Electrical Engineering 1Trimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC1700Computer Engineering 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
GENG1003Introduction to Procedural ProgrammingTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1110Mathematics 1

MATH1210 may be undertaken in lieu of MATH1110.(The assumed competency for MATH1210 is HSC Extension 1 with a performance in Band 4).

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1120Mathematics 2

MATH1220 may be undertaken in lieu of MATH1120.

Mid Summer - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS1210Advanced Physics ISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
PHYS1220Advanced Physics IITrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG1110Introduction to Software Engineering 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
GENG1803Introduction to Engineering PracticeSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
MATH1510Discrete MathematicsSemester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG1120Introduction to Software Engineering 2Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC2400Signals and SystemsTrimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC2700Computer Engineering 2Trimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
MATH2310Calculus of Science and EngineeringSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH2420Engineering MathematicsTrimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS2170Quantum Mechanics and Semiconductor PhysicsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
COMP1050Internet CommunicationsTrimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
COMP2230Introduction to AlgorithmicsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC2132Electric Energy SystemsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
ELEC2320Electrical CircuitsTrimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
INFT2040Database Management SystemsTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
SENG2200Programming Languages and ParadigmsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC3720Programmable Logic DesignTrimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3730Embedded SystemsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
COMP2240Operating SystemsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
COMP2270Formal Languages and AutomataSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SENG2130Software DevelopmentSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
COMP3290Compiler DesignSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC3850Introduction to Electrical Engineering DesignTrimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
GENG3830Engineering Project ManagementTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4700Advanced Computer SystemsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Back to topYear 5 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
COMP3330Machine IntelligenceSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHIL3910Ethics, Technology and EngineeringSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
SENG3400Network and Distributed ComputingSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 30 units from directed courses. Students may choose EITHER ELEC4840A AND ELEC4840B OR ELEC4840.
ELEC4840Final Year Engineering Project

This course may only be undertaken with Program Convenor Approval

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
30 units
ELEC4840AFinal Year Engineering Project - Part ASemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4840BFinal Year Engineering Project - Part BTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
Choose 10 units from these B. Computer Science directed courses.
COMP3260Data SecuritySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
COMP3320Computer GraphicsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SENG3300User Interface DesignSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Back to topDirected Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from these B. Engineering (Computer) directed courses. Recommend: 10 units in Yr 4 and 10 units in Yr 5.
ELEC3130Electric Machines and Power SystemsTrimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3240ElectronicsTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3250Power ElectronicsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC3400Signal ProcessingTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3500Telecommunications NetworksSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC3540Analog and Digital CommunicationsTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3550Wireless CommunicationsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC4210Electronics DesignTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4400Automatic ControlSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
ELEC4410Control System Design and ManagementSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC4570Advanced Digital CommunicationsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units