Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)

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Electrical engineering is a professional career that utilises mathematics, science, technology and problem solving skills to design, construct and maintain the products and services that underpin modern society. Electrical engineering is the major area of expertise behind control and automation, telecommunications, signal processing, analogue and digital electronics and power generation and distribution. It is also vital in new and emerging fields such as nano-technology, robotics and renewable energy.


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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. 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.


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There are no prerequisite courses but it is assumed that students will have studied Mathematics (Band 5) or HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (Band E1 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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This B Engineering (Electrical) program uses the WAM as a measure for determining honours, and 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.


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Requirements for qualification for the award of Bachelor of Engineering include completion of 12 weeks of engineering related industrial experience. Students are encouraged to obtain and report on blocks (no less than 2 weeks) of industrial experience during the latter years of the degree 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, and many other affiliated international organisations, through the Washington Accord.

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


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International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student¿s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. 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 electrical engineering program is a 4 year program comprising 320 units,in which students complete core courses in mathematics physics and general engineering, together with electrical engineering courses to gain hands-on experience and a theoretical introduction to electrical circuits and digital electronics. In third and fourth years students are able to select from a wide range of electives.

The program is available at Callaghan Campus. Any students wishing to undertake the program on a part-time basis are advised to contact the Program Convenor for advice on optimum selection of courses for part-time enrolment.

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


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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
GENG1803Introduction to Engineering PracticeSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
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
Back to topYear 2 (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.
ELEC2132Electric Energy SystemsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
ELEC2320Electrical CircuitsTrimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 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
Back to topYear 3 (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.
ELEC3130Electric Machines and Power SystemsTrimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3240ElectronicsTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 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
ELEC4400Automatic ControlSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 30 units from these courses.
ELEC3250Power ElectronicsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC3400Signal ProcessingTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 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
ELEC3720Programmable Logic DesignTrimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3730Embedded SystemsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
Back to topYear 4 (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.
PHIL3910Ethics, Technology and EngineeringSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
ELEC4840Final Year Engineering Project

Students may choose to undertake EITHER ELEC4840A AND ELEC4840B OR ELEC4840 (with Program Convenor approval)

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
30 units
ELEC4840AFinal Year Engineering Project - Part A

Students may choose to undertake EITHER ELEC4840A AND ELEC4840B OR ELEC4840 (with Program Convenor approval)

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4840BFinal Year Engineering Project - Part B

Students may choose to undertake EITHER ELEC4840A AND ELEC4840B OR ELEC4840 (with Program Convenor approval)

Trimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from these courses. PLUS choose an ADDITIONAL 10 units from EITHER Year 3 or Year 4 directed courses.
ELEC3500Telecommunications NetworksSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS3360Advanced ElectromagnetismSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC4100Electrical SystemsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
ELEC4160Advanced Drivers and Power ElectronicsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC4210Electronics DesignTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4410Advanced Control System DesignSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC4570Advanced Digital CommunicationsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC4700Advanced Computer SystemsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Back to topElectives (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.20 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)