Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) / Bachelor of Science - Physics Major

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

This program will be discontinued at the end of 2014, with a new Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Science - Physics Major program commencing from Semester 1, 2015.

Existing students continuing to study with the University of Newcastle in 2015, will automatically be transferred into the new program.

All existing students affected by this change, will be advised prior to enrolment for 2015.

Prospective students looking to commence in 2015, please view the handbook entry for our new program: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Science - Physics Major.

This program provides students with an opportunity to undertake concurrent study in mechanical engineering and science (with a Physics Major) and completing two awards. In general, this combined degree program 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.

This program offers a sound introduction to the fundamental principles of engineering science and practice as well as systems while also giving students the basic skills and knowledge to contribute to scientific development in many areas of technology, industry, agriculture or the information revolution.


Admission Requirements (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.


Assumed Knowledge (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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. 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.

B Science: Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Mathematics and/or Physics. For geography: HSC Geography, Social Science or Natural Science is desirable.


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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.


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

The B Engineering component of this combined program uses the WAM as a measure for determining honours in accordance with the Embedded Honours Models Structures Policy - 000743). Refer to the relevant Bachelor of Engineering handbook.

A Bachelor (Honours) may also be available for the other combined component of this program, to meritorious students as an extra year of full-time or equivalent part-time study.

For further information on Honours please contact the Program Convenor or Student Hub.


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/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/faculties-and-schools/faculty-of-engineering-and-built-environment/student-resources/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 Institute of Physics, and many other affiliated international organisations, through the Washington Accord.

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Science are eligible to apply for membership to Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Physics.


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.


Additional Information (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.


Requirements and Structure Back to top

The Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Science (Physics Major) combined degree program comprises courses with a value of 400 units. To meet the current requirements of this combined degree program students must complete the program of study set out.

Note that it may not be possible to complete the combined degree program within five years, if selection of courses involves timetable clashes, or where courses may not be offered in a particular semester. Students enrolled in a combined degree program are advised to consult their Program Convenor regarding 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
GENG1000Computer Aided EngineeringSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
GENG1001Engineering MechanicsTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
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.
MATH2310Calculus of Science and EngineeringSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MCHA2000Mechatronic SystemsTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MECH2110Mechanical Engineering Design 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
MECH2420Engineering MechanicsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
MECH2450Engineering Computations 2Trimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MECH2700ThermofluidsTrimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
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.
MECH2250Materials Science and Engineering 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
MECH2350Dynamics 2Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MECH3110Mechanical Engineering Design 2Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MECH3130Mechanics of Bulk Solids and ParticulatesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
MECH3700Transport PhenomenaSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
MECH3750Applied Engineering ThermodynamicsTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
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.
GENG3830Engineering Project ManagementTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MECH3400Materials Science and Engineering 2Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
PHIL3910Ethics, Technology and Engineering

PHIL3930 may be taken in lieu of PHIL3910 with Program Convenor Approval

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
MECH4400Computational MechanicsTrimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from these 2000 Level Mathematics courses.
MATH2320Linear AlgebraSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
MATH2470Partial Differential Equations in EngineeringSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
MATH2800Differential EquationsSemester 2 - 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.
MECH3440Mechanics of SolidsTrimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4400Automatic ControlSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
MECH4841AMechanical Engineering Project ASemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MECH4841BMechanical Engineering Project BTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from these 3000 Level B Science approved directed courses OR from remaining 3000 level Physics courses.
MATH3242Complex AnalysisSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
MATH3820Numerical MethodsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
MATH3840Optimisation in Business and IndustrySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHIL3070Scientific Knowledge & Scientific MethodSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
STAT3100Total Quality ManagementSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Back to topDirected Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 40 units from these 2000 Level Physics directed courses. Recommend: 20 units in Year 2 and 20 units in Year 3.
PHYS2160Modern OpticsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS2170Quantum Mechanics and Semiconductor PhysicsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
PHYS2240Atomic and Nuclear PhysicsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS2250Classical Mechanics and Special RelativitySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS2260ElectromagnetismSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Choose 40 units from these 3000 Level Physics directed courses. Recommendation: 30units in Yr 4; 10units in Yr 5.
PHYS3310Lasers and ApplicationsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS3330Industrial Project and SeminarSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS3350Quantum, Atomic & Molecular PhysicsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS3360Advanced ElectromagnetismSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS3370Statistical PhysicsNot currently offered10 units
PHYS3390Solid State and NanoscienceSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS3990Specialist Topics in Physics

This course may only be undertaken with the approval of the Head of Physics.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units