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This program provides students with an opportunity to undertake concurrent study in telecommunications engineering and photonics and complete two awards. In general, a 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 wide-ranging program includes study of diverse aspects of communication technologies used to transmit, receive, store and process different types of electronic information signals using electronic and electrical, radio, optical and embedded systems combined with science studies emphasising photonics. Photonics is the area of science and technology that investigates and uses particles of light, called 'photons'. Photonics is a key technology underpinning the Internet and thus is growing rapidly.
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
Please Note: This program is not available to International Students.
Assumed knowledge for Telecommunications Engineering:
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.
Assumed knowledge for Science:
Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Mathematics and/or Physics. For geography: HSC Geography, Social Science or Natural Science is desirable.
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.
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.
The B Engineering (Telecommunications) component of this combined degree 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.
A Bachelor of Science (Honours) is also available to meritorious students, as an extra year of full-time or equivalent part-time study. Please contact the Program Convenor or Student Hub for further information.
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/
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 (Telecommunications)/Bachelor of Science are eligible to apply for membership to Engineers Australia.
Not available to international students.
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.
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 Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications) / Bachelor of Science - Photonics Major combined degree program comprises courses with a total value of 400 units. To meet the requirements of this combined degree program students must complete the program of study set out.
Note 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 year. Students enrolled in a combined degree program are advised to contact the Program Convenor or Student Hub for further information.
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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|Choose 30 units from these B Engineering directed courses. Recommendation: 20 units in Year 4 and 10 units in Year 5.|
|COMP3260||Data Security||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|ELEC3240||Electronics||Trimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)|
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
|ELEC3250||Power Electronics||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|ELEC3720||Programmable Logic Design||Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)|
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
|ELEC3730||Embedded Systems||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)|
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
|ELEC4210||Electronics Design||Trimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)|
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
|ELEC4400||Automatic Control||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)|
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
|ELEC4700||Advanced Computer Systems||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|