Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)/Bachelor of Business
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Faculty of Business and LawFaculty of Education and ArtsFaculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentFaculty of Science and Information Technology
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
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Face to face on campus.
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This program provides students with an opportunity to undertake concurrent study in Civil Engineering and Business and complete two awards. In general, this 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.
Students develop skills in the design and building of large scale projects such as roads, bridges, airports, major buildings and water supply systems whilst also gaining skills for work in many areas of business, and the opportunity to progress in a business management career.
Engineering at the University of Newcastle was ranked amongst the 100 best engineering faculties in the world. Graduates of B Engineering (Civil) and B Business generally find employment immediately after completing their program. In fact, most graduates find professional employment even before they graduate, with some civil engineering companies prefering Newcastle graduates to other applicants. The starting salary for our graduates is one of the highest in the country, with the business component offering graduates the benefit of both worlds, with the ability of seeking management-orientated positions.
Not surprisingly, graduates from this combined degree enjoy excellent career prospects as they are involved in so many facets of everyday life and its associated infrastructure. Employment may be in consultancy practice, private industry, or government bodies both locally and overseas.
Career choices after this degree may be in major engineering construction works or in business fields of management, industrial relations and human resource management, marketing, tourism and hospitality management, foreign economic relations, international trade, international marketing and investment and small and medium enterprise management.
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.
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. Applicants who have achieved less that 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.
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.
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 (Civil) 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 Business (Honours) is available as an additional year to meritorious students. 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 other affiliated international organisations.
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.
The civil engineering and business combined program comprises 430 units, available at Callaghan Campus.
In the civil engineering degree students complete courses from the areas of structural, geotechnical and water resources engineering. Throughout the program, theoretical studies are complemented by practical laboratory and field exercises. To meet the requirements of the engineering degree component students must complete the program of study below. In addition students must complete 12 weeks of industrial experience.
To meet the current requirements for the Bachelor of Business component of the degree, students must complete a minimum of 160 units of courses that comprise: all Core Courses listed, and the Management Major sequence prescribed for the degree. The Management Major sequence of study consists of at least 20 units of directed courses at the 2000 level and 40 units of compulsory and directed courses at 3000 level.
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 year. Students enrolled in a combined degree program are advised to consult the Program Convenor or Student Hub in relation to their academic program.
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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