The University of Newcastle, Australia
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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UAC code

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Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 12 years maximum.

UON program code: 40198

Currently enrolled, continuing students looking for the previous version of this program should refer back to the: Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science (pre 2019)

Program handbook

Description

Computer systems engineers also work in other areas such smart instrumentation, Internet of Things (IoT), end user equipment design, road traffic systems, defence, etc.

The Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) program covers the theoretical and practical knowledge required to create a computing systems from inception to the delivery of a real product. It enables students to innovate smart computing systems for different industrial and entertainment sectors. The degree focusses on underlying principles and techniques so that graduates are able to learn and apply new technologies as they emerge in the future.

Combined with an Engineering degree, a Science degree opens up a diverse range of employment opportunities in private industry and government organisations. Students could pursue a career in cutting edge areas like nanotechnology, telecommunications, fibre-optics, laser technology, medical physics, organic electronics, Internet of Things (IoT), Autonomous car and photovoltaics. Some of these areas such as next generation broadband internet systems, quantum computing, 5G wireless networks etc., are closely connected with computer systems engineering. In particular, these are the areas that will constitute many of the future frontiers technological development. This combined degree opens up these future frontier of technological breakthroughs to students.

The Physics major is the only Bachelor of Science major available in this program.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Program Learning Outcomes as per those for the single degree programs

Details

Information correct as at25 Mar 2019 6:42 PM
Program code40198
AQF level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian

This program is new for 2018, there is currently no commencing student profile available.

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Assumed knowledgeHSC Mathematics (Band 5 or above) or equivalent. One science-related subject would also be an advantage (Physics preferred).
Recommended studiesHSC Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage (Physics preferred).
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Contributing schools
  1. School of Engineering
  2. School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
  3. School of Environmental and Life Sciences
  4. School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Relevant University rules and policies

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students and residents. Admission information for Australian Information for Australian students and residents is available online here. During the admissions process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


Credit transfer

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 the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.


Compulsory program requirements

Requirements for qualification of this award include completion of at least 12 weeks of industrial experience of a nature acceptable to the Faculty Board. Students are encouraged to obtain and to report on a substantial block of this experience at one time but several shorter periods not less than 2 weeks duration will be accepted. Further information on industrial experience is available here.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

400 units

Program duration

5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 12 years maximum.

Program requirements

For all combined programs and in accordance with the Program Management Procedure Manual - Coursework, the core and minimum requirements for each single degree component must be met in each combined program. Consideration is given to overlapping courses and/or content where applicable, but to also ensure that accreditation is not compromised.

In the Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science program, students are required to complete 400 units, which is comprised of:

  • 320 units are core courses
  • 70 units of courses for the major, including:
    • 60 units of compulsory courses
    • 10 units of directed courses; and
  • 10 units are Computer Systems Engineering directed courses

The Physics major is currently the only Bachelor of Science major available in this combined program. 

'Step out' Information

The program has a duration of 5 years full time (or part time equivalent). It is possible for a student to 'step out' with a single degree award only and not complete the combined program they are enrolled in. In order to do this, a student would be required to complete all the single degree requirements for their preferred degree and may be required to complete any omitted courses that are not included in the combined degree.

A student wishing to 'step out' with a single degree from this combined program should contact their program convenor or program advisor for further information.

STAT2110 Engineering Statistics

Students undertaking the combined Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Science program [40198] are required to complete STAT2110 Engineering Statistics in lieu of the Bachelor of Science [40165] core course STAT1070 Statistics for the Sciences. Students wishing to 'step out' from the combined degree into the single Bachelor of Science [40165] program who have successfully completed STAT2110 in the combined program will be able to count STAT2110 in place of STAT1070. Students wishing to 'step out' from the combined degree into the single Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) [40059] program who have already completed STAT2110 in the combined program will be able to count STAT2110 as a core course in the single Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) [40059] program. 

Mathematics Pathways

Students who have completed NSW HSC course Extension 1 Mathematics OR who have completed NSW HSC Extension 2 Mathematics (or their interstate/international equivalents) are able to complete the higher level MATH1210/MATH1220 Mathematical Discovery 1/Mathematical Discovery 2 course in lieu of MATH1110/MATH1120. Please contact your program advisor if you wish to discuss this option.

Additional Information

The program can be completed in five years. However, a student’s choice of directed courses may lead to timetabling issues that may extend the duration of their program. Students are advised to consult with their program convenor regarding their academic program. Students with insufficient background in mathematics (i.e., those who would normally take the MATH1002 pathway) are strongly advised not to directly enter this program and should commence in the single degree program with a view to potentially transferring to the combined program after the first year.

Please note that if you undertake courses that are not in your approved program, you will be liable for additional fees for those courses. This is in addition to the fees associated with your normal program of study.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Transition arrangements

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 "Additional Documents" section, in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Advisor (ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au).


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ELEC1310Introduction to Electrical Engineering
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC1710Digital and Computer Electronics 1
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG1003Introduction to Procedural Programming
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Singapore)
10 units
ENGG1500Introduction to Professional Engineering
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (BCA Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Singapore)
10 units
MATH1110Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 1
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (BCA Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1120Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 2
  • Summer 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (BCA Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS1210Advanced Physics I
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS1220Advanced Physics II
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
SCIE1001Professional Scientific Thinking
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Central Coast)
10 units
SCIE1002Multidisciplinary Laboratories
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Central Coast)
10 units
SENG1110Object Oriented Programming
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG1120Data Structures
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC2320Electrical and Electronic Circuits
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Singapore)
10 units
ELEC2430Circuits and Signals
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC2720Introduction to Embedded Computing
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG2500Sustainable Engineering Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
10 units
MATH2310Calculus of Science and Engineering
  • Summer 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
SCIE2002Interdisciplinary Challenges
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG2050Web Engineering
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG2250System and Network Security
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT2110Engineering Statistics
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3240Analog Electronics
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3500Telecommunication Networks
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3540Analog and Digital Communications
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3730Digital and Computer Electronics 2
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3850Electrical Engineering Design and Practice
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG3500Managing Engineering Projects
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Singapore)
10 units
ELEC4720Programmable Logic Design
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4840AFinal Year Engineering Project Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4840BFinal Year Engineering Project Part B
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
20 units
ENGG4500Engineering Complexity
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following Computer Systems Engineering courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ELEC3400Signal Processing
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
10 units
PHYS3360Advanced Electromagnetism
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4210Electronics Design
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Singapore)
10 units
ELEC4700Advanced Computer Systems
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units

Physics Major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
PHYS2111Classical Physics 1Not currently offered10 units
PHYS2112Classical Physics 2Not currently offered10 units
PHYS2211Modern Physics 1Not currently offered10 units
PHYS3111BiophysicsNot currently offered10 units
PHYS3112PhotonicsNot currently offered10 units
PHYS3211Quantum Information ScienceNot currently offered10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
MATH3242Complex Analysis
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH3820Numerical Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units

Honours

The Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) component of this combined degree program uses the WAM as a measure for determining Honours. Please refer to the Bachelor Honours Policy for further detailed information.

A Bachelor of Science (Honours) is also available 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 Program Advisor. 


Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online.