The University of Newcastle, Australia
Location

Newcastle

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

Face to Face

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.

Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Fees

$37,910 (indicative annual fee, 2019)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

Duration

2 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

Find out more about IELTS.

UON program code: 40060
CRICOS code: 092857M

Program handbook

Description

Computer systems engineers are experts in software development, electronic hardware design and networking. They design, build and test computer hardware and interface hardware to other equipment and networks. They also write the software with which the end user interacts.

The Master of Professional Engineering (Computer Systems) program covers the theoretical and practical knowledge required to create a computing system from initiation to completion. It enables students to innovate a computer system as part of an existing engineering system such as a controller of industrial plant or equipment. 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.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and/or the underpinning natural and physical sciences as applicable to the engineering discipline
  • Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
  • Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline
  • Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline
  • Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes
  • Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
  • Ethical conduct and professional accountability
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains
  • Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour
  • Professional use and management of information
  • Orderly management of self, and professional conduct
  • Effective team membership and team leadership
  • Demonstrated capacity for dealing with uncertain problems using self-direction

Details

Information correct as at24 Jul 2019 11:08 AM
Program code40060
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 2 years full-time.
Assumed knowledgeBachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Computer Systems) or equivalent Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems) or equivalent
Term typeSemesters and Trimesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Contributing schools
  1. School of Engineering
  2. School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code092857M

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Direct Admission into the 1 Year MPE (Computer Systems) Program*:

  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF 8) in Computer Systems Engineering (first program offering 2017) will automatically be awarded 80 units of credit.
  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF 8) in Computer Systems Engineering (pre-2017 program) will be awarded a fixed credit (to be determined).
  • Graduates from another institution with a Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF8) in Computer Systems Engineering with Class 2 Division 2 or above OR a Newcastle calculated GPA of 4.5 or above.

Direct Admission into the 2 Year MPE (Computer Systems) Program*:

  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a Bachelor Degree (AQF 7) in Computer Systems Engineering AND a Newcastle calculated GPA of 4.5 or above

Direct Admission into the MPE Program:

  • Applicants currently undertaking or having completed the Master of Engineering Management program at the University of Newcastle may be admitted to the Master of Professional Engineering in the same discipline area as their undergraduate engineering degree.  The volume of learning required for the MPE will be assessed for individual applicants based on their background.

*Further Admission Requirements (if applicable)

Alternative Engineering Disciplines:

Applications for the Master of Professional Engineering (Computer Systems) from graduates from a different engineering discipline other than computer systems engineering are welcomed, but will be assessed for eligibility on an individual basis by the Faculty.

GPA Equivalence for Non-University of Newcastle Applicants:

Applicants from external institutions will be required to provide transcripts of previous studies to allow assessment of GPA equivalence on the University of Newcastle scale.

Alternate Entry Path Incorporating Work Experience:

Applications from graduates with an appropriate Bachelor Degree (AQF 7) or Honours Degree (AQF 8 ) in engineering not meeting the above requirements, BUT with significant relevant work experience will be assessed for eligibility on an individual basis by the Faculty.

 

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'.


Professional recognition

Engineers Australia


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

160 units

Program duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

2 year program:

Students completing the two year MPE (Computer Systems) program must complete 160 units, which is comprised of:

  • 50 units of core courses;
  • 70 units of directed courses; and
  • 40 units of electives

Please note: Postgraduate coursework students are normally required to complete all courses at the postgraduate level (6000). However, to meet the directed course requirements in the MPE (Computer Systems), students in the 2 year program are permitted to undertake a maximum of 60 units at the 4000 level and a maximum of 10 units at the 2000/3000 level from the directed course list. All elective courses must be completed at the postgraduate level (6000).

1 year program:

Students completing the one year MPE (Computer Systems) program must complete 80 units, which is comprised of: 

  • 20 units of core courses;
  • 20 units of directed courses; and
  • 40 units of electives

Please note: All elective courses must be completed at the postgraduate level (6000).


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.


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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2 Year Program

Core Courses

Students in the 2 Year program must complete the following core courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ENGG3500Managing Engineering Projects
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6840AFinal Year Project A
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6840BFinal Year Project B
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
20 units
ENGG6500Engineering Complexity
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units

1 Year Program

Core Courses

Students in the 1 Year program must complete the following core course.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ELEC6840MPE Thesis
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
20 units

2 Year Program

Directed Courses

Students in the 2 Year Program must complete 70 units from the following directed courses (students are permitted to undertake a maximum of 60 units at the 4000 level and a maximum of 10 units at the 2000/3000 level from the directed course list). Note that if you do not have adequate background knowledge for certain advanced courses, you may be required to complete ENGG6200 in a specified area to fill your knowledge gap. Please see Program Convenor for advice.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ELEC2720Introduction to Embedded Computing
  • Semester 1 - 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
ELEC4720Programmable Logic Design
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP6240Operating Systems
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP6360Data Security
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP6380Machine Intelligence
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6210Electronics Design
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6400Signal Processing
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6550Wireless Communication
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6700Advanced Computer Systems
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG6200Project/Directed Reading
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6051Web Technologies
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6120Data Structures
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6350Systems Analysis and Design
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6400Network and Distributed Computing
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units

1 Year Program

Directed Courses

Students in the 1 Year Program must complete 20 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
COMP6360Data Security
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP6380Machine Intelligence
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6210Electronics Design
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6400Signal Processing
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6550Wireless Communication
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6700Advanced Computer Systems
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6051Web Technologies
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6120Data Structures
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6350Systems Analysis and Design
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units

Electives

Complete 40 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

40 units

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.


International students

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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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.