2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Scholar) | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Scholar)



UOW Course Code:

1858 (Scholar) (for single major)
1859 (Scholar) (for double majors)


083341C (Scholar) (for single major)
083342B (Scholar) (for double majors)

Total Credit Points:

192 (for single major)
240 (for double majors)


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent (for single major)
5 years full-time or part-time equivalent (for double majors)

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 755601


The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Scholar) is designed to provide an enriched education experience, and to encourage high achievers to continue onto studies in masters and postgraduate research degrees. 

Benefits include:

  • access to the Summer Scholarship program where you get paid as a Research Assistant;
  • access to a wider range of subjects;
  • $500 per year study grant.

Double majors provide the knowledge and competencies to practice as a professional engineer in two engineering disciplines. This program is available by transfer only following completion of one year duration at UOW in 48 credit points with a minimum weighted average mark of 80 of the equivalent non scholars degree.

Students need to maintain a weighted average mark of 80 throughout the program. 

UOW's Engineering courses are designed to meet the needs of modern engineering. Sound fundamentals in mathematics, science, engineering science and communication lead to advanced studies in one of the branches of engineering offered by the University. A design thread through each of the programs leads to the skills needed for innovation in the competitive industries of the future. 

Ongoing concentrated high-quality research has ensured that Engineering at UOW is part of the Go8 - Group of Eight & Associates, the top research faculties in Australia.

As an engineering student at UOW you may be eligible to gain credit for relevant work experience, either in Australia or overseas, by participating in our Professional Options Program. All students undertake practical hands-on experience with industry for 12 weeks prior to the conclusion of their academic studies.  After completion of the first year subjects, you can transfer into your chosen discipline of engineering. Majors include: Architectural, Biomedical, Computer, Civil, Electrical, Mining, Environmental, Materials, Mechanical, Mechatronic and Telecommunications Engineering.

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes 

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate professional knowledge, with a strong grounding in engineering & awareness of current local and international trends and challenges.
2 Navigate disciplinary literature with particular skills in gathering & synthesising information independently to support an argument or strategy.
3 Implement common research methods in the field of engineering, analyse data & evaluate the validity of findings and exercise critical judgement in determining new directions and strategies for carrying out further investigation.
4 Draw from established engineering concepts, methods and industry standards to develop innovative solutions to complex engineering problems by completing a research project relating to the respective engineering major.
5 Communicate clearly and coherently in writing to a range of audiences, with an ability to integrate knowledge, research, data, analysis and critical evaluation.
6 Communicate verbally to a range of audiences using appropriate language in presentations, consultation and negotiation.
7 Work productively as part of a team with the capacity for leadership, recognising the roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of team members.
8 Show respect for the views, values and culture of others in settings involving colleagues, clients, communities and end users, and consider alternate perspectives in design and project management.
9 Make complex considerations in regards to professional ethics and accountability, account for and mitigate risk, and operate with a commitment to professionalism in all work.
10 Appreciate the importance of sustainable engineering design, and seek to maximise positive social and environmental outcomes in engineering design, practice and development.
11 Plan and compose an extensive research-based project or piece of scholarship that demonstrates understanding and critical analysis in engineering.

Course Structure

The normal full-time load for a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Scholar) is 48 credit points per year and, apart from thesis and professional experience subjects, all subjects have a credit point value of six.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Scholar) normally takes four years to complete, with double majors and double degrees normally taking five years to complete. All students must take notice of the Course Rules regarding minimum rate of progress.

Scholar students need to achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 80 each year to maintain a place in the program.

To qualify for award of the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Scholar), a student must complete a total of at least 192 credit points if undertaking a single major or 240 credit points if undertaking a double major, as outlined below:

  1. at least one major, or optional double major, as listed below;
  2. required List A and List B electives as stated on the major handbook page. Alternatively, students may undertake a Minor, from the Schedule of Minors, to satisfy the List A and List B electives required to complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Scholar). In specific majors, addition of a Minor may require students to complete more credit points (cp) than the minimum 192 cp needed for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Scholar);
  3. at least 24 credit points at 300 level;
  4. at least 12 weeks of approved professional experience, documented in the form of employment reports at any stage after completion of 1st year*; and
  5. a project or thesis on a research or design topic under the supervision of an academic staff member. There are two thesis options:
    1. All Scholar students in the Architectural, Biomedical, Civil, Environmental, Materials, Mechanical, Mechatronic and Mining Engineering majors program must enrol and complete ENGG453 Thesis B (18 credit points). ENGG453 students are exempt from one six credit point elective.
    2. All Scholar students in the Computer, Electrical or Telecommunications majors must complete:
      1. ECTE355 Scholars Project (6 credit points); and
      2. ECTE451 Engineering Project 1 (6 credit points) and ECTE458 Engineering Project 2 (12 credit points).

The Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 2. Students whose WAM is below 67.5% will receive Honours with no grade.

* A part-time candidate in approved full-time engineering employment may be exempted from up to three specified subjects in accordance with the provisions of the Professional Options subjects, thereby enabling the joint course to be completed in a shorter time. 

Single Majors

Double Majors

These programs of study usually take five years to complete. Students may apply to transfer to a double major at the end of the first year of study. Study programs are detailed in the pages linked above.

Research Options

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Scholar) students have the option of undertaking research projects with the various Faculty Research Units. Students should discuss proposals with the Head of Students or Academic Program Director before enrolling in any of the following six credit point elective subjects:

The ENGG subjects are available to students in the Architectural, Biomedical, Civil, Environmental, Materials, Mechanical, Mechatronic or Mining Engineering majors.

The ECTE355 subject is compulsory for all students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Scholar) Computer, Electrical or Telecommunications majors.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session
ENGG171 Scholars Research Project 1 6 Annual, Autumn,Spring
ENGG255 Professional Option 2 6 Annual, Spring
ENGG371 Scholars Research Project 3 6 Annual, Autumn, Spring
ECTE355 Scholars Project 6 Autumn,Spring
ENGG355 Professional Option 3 6 Annual, Autumn, Spring
ENGG271 Scholars Research Project 2 6 Annual, Autumn, Spring
ENGG455 Professional Option 4 6 Annual, Autumn

Professional Options

The Faculty encourages the development of engineering skills and knowledge gained in the workplace through Professional Options. Students who work in appropriate industries can enrol in Professional Option subjects and count their industry skills and knowledge toward their degree. This is only available to students in the Architectural, Biomedical, Civil, Environmental, Materials, Mechanical, Mechatronic and Mining Engineering majors.

Depending on the degree, and subject to approval by the Academic Program Director, students will be able to take up to three six credit point Professional Option subjects during their course:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session
ENGG171 Scholars Research Project 1 6 Annual, Autumn, Spring
ENGG255 Professional Option 2 6 Annual, Spring
ENGG371 Scholars Research Project 3 6 Annual, Autumn, Spring
ENGG355 Professional Option 3 6 Annual, Autumn, Spring
ECTE355 Scholars Project 6 Autumn, Spring
ENGG455 Professional Option 4 6 Annual, Autumn,Spring
ENGG271 Scholars Research Project 2 6 Annual, Autumn, Spring
ENGG455 Professional Option 4 6 Annual, Autumn, Spring

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components

This course contains a total of 420 hours over 12 weeks of compulsory work-based placements. This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

UOW's engineering programs are accredited by Engineers Australia and relevant world engineering bodies through the Washington Accord. This ensures recognition by equivalent professional engineering bodies in the USA, UK, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries. This recognition ensures that graduates from this course are admitted, on application, to the grade of Graduate Membership of Engineers Australia.

UOW is a member of the Group of Eight (Go8) Deans of Engineering and Associates, in recognition of its being among the top Australian engineering faculties. This achievement is a direct result of our world class reputation in teaching and research. 

Other Information

Graduates can apply for entry to the Master of Engineering, Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated). Continual education is a requirement for registration as a professional engineer, and most engineers undertake further study and/or short courses. Research opportunities are also available.

For further information email: eis@uow.edu.au or Academic Program Director

Last reviewed: 16 December, 2019