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

A career in Civil Engineering is a field that focuses on the development and maintenance of the built environment. Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil Engineering) will be prepared for careers in the consulting and construction industry the resources sector, major infrastructure projects, and government organisations. As a Washington Accord accredited program, graduates are qualified for employment in Civil Engineering roles in many other countries.

Under the supervision of experienced engineers, graduates will be capable of holding positions with significant responsibility. Graduate responsibilities are based on design, construction, and maintenance of a wide range of civil infrastructure, including buildings, roads, bridges airports, waterways, and railways. Specific roles may include, but are not limited to: structural design of a wide range of buildings from simple shade structures to high-rise apartment blocks and bridges; analysis of existing structures for maintenance and modification; design of foundations and ground improvements for building, road, and railways overseeing construction site preparations and excavation; managing environmental monitoring and compliance; and analysis and modelling of structures, water flows, and ground conditions. Graduates may have responsibilities around client and stakeholder relations; procurement; safe work practices; quality assurance in project delivery; reporting; and consideration of standards and regulations. Graduates will have strong project and people management skills and may take on responsibility for overseeing teams, contractors and consultants within the first five years from graduation.

Student experience and professional attributes UOW has a long and successful history of innovation, industry collaboration applied engineering research, and engineering consultancy. The practical engineering culture at UOW is reflected in its degree programs and graduates. Students studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil Engineering) will have opportunities to apply knowledge to ethical challenges, innovation and problem solving in real-world focused projects in each year of the degree program. They are also able to engage with extra-curricular and co-curricular activities through the Work Integrated Learning program. The program is delivered through a range of study modes and assessment types, supported by digital technologies, to ensure graduates are flexible learners and well prepared to adapt to future challenges. Students also participate in multidisciplinary projects, providing them with opportunities to learn the language of engineering and the engineering methods applied in different disciplines. Graduates of the program leave UOW experienced in working in diverse teams and ready to integrate into the workforce. Further, UOW graduates are equipped with the skills to recognise opportunities for further learning and technical specialisation to adapt to changing industry requirements.

The course has been developed to support students from a range of educational and professional backgrounds, including international and domestic school leavers, certificate and diploma qualified individuals with experience in the engineering sector. Pathway programs are available to strengthen students’ mathematics, science, and English language background prior to commencement where required. The program is best suited to those with an interest in sustainable urban and regional development, buildings and structures, or a career in the construction industry.

Through the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil Engineering) program, graduates will be prepared to make a significant contribution to society through innovation, creative thinking and disciplinary expertise. Specifically, Civil Engineering graduates will be well placed to contribute to sustainable economic, environmental and social development in the built environment.

The degree can be combined with Environmental or Mining Engineering in second year. Double degrees are also available.

Academic Program Director: Assoc Prof Neaz Sheikh

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 Structure 


Subject CodeSubject NameCredit PointsSession(s)
Year 1
ENGG102Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics6Autumn
ENGG103Materials in Design6Autumn
ENGG105Engineering Design for Sustainability6Autumn
MATH141Foundations of Engineering Mathematics6Autumn, Spring
ENGG100Engineering Computing and Analysis6Spring
ENGG104Electrical Systems6Spring
PHYS143Physics For Engineers6Spring
MATH142Essentials of Engineering Mathematics6Spring, Summer 2020/2021
Year 2
CHEM103Chemistry For Engineering6Autumn
ENGG251Mechanics of Solids6Autumn
ENGG252Engineering Fluid Mechanics6Autumn
MATH283Advanced Engineering Mathematics and Statistics6Autumn
CIVL245Construction Materials6Spring
EESC252Geology for Engineers I6Spring
CIVL201  Computer Modelling in Civil Engineering  6 Spring
Year 3
CIVL311Structural Design 16Autumn
CIVL322Hydraulics and Hydrology6Autumn
CIVL352Structures 16Autumn
CIVL314Structural Design 26Spring
TWO electives as specified below 12Spring
Year 4
ENGG461Managing Engineering Projects6Autumn
CIVL462Principles of Foundation Engineering6Autumn
CIVL444Civil Engineering Design6Spring
CIVL458Fundamentals of Construction Management6Spring
ENGG454Professional Experience0Annual, Autumn, Spring
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) students complete ONE of the following research options
ENGG452Thesis A12Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2021
ENGG453Thesis B18Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2021
Bachelor of Engineering Scholar (Honours) students must complete ENGG453
ENGG453Thesis B18Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2021
Electives as specified below 6 or 12Autumn, Spring
Total Electives listed below for Year 3 and 4*
For students in ENGG452: Any 2 electives from List A and 2 electives from List A or List B
For students in ENGG453: Any 1 elective from List A and 2 electives from List A or List B
Students may undertake a Minor to replace the List A and List B electives required to complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). 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).
List A Electives
AENG200History of Architectural Design 6 Autumn
MINE211Surface Mining Methods6Autumn
CSCI291Programming for Engineers6Autumn
ENVE311Pollution Control and Cleaner Production6Autumn
ENGG440Strategic Management of Engineering6Autumn
ENGG472Humanitarian Engineering6Autumn
CIVL491Applied Finite Element Analysis for Civil Engineers6Autumn
ENVE377Membrane Science and Technology6Autumn
ENVE420Water Resources Engineering6Autumn
AENG201Architectural Engineering Design 1: Net Zero Energy Houses6Spring
CIVL489Sustainable Roads & Railway Engineering6Spring
CIVL454Structures 26Not available 2020
CIVL463Applied Geotechnical Engineering6Spring
ENGG433Financial Management for Engineers6Spring
ENGG439Engineering Logistics and Operations Management6Spring
ENVE410Site Remediation Engineering6Spring
ENVE220Water Quality and Ecological Engineering6Spring
ENVE320Environmental Engineering Design for Sustainability6Not available 2020 
ENVE221Air and Noise Pollution Control Engineering6Spring
MINE234Computer Applications in Mining Engineering6Not available 2020
CIVL415Structural Design 36Not available in 2020
CIVL392Computational Methods in Engineering6Not available in 2020
CIVL426Design of Masonry Structures6Not available in 2020
ENGG302Infrastructure Systems6Not available in 2020
CIVL457Structures 36Not available in 2020
ENGG477Ocean Engineering6Autumn
Or other approved technical elective offered in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences.
Click here for List B General Elective Subjects for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

* All electives may not be available every year - check subject timetable.

** Scholars students must complete this subject. 18 credit point thesis is equivalent to the 12 credit point thesis and one 6 credit point elective.

Other Information

For further information email: eis@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 1 July, 2020