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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering equips students with the relevant skills and knowledge to provide a range of professional civil engineering services in regional, national and international environments. The course prepares graduates for work involving the planning, design, construction and maintenance of critical civil engineering infrastructure such as buildings, roads, bridges, dams, pipelines, transport systems, and water supply and waste water treatment facilities.

The course is structured around 16 key competencies identified by Engineers Australia as being essential to the graduating engineer. These competencies are broadly grouped into: knowledge and skills, application, personal and professional skills. Students develop core theoretical knowledge and skills vital to the engineering profession and the ability to apply these in the most relevant applications.

The course is strongly focused on project engineering from first year through to the final year, with an emphasis on critical issues for modern engineers such as professional ethics, sustainability, conflict resolution and negotiation. All students undertake a fullyear subject in engineering research (thesis unit) in their final year, which enables them to explore the frontiers of engineering development and contribute to new knowledge in their chosen field.

Career opportunities

Civil engineers work in a range of settings, including traffic and transport, humanitarian organisations, engineering design, government authorities, water supply and management agencies, construction companies, natural resource management organisations, consulting engineering companies, mining companies, irrigation authorities, research organisations and in tertiary education.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering degree is currently provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia, and full accreditation will be sought in 2018. Engineers Australia is the professional body representing engineering in Australia.

Accreditation of the course by Engineers Australia enables a graduate’s qualification to be formally recognised in many different countries throughout the world in accordance with the Washington Accord, an international agreement governing recognition of engineering qualifications and professional competence. For more information, visit:

Professional placement

As part of this course, students are required to undertake a compulsory 60-day industry experience unit in a relevant engineering role. 
Industry experience enables students to gain experience in applying their knowledge and skills to engineering problems within a real work environment, and to make valuable contacts within the civil engineering industry. Students typically undertake one or more work placements with an organisation conducting work related to civil engineering practice. The nature of both the work and the employer can vary widely, from office-based engineering design with a small consultancy or local council to on-site project work with a major construction company.

Major areas of study

Students have the option to undertake a general course of study or select an eight-unit major in Environmental Engineering. 
Students taking the general course of study gain knowledge and expertise across the breadth of disciplines encompassed by civil engineering, including construction, project management, hydraulic engineering, water and wastewater engineering, geotechnical engineering, traffic and transport engineering, and environmental engineering.
The Environmental Engineering major prepares students with the scientific knowledge and engineering skills needed to understand and assess the impact of an engineering project on the environment. This enables graduates to develop sustainable and ethical systems that optimise the relationship between human activities and the natural and built environments.

Assessment methods

Assessment items vary for each unit. They include numerical calculations, written reports, oral presentations and exams. The assessment tasks are based around in-class learning activities, tutorial exercises, laboratory experiments, independent research activities, and project-based scenarios. Students undertake assessment tasks both individually and within teams with other students.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, field trips, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces including lecture theatres, classrooms, studios and laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific disciplines. Contemporary audio-visual equipment is standard in most teaching rooms, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes. Civil engineering students make use of new engineering experimental laboratories, computer laboratories and teaching spaces in the expanding science and engineering precinct at the Lismore campus. The laboratories are equipped with specialist software and advanced equipment for teaching and research related to materials conditioning and testing, concrete and structures testing, fluids and hydraulics testing, soils and geotechnical testing, traffic and transport modelling, and basic physics and mechanics.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Course requirements

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of thirty-two (32) units (384 credit points) comprising:

  1. all units listed in Part A; and
  2. the eight (8) unit single major listed in Part B; or
  3. all units in Part C and two (2) units from Part D

and additionally complete at least 60 days of industrial experience of a nature acceptable to the Course Coordinator.

Class of Honours

A candidate may on the recommendation of the Course Coordinator be awarded Honours with one of the following merit descriptors:

  • First Class Honours
  • Second Class Honours – Division I
  • Second Class Honours – Division II

Merit Descriptors

The following criteria shall be satisfied to obtain a particular merit descriptor:

  • First Class Honours: a Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) of at least 6.0 and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 6.0 in both units Engineering Thesis I and Engineering Thesis II
  • Second Class Honours – Division I: a Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) of at least 5.5 and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.5 in both units Engineering Thesis I and Engineering Thesis II
  • Second Class Honours – Division II: a Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) of at least 5.0 and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 in both units Engineering Thesis I and Engineering Thesis II

A student with a Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) of less than 5.0 shall not be eligible for a merit descriptor.

Weighted Grade Point Average Calculation

The Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) shall be calculated according to the formula:

WGPA = {Summation of (Grade Point x Credit Value x Weighting)}/{Summation of (Credit Value x Weighting)}


Grade Point = achievement value assigned to a unit grade (non-graded units, interim notations and advanced standing shall not be included in the WGPA calculation);

Credit Value = number of credit points awarded for the completion of a unit of study;

Weighting = 1 for a unit listed in Year 1 of the Course Progression, 2 for a unit listed in Year 2 of the Course Progression, 3 for a unit listed in Year 3 of the Course Progression, and 4 for a unit listed in Year 4 of the Course Progression; and

WGPA calculations shall be based on results for the first attempt at each unit in the course. 

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

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