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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 facilities 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 the 16 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.

Throughout the course, students develop core theoretical knowledge and skills vital to the civil engineering profession and the ability to apply these in the most relevant software applications.

Career opportunities

Civil engineers typically find work in a range of settings, including municipal and government road authorities, water supply and management agencies, construction companies, railway departments and companies, natural resource management organisations, consulting engineering companies, airport authorities, mining companies, irrigation authorities, research organisations and in tertiary education teaching. 

Professional recognition

Engineers Australia is the professional body representing engineering in Australia. Southern Cross University is undertaking staged accreditation for the degree from Engineers Australia. Accreditation of the course by Engineers Australia enables a student’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.

Professional placement

To successfully complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering each student must participate in 60 days of industry experience relevant to engineering. Students will be able to undertake this in one or more settings under the supervision of experienced engineers, where they can develop their skills and knowledge and prepare for careers as professional civil engineers.

Students have opportunities to engage with industry representatives from the early stages of the course, creating valuable professional networks. 

Major areas of study

Environmental Engineering prepares students with the ecological knowledge and engineering skills needed to understand the impact a project will have on the environment. This will enable graduates to develop sustainable and ethical systems that manage and protect the air, water, soil, energy and the built environment. Students have the option to select this eight-unit major or undertake the general course of study.

Core studies include structural engineering, construction, project management, hydraulic engineering, water treatment engineering, water engineering, geotechnical engineering, traffic and transport engineering, and environmental engineering.

The course covers a number of fundamental concepts that cross all disciplines including professional ethics, sustainability, conflict resolution and negotiation.

The course is strongly focused on project engineering from first year through to the final year. Students undertake a real project in humanitarian engineering in the first year, while the final-year capstone project unit will see students utilise all of the knowledge and skills developed throughout the course.

In the final year, students undertake a full-year subject in engineering research (thesis), which enables them to explore the forefronts of engineering development and gives them the opportunity to contribute to new knowledge in their chosen topic.

Assessment methods

Assessment items vary for each unit and include attendance to practical classes and tutorials, exams and other written assessment, in-class presentations and project based scenarios.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, 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.

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 such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

There are new engineering laboratories and teaching spaces in the expanding science and engineering precinct at the Lismore campus. Civil engineering students have access to computer labs with specialist civil engineering software and state-of-the-art laboratories covering a range of sub-disciplines including materials conditioning and testing, concrete and structures testing, fluids/hydraulics testing, soils/geotechnical testing, and mechanics and physics. The laboratories are fully equipped with advanced analytical equipment to enable effective practical teaching and high level experimental research.

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:

  1. the equivalent of thirty two (32) units (384 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
    2. all units listed in Part B OR
    3. the eight (8) unit single Major from Part C and all units in Part D
  2. at least 60 days of industrial experience of a nature acceptable to the School Board.

Class of Honours

A candidate may on the recommendation of the School Board be awarded Honours with one of the following merit descriptions:

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

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.

Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'