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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 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 engineering profession and the ability to apply these in the most relevant software applications.

Career opportunities

As a civil engineer 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.

Professional recognition

Engineers Australia is the professional body representing engineering in Australia. Southern Cross University has provisional 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

Students further develop their skills and knowledge and prepare for their careers as professional civil engineers, during a 60-day industry placement.

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

Major areas of study

Students have the option to select either an eight-unit major in Environmental Engineering or undertake a general course of study. 

Students who follow the general course of study will focus on core areas such as: structural engineering, construction, project management, hydraulic engineering, water and wastewater engineering, geotechnical engineering, traffic and transport engineering, and environmental engineering. The course is strongly focused on project engineering from first year through to the final year. The course also addresses fundamental concepts that cross all disciplines including professional ethics, sustainability, conflict resolution and negotiation. 

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 will enable graduates to develop sustainable and ethical systems that optimise the relationship between human activities and the natural and built environments.

All students undertake a full-year 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. 

Assessment methods

Assessment items vary for each unit. They include numerical calculations, written assessment, oral presentations, exams and project based scenarios within groups and as individuals. 

Teaching methods

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

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 laboratories with specialist civil engineering software. These laboratories also include state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories equipped for a study of a range of sub-disciplines including materials conditioning and testing, concrete and structures testing, fluids and hydraulics testing, soils and 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 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.

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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