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Science, Engineering and Technology




Bachelor - Combined


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2013 Bachelor of Engineering(N3A)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Science, Engineering and Technology (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Launceston: (First Year only)
Course Duration: Minimum 4 yrs, Maximum 8 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125 or Dr Damien Holloway, Degree Coordinator, (03) 6226 2136.


The Bachelor of Engineering is offered by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at Hobart. The First Year of all Engineering disciplines can also be taken at Launceston, after which students transfer to Hobart to complete their final 3 years.

Note: Students intending to study at Launceston should contact the School for advice prior to enrolling.

Admission & Prerequisites

If students are entering first year Engineering in either Hobart or Launceston, they must have met the University admission requirements including a TCE Satisfactory Achievement (SA) result or higher in MTM315109 Mathematics Methods and PSC315109 Physical Sciences. An ATAR score of 70 is required.

Although not essential for entry, students are encouraged to study additional TCE science subjects such as Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics Specialised, Physics, etc as they provide a useful background for first-year BE units.

A TAFE advanced diploma in Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering may be accepted as an alternative prerequisite for admission to the Bachelor of Engineering course with advanced standing.

Interstate or overseas qualifications, which are deemed equivalent by the University, may also be accepted.

Course Objectives

The objectives of the Bachelor of Engineering degree are:

  • to provide a sound basis in the physical sciences, mathematics and basic engineering science in the first two years of study, along with some degree of specialisation;
  • to provide, in the final two years of study, specific theory and practice in one of the specialised engineering fields;
  • to train students to a graduate level whereby they meet the academic requirements for admission to the Institution of Engineers, Australia and like institutions;
  • to produce well-rounded graduates who can develop their professional and managerial skills in their places of employment; and
  • to impart the generic attributes of a graduate engineer as specified by the Institution of Engineers, Australia.

The engineering degree is interesting and challenging, requiring motivation and commitment from the student. In its final stages, students work and become familiar with the very latest developments in the various disciplines.

Career Outcomes

Engineers play a major role in improving living standards and the quality of life in our community. They have a major role to play in the protection of the environment. Students are prepared for careers covering a broad range of disciplines and skills in a world where there is an ever increasing demand for people in this profession., Engineers are well paid and get interesting positions in government, private companies, industry and consulting firms. After starting in technical positions, Engineers often move into management roles within companies and organisations.

Articulation to/from Course

In certain circumstances the Faculty may grant status in units of the BE degree course to students who have completed equivalent work in other institutions. All such cases are treated on their merits.

Special admission conditions apply to the acceptance of some overseas students. Approved diplomates of certain overseas polytechnics may be granted advanced standing of up to four semesters toward the four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree.

If students wish to specialise in other branches of Engineering (eg Aeronautical, Agricultural, Chemical, Materials, Mining, Petroleum), it is generally possible for them to start their studies at the University of Tasmania and later transfer to an institution offering the course. If this is the student's intention, it is important that the students see the Degree Coordinator before starting their University studies as it may be necessary to follow a specially prescribed course.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Engineering is accredited by Engineers Australia (EA) as providing qualification for Graduate membership of the Institution. It is also recognised in a number of other countries such as NZ, UK, USA, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Japan, China, South Africa, Ireland, Turkey and Russia through the Washington Accord agreements between the EA and like professional bodies overseas.

The computer systems engineering specialisation is also accredited by the Australian Computer Society for graduate entry and the Geotechnical engineering specialisation is accredited by the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

Miscellaneous Information

Specimen courses

Specimen courses are outlined below. Students should note that their choice of units should conform with the specimen courses, unless otherwise determined by the Degree Coordinator.

If students have previously attempted all or part of an examination they will not be permitted to count units with overlapping content.

In addition to the units in the specimen courses students are required to complete the unit KNE380 Industrial Experience at some point before being eligible to graduate. Most commonly students complete this in the summer between their 3rd and 4th years, and in that case are advised to enrol as early as possible in KNE380 under "semester 5" of the calendar year in which they complete the 3rd year of the BE. It is recommended other cases are discussed with the degree coordinator. By adding the enrolment early in the year you will appear on class lists and the School is able to assist in finding work placements.

Policy on use of calculators in examinations

Engineers use calculators a great deal, and it is essential that each engineering student has a calculator.

Students should note that in general calculators capable of storing alphanumeric information may either be prohibited in examinations, or permitted only after the calculator memory is cleared.

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