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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Business and Commerce (BEBC) - BEng(Hons) BusCom

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Springfield campus: 927451; External: 907455; Toowoomba campus: 907451

CRICOS code (International applicants): 093152C

 On-campusExternal
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Springfield, Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration: 5 years full-time, 8 years part-time or external 
Program articulation:

From: Associate Degree of Engineering; Bachelor of Engineering Science ; Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Notes

See note on part-time study below within Admission requirements.

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Professional accreditation

A graduate of this program is eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia as a graduate Engineer. After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may apply for chartered status as a Professional Engineer and, when granted, may use the post-nominal MIEAust CPEng.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program is accredited by Engineers Australia and, through an agreement reached between the professional engineering bodies of other countries (the Washington Accord), is also recognised in the United Kingdom, the Unites States of America, Canada, Ireland, Hong Kong, New Zealand and South Africa.

The Marketing major is accredited by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) and students are eligible for credit towards becoming a Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) upon completion.

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Program aims

This combination of an Engineering program with a program in Business or Commerce provides students with the opportunity to become qualified Engineers with a strong background in business or commerce principles and practice. There is an increasing need for engineering graduates to have business or commerce qualifications early in their career as they are often required to manage complex projects with both tight schedules and budgets. In some sectors of the industry a business or commerce qualification can be one of the criteria for promotion. Many engineers have completed a Master of Business Administration to satisfy this requirement. This program enables students to obtain qualifications in both disciplines at the same time.

The program offers students a high level of flexibility as they are able to choose wide ranging combinations of an engineering major and a business or commerce major that best suits their career aspirations.

For more details of the two programs that comprise this award, applicants are asked to refer to the Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) sections of this Handbook.

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Program objectives

Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Business and Commerce program will have met the separate objectives of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and theBachelor of Business and Commerce programs.

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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 08. Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Program Information Set

View USQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have achieved a minimum Overall Position (OP) 11, tertiary entrance rank 76 or equivalent qualification.^

  • Subject Pre-requisites: English (4,SA) and Mathematics B (4,SA) or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 2.


^These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2019 OP and tertiary entrance ranks are based on agreed QTAC schedules which assess formal study at Year 12 or equivalent level, tertiary, preparatory, professional or vocational qualifications or work experience, as detailed in the QTAC Assessment of Qualifications Manual and QTAC Assessor Guidelines. Special admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank. The additional points don't apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information about USQ's Special Admissions carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

Applicants are advised to also address the following:

  • Recommended Prior Study: Physics (4,SA) or equivalent.

  • Applicants should ensure they are able to complete this program within the maximum duration of eight years. To achieve this, students will need to complete a minimum of five units of study per year or be eligible for 16 units of credit.


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The program involves five years of full-time study.

Students may apply for admission to study part-time or by distance education, however applicants should ensure they are able to complete this program within the maximum duration of eight years. To achieve this, students will need to complete a minimum of 5 units of study per year or be eligible for 16 units of credit.

The combined Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Business and Commerce degree is a 40 unit program consisting of Academic courses and Practice courses.

Academic courses are normally one-unit courses that involve approximately 155 hours of student work per unit.

Practice courses are zero unit courses and each involves approximately 50 hours of student work.

The components of the program are shown in the following table:

Program Component  Academic Courses  Practice Courses 
Number of Courses  Units  Number of Courses  Units 
Core Studies 
Engineering Major Study  14 to 17 depending on the Major  14 to 17 depending on the Major 
Engineering Major approved courses  0–3 depending on the Major  0–3 depending on the Major 
Business or Commerce Major Study  14  14 
Total  40  40 

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 8 years to complete this program.

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Major studies

Engineering majors

An Engineering major study provides students with knowledge and skills in a particular engineering discipline. Students must select one of the following majors as their Engineering major.

Engineering major studies: 
Agricultural Engineering 
Civil Engineering 
Computer Systems Engineering 
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 
Environmental Engineering 
Instrumentation Control and Automation Engineering 
Power Engineering 

The courses in each of the Engineering majors are listed in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) section of this Handbook. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Business and Commerce program study all of the Core courses listed in an Engineering major.

Of the courses listed for each major, the courses that are not required are:

Engineering Major  Courses not to be studied from the Major 
Agricultural Engineering  4 Approved courses 
Civil Engineering  4 Approved courses 
Computer Systems Engineering  4 Approved courses 
Electrical and Electronic Engineering  4 Approved courses  
Environmental Engineering  4 Approved courses 
Instrumentation Control and Automation Engineering  4 Approved courses 
Power Engineering  4 Approved courses 

Students should select any remaining approved courses from the appropriate list for their engineering major.

Business and Commerce majors

Students must select a business and commerce major from one of the following eight-unit majors:

Business and Commerce major studies: 
Accounting^ 
Aviation Management and Safety* 
Business Administration 
Business Economics 
Business Law 
Finance 
Human Resource Management 
Information Technology Management 
International Business 
Management and Leadership 
Marketing# 
Sustainable Business 

Footnotes
^The Accounting major will be subject to external accreditation by CPA Australia and CAANZ during 2018. If accredited, completion of the 14 units in the Accounting major will meet the educational entrance requirements of both CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
*The eight courses in this Business and Commerce major are only available Online or On-campus in Springfield.
#The Marketing major is accredited by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) and students are eligible for credit towards becoming a Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) upon completion.

The eight courses that comprise each of the Business and Commerce majors are listed in the relevant sections of this Handbook. In addition to those courses, the following courses must be studied for each major:

Business and Commerce Major  Core courses to be studied 
Accounting  
 
Aviation Management and Safety 
 
Business Administration  
 
Business Economics 
 
Business Law 
 
Finance 
 
Human Resource Management 
 
Information Technology Management 
 
International Business 
 
Management and Leadership 
 
Marketing 
 
Sustainable Business 
 

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Practical experience

To be eligible to graduate from the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), students must obtain an aggregate of at least 60 days of suitable work experience during their program. This experience may be in an engineering office or laboratory where the student would be working principally with professional engineers and engineering associates. It may, however, be preferable for students to spend some time in field or factory activities to gain insight into industrial practice and to see what is involved in converting designs into finished products. Students are required to enrol in ENG4909 Work Experience - Professional in the latter part of their program and keep a record of appropriate experience as specified in the Course Specification. The work experience is to be endorsed by an appropriate person in the organisation providing the experience and submitted to the examiner. The student must meet all costs associated with the acquisition of work experience to satisfy this requirement. The record of work experience must be made available for perusal by the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences upon request. The acceptability or otherwise of employment experience, and the period of that type of experience that may be credited towards the 60 days, will be determined by the Examiner of ENG4909 Work Experience - Professional.

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IT requirements

Access to an up-to-date computer is necessary. On-campus students can access appropriately equipped laboratories, but should consider acquisition of their own computer. External students should be able to access a computer with the following minimum standards as advised by the University. All students should have access to email and the Internet via a computer running the latest versions of Internet web browsers such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. The University has a wireless network for on-campus students' computers. In order to take advantage of this facility and further enhance their on-campus learning environment, students should consider purchasing a notebook/laptop computer with wireless connectivity. Specialist software is required for some courses.

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Residential schools

The attendance requirement of residential schools within this degree is indicated by the following letters: V = Voluntary; O = Optional; C = Compulsory; R = Recommended; HR = Highly Recommended; M = Mandatory. Find out more about residential schools, visit the Residential School Schedule to view specific dates for your degree, or visit the Policy and Procedure Library.

Students are required to undertake practical and professional activities relevant to their program through enrolment in a series of Practice courses in the program. Practice courses are zero unit courses that may be undertaken in either on-campus or external mode and the final grades available are Pass (P)/Fail (F) only. They are a compulsory part of the program and do not attract a student contribution charge for Australian residents or a tuition fee for international students. The recommended enrolment schedule for Practice courses is shown in the Recommended Enrolment Pattern for the program in this Handbook.

External students must attend a number of residential schools during their program to obtain experience in practical and professional activities appropriate to the program. The residential schools are included in Practice courses which are conducted in Semester 3 or during the recess periods. The dates for each residential school Practice course are shown in the Residential School Schedule in this Handbook and external students should ensure they are able to attend the residential school prior to enrolling in a Practice course. Personal protective equipment is compulsory in many engineering, construction and spatial science laboratories, students should confirm the requirements before attending residential schools for Practice courses.

Students who enrol in on-campus mode for Practice courses normally undertake a series of weekly activities and/or attend a compulsory residential school.

ENG3902 Professional Practice 1 is to be studied in the student's penultimate year. Upon completion of ENG3902 Professional Practice 1, students must study ENG4111 Research Project Part 1 and ENG4112 Research Project Part 2 and ENG4903 Professional Practice 2 in the same academic year.

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Exit points

Students who, for whatever reason, are unable to complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Business and Commerce and who satisfy all of the requirements of either the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), the Bachelor of Engineering Science, the Associate Degree of Engineering or the Diploma of Engineering Studies may be permitted to exit with that award.

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Credit

Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.

Work Experience

Work and industrial experience that has not been formally assessed, does not normally qualify for course credit in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Business and Commerce program. Existing work experience may be used to satisfy the practical/work experience requirements when completing the ENG4909 Work Experience - Professional practice course.

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Course transfers

Students who are enrolled in either the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program or the Bachelor of Business and Commerce program may transfer to the program with advanced standing. If they have completed up to one year of one of those programs they would normally be able to complete the program in the minimum time, after four more years of full-time study. Other students may require longer than the minimum time.

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Honours

The level of honours awarded will be determined based on the USQ procedure. Please refer to the Class of Honours Standard Schedule.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Recommended enrolment patterns

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Due to the large number of combinations of engineering and business and commerce majors available separate recommended enrolment pattern tables are not published in this Handbook.

Commencing on-campus students should enrol in the standard first year courses in the engineering major that they have selected. Towards the end of their first year they should consult the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences for advice on the enrolment pattern to be followed in later years of the program.