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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Information Technology (BEHI) - BEng(Hons) BIT

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Springfield campus: 927352; External: 907355; Toowoomba campus: 907352

CRICOS code (International applicants): 079517G

Programs at USQ are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain professionally-relevant, in order to enhance the graduate outcomes of our students. This program is currently being re-accredited and is as a consequence likely to undergo some changes. Full details will be available when it is approved. If you have any questions, please contact us directly.

 On-campusExternal
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus: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 Bachelor of Information Technology program is provisionally accredited at professional level by the Australian Computer Society and through the Seoul Accord, is recognised in other countries.

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Program aims

This combination of an Engineering program with a program in Information Technology provides students with the opportunity to become qualified Engineers with a very strong background in Computer Systems and Applied Computer Science.

Graduates of this combined program will have a high level of knowledge of both hardware and software components of computer systems and the interrelationships between the two. They will have well-developed skills in both hardware and software design and development.

For more details of the two programs that comprise this award, applicants are asked to refer to the Engineering and Built Environment and the Information Technology sections of this Handbook.

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Program objectives

Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Information Technology program will have met the separate objectives of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and the Bachelor of Information Technology 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) 10, tertiary entrance rank 78 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 2018 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 note 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 five units of study per year or be eligible for 16 units of credit.

Where students intend to complete the program using a combination of full-time and part-time study the maximum time for completion will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Information Technology is a 40 unit program consisting of Academic courses and Practice courses.

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

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

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Required time limits

Full-time students have a maximum of seven years to complete this program. Part-time students have a maximum of eight years to complete this program.

A pro-rata adjustment of the maximum time period will apply for those students who transfer from one mode of study to another. A pro-rata reduction in the maximum time period will apply to students who are admitted to a program with advanced standing.

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Electives/Approved courses

Approved courses are included in the list of Academic courses. Students should select these courses from the approved courses list.

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Practical experience

To be eligible to graduate from the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Information Technology, 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.

Credit or exemptions for ENG4909 Work Experience - Professional will not normally be considered.

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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 and ENG4110 Engineering Research Methodology 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 Information Technology 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 Information Technology program. Existing work experience may be used to satisfy the practical/work experience requirements when completing the ENG4909 practice course.

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Course transfers

Students who are enrolled in either the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program or the Bachelor of Information Technology 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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Computer Systems Engineering, Applied Computer Science recommended enrolment pattern

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.

To satisfy the requirements of the program students must complete all of the Academic and Practice courses in the following table that shows the recommended enrolment patterns for on-campus and external students for our Toowoomba campus. Students following a non-standard enrolment pattern should consult the course specification to ascertain if a course is offered in another term.


Major Study: Computer Systems Engineering; Applied Computer Science (Major Study Code: 11985)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Academic Courses Year 1

ENG1004 Engineering Problem Solving Principles111,2
ENM1600 Engineering Mathematics111,2
ELE1301 Computer Engineering111
ELE1502 Electronic Circuits111
CSC1401 Foundation Programming121,2,3
ENG1100 Introduction to Engineering Design121,2
ELE1801 Electrical Technology122,3Pre-requisite: ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1500 or ENM1600 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GCEN
ENG1002 Introduction to Engineering and Spatial Science Applications121,2

Practice Courses Year 1

ENG1901 Engineering Practice 1^^112,3M
ELE1911 Electrical and Electronic Practice A123M

Academic Courses Year 2

ENM2600 Advanced Engineering Mathematics211Pre-requisite: ENM1600 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MENS or GDNS or MEPR
MAT1101 Discrete Mathematics for Computing211
ELE2303 Embedded Systems Design211
CSC2402 Object-Oriented Programming in C++211Pre-requisite: CSC1401 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GCEN or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT or MCTN
ENG2002 Technology, Sustainability and Society221,2,3
ENG3104 Engineering Simulations and Computations222Pre-requisite: (ENM2600 or MAT2100 or MAT2500) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or GDET or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS
ELE2103 Linear Systems and Control222
ELE2504 Electronic Design and Analysis222Pre-requisite: ELE1502 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GDNS or MENS or GCNS or GCEN

Practice Courses Year 2

ELE2912 Electrical and Electronic Practice B213MPre-requisite: (ELE1301 and ELE1502 and ELE1801) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDNS or MENS

Academic Courses Year 3

ELE3105 Computer Controlled Systems311Pre-requisite: ELE2103 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCNS or GCEN or GDNS or MEPR or MENS or METC
ELE3305 Computer Systems and Communications Protocols311
ELE3401 Software Engineering Design Principles*1
ELE2601 Telecommunications Principles311Pre-requisite: (ELE1502 and ELE1801) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC
ELE3107 Signal Processing322
ELE3307 Real Time Systems322Pre-requisite: ELE1301 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MENS or MEPR
CSC2406 Web Technology 1322Pre-requisite: CSC1401 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GDGS or GCEN or GDET or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT or MCTN
CSC2407 Introduction to Software Engineering322Pre-requisite: CSC1401 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GCEN or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT or MCTN

Practice Courses Year 3

ELE2913 Electrical and Electronic Practice C322MPre-requisite: (ELE1301 and ELE1502 and ELE1801) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDNS or MENS
ELE3914 Electrical and Electronic Practice D312MPre-requisite: (ELE1801 and ELE1301 and ELE1502) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MENS or MEPR
ELE3915 Electrical and Electronic Practice E322MPre-requisite: ELE1801 and ELE1301 and ELE1502 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MENS or MEPR

Academic Courses Year 4

CIS3002 Business Analysis411Pre-requisite: CIS2000 or CSC2407
CSC3400 Database Systems411
CSC3412 System and Security Administration411
CSC2408 Software Development Tools41,21,2
Approved course (Select from the approved course list)41,21,2
Approved course (Select from the approved course list)422
CSC2401 Algorithms and Data Structures422Pre-requisite: CSC2402 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GDGS or GCEN or GDET or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT or MSMS
ENG4110 Engineering Research Methodology422

Practice Courses Year 4

ENG3902 Professional Practice 1422M

Academic Courses Year 5

ENG4111 Research Project Part 1511Pre-requisite: ENG3902 and ENG4110
CSC3403 Comparative Programming Languages511Pre-requisite: CSC2402 or enrolled in CSC2402 at the same time as CSC3403 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GDGS or GCEN or GDET or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT or MSBN or MSMS
ENG3003 Engineering Management511,3
Approved course (Select from the approved course list)511
ENG4112 Research Project Part 2^522Pre-requisite: ENG4111
Approved Course (Select from the approved course list)522
Approved Course (Select from the approved course list)522
CSC2404 Operating Systems522Pre-requisite: CSC1401 or CSC2408 or have experience using Linux systems or students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GDGS or GCEN or GDET or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT or MSMS

Practice Courses Year 5

ENG4903 Professional Practice 2512MPre-requisite: ENG3902
ENG4909 Work Experience - Professional1,3

Select approved courses from the following or other elective courses as approved by the Program Coordinator:

     CSC3407 Network Fundamentals and Routing11
     CSC3413 Network Design and Analysis22
     CSC3420 Mobile Internet Technology11Pre-requisite: CSC3407 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GDGS or GCEN or GDET or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT or MSBN or MSMS
     CSC3426 Web Technology 222Pre-requisite: CSC2406
     CSC3427 Switching, Wireless and WAN Technologies22Pre-requisite: CSC3407 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GDGS or GCEN or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT or MSMS
     ELE3506 Electronic Measurement22Pre-requisite: (ELE1502 and (ELE2101 or ELE2103) and (ELE2503 or ELE2504)) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or MENS
     ELE3804 Power Systems Protection11Pre-requisite: ELE1801 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCEN
     ELE4606 Communication Systems22Pre-requisite: (ELE2504 and ELE2601) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or MENS or GCNS or GDNS
     ELE4607 Advanced Digital Communications11Pre-requisite: ELE1301 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or GCNS or GDNS or MENS or MEPR
     ELE5001 Industrial Communications Protocols11Pre-requisite: ELE2601 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCNS, GDNS, MENS or MEPR
     ENG4004 Engineering Project and Operations Management22,3
     MEC2501 Process Control Systems2Pre-requisite: ELE2103 or (MEC1501 and ELE2101 as Co-requisite or Pre-requisite)
     MEC4406 Robotics and Machine Vision22Pre-requisite: MEC2401 or ELE2103 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MENS or GCEN
     CIV1501 Engineering Statics22,3Pre-requisite: ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1600 or (ENM1500 and CIV1500) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GCEN

Footnotes
^^ENG1901 Engineering Practice 1is the first in a series of Practice courses designed to enable students to acquire engineering and professional practice skills, including practical and teamwork skills, problem solving and engineering judgement. It is designed principally to cater for the needs of recent school leavers and those lacking any significant experience of the engineering work force. Students who have a trade certificate and have been employed in the engineering industry for some time may be able to claim exemption from the course.
*This course will not be available in 2018
The semester 3 offering of this course is offered in odd numbered years only.
^ It is recommended that students should also be enrolled in ENG4903 while undertaking this course.
The semester 3 offering of this course is offered in even numbered years only.