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Graduate Certificate of Engineering Technology (GCEN) - GradCertEngTech

CRICOS code (International applicants): 030323K

 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:1 semester full-time or 2 semesters part-time 

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Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Professional accreditation

The Graduate Certificate of Engineering Technology is not accredited by any professional bodies other than the University of Southern Queensland.

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Program aims

To enable students to complete a postgraduate program that will lead to an advanced level of knowledge in a specialised area of engineering.

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Program objectives

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Engineering Technology will be able to demonstrate and apply a body of knowledge of a specialised area of engineering at an advanced level.

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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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Admission requirements

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

  • Completion of an Australian university three year Bachelor degree in engineering, science or technology or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


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 student's higher education andstudents 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 Graduate Certificate of Engineering Technology comprises four single unit academic courses as follows:

Schedule A: Two core courses (two units) selected from the following list:


Schedule B: A two course specialisation (two units) to be selected from the recommended enrolment pattern.

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Required time limits

Full-time students have a maximum of one year to complete this program. Part-time students have a maximum of two years to complete this program.

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Specialisation

The specialisation study provides students with knowledge and skills in a specific discipline. The specialisation study areas in the Graduate Certificate of Engineering Technology are:

  • Agricultural Engineering

  • Civil Engineering

  • Computer Systems Engineering

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • Environmental Engineering

  • Management in Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Mechatronic Engineering

  • Power Systems Engineering

  • Structural Engineering

  • Transdisciplinary Engineering


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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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Credit

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

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Enrolment

Candidates for admission to this program should note that some of the courses specify enrolment requirements. This may mean that successful applicants will be enrolling in courses for which they do not have sufficient pre-requisite knowledge. Applicants should refer to the course specification to determine the enrolment requirements for the courses they intend enrolling in. Graduate students will be expected to rectify any deficiencies in their pre-requisite knowledge by private study, guided if necessary by the examiners of the relevant courses. Alternatively, they should enrol in the pre-requisite course(s). These courses will not contribute to the requirements for program completion.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Agricultural Engineering specialisation 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.


Specialisation: Agricultural Engineering (Specialisation Study Code: 12600)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Schedule A: Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     ENG8104 Asset Management in an Engineering Environment11
     ENG8208 Advanced Engineering Project Management11
     ENG8103 Management of Technological Risk22
     ENG8205 Technology Management Practice22

Schedule B: Technical courses Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     AGR2302 Agricultural Machinery11
     AGR3304 Soil Science11
     MEC2402 Stress Analysis11Pre-requisite: CIV1501 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS
     AGR2301 Agricultural Science22
     ENV3105 Hydrology22
     MEC2301 Design of Machine Elements22Pre-requisite: MEC2402 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GCEN

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Civil Engineering specialisation 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.


Specialisation: Civil Engineering (Specialisation Study Code: 15394)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Schedule A: Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     ENG8104 Asset Management in an Engineering Environment11
     ENG8208 Advanced Engineering Project Management11
     ENG8103 Management of Technological Risk22
     ENG8205 Technology Management Practice22

Schedule B: Technical courses Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     CIV2605 Construction Engineering11
     CIV2701 Road Design and Location11Pre-requisite: MAT1500 or ENG1500 or ENM1500 or ENM1600 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCST or GDST or GCEN
     ENV2103 Hydraulics I11Pre-requisite: CIV1500 or CIV1501 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCEN
     CIV2502 Structural and Building Technology22
     CIV2702 Municipal Services*22Pre-requisite: ENV2103 or ENV1101
     CIV3603 Construction Methods2

Footnotes
*The on-campus Springfield offering of this course will not be available in 2017.

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Computer Systems Engineering specialisation 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.


Specialisation: Computer Systems Engineering (Specialisation Study Code: 17242)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Schedule A: Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     ENG8104 Asset Management in an Engineering Environment11
     ENG8208 Advanced Engineering Project Management11
     ENG8103 Management of Technological Risk22
     ENG8205 Technology Management Practice22

Schedule B: Technical courses Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     ELE1301 Computer Engineering11
     ELE2303 Embedded Systems Design11
     ELE2601 Telecommunications Principles11Pre-requisite: (ELE1502 and ELE1801) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC
     ELE2103 Linear Systems and Control22
     ELE3307 Real Time Systems22Pre-requisite: ELE1301 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MENS or MEPR
     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

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Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation 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.


Specialisation: Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Specialisation Study Code: 17241)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Schedule A: Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     ENG8104 Asset Management in an Engineering Environment11
     ENG8208 Advanced Engineering Project Management11
     ENG8103 Management of Technological Risk22
     ENG8205 Technology Management Practice22

Schedule B: Technical courses Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     ELE2601 Telecommunications Principles11Pre-requisite: (ELE1502 and ELE1801) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC
     ELE2702 Electrical Measurement and Analysis11Pre-requisite: (ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1500 or ENM1600) and ELE1801 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCEN
     ELE3803 Electrical Plant11Pre-requisite: ELE1801 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS
     ELE1801 Electrical Technology22,3Pre-requisite: ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1500 or ENM1600 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GCEN
     ELE2101 Control and Instrumentation22Pre-requisite: ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1500 or ENM1600 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GCEN
     ELE2501 Electronic Workshop and Production22Pre-requisite: (ELE1502 and ELE1801) or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCEN
     ELE2503 Electronic Systems22Pre-requisite: ELE1502 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCEN

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Environmental Engineering specialisation 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.


Specialisation: Environmental Engineering (Specialisation Study Code: 12601)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Schedule A: Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     ENG8104 Asset Management in an Engineering Environment11
     ENG8208 Advanced Engineering Project Management11
     ENG8103 Management of Technological Risk22
     ENG8205 Technology Management Practice22

Schedule B: Technical courses Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     CLI3301 Climate and Environment Risk Assessment11
     ENV2103 Hydraulics I11Pre-requisite: CIV1500 or CIV1501 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCEN
     ENV2105 Applied Chemistry and Microbiology<11
     ENV2201 Land Studies11
     ENV4204 Environmental Technology11Pre-requisite: MAT1100 or MAT1500 or ENM1600 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MENS or GCNS or GDNS or MSST or MEPR
     ENV3103 Environmental Pollution22
     ENV3105 Hydrology22
     ENV4106 Irrigation Science22Pre-requisite: AGR3304 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS

Footnotes
<Not available in on-campus mode in 2017.

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Management in Engineering specialisation 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.


Specialisation: Management in Engineering (Specialisation Study Code: 17243)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Schedule A: Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     ENG8104 Asset Management in an Engineering Environment11
     ENG8208 Advanced Engineering Project Management11
     ENG8103 Management of Technological Risk22
     ENG8205 Technology Management Practice22

Schedule B: Technical courses Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy1,21,2
     CIS8100 Digital Enterprise11,3
     ENG8011 1
     ENG8101 Technological Impact and its Management11
     ENG4004 Engineering Project and Operations Management*2,32,3
     ENG8206 Whole of Life Facilities Management+2
     ENG8207 Technological Innovation and Development2

Footnotes
*The semester 3 offering of this course is offered in even numbered years only.
+This course will not be available in 2017.

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Mechanical Engineering specialisation 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.


Specialisation: Mechanical Engineering (Specialisation Study Code: 15395)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Schedule A: Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     ENG8104 Asset Management in an Engineering Environment11
     ENG8208 Advanced Engineering Project Management11
     ENG8103 Management of Technological Risk22
     ENG8205 Technology Management Practice22

Schedule B: Technical courses Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     MEC2101 Thermodynamics11
     MEC2202 Manufacturing Processes11Pre-requisite: MEC1201 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GCEN
     MEC2405 Machine Dynamics11Pre-requisite: CIV1501 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: 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
     MEC2106 Introduction to Thermo-Fluids22Pre-requisite: ((MAT1500 or ENM1600) and CIV1501) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MENS or GCEN
     MEC2301 Design of Machine Elements22Pre-requisite: MEC2402 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GCEN
     MEC2304 Solid Modelling22

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Mechatronic Engineering specialisation 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.


Specialisation: Mechatronic Engineering (Specialisation Study Code: 12606)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Schedule A: Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     ENG8104 Asset Management in an Engineering Environment11
     ENG8208 Advanced Engineering Project Management11
     ENG8103 Management of Technological Risk22
     ENG8205 Technology Management Practice22

Schedule B: Technical courses Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     ELE3105 Computer Controlled Systems11Pre-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 Protocols11
     MEC3203 Materials Technology11Pre-requisite: MEC1201 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or GCNS or GDNS or MEPR or MENS
     ELE2103 Linear Systems and Control22
     MEC2401 Dynamics I22Pre-requisite: ((MAT1502 or MAT1102 or ENM1600) and CIV1501) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or MENS
     MEC3204 Production Engineering22
     MEC4406 Robotics and Machine Vision22Pre-requisite: MEC2401 or ELE2103 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MENS or GCEN

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Power Systems Engineering specialisation 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.


Specialisation: Power Systems Engineering (Specialisation Study Code: 15638)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Schedule A: Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     ENG8104 Asset Management in an Engineering Environment11
     ENG8208 Advanced Engineering Project Management11
     ENG8103 Management of Technological Risk22
     ENG8205 Technology Management Practice22

Schedule B: Technical courses Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     ELE2303 Embedded Systems Design11
     ELE3804 Power Systems Protection11Pre-requisite: ELE1801 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCEN
     ENV2201 Land Studies11
     ELE2101 Control and Instrumentation22Pre-requisite: ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1500 or ENM1600 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GCEN
     ELE2504 Electronic Design and Analysis22Pre-requisite: ELE1502 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GDNS or MENS or GCNS or GCEN
     ELE3107 Signal Processing22
     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

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Structural Engineering specialisation 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.


Specialisation: Structural Engineering (Specialisation Study Code: 13421)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Schedule A: Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     ENG8104 Asset Management in an Engineering Environment11
     ENG8208 Advanced Engineering Project Management11
     ENG8103 Management of Technological Risk22
     ENG8205 Technology Management Practice22

Schedule B: Technical courses Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     CIV3505 Structural Analysis11Pre-requisite: MEC2402 and (MAT1502 or ENM1600 or MAT1102) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS
     CMG4001 Building and Construction Systems<11Pre-requisite: CMG1001 and CMG2001 or Students must be enrolled in GCEN
     MEC2402 Stress Analysis11Pre-requisite: CIV1501 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS
     CIV2403 Geology and Geomechanics22Pre-requisite: CIV1501 or CIV1500 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MENS or GCEN
     CIV2502 Structural and Building Technology22
     CIV2503 Structural Design I22Pre-requisite: (ENG1100 and MEC2402) or (ENG1100 and CIV1501 for students enrolled in Program: BETC) or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCEN

Footnotes
<Not available on campus in Toowoomba in 2017.

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Transdisciplinary Engineering specialisation 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.


Specialisation: Transdisciplinary Engineering (Specialisation Study Code: 15640)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Schedule A: Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     ENG8104 Asset Management in an Engineering Environment11
     ENG8208 Advanced Engineering Project Management11
     ENG8103 Management of Technological Risk22
     ENG8205 Technology Management Practice22

Schedule B: Technical courses Students must complete two of the courses listed in this schedule.

     Approved Courses+1,21,2
     Approved Courses+1,21,2

Footnotes
+Approved Courses will normally be Engineering, Science or Technology courses not lower than Level 2. Consult the Program Coordinator viausq.support@usq.edu.auto seek approval.