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Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Information Technology (BEBT) - BEng BIT

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Toowoomba campus: 907352

CRICOS code (International applicants): 030304B

This program is offered only to continuing students. No new admissions will be accepted. Students who are interested in this study area should consider the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Information Technology which will be offered from S1 2014.

 On-campusExternal
Semester intake:No new admissionsNo new admissions
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 Technology ; Bachelor of Engineering

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 may apply for chartered status as a Professional Engineer and, when granted, may use the post-nominal MIEAust CPEng.

The Bachelor of Engineering 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 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 Sciences sections of this Handbook.

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Program objectives

Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Information Technology program will have met the separate objectives of the Bachelor of Engineering and the Bachelor of Information Technology programs.

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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 studied four semester units and achieved an exit assessment of 'Sound Achievement' or better in each of the following Queensland Senior Secondary School subjects: English and Mathematics B. It is recommended that applicants should also have satisfactorily completed the subject: Physics, or

  • be able to demonstrate that they have achieved an equivalent standard in these subjects at another institution, and

  • Australian applicants: have achieved a Queensland Overall Position (OP) band, or an equivalent Rank based on qualifications and previous work experience, at or above the specified cut-off level.


To be admitted to the program, students who intend studying part-time (i.e. less than six units per year) must be eligible to receive at least 16 units of exemptions. This is necessary to ensure that these students are able to complete the program within the maximum duration of eight years.

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 and to be eligible for the combined award, full-time students must complete the requirements of the program within seven years of their initial enrolment in the program.

Students may apply for admission to study part-time or by distance education once they have completed 16 units of the Bachelor of Engineering program or if they are eligible for advanced standing of 16 or more units. This ensures that they are able to complete the program in the maximum duration of eight years.

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 and Bachelor of Information Technology is a 40 unit program consisting of Academic courses and Practice courses.

Academic courses are normally 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. The only grades available for a Practice Course are Pass (P) and Fail (F). A Practice Course is designed to enable students to acquire specific competencies associated with their Engineering major study. These competencies range from specific practical and communication skills through to generic competencies relating to ethical and social responsibility, awareness of the environment, teamwork, etc. For an external student a Practice Course generally involves attendance on-campus for a one-week residential school.

Residential Schools

Students enrolled in the external offer of a Practice Course must attend the residential school for that course. In some cases students enrolled in the on-campus mode may also be required to attend the residential school. Students should only enrol in a Practice Course when they are able to attend the residential school for that course. Practice courses may not be taken earlier than shown except with the permission of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences. In some cases students may enrol in two Practice courses in one term so they can complete the two residential schools in a two-week period. The actual dates for each residential school are shown in the Residential School schedule in this Handbook.

Safety boots are compulsory in engineering laboratories for several of the Practice courses and are strongly recommended for all other Practice courses.

Elective courses

Elective courses are included in the list of Academic courses. Students should select these courses from the Electives list

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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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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. A notebook/laptop may be required for some courses.

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Exit points

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

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Course transfers

Students who are enrolled in either the Bachelor of Engineering program or the 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 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Information Technology may be awarded with Honours in the engineering component of the award. The class of honours to be awarded to a student is dependant upon:


The minimum levels of achievement normally required for each class of honours are shown in the following table. To be assured of achieving a particular class of honours students must have achieved the specified grade in the research project courses and the minimum GPA requirements for all of the courses studied, for the last 16 courses studied, or for the last eight courses studied.

Class of Honours  GPA Calculated from the Grades Achieved in:  Minimum Grade Achieved in Research Project Courses 
All Courses Studied in the Program  The Last 16 Courses Studied*#  The Last Eight Courses Studied*# 
First Class Honours  6.0  6.2  6.5  A 
Second Class Honours - Division A  5.5  5.7  5.9  B 
Second Class Honours - Division B  5.0  5.1  5.3  C 
Minimum number of courses required  20  16  8   

Footnotes
*The results from courses ENG4111 and ENG4112 must be included (unless the student is exempted from these courses).
#The best results in a semester are to be used when not all of the results from a semester are required.

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Other information

To be eligible to graduate from the Bachelor of Engineering, students must obtain an aggregate of at least 60 days of suitable practical 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 practical 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 .

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.
Computer Systems, Applied Computer Science recommended enrolment pattern


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

CSC1401 Foundation Programming<111,2,3O
ENG1101 111,2
ENM1600 Engineering Mathematics111,2O
ELE1301 Computer Engineering111
ENG1100 Introduction to Engineering Design<221,2
ENG2102 122,3
ELE1502 Electronic Circuits122
ELE1801 Electrical Technology*122,3Pre-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 Built Environment Applications>11,21,2
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
ELE2103 Linear Systems and Control222
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
ENG2002 Technology, Sustainability and Society311,2,3
ELE2601 Telecommunications Principles311Pre-requisite: (ELE1502 and ELE1801) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC
ENG4110 Engineering Research Methodology322
ELE3107 Signal Processing322
ELE2504 Electronic Design and Analysis322Pre-requisite: ELE1502 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GDNS or MENS or GCNS or GCEN
ELE3307 Real Time Systems322Pre-requisite: ELE1301 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MENS or MEPR
CIS3002 Business Analysis411Pre-requisite: CIS2000 or CSC2407
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
CSC2406 Web Technology 1422Pre-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
Elective (Select from the Electives list)411
CSC3412 System and Security Administration411O
CSC2407 Introduction to Software Engineering422Pre-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
CSC2404 Operating Systems422Pre-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
CSC2408 Software Development Tools411,2
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 MSMS
ENG3003 Engineering Management511,3
CSC3400 Database Systems511
ENG4112 Research Project Part 2^522Pre-requisite: ENG4111
ENG4004 Engineering Project and Operations Management522,3
Elective (Select from the Electives list)522
CSC3419 XML and the Web 522

Practice Courses

     ENG1901 Engineering Practice 1<112,3
     ELE1911 Electrical and Electronic Practice A123
     ELE2912 Electrical and Electronic Practice B213Pre-requisite: (ELE1301 and ELE1502 and ELE1801) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDNS or MENS
     ELE2913 Electrical and Electronic Practice C322Pre-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 D3152Pre-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 E322Pre-requisite: ELE1801 and ELE1301 and ELE1502 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MENS or MEPR
     ENG3902 Professional Practice 1422
     ENG4903 Professional Practice 2512Pre-requisite: ENG3902. Students cannot enrol in ENG3902 and ENG4903 in the same semester.
     ENG4909 Work Experience - Professional#51,3

Electives - Select two courses from the following:

     CSC3412 System and Security Administration12
     ELE3401 Software Engineering Design Principles1
     ELE4402 2

Select two courses from the following:

     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
     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
     ENG8001 Engineering Research Methods1,21,2
     MEC4406 Robotics and Machine Vision22Pre-requisite: MEC2401 or ELE2103 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MENS or GCEN

Footnotes
<The on-campus offering of this course has been timetabled for Semester 1. Students may consider enrolling in semester 2 however they may experience timetable clashes.
*Students who have been granted an exemption from ELE1801, are advised to purchase the study materials from the USQ Bookshop and work through this prior to attempting courses for which ELE1801 is an enrolment requirement.
>
The semester 3 offering of this course is offered in odd numbered years only.
^ It is recommended that students in the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Information Technology should also be enrolled in ENG4903 while undertaking this course.
The semester 3 offering of this course is offered in even numbered years only.
#On-campus students should enrol in the external mode.

Notes

Other courses may be admissible as Electives. Interested students should contact the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences.