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Undergraduate

Associate Degree of Engineering

2022

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus
Civil and Structural (CSP)
115171
592060
Electrical and Electronics (CSP)
115181
592070
Mechanical (CSP)
115191
592080
Online
Civil and Structural (CSP)
115171
592060
Electrical and Electronics (CSP)
115181
592070
Mechanical (CSP)
115191
592080
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
Civil and Structural
080419K
Electrical and Electronics
080419K
Mechanical
080419K
Course duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Part-time
4 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
Semester 1
Semester 2
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

XENG01

Award
Associate Degree of Engineering
Faculty/College
College of Engineering, IT and Environment
Sector
HE
Area of study
Engineering and IT

The Associate Degree of Engineering will provide a sound basis of fundamental engineering concepts, followed by the application of civil and structural, electrical and electronics or mechanical engineering theory and practice.

The course will help you to develop skills for solving common engineering problems as well as prepare you for further study of more advanced engineering concepts in the Bachelor of Engineering Science and Bachelor of Engineering Honours.

As a civil and structural engineering associate, you will contribute to the design, operation and maintenance of structures and systems for the modern world. Key areas include water resources, roads and traffic, bridges and marine structures.

As an electrical and electronics engineering associate, you will assist with the design, automation and control of devices which make modern life convenient. You are involved in electronics, telecommunications, biomedical applications and power generation, storage and distribution, including renewable energy.

As a mechanical engineering associate, you contribute to the design and construction of devices which improve transportation and provide more affordable manufacturing and production solutions. Key areas include mechatronics, robotics, biomechanical applications, aeroplanes, cars, pumps and pipelines.

In addition to specific engineering knowledge, essential engineering skills including innovation, creativity and teamwork are developed.

This course was developed in consultation with and is supported by industry leaders. It provides a sound foundation of engineering knowledge which can lead to further engineering study or to employment as an engineering associate.

Credit transfers and pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC.

  • The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2021.

    Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021) No. of Students % of all Students
    A. Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    7 70.0
    B. Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
    C. Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    <5 N/P
    D. Recent secondary education
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

    <5 N/P
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

    <5 N/P
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

    <5 N/P
    International students <5 N/P
    All students 10 100.0

    Notes
    "<5" - the number of students is less than 5
    N/A - Students not accepted in this category
    N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 6.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

ATAR based offers only ATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Median rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Highest rank to receive an offer <5 <5

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

Course structure

The two-year course consists of 16 coursework units.

The first year of study introduces foundation engineering skills common to all areas of engineering. In the second year, students follow a study path specifically developed for their stream of engineering.

This course is available externally by distance learning if you are not able to attend classes on campus on a regular basis. Access to the internet is required for distance learning, with access to high speed broadband highly recommended.


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)

20cp

Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

Core Units
(7 units)

70cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 70 credit points as detailed below.

ENG151 Statics
ENG175 Internet of Things (replaces ENG174 from 2021)
PMO201 Project Management
SMA101 Mathematics 1A
SMA102 Mathematics 1B
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
SPH141 Concepts of Physics

Students enrolled prior to 2021 should refer to the transition arrangement provided below.

Specialist Elective
(5 units)

50cp

Units totalling 50 credit points selected from one of the specialist streams.

Civil and Structural Engineering
ENG212 Mechanics of Solids
ENG215 Surveying and Construction
ENG247 Fluid and Thermodynamics
ENG267 Hydraulics and Soil Mechanics
ENG364 Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronics Engineering
ENG221 Analogue Electronics
ENG223 Electrical Circuit Analysis
ENG224 Electrical Machines and Power Systems
HIT235 Digital Systems and Computer Architecture
HIT365 C Programming

Mechanical Engineering
ENG212 Mechanics of Solids
ENG235 Manufacturing
ENG247 Fluid and Thermodynamics
ENG252 Dynamics
ENG364 Materials Engineering
 

Electives
(2 units)

20cp

Select units totalling 20 credit points may be selected from undergraduate units offered by the University.

Some suggested electives are listed below however students may select other undergraduate units if desired.

ECO107 Economics and the Modern Business Enterprise (replaces ECO105 from S2 2020)
ENV103 Environmental Issues
HIT137 Software Now
HIT164 Computing Fundamentals
LAW105 Introduction to Business law
MAN105 Introduction to Management
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry A

 

160

Total Credit Points

Students who commence in or after 2013
No more than 10 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in an Associate Degree or Advanced Diploma AQF Level 6 course award.

Of the total 160 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 200 level units

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements from 2021

Students who commenced the Associate Degree of Engineering prior to 2021 will note there have been some changes. 

Core units have increased from 50 credit points to 70 credit points
Specialisation units have decreased from 60 credit points to 50 credit points
Elective unit requirements have decreased from 30 credit points to 20 credit points

Core Unit Changes

The following unit has been replaced as a core unit:
ENG174 Electrical Engineering

The following units have been added as core units:
ENG175 Internet of Things
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
SPH141 Concepts of Physics

Specialisation Changes
Civil and Structural Engineering - ENG358 has been removed
Electrical and Electronics Engineering - ENG227 (recoded to ENG377) has been removed
Mechanical Engineering - ENG338 has been removed

Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements from 2020

 

Course Structure: Core units have been reduced from 60 credit points to 50 credit points and Elective units increased from 20 credit points to 30 credit points.

 

Specialisation: The Chemical Engineering specialisation is no longer be available for entry from 2020. Students who have commenced Chemical Engineering prior to 2020 should liaise with the course coordinator to ensure they are able to complete.

Chemical Engineering (no longer available for entry from 2020)
SCH101 Chemical Concepts
SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
ENG246 Process Analysis
ENG247 Fluid and Thermodynamics
ENG248 Unit Operations
ENG341 Separation Process Principles

Unit discontinuation: ENG142 Concepts of Chemical Engineering has been discontinued from 2020 and removed as a required core unit. Students who have already completed ENG142 will be able to count this unit as an elective.

Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements - 2016

Students who have not completed ENG154 should complete either ENG227 or ENG248 or ENG338 or ENG368 as the appropriate specialist elective for their chosen stream.
Students who have completed ENG154 should not complete any of the units above. 

Discontinued Units from 2016: 
ENG154 Engineering Foundations

 

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time and part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

Civil and Structural Engineering Full-time Study Plan

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability or Elective CU/E
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability or Elective CU/E ENG151 Statics CO
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics CO ENG175 Internet of Things CO
SPH141 Concepts of Physics CO SMA101 Mathematics 1A CO
Year 2
ENG215 Surveying and Construction SE ENG212 Mechanics of Solids SE
ENG247 Fluid and Thermodynamics SE ENG267 Hydraulics and Soil Mechanics SE
ENG364 Materials Engineering SE PMO201 Project Management CO
SMA102 Mathematics 1B CO Elective E

Civil and Structural Engineering Part-time Study Plan

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics CO SPH141 Concepts of Physics CO
Year 2
ENG151 Statics CO ENG175 Internet of Things CO
SMA101 Mathematics 1A CO SMA102 Mathematics 1B CO
Year 3
ENG215 Surveying and Construction SE ENG212 Mechanics of Solids SE
ENG364 Materials Engineering SE ENG267 Hydraulics and Soil Mechanics SE
Year 4
ENG247 Fluid and Thermodynamics SE PMO201 Project Management CO
Elective E Elective E

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Full-time Study Plan

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability or Elective CU/E
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability or Elective CU/E ENG151 Statics CO
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics CO ENG175 Internet of Things CO
SPH141 Concepts of Physics CO SMA101 Mathematics 1A CO
Year 2
ENG223 Electrical Circuit Analysis SE ENG221 Analogue Electronics SE
HIT235 Digital Systems and Computer Architecture SE ENG224 Electrical Machines and Power Systems SE
HIT365 C Programming SE PMO201 Project Management CO
SMA102 Mathematics 1B CO Elective E

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Part-time Study Plan

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics CO SPH141 Concepts of Physics CO
Year 2
ENG151 Statics CO ENG175 Internet of Things CO
SMA101 Mathematics 1A CO SMA102 Mathematics 1B CO
Year 3
ENG223 Electrical Circuit Analysis SE ENG221 Analogue Electronics SE
HIT235 Digital Systems and Computer Architecture SE PMO201 Project Management CO
Year 4
HIT365 C Programming SE ENG224 Electrical Machines and Power Systems SE
Elective E Elective E

Mechanical Engineering Full-time Study Plan

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability or Elective CU/E
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability or Elective CU/E ENG151 Statics CO
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics CO ENG175 Internet of Things CO
SPH141 Concepts of Physics CO SMA101 Mathematics 1A CO
Year 2
ENG235 Manufacturing SE ENG212 Mechanics of Solids SE
ENG247 Fluid and Thermodynamics SE ENG252 Dynamics SE
ENG364 Materials Engineering SE PMO201 Project Management CO
SMA102 Mathematics 1B CO Elective E

Mechanical Engineering Part-time Study Plan

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics CO SPH141 Concepts of Physics CO
Year 2
ENG151 Statics CO ENG175 Internet of Things CO
SMA101 Mathematics 1A CO SMA102 Mathematics 1B CO
Year 3
ENG235 Manufacturing SE ENG212 Mechanics of Solids SE
ENG364 Materials Engineering SE ENG252 Dynamics SE
Year 4
ENG247 Fluid and Thermodynamics SE PMO201 Project Management CO
Elective E Elective E

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time and part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

Civil and Structural Engineering Full-time Study Plan

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU
    ENG175 Internet of Things CO
    SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics CO
    SPH141 Concepts of Physics CO
Year 2
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU ENG212 Mechanics of Solids SE
ENG151 Statics CO ENG267 Hydraulics and Soil Mechanics SE
SMA101 Mathematics 1A CO PMO201 Project Management CO
Elective E SMA102 Mathematics 1B CO
Year 3
ENG215 Surveying and Construction SE    
ENG247 Fluid and Thermodynamics SE    
ENG364 Materials Engineering SE    
Elective E    

Civil and Structural Engineering Part-time Study Plan

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Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics CO
    SPH141 Concepts of Physics CO
Year 2
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Domestic students - undergraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATAC

 

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UAC

 

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are open for those students who have previously completed one of the following courses at CDU or BIITE*:

  • Certificate III or Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP)
  • Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS)
  • Undergraduate Degree

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If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

You will need a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

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